Page 41 of Hate Like Ours

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I see Asher and Kinsley whispering to each other heatedly. If I had to guess, he’s probably ordering her around while she’s definitely not going to listen to any of his commands. That’s their dynamic. He tells her what to do and she ignores him.

“You okay, bro?” Ash asks, looking away from Kinsley to me as I make my way back to our table. I’m guessing he must have seen the confused and pissed expression still on my face and was checking in.

“Yep. Just had something to deal with,” I tell them. All eyes at the table are now focused on me.

“I bet that something had a little something to do with a certain redhead,” Ezra says, grinning.

“No. I hate that girl,” I snap. “And you can all get that smirk off your ugly faces!”

“Incoming!” Axel says with a look of disgust on his face.

When I turn around, I see Ivy walking through the door to the cafeteria with a huge smile on her face. I let out a groan. Fucking hell! This girl doesn’t seem to understand the wordsI’m done with her skanky ass.

“Hey, baby,” she says as she sidles up next to me at the table. I don’t miss the glare she shoots Kinsley’s way.

“Don’t fucking look at her like that!” I snap at her. “And we’re not doing this again. I already told you that we’re done being fuck buddies and you can go spread your legs elsewhere!”

“What are you talking about? Oh, I see. You’re not done with your little temper tantrum yet,” she says in a condescending tone, acting as though she has any power. Newsflash to this bitch but I’m the one with all the power here.

She might get the other idiots in this school to do what she wants but that shit will never fly with me.

“Go fuck that asshole you’ve been hooking up with. I don’t do sloppy seconds!” I say, smirking at her while her face turns red like she’s about to explode.

“What the fuck, Knox? You really are an asshole, you know that? Don’t think you can come back to me when you’re feeling lonely next time. We both know you always come back to me!” she snaps at me before huffing out a breath and walking away.

“I won’t!” I say in a cheery voice.

“You do know that she’s fucking crazy as hell, right?” Kinsley says from her seat.

“Was she always this delusional? I can handle her.”

“Yes she was,” Kinsley replies in a venom-filled voice.

“Easy there, killer. She won’t hurt you or she’ll have me to deal with,” I tell her.

“It’s not me I’m worried about,”is what I think I hear her mumble but I’m not quite sure.

“So, what are we doing now? Going to class or…” Asher says and then trails off, leaving the decision up to me.

“Let’s just go out onto the field and smoke some weed. I don’t feel like going to any more classes for the day and I need something to take the edge off,” I tell them.

They all grab their stuff and we make our way to the lockers so that we can grab our backpacks. Once we get everything we need, we all head outside, all the way to the field, and make our way to the back of it.

The part of the field that’s our hangout spot is on a section all the way by the fence where no one from the office can see us.

Not that we’d get into trouble for being here since my father owns this place and the guys’ fathers are prominent members of this town too. We have an untouchable status in this town and school.

As for Kinsley, no one will dare touch her. None of the staff messes with her since she’s with me and I’ve made that known around the school. She’s the only one among us that doesn’t come from any kind of status but we don’t hold that against her. Now that she’s a member of our little group, everyone else needs to fall in line or risk our wrath.

When we get to our spot, we all throw our bags onto the grass and then take a seat, all of us in a line with our backs up against the fence. This is our usual place when we want to get away from everyone else and just hang out with each other.

I take one of my joints out of my bag and light it up before taking a pull and then handing it off to Kinsley.

“Not on my watch!” Asher grumbles as he takes it away from her. I roll my eyes.

“This won’t be the first time I smoke weed, asshole, so what’s your problem?” she snaps at him.

“Who the hell have you been smoking with?” he questions.

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