Our squad was looking great. Rehearsals were flawless.
“That was great guys. How are the auditions coming? Did you manage to snatch any new talent worth seeing from any of the transfers?” I ask Candice who is standing next to me tying up her red hair as her brown gaze tracks over the football field.
“No, but Jessica found two newbies, one was a gymnast.”
“Nice.” I say as I spot the unmistakable man that is my boyfriend. I give him a wave when he catches me staring.
It was freaking hot today. The boys must be dripping from practice. Their locker room is going to be steaming and the reason for that is not hot water.
“tell Jessica to bring them here after school tomorrow. Let’s field test them.”
When Tammy Odell attended Liston High Private in 1982 she came up with the brilliant idea called ‘A field test.’ Instead of the girls trying out with new moves ‘which anybody could learn WITH the right teachers’, the newbies would have to survive a training session with the football Jocks. Test their endurance, we test their mind. A strong mind-set has kept us raining champion for years. And it is the funniest thing to watch. I know I had to do it myself.
I remember that day. It was the first day Sabastian looked at me different. The day he looked at me as If I belonged to him.
“Dainy, you not listenin’ Sienna and Tash are joining us. Liam better not be there. Oh my gosh , did you notice how hot he’s looking. Fourteen is definitely his number. I am drooling right now.” Rae slams the locker door.
“If I’m droolin’ now, how am I supposed to concentrate? I’m sure Jace and Aidy will be there maybe they can distract him.”
I roll my eyes as I slip my bag on my shoulders.
“They are both in the team. I heard Liam is thinking of joining.”
She does a silent scream as her eyes light up with glee. “Did he say that.”
“Yeah, he also said that he would risk your brothers wrath if he didn’t have to answer to Kylie about why he was talking to her sister.” Rae cringes at that one. Yes, A Stone is a Stone. It is hard to be the youngest let alone a girl in a family dominated by Texan men. Let alone have a sister that every guy in our school feared.
Kylie Bray was our school leader and I wanted to be just that. To us ‘a very small group’ we knew her as a laid back, chilled senior who was dating Dexter Kent, a junior. Who actually made it past her brothers. Well David and Michael Stone. I don’t think he would have survived Kevin Stone.
“Ladies it’s go time, asses in the field now.” Kylie Bray screams from the hallway.
“Weren’t we supposed to meet after school ?”
I question Rae.
She smiles at me, “It’s Kylie, when does she ever follow the rules?”
I shake my head and laugh, as Kylie saunters off.
Two weeks in school and I am finally going to be a cheerleader. It’s exciting stuff. I will finally be close to Reagan.
We walk to the open field from the back door of our school. There is about maybe eight of us with the two already waiting for us outside by the benches.
It is good weather now, I know that is going to change eventually once ten o’clock strikes.
I see the football team as I get closer to the stands. They are huddled behind a tree.
“Oh my gosh, Is that Sabs making out with Rita, yuck, gross.”
My eyes instantly look across the field and yes. I would notice Sabastian from a mile away. That guy made me want to throw things at his head. I don’t know why I still even spoke to him.
I watch him , his hands are holding Ritas against her back. He can’t even kiss a girl without manhandling them. What did women see in him. Oh i knew. He was the epitome of bad boy. Add WITH his billions that he would one day inherit. He had all the gold diggers around school falling at his knees.
The longer I watch, the angrier I become. I don’t even think about it as I walk across the field. I certainly don’t spend an ounce of regret when I get to him and smack his head.
“What the fuck.” He spins around and seems to take a step back and into Rita when he sees me.
“What do you want Dainy.” He asks me in dreary tone that makes me feel small.
Rita with her black hair and caramelized skin gives me a wicked smile full of satisfaction when I look at her. SHE is tall, and a senior in the schools cheerleading squad.
“I already got it.” Not sure why I am hurt by his words so much but I spin around and walk away. I am half way to the field when his familiar fingers grabs me from the back of my arms.
“Hey, stop.” He says as he practically spins me around.
“leave me alone Delroy.” I yelp maybe a bit too loud. Another boy would take a step back or drop his arm. Sabastian Delroy is not another boy. He is a boy that wears a suit to school because he can. Sometimes it is bow ties and purple ties. Today he is in a beige linen suit, minus the tie and add in a white shirt and it just pisses me off that he has to be so cute and such an ass at the same time.
“Dainy.” Kylie screams from across the field.
“Let me go Delroy.” I try to free my arm.
“I’m not done! You can’t just interrupt me and throw that kind of fit and walk away Dainy.”
“I already did, too bad.”
“Sabastian move it.” Kylie says from closer this time.
“Give me a minute Kylie.” He says to her but doesn’t stop looking at me. At the back of my mind I’m thinking ‘wow’ did he just stand up to Kylie Bray.
“I’ll give you all the time you need sugar, but Ms Hallow here doesn’t get the same deal. Dainy, move your ass to the field, Sabastian get your hands off the frighten girl. SHE ain’t ready for your brand of crazy yet.”
“Not yet.” He says it as a promise, of what I don’t know. And I swear I feel the brush of his thumb on the underneath of my arm before he lets it go. I turn around instantly and run toward the girls and Jocks across from me. I turn my head and see Sabastian standing in the middle of the field. His hands are in his pocket and he is staring at me. A cold shiver runs up the arm he griped just a minute ago.