Page 31 of Hate Like Ours

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“And what the hell was up with you and Knox in the cafeteria?! I mean, he just whipped his dick out all willy-nilly, not caring.”

“Beats me. He’s your friend! But oh my fucking God! I’ve never been more humiliated in my entire life!” I groan louder when I remember exactly why we were skipping school and drinking our body weight in alcohol right now.

“Honestly, I’m just as confused as you are. Boys are stupid,” she says, giggling.

“I’ll drink to that,” I say, lifting my cup and downing another shot.

We continue drinking and chatting. By the time we know it, the bottle of vodka and the blunt are done and we’re way past drunk. We decide to just lie back and take in the sun’s rays against our skin.

I think we’ve been here for a few hours already but I’ve gotta say, today has been the best day out of all the days I’ve been here. I have Kinsley to thank for that.

We lie in silence for a while, soaking up more of the rays when suddenly we hear the sound of gravel crunching. We both lift our heads in time to see two cars pull up at the end of the bridge and they come to a screeching halt a second later. I groan because I recognize them as Knox’s and Asher’s cars.

“Oh shit!” Kinsley mutters.

“How the hell did they find us?” I yell in a panicked voice. I don’t want to have another round with Knox right now.

“Run! He’s gonna kill me for being in this state!” she shrieks, as she scrambles to her feet. I’m lost for a moment until I look up again and see two angry-looking jocks stepping onto the bridge while the other two look like they want to laugh.

“Motherfucker!” I groan as I stumble to my feet as well. I get up too fast and the world around me spins for a second. I right myself and begin running after Kinsley.

We run in the direction of the woods. I’m not sure how that is going to work out because this is unfamiliar territory for me.

“I don’t think the woods are a good idea,” I huff out to Kinsley. “What if they kill us and hide our bodies?”

“Kinsley! Stop! If you move one more step, I’m going to fucking spank your ass for being a disobedient brat!” Asher yells after us.

“I’ll take my chances!” Kinsley says to me as she keeps running. Because I don’t want to face the guys right now either, I run faster to keep up with her.

We make it to the other side of the bridge before stepping off and running into the woods. I’m breathless. Being high and drunk while running is not the best of ideas. I can barely keep myself upright at this point.

“Umm, Kinsley, I think I’m dying. My world is spinning around and around,” I mumble as we stop to brace against a tree.

“Same, babe! Why do they always have to ruin my day? They act like they’re all my fathers or something!” Kinsley huffs from beside me.

“Kinsley, if you don’t get your ass over here in the next five seconds, you’re not going to like the consequences!” Asher yells. It sounds like it’s coming from right at the edge of the woods.

“Let’s go! If he finds me, especially in this state, he’ll throw a tantrum. Like they’re the only ones who can drink and party and then treat me like I’m a child,” she grumbles at me.

We run further into the woods. I turn to look back to see if anyone is following us but I don’t see anything. I wasn’t watching where I was going and I trip on something. I fall right down a small hill. Where the fuck did that come from?

My head collides with a rock and I let out a scream from the impact. I’m instantly seeing stars.

“Shit! Are you okay?” I hear Kinsley yell at me from the top of the hill, but it sounds like she’s so far away. I shake my head, trying to push the dizziness away.

“Um, yeah, I’m fine,” I mumble through the pain, not even sure if she heard me.

“I’m coming down to get you!” she yells but then another voice interrupts her.

“You’re staying right here! Don’t think for one second you’re not in deep shit for this!” Asher growls at her.

I look up and see all four of them have caught up with us and are peering down at me from on top of the small hill.

“Whatever, Asher! Don’t do me any favors and act like you suddenly care!” she snaps or rather slurs at him. I wince. Yep, we’re both beyond drunk.

A stinging sensation finally registers in my body and I look down to see my arms have a cut and my knees are skinned and bleeding.

Shit, I must have taken a harder fall than I felt. I groan as the pain slowly seeps its way into my consciousness and then everything goes black.