Page 42 of Hate Like Ours

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“Wouldn’t you like to know,” she says, smirking at him.

“You have five seconds to tell me or you won’t like the consequences,” he tells her. Asher takes a pull from the blunt and then hands it to Axel who then hands it to Ezra. That’s how we keep rotating it as we listen to Kins and Ash bicker like an old married couple.

“Okay, if you really must know, I was smoking with Knox’s girl,” she says, throwing me a smirk. I have just taken a pull of the weed and instantly fall into a coughing fit at her words.

“Okay, now I really need to know what the deal is with you and the new chick, bro. Is this one of those ‘I like her but I’ll act like I hate her’ kind of thing?” Ash asks, throwing me one of his smirks.

“Shut the fuck up, asshole! I’m not high enough to talk about that shit right now,” I groan out loud. I knew one of them was going to bring her up at some point. I mean, since she’s been here, I haven’t been acting like my usual self and even I know that.

“Why not? We can all see that there’s some kind of war going on inside you when she’s in the vicinity,” Axel says.

“It’s complicated,” I grind out and then heave out a sigh.

“Then uncomplicate it,” Asher says with a smirk and a roll of his eyes.

Yeah, like it’s that freaking easy. Now it’s my turn to roll my eyes.

“Can’t. At least not yet. I’m not ready to talk about it yet either. It’s still fucking raw and a sore point,” I tell them honestly.

“Fine. But just know that we’re here for you. I’d hate to see something happen to her while you’re conflicted about your feelings,” Asher tells me.

“I don’t care. Besides, nothing is going to happen to her.”

“She is on that website, remember?” Axel asks, reminding me of that.

“All anyone ever does is play a few tricks and that’s it. They all know the rules and know not to cross them. I don’t see why she’d be any different.” I say.

“Just making sure you know what you’re doing, brother,” Asher responds.

“I do. Speaking of which, Kinsley, you’re no longer allowed to be friends with her,” I say, looking at her with all seriousness.

“What? Why the hell can’t I be her friend?” she asks incredulously. “Seriously, Knox, don’t be an asshole!”

“Because I said so! And if you want to stay in our group and continue having our protection, then you’ll do as you’re told. Remember, we were your friends before you even knew she existed. We’re the ones who have been protecting you because you know what it would be like without us,” I throw in, so she remembers what she stands to lose if she defies me. She knows what’ll happen to her if she’s on our bad side. The masses will descend on her like vultures since they’ve never seen her as one of us. One of us being rich snobby assholes.

“Ugh! I never thought I would see the day when you were such an asshole to me, Knox!” she grumbles.

“Never said I was anything but an asshole, babe. Anyway, she doesn’t deserve any friends because I fucking hate her!” I reiterate. I know that Kinsley will listen to me because the guys will have my back on this, and she’s obsessed with Asher. So that means she definitely won’t want to lose him, especially over someone she doesn’t know that well.

“I can’t believe you’re going to make me do this!” she says with tears shining in her eyes.

“I’m not making you do anything. I’m just saying that if you do remain her friend then you’ll lose us, especially Ash. Or you can follow orders. We’re a group here. If one of us hates someone then the rest of us do as well. If you’re not with us on that, then you’re out. It’s as simple as that,” I say, shrugging my shoulders.

“Fine, dickhead! You win!” she grumbles before getting to her feet. “I’ll see you guys later,” she says and we all look at her as she storms off.

“You know I’m with you to the end of whatever this is. But are you sure it’s what you want to do?” Asher asks, and I shake my head yes. This is what I want to do. I want her to be all alone here. Kinsley will follow my orders. I’m certain of it.

“We’re with you too, bro,” Axel and Ezra chimes in as well.

I nod my head, acknowledging my friends. I still hate her but I’m also still a bit conflicted in my head when it comes to her.

A thought forms in my head on what to do after practice and I smile just thinking about it. I need to see her again but not in a school setting. With my mind made up, I know what my plans are for later.



Time passesas we continue to chill and smoke after Kinsley leaves. We keep shooting the shit with each other, now that we’re done asking personal questions.

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