Aaron checked the watch. If he hurried and got out of here now, he could beat them. Only barely though, so he would have to get moving now.
Mandy went through the rest of her day with a pounding head and a heavy heart. She tried to keep away from Aaron, to keep his glare away from her, his angry eyes.
((Are we skipping to after school then?))
((Sure. :) ))
Aaron couldn't wait to get home and lock himself in his room. Perhaps forever. He slammed his locker shut and headed for the doors.
Mandy sighed softly and rested her forehead on the cold metal of her locker for a moment. She hugged her books tightly to her chest. It was getting harder and harder to smile.
She wanted to go home so badly...Only it wasn't home. It was the house she now lived in with her mom. Not home.
Aaron paused, his foot above the ground. They were waiting for him, like they were most days. Did he really think today would be any different?
Mandy started to trudge home. Her head was still hurting, throbbing angrily. She shuffled slowly towards the doors, reluctantly. She stared at the floor as she moved. She would have to walk all the way home, but she would live...
((They're probably going to have to meet again soon.)) Aaron tried to shove his way past before they could meet him, but no luck. "Hey, buddy, where you going?" Jed sneered. "I wanted to talk to you."
Mandy was only partway towards the doors. She heard something, and paused, glancing around the corner. Her heart skipped a couple beats. There was Aaron, and...another kid.
They didn't look like they were having a friendly chat.
Another kid, Derrik maybe, shoved him to the side. "What, you think you're too good to talk to us now? After all this time? Come on man, don't be so cold." Everyone snickered like that was something clever. Aaron stayed silent. The less he said, the less they did to him.
Mandy frowned deeper when she saw more kids. She stood still for only a moment before leaping forward, moving to stand in front of Aaron. She pulled on the biggest, cockiest smile she had before standing to her full, four foot eleven height and staring down the boys.
"Hey, back off, ugly." She snapped to the one who seemed to be the leader. Outside, she was the epitome of confidence, standing here and staring them down. Inside...not so much. But she held her ground, glaring.
"Aw, look, guys. A little girl came to help him. How sweet." He ruffled her hair, a wicked smile on his face. "I might take her for myself. I do like my girls feisty." Aaron grunted, in a weird hore-ish way. "Get your hands off."
Mandy scowled when he touched her short, spiky hair. She growled a little, kind of like an animal. Instantly, she jerked forward, kneeing the guy in the groin. Her knee was small, but bony, and her movement was powerful.
On thing Jed was was not a gentleman. He reached out and slapped Mandy, straight across the face. Time stood still for a moment. Aaron lunged at him, throwing painfully weak punches, and slightly less weak kicks.
Mandy sat there gaping for a moment after the guy had slapped her. She whimpered a little, bringing her hand up to her cheek.
It was just like when she little, when her dad got mad.
She just sat there for a moment, hand on her cheek before she growled again and propelled herself forward.
All three of them were tangled up together when the teachers came out. Yelling and screaming, they joined the fight trying to seperate all the kids.
Mandy didn't let anyone drag her back as she landed quick, powerful little punches to the kid. She gritted her teeth.
"This...is...for...Aaron!" She growled.
The teachers, and now Aaron, stood back in exasperation. Most were panting and all of them were sweating. No one really knew what to do, execpt let her tire herself out. Jed's nose was bleeding and his eye was black.
Mandy kicked and punched for a while, starting to shout out obscenities. She gritted her teeth, standing up and stepping back after a moment. She was panting, and she wiped at her lip, bloodied by a stray blow to her face, with the back of her hand.