Page 43 of Hate Like Ours

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It’s been a minute since the guys and I just chilled without anyone around us, especially since my mother’s death.

We’re always around each other just doing what we need to, but it’s been forever since we just threw back and relaxed. Plus, we’ve all been caught up in our own shit, so relaxing was far from anyone’s mind.

I’ve been preoccupied with watching Raine get picked on and it’s been glorious. Ash has been caught up with Kinsley and Ax and Ez have some weird shit going on between them that they’re not ready to spill yet. So yeah, we’ve all been busy.

I guess I can’t expect them to spill until they’re ready because I haven’t spilled much either. Most days, I can’t stop thinking about my mother and how her life was cut short because of the actions of selfish people. She could’ve had a long life ahead of her if she’d just left the bastard but instead, she chose to end her life. I’m still pissed at that.

I’m so angry and I’ve been bottling it up because I don’t want anyone to see me as weak. When I visit her grave and I’m alone there, I rant and rave at her until my voice gives out. She’ll never know about the pain she left me in.

I’m always a mess by the time I get home because of how unfair this whole situation is. She had to lose her life while my father gets to carry on his, like he didn’t just lose his wife. That makes me madder at him too. I’m just a whole six-foot-three ball of anger and resentment and I hate it.

“So, what’s going on with you and Kinsley?” I finally ask Asher to get my mind off my own thoughts. We’ve been a little quiet for too long. I mean, if the dickheads want to get into my business, I might as well do the same to them.

“We had sex at that stupid party and now she’s acting like I’m hers or some shit. I don’t do relationships, period. But the thought of her being someone else’s girlfriend makes me see fucking red!” he groans out and I have to resist the urge to laugh. I knew something went down.

“Knew it was going to happen sooner rather than later. But isn’t that a good thing? Come on, man, we’ve all known that you two have the hots for each other since you were younger. The sexual tension when you’re around each other is off the charts. I’ve been telling you to just bang it out for ages,” I tell him, finally letting out the laugh I was holding in. I’m glad he’s the one being scrutinized right now because we’re all ears.

“You are no help. You know that? But I don’t know, man. You know that girl drives me fucking crazy,” he grumbles.

“So do you want me to take her off your hands?” Axel asks with a smirk on his face.

“Touch her and I’ll fucking kill you and drop your body in the middle of the lake with cement blocks tied to your feet!” he snaps at Ax and we all burst out laughing.

“You’re as bad as Knox is. You’re both heavily in the denial stage,” Ezra says and we both turn and give him a dirty look.

“Man, fuck you, asshole! I don’t want to talk about me and her. It was just a onetime thing,” he says.

“Was that your idea or hers?” Ezra asks.

“Mine, obviously. We don’t fit together. She’s her… and I’m all this hunk of meat. I don’t need a girlfriend right now,” he says.

I decide to leave him alone for now but I turn my attention to the other two.

“What about you two?” I ask Axel and Ezra. They both look at me with a glare on their faces. Today is actually one of the rare days they aren’t bickering like an old married couple either. The two of them are as bad as Asher and Kinsley.

“Nothing’s going on with us,” Axel says.

“Nothing at all,” Ezra drawls and glowers at the same time.

“Please tell me you guys aren’t fighting over a girl or some dumb shit like that,” I say, groaning.

That would be the icing on the cake—the four of us losing our shit over some girls. Though in my case, I’m not. I just hate the girl I’m thinking about.

“As if. None of these bitches in this school are worth it. Though if you don’t get your head out of your ass, maybe I’ll have a go at little miss nerdy redhead,” Axel says, smirking at me.

“Don’t even think about it. She’s mine to play with and nobody else gets to touch her!” I snap, making the assholes laugh louder. I just declared her off-limits without realizing it.

“You two are so pussy whipped and you don’t even know it yet,” Ezra says. Pointing to me and Ash while laughing his goofy ass off.

“Shut up, asshole,” Asher snaps in a sulky tone.

“Can we stop being pussies now? I’m tired of talking about our feelings like a bunch of girls!” I grumble at the two of them.

“Fine! You pussy-whipped motherfuckers!” Axel says and then jumps to his feet and starts running when he sees I’m after him.

“Run, dickhead! I’ll catch you soon because it’s time for practice,” I say, smirking evilly at him.

“You wouldn’t!” he gasps, groaning out loud when he sees the look on my face.

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