Your boyfriend and Micah will both be speechless.” I unfastened my seatbelt. “That’s the third time I’ve heard ‘your boyfriend.’ What’s going on about that? Why won’t anyone say Brayden’s name?” Neither of them answered right away. Finally, Jill said sheepishly, “Because none of us can remember it.” “Oh, come on! I’d expect that from Adrian but not you guys. It’s not that weird of a name.” “No,” admitted Eddie. “But there’s just something so…I don’t know. Unmemorable about him. I’m glad he makes you happy, but I just start to tune out whenever he talks.
Jill’s face was hard when PE ended, and I had the feeling she was trying not to cry. I tried talking to her in the locker room, but she simply shook her head and headed off for the showers. I was about to go there myself when I heard a shriek. Those of us who were still by the lockers raced to the shower room to see what was happening.Laurel jerked the curtain back from her stall and came running out, oblivious to the fact that she was naked. I gaped. Her skin was covered in a fine sheen of ice. Water droplets from the shower had frozen solid on her skin and in her hair, though in the steamy heat of the rest of the room, they were already starting to melt. I glanced over to the shower itself and noticed that the water coming out of the faucet was also frozen solid.
Sydney, don’t leave Adrian because of me.””It’s more complicated than that,” I said automatically.”It’s really not,” she said. “From everything I’ve seen and heard, you’re just afraid. You’ve always controlled every detail of your life. When you couldn’t-like with the Alchemists-you found a way to seize back that control.””There is nothing wrong with wanting control,” I snapped.”Except that we can’t always have it, and sometimes that is a good thing. A great thing, even,” she added. “And that’s how it is with Adrian. No matter how hard you try, you aren’t going to be able to control your feelings for him. You can’t help loving him, and so you’re running away. I’m just an excuse.