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The Football Boys By BenRyans Characters: 11212

Updated: 2018-01-13 03:47


"Are you okay?" Gemma asked as we were on our way to the class we shared and it felt like the millionth time hearing that same question.

"Yeah. I'm fine." I faked a smile hoping it was convincingC so she would stop asking if I was okay. I didn't want any one feeling sorry for me. It wouldn't have made me feel better receiving anyone's pity so I continued to pretend that this was just another fight Dakota and I were having, like all the other times and eventually at some point, we would start talking again.

"You don't look fine."

"I am." I said to her as I sat down. I was fine other than the fact that I was grounded, unable to do anything except school and football practice.

"Alright, listen up. This here your new team mate, Michael Carina. It's a little late into the season but he comes highly recommended so take it easy on him boys." Coach said as he had me and the other football players huddled together. With the sound of his whistle we started the drills, and I began working alone, watching Dakota from across the field, keeping my distance.

I hadn't spoken to him since yesterday but part of me wanted to walk up to him and apologize even if it wasn't me who did anything wrong. It was starting to become clear that I always felt the need to apologize, when it was him that needed to be forgiven, not me. It was a bad habit that I needed to get rid of.

"You're Luka, right?" Michael asked as he walked up to me.

"Yeah." I nodded, arching my brow at his familiar face.

"Mind showing me a thing or two?" He grinned.

"Sure."

As we practiced I realized he was the boy that pulled Dakota and I apart the night we fought. He was from one of the big cities, and had family ties with coach. I didn't bother asking if he knew why coach was so out of whack some days, I don't think anyone knew why. We practiced together until the end, finding myself stealing glances at Dakota, wondering if he was looking my way. But he never was, at least not when I was.

"See you tomorrow?" Michael asked with rosy cheeks and a grin, and for a moment his eyes were similar to Dakota's. For a second I was taken aback, lost in his gaze. I shook my head, bringing myself back to the conversation.

"Yeah, of course." I smiled back, swinging my duffel bag over my shoulder. I watched him walk across the field and into the parking lot.

"Who was that?" I turned around to find Dakota standing behind me with crossed arms.

"No one." I muttered, walking away.

"You two look pretty close already."

"So did you and Eva the night of the party." I continued walking without looking at him.

"I only did that because I thought you a Gemma-"

"Gemma and I are friends, I've told you that. She was drunk, I wasn't going to just leave her there."

"I'm sorry, okay? I can't control this, whatever it is. When I seen you with her, like that, I lost it." He grabbed me by my arm, turning me around with tear filled eyes.

"Please Luka, I need you."

I could feel my eyes welling up, a lump forming in my throat at the sight of him. I wanted to give in, to touch him and tell him I forgive him. The desperation in his voice was toxic, like some spell that wanted me to fall under.

"I'm sorry, I can't." I grabbed his hand and loosened his grip on me. I walked up to my front door without looking back as I closed it behind me

as I sat down beside Michael, only just realizing just how hungry I was.

"Help yourself Luka, there's plenty to go around." Mr.Carina said with a smile. I nodded and began to serve myself, piling my plate with potatoes and gravy.

"So Luka, you're co-captain, correct?"

"Yes sir."

"You know, I'm friends with a few scouts back home, I could give 'em a call and tell them to swing by next game."

"Sir, that would be great and very appreciated but you haven't even seen me play." I chuckled, shoving a piece of steak in my mouth.

"Next game, we'll be there." He smiled at me. I nodded, overwhelmed by their generosity. I wasn't half as good as Dakota, and for a second I thought about mentioning him but decided against it, shaking his name out of my mind.

"Thank you for dinner." I said, closing the car door.

"Anytime." Mr.Carina waved to me, along with Michael.

"See you at school."

I walked up to my house, opening the door and only then did I remember that I was grounded. I cursed under my breath, trying to make a quick escape to my room before I could get caught.

"Where have you been?" My mom said, emerging from the living room with a frown on her face, waiting for her to say something like the many times before.

"I completely forgot, it won't happen again." I said as I walked to my room.

"Another week is added to your punishment."

"Understandable." I nodded before closing the door behind me.

Since the night of the party, she'd been less hard on me. I was waiting for her to say or do something to mess up whatever this was. But so far we managed to stay civil with each other. But I wasn't going to keep my hopes up and waited for the moment that we'd go back to how we were before, expecting it.

I laid in bed, staring blankly at the ceiling, thinking back to my visit. It's good that I'm making new friends, right? Michael and his family are something else, they made me feel somewhat different than what I'm used to at my home, it's a good distraction to keep my mind off of things.

I turned on my side, closing my eyes, hoping to drift into a deep sleep before my mind could think of anything else that would keep me up.

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