Chapter 28

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Amanda's POV~

Eight days.

It's been eight days since I'd been back at campus. In that time, Zuri, Neal, and I had finally presented our project about Honey Bees to the class. For my first presentation at college, I think we did pretty damn good. We're sure to get a least a 'B' on it.

After that, all my suspicions about Neal flew out the window. He was back to his normal self, laughing and smiling again. The dangerous glint was gone from his eyes, and I even had a chance to ask him about his tattoo again. This time he didn't give me his cocky attitude, instead his green eyes shined bright with excitement, as he told me how he'd gotten it. Apparently, over break, a friend of his designed the tattoo, and did the inking for Neal, free of charge.

Although, I trust Neal, John's suspicions about Neal never quite subsided. Then again, I don't think they ever did. In fact, he was more alert around Neal than ever. I'm not sure if this was jealousy, or him being too cautious. I honestly hope it wasn't the later one, because the Neal I know wasn't menacing like his twin brother, Nick.

But, at least John wasn't being his overprotecting crazy self all the time. In fact, he'd been surprisingly sweet and caring. Every day for the last week, he had made me breakfast in bed, had walked me to and from classes, took me out for lunch, and had gotten me one Chocolate Cosmos to put in my vase. They were absolutely breathtaking with their unique deep red color, almost black—my favorite color.

Though it wasn't the color that made me love them. It was their scent; a sweet blend of vanilla and hot chocolate. John said he brought these just for me, because it had reminded him of me. Said, whenever he was around me, he could always smell vanilla and cherry blossoms, mixed with a dash of chocolate. I guess they really were the perfect flower for me—I mean it certainty was a sight to see every morning.


I sighed, excited to receive another flower tonight. I'll have a total of nine.

“Earth to Amanda!”

Startled, I turned towards the sound of the voice, seeing Zuri waving her hands back and forth in my face.

“Ah, yeah?”

She shook her head, laughing. “Come on Amanda. You have to pay attention. We're in the middle of class.”

It was then that I'd realized I zoned out. As my eyes scanned the room, I saw that half of the class was staring blankly at the board, pretending to be in deep conversation, while the other half of the class was writing down notes like their lives depended on it.

“Right.” I nodded, grabbing onto my pen again. “Just what are we doing exactly?”

Sliding her notebook towards me, I saw the heading, 'Review' on top of it.

My eyes bugged out when I remembered that semester exams started next week. They were our final test grades before the fall semester ends, and winter break begins. Now was not the time to be daydreaming, and thinking about John and his gifts, no matter how much I want to.

“Shit,” I cursed, as I scribbled down what Zuri had written down already. As I was doing this, the professor was going on and on about preparation, and tips on achieving a high score. And even though I should be listening to him, I was too focus on copying her notes down.

“Amanda. You can copy it down later,” Zuri said, patting my shoulder. “Listen,” she instructed, pointing to the front of the class.

“I guess you're right,” I concluded, pushing her notebook back to her. Facing ahead, I tried to pay attention, when I felt a light tap on my shoulder.

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