Page 73 of Hate Like Ours

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“I wasn’t speaking to you. I was talking to the witch!” he growls back.

I push my ice cream bowl away because I can’t stomach anymore of it, knowing that he’s here and he’ll most likely say more mean shit to me.

“I’m so sorry,” I whisper to Aiden.

“You have nothing to be sorry about. This asshole should be the one apologizing!” he says loud enough for Knox to hear.

“I don’t have to apologize for shit. She knows her place. Besides, I’m just giving her some friendly advice.” He snickers.

“I-I need to go,” I say to Aiden and then stumble out of my seat to walk away. Knox sticks his foot out and I trip, falling onto the floor face-first. I cry out as pain engulfs my face.

“See, you really shouldn’t be eating ice cream if you can’t hold up your weight,” he says. Everyone who was close by and heard start to laugh.

Before I know what’s happening, Aiden rushes out of his seat and punches Knox in the jaw. Knox retaliates and swings at him a second later. The two of them go crashing onto the floor, throwing punches and rolling around on the floor.

“Stop it!” I scream at them. I go to push them apart but someone pulls me back. I look back to see that it’s Asher. I try to struggle out of his grip but it’s no use. He’s strong as fuck.

“Don’t! You’ll only get yourself hurt,” he tells me.

“Break them up before they kill each other!” I yell at him.

I look back over to the guys and see that Axel and Ezra have managed to separate them. The manager rushes over and tells both of them to leave the premises before he calls the cops.

I rush over to Aiden and grab some paper towels to clean his face. “Oh my God! Are you okay?” I ask in a panicked tone. My heart is beating out of my chest with the adrenaline surge going through my body. My hands are shaking as I try to clean the cut on his lips. He grabs a hold of my hand to stop me.

“I’m fine. Come on, let’s just get out of here,” he tells me, and I nod my head without saying anything. He begins walking and pulls me behind him out of the ice cream shop and back to our cars.

“Are you okay to drive?” he asks me.

“Ye-yeah I’m fine,” I tell him. I burst into tears a moment later because my emotions are finally getting the better of me. I can’t believe Knox would go as far as humiliating me in public like that. Doing it in school or when we’re alone is one thing, but doing it in front of people is another.

“I’m so sorry you had to witness that,” I sob as Aiden pulls me in for a hug.

“Hey, you don’t have to apologize. That guy has always been an asshole,” he tells me. I sniffle as a laugh comes out of me because it’s true.

“I guess I better go before he comes out here and picks another fight. I’ll text you later,” I tell Aiden and we both get into our cars and drive away.

When I get home, I let myself into the house and walk straight up to my room. Mom isn’t home yet, which is a good thing. I don’t want her to see me like this ever. When I step into my room, there’s a faint smell of something sweet that I can’t place. I shrug it off, thinking that it was probably Mom doing some of her weird cleaning shit again when she was home.

I quickly shower and get dressed. I decide to do some more work since I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep right now.

When I open my computer, all I see is an empty document staring back at me. I scramble and look at my files to see if I saved it but nothing is there.

“Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!!!” I yell into my room. This was the one assignment I started a while ago in the library and it’s due in two days. Everything is gone somehow. As if my life couldn’t get any worse, it just did.

Right now, I can’t do anything about it because I’m too emotional from what happened earlier. I’ll have to restart everything in the morning and hope that I can finish it in time. I need a goodnight’s rest, so without thinking, I go into my bathroom and grab one of the sleeping pills I got from the guys yesterday. I needed to get my own before Mom noticed hers was missing.

I down both in one go along with some water and then I slip into bed. I lie there, staring up at the ceiling for a few minutes until the pills start to work their magic. I want to sleep away the disaster that is my life right now. Otherwise, I’d just lose my mind and that won’t do me any good.

I hope that when I wake up tomorrow, I have a solution. With that last thought in mind, I eventually get drowsy from the valium and fall fast asleep.



I pullup to the parking lot and see the guys are already there waiting for me. I get out of my car and walk up to them. I hop onto the hood of Asher’s car and take the blunt he’s already handing me and take a long pull from it. I let the smoke from the weed fill my lungs before I exhale the smoke. Ah. That felt better and I’m instantly calm.

“So where did you disappear to, asshole?” Asher interrogates, smirking at me. I roll my eyes at the tone he used. The fucker always thinks he knows everything about me.Then again, if anyone did, it was him.

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