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The Football Boys By BenRyans Characters: 10784

Updated: 2017-12-21 15:15


A/N sorry if this chapter is rushed but I had no time to write and midterms are coming up.

Unlike the other days during game's, today was sunny with a slight overcast. The school decided to seize the day and have a pep rally to increase school spirit, the first I'd ever been. Cheerleaders, the team, and student body were present during the most important day of my freshmen year.

I sat in the bleachers of the gymnasium, not entirely paying attention to my surroundings as the cheerleaders cartwheeled and skipped to the middle of the shiny wooden floor, hyping up the crowd. Queenie winked at me as she walked by, looking devilishly as ever with her outfit almost entirely in red but I was too wrapped up in my own thoughts to react to her promiscuous action.

I was worried about Gemma. I hadn't seen her since the night of homecoming, it was as if she dropped off the face of the earth. No texts, no phone calls, and I wasn't brave enough to face her mother. Jane gave me the occasionally update so at least I knew she was alive. It was unlike Gemma to stay hung up on a boy, it wasn't in her nature. Usually she'd stick it out and stay persistent until she absolutely knew there was no chance. It made me wonder just how strong her feelings for Micheal were.

"Luka?"

"Hey De Angelis!"

"Huh?" I turned my head to the side of me, slowly bringing myself out of the fog in my mind.

"Where's your boy?" It took me a moment to realize it was Alex who had called me as he sat down beside me, his burly body taking up the entire space I had reserved for Dakota and Jane, and hopefully Gemma too.

"Coming." I said curtly without making eye contact with him.

"Alright, no need to get defensive." He said with a chuckle. He sat in silence and I could feel his eyes boring into me.

"What?" I asked as I turned to him, finally meeting his gaze.

"I just wanted to ask..." He paused for a moment as he looked down at his feet and I'd never seen him so defenseless before. His features softened and the permanent smug grin on his face disappeared for a moment.

"Alex, what are you doing here?" Dakota asked as he stood in front of us, along with Jane.

"I was just leaving." He said with that same grin, right back where it had always been. He stood up as he patted Dakota on the shoulder before taking his leave.

"What was that about?" Dakota asked as he sat down beside me.

"No idea." I said as I shrugged.

"Gemma couldn't make it?" I asked Jane over the loud jeers from the crowd and music on top of that. Jane only shook her head in response. I sighed unable to understand why Gemma was hiding away from the world. Maybe I was being selfish and insensitive but I couldn't wrap my head around it.

"Come over after the game." Dakota said in a whisper as he leaned closer to my ear. I nodded before turning my attention back to the cheerleaders.

As I stared at Queenie from afar, I began to worry why she had been fairly quiet the last few months of the school year. I was right to worry, predators are quiet before they attack and that's what Queenie thought she was, a predator amongst prey. And why had Alex dropped his defensive exterior earlier?

The end of the school year brought out

ce that seemed to last forever as we stared at each other.

"Lets make it count." He said before placing a hand in the middle of the huddle. I put my on top of his as the rest of the team piled their hands on.

"Warriors!"

It was half way through the game and the Titans were putting up one hell of a fight, with each point scored, they were right behind. Dakota was in position, waiting for the ball to snap as Michael stood near, ready to kickoff. Each time lined up in their prospective positions.

The ball snapped and I watched from the sidelines on the edge of the bench as it tumbled on the grass and into Dakota's hands. He held it upright as Michael ran towards it, lifting his foot in air to kick but it was a fake play and Dakota sprung up and sprinted towards the end zone with the ball tucked tightly under his arm, avoiding the tackles as each player lunged towards him, missing him by a hair.

My eyes widened in both fear and adrenaline as his sprinting feet crossed over the white painted end line. I instantly shot up off the bench and jogged on the field towards Dakota. The team shouted out in unison as they crowded Dakota, unable to contain their excitement. I pushed my way through to the centre of the crowd, getting closer to him until finally he reached out towards my hand and pulled me out of the sea of sweaty players

"We did it." He said as he smirked and for a moment time had stood still as his smirk turned into a radiant smile. My surroundings blurred as a glare in his eyes from the stadium lights made them stand out as he stared deep into my own. I could see the cold air of his warm breath with each exhale and the red rosy tint in his cheeks. I took off my helmet, undoing my chin strap and revealing my sweat soaked hair. Dakota did the same, dropping it to the ground before cupping each side of my face and roughly pulling me towards him. He pressed his burning hot lips on mine as I wrapped my arms around him. It was fleeting, like a shooting star, one moment it was there and then it was gone but never the less, beautiful.

We really did win.

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