Page 93 of Hate Like Ours

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“Yo, bro! What’s good?” Ash asks as soon as I step up next to them and start stripping.

“Missed you at the party last night, bro,” Ax says.

“If I remember correctly, wasn’t a certain redhead supposed to be moving in sometime yesterday or the day before?” Ez asks. Should’ve known he would be the asshole to bring it up.

“Can’t you talk about your own life instead of always butting into mine?” I ask exasperatedly.

“Nope. Yours is way more interesting compared to mine. So tell us, bro, how is life with the redhead living in your house now?” he asks gleefully. “By the way, aren’t we due for a visit to Knox’s house, guys?”

Ez acts like he’s waiting for me to confess to something. I have a pretty good idea what it is, but it ain’t happening.

“No, you’re not due for a visit and things are going… My dad made me drive her to school this morning,” I say.

“Wow! Didn’t think you would’ve been so nice.” Ax snickers.

“I wasn’t,” I tell them while a smirk crosses my face.

“What did you do?” Ash groans out.

“Left her on the side of the road.”

“Damn. That’s cold, dude.” Ax whistles.

“What if she gets hit by a car or something? Or what if she gets kidnapped? Then we’d never get to see each other again!” Ez says dramatically.

“Oh stop being a drama queen! She’ll be fine! Besides, no one’s ever been kidnapped from here before,” I tell him as I roll my eyes.

“What if she becomes the first? I mean, there’s always a first time for everything,” he counters and now my thoughts are occupied with her.

“She’ll be fine! Now quit being such a girl!” I groan. When Ezra gets started, he’s like a dog with a bone and won’t stop chewing until he’s finished.

“When are you gonna stop being a dumbass and tell us what’s going on with you and her already?” Asher questions.

“Nope. Not ready yet,” I grumble.

“Fine, dickhead! But if this goes wrong and blows up in your face, I’m going to be the one to tell you I told you so! I’ve been telling you that you’re in love with her but you’re too much of a dumbass to see or acknowledge it,” Ash grumbles.

I’m so not in love. And definitely not with her.

“You’re one to talk. Have you told Kinsley how you feel yet, asshole?” I question and he instantly shuts his mouth. “Yeah, that’s what I thought. Handle your shit first and then I’ll handle mine.”

Before I get a chance to say anything else, Coach walks into the locker room and yells for us to get a move on and make our way out onto the field.

“Well that certainly could have gone better,” I say to the guys as we all trudge back into the locker room after practice. That session couldn’t have gone any worse if we tried. Before anyone can even respond to me, Coach storms into the locker room after us.

“What the hell is wrong with you girls? Whatever that was happening on that field, it sure as hell wasn’t football! What do you have to say for yourselves?” Coach rants and raves and everyone’s stare is on me since I am the captain. Fuck my life.

“Sorry, Coach, it won’t happen again!” I shout loud enough for him to hear.

“What the hell was happening to you out there, Knox? Do I need to get you some help or something?” Coach asks and I clench my jaw. He probably thinks I’m still messed up over my mother, and I am. But today’s shitshow was because of a certain redhead and not my mom. Ezra’s words had me thinking about her and that messed with my head throughout practice.

“No, sir! Today was just a bad day and it won’t happen again!” I say.

“You’re damn right it won’t! Each and every one of you better shape up by the time the next practice session begins! The way you played today, it’s like you don’t want to win the upcoming game, which is only a few weeks away, might I add!” he yells again. I don’t know why he’s yelling since the entire room is so quiet you could hear a pin drop, but he just keeps yelling at us. Oh, he’s definitely riled up right now.

This is all Ezra’s fault. If he hadn’t said that something could happen to Raine because I left her on the side of the road, then I wouldn’t have been thinking of her. Not what I should’ve been thinking about because I don’t care, right?

I don’t even know what the hell is going on with me. Clearly, I’m losing my fucking mind and the fine line between hate and liking her has been getting blurred in the past few days. I’ve been lashing out at her because of my confusion and I want to stop but I can’t. When I look at her, sometimes I just want to strangle her and that’s where things always get complicated.

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