It was great to see Liam having fun. I didn’t think I’d witnessed him smile all week until today. Kissing hot babes every minute did the trick. I knew it would!
He laughed as his latest make out buddy left the scene with pink lips and a broad grin.
Aww and now a cute eleven year old with a dreamy look came up to him.
If I wasn’t so busy, I would have Crapchatted that picture of her giving him a kiss on the cheek. How adorable!
It was like straight out of a Smallmark movie!
Well, I couldn’t blame them for lining up to kiss him. I wished I could get in line, too, but he friendzoned me all week and so I’ve all but given up. At least it looked like he might be getting over the slut from hell. And being friends with my big crush wasn’t that bad. Right? At least we could hang out from time to time.
And then one of MY kissees cleared his throat. “Um…er…like when are my lips gonna touch yours? I paid the two bucks.”
Huh boy. While Liam got babes, I got impatient frogs and guys from my classes (which was totally embarrassing!)
This kissing booth thing was only getting more fun by the minute. The best part about it was making ladies of all ages feel special. One elderly cute lady came up to me, so I joked, “Here I am. Come and get it!”
With a broad grin, she opened her arms and bolted toward me.
Instead of a peck on the cheek, she engulfed me in a hug and laid on one of the biggest smacks I’d had all day.
She made me totally blush! That grandma’s got it going on!
Next was a shrimpy kid, sizing me up like I was a giant gorilla.
“Dude,” I said, hoping to put him at ease. “I don’t discriminate on gender. Do you want a kiss? I don’t bite.”
He put up his hand and said, “Uh…that’s okay. I’m good.”
I guessed he chickened out at the last second?
And then the next girl in line made my stomach twist.
What the fuck was she doing here?
“If you’re wanting to start shit, Mala, I’m not falling for it. So you can just crawl back under the rock you came from.”
Her eyebrows drew in. “I was just coming over to say I’m sorry. I know I didn’t handle things well and…I don’t know…I just didn’t want to hurt you is all. I tried to break things off with Oliver but…”
I put up my hands. “But what? You didn’t have the decency to even answer one of my texts? Did you think by ghosting me, I’d just magically disappear? Well, you got your wish, Mala. I’m totally and completely out of your life!”
She crossed her arms, not getting the hint that I wanted her gone. “Can we talk, Lee Lee? I really think we need to. I can’t have you hating me like this. It’s not fair to either of us.”
Oh my God! The green witch just arrived on her broom and was about to throw down with Liam. I couldn’t believe she had the nerve to show herself here. And right when he was having such a good time, too. Unbelievable!
I had to temporarily take a break and hopefully, be there for Liam if and when she left. “Hey, um…sorry, I’ve got to take a ten minute break. These lips need a rest.”
The guy next in line glared. “But I’ve been waiting forever! Can’t you make an exception?”
He was Arthur Mackerel from my math class. Pretty cute and I would have loved to kiss him, but if I did, the same thing would happen with the next guy and I could overhear Liam getting upset. “How about I make it up to you at school? I’ll give you a real good toe tingler. Okay?”
“Nah…just forget it.”
“I’m serious! I’ve got an emergency right now! I’m sorry!”
In the end, I decided to let her say her peace then walk out of my life for good. “What is it, Mala? Be quick because we’re losing daylight and the booth will close.”
“Like I said before, I’m sorry, Lee Lee. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I must have written a million texts to you, but it just never could say what I wanted to. I can’t explain why I’m so attached to Oliver. But…I just am. And it’s not your fault. Not at all. I just hope you’ll forgive me and maybe we can be friends?”
Friends? Was she fucking kidding me? After two years and talking as if we’d be together forever, she didn’t have the guts to end things like a decent person. Instead, she just went ahead and dated the guy while stringing me along? I couldn’t help it. All the pent up anger over what happened exploded. “Mala, do you realize what I’ve been going through all week? I couldn’t wait to see you after my trip and texted you right away. All you would have had to do was call me, tell me you’ve been cheating. I know because I got a fucking picture of you all over Oliver in a text. You didn’t care about me then and you don’t now. No. I don’t forgive you. And no, we’re not ever going to be friends!”
“But, Lee Lee…I said I was sorry! What else am I supposed to do?”
Ginny grabbed me and said, “Hey…don’t give her your anger, Liam. She’s not worth it. Let’s go.”
Seeing Mala cry did nothing to me. I was still so furious, hurt, and miserable. I was going to leave with Ginny but I had to have the last word. I pointed at her and yelled, “What are you supposed to do? I’ll tell you, Mala. Get the hell away from me and have a nice life with Oliver! You two deserve each other.”
Ginny pushed me and said, “Come on!”
I stalked off and dropped onto a bench. Mala had a way of turning the best day into my worst.
Ginny stepped toward me. “For what it’s worth, at least you got that off your chest. Right?”
I groaned. “Then why do I feel like such a dirtbag? I didn’t want to make her cry.”
“She deserved to feel a little of the pain you’re feeling. It’s only natural to want to strike back.”
I sank into the bench, my face heating up. “Geeze, I didn’t want to do that. I just want everything to go back the way it was. Why am I not good enough for her? That’s what hurts the most, you know?”
Ginny sat next to me and shrugged. “I don’t get it either. I mean…I would never choose Oliver Treadstone over you.”
I sighed. “You’re just saying that to make me feel better.”
“Look, any guy that kisses strangers both young and old with a smile on his face for charity is miles higher in my book than someone like Oliver Treadstone. And if Mala’s too stupid to see what a catch you are, then good riddance.”
I looked down, not sure how to take her compliment. I mean…Ginny was totally hot and I really liked her, but I was in no mood to start anything with anyone at the moment. “Thanks for saying that, Ginny. Makes it not suck as bad.”
“Yeah, break ups stink but all it means is there’s someone better for you out there. Don’t worry. You’ll find her.”
At that moment, I knew she was right but I needed time to get over Mala. If I ever would get over her.