Robbie felt something hit his side. He glanced down nervously finding Rex sitting there. He panicked on the inside as well as the outside. “What.. What.. What is this!?” He looked from the TV to Rex to Jade, and back again. He watched Jade’s face, noticing something in her eyes. “Oh.. You think this is funny? You did this, didn’t you? You sly little..” Robbie didn’t finish his sentence as he moved his hands to Jade’s waist and pushed her over before straddling her waist. “You’re really not all that funny.” He brought his hands down to her sides and tickled her. This wasn’t something Robbie would usually do, but he was feeling bold. He laughed loudly, “Not so tough now.”
She raised her dark eyebrows at his sudden outburst, biting her tongue to stop herself from laughing. “What are you—” Jade looked down at the doll and she widened her eyes, her brows furrowing with mock surprise. She started to say something, but quickly snapped her mouth shut when she realized he’d found out what she had done. “What? I didn’t—Robbie!” Jade let out a shrill shriek, her brow furrowed with frustration. She slapped at his hands to no avail, giggles escaping her. “Robbie—I swear to god, if you don’t—” She was cut off by another of her yelps, and she tried desperately to push him off.
“N-nothing is wrong.” Robbie cursed himself for not being able to control his stutter. He looked around blatantly. “Good movie, huh? Noodles okay, yeah? That’s good.” He tried to give a convincing smile, but he was sure it didn’t work. Where the hell could it have gone?! He turned his attention to the movie, trying desperately to pay attention, but it wasn’t helping matters any, and if it didn’t end soon he was surely going to flip out.
Jade rolled her eyes at his blatant nervousness, serving herself some more of the noodles. She kept an eye on him as she ate, glad that her plan was going through swimmingly thus far. Once she finished her Ramen, she set the empty container aside, placing her hands behind her. She waited until well after they’d both focused on the screen before slipping her right hand beneath the bed. Her fingers grazed over hard plastic and she got a firm grip on the puppet hand. She made sure he wasn’t looking before slowly dragging Rex’s hand out from beneath the bed, placing it close to Robbie. Her hand retracted casually, folding with her other neatly on her knees. Now, all she had to do was wait for him to see.
Robbie quickly walked up the stairs with Jade’s food and stopped dead in his tracks when he reached the door. Where the fuck did it go? Robbie looked around frantically, but kept his cool. He stepped inside the room handing Jade her noddles. “Yeah, here.” He took his seat next to her and tried to keep his eyes on the TV, but failed. His eyes would frantically moved around the room looking for the puppet. A loud noise bursted from the movie making him cringe. This was getting weird for him, in so many way.
Jade took the noodles, giving him a grateful smile. “Thanks, Rob.” She dug in immediately, watching him from her peripherals. It was almost difficult for her to keep a straight face, seeing him so fidgety. He was clearly suspicious of the disappearance of Rex, even though he was only a few feet away from the thing. Jade lowered her fork, asking, “What’s wrong with you?” faking a concerned tone. Her eyebrows joined together, and she was finally glad the school had a course on facial expressions, because she was sure it was convincing.
Robbie laughed at Jades reaction, and quickly picked the puppet back up. “Jade.” Robbie mimicked a voice nothin like Rex’s or his own. It sounded creepy and only added to the element that Robbie wanted to create. He slowly moved Rex’s arm out and opened the door more. Robbie repeated the weird voice. “Jade.”
Quickly, Robbie stood up and walked back downstairs, leaving the puppet behind. If Jade so happened to be adventurous and investigate he didn’t want to be found right next to the door. “Jade, do you still want noodles?” He yelled as loudly as he could. Not bothering to wait for an answer he decided to make them anyway. He knew that deep down Jade was scared and he kind of found that empowering, as mean as that seems. That’s just another way they were alike though. One of many.
Why the fuck does it know my—Dammit, Shapiro. Jade got up, anger building up inside her, and she yanked the door open, surprised to see the hall empty. She looked down at the doll, leaning over to pick it up. She glared at it for a few seconds before bringing it into the room, setting it on the floor beside where she was sitting. When she heard him call out, she only rolled her eyes. Trying to be clever, huh? She hollered back, “Yeah, sure!” Jade settled on the ground, tucking the puppet beneath the bed, making sure she could pull it out quickly. With a grin, she looked at the screen, devising a plan for when he returned.
Robbie rolled his eyes again. Part of him felt hurt, and part of him wanted to laugh. What does she think I’m stupid? He leaned over to the girl, and brought his lips close to her ear. “I would have thought you’d be more slick than that.” He stood up walking out of his room and downstairs. He knew he shouldn’t care, because he knew he shouldn’t even like her. According to everyone else, liking Jade was like having a think for Satan’s child, but Robbie didn’t see her that way anymore. Of course she was still cold, and rude, but part of her cared, and it’s part of her he actually got to see, whether she meant for him to or not.
He walked into the basement pulling Rex out of one of the boxes. He smiled, proud at what he was about to do, and creeped back upstairs as to not be heard by Jade. He sat on the opposite side of the door, in the darkness of the hallway, and cracked the door open, placing Rex there only so she could see the puppet slightly. As much as Jade was tough, ventriloquist dolls scared everyone.
Her eyes widened, his breath on her skin causing her to shiver despite herself. She sighed, bowing her head with frustration. How else was she supposed to do it? Would he have preferred her just push him off of her, because she would have. Jade raked her fingers through her hair, taking deep breaths. She told herself to stay calm, and not to freak out, because she never did like it when Beck got upset with her, and she assumed it would probably be the same to Robbie. No longer having something to distract her from the movie, she watched the screen, rolling her eyes at how outrageous it was. Puppets would never do that.
Her eyes darted away from the screen when she heard the bedroom door creak. She looked over at the entrance to the bedroom, spotting the ever-so-familiar doll peeking out from the crack. Or maybe puppets could. Maybe it was because the movie was kind of freaking her out or maybe she was generally scared of puppets, she screamed. Jade clambered to the other side of his bed and grabbed a pillow, chucking it uselessly at the puppet.
Robbie rolled his eyes and scoffed. “My grandmother bought it for me when she was trying to get me to get rid of Rex.” He sat down again next to the dark-haired girl, and tried to get comfortable. Finally, he stopped caring, and settled his arm behind Jade. Granted, he wanted to do that for more than just him not being comfortable, but she didn’t need to know that. He kept his eyes fixated on the screen. This is how it should be all the time.
“Your grandmother had an interesting method,” she said with a light laugh. Jade didn’t want to admit that this movie was partially why she hated Rex, because the movie was kind of, slightly creepy. To say she was glad that he’d gotten rid of the thing would be an understatement. She was drawn from her thoughts when she felt something behind her, and for a second she thought it was a puppet. Jade shook her head, knowing it was stupid, and glanced over her shoulder. Her eyes widened when she saw it was Robbie’s arm draped across her shoulder. She faced forward quickly, her body tensing. That’s not where that belongs. She shifted her gaze over to the ex-puppeteer, wondering how in the world she’ll get his arm off of her without devastating the kid. Jade rolled her eyes, cursing her inability to get someone to stop touching her without yelling. Maybe if she…Jade scooted forward, the feeling of his arm on her lessening with each inch, and she suppressed a smile, a little proud of herself. She didn’t look over at him, wanting it to seem nonchalant, and instead laid on her stomach, looking up at the screen. This way, she thought, he can’t do that anymore.
You’re here because I want you to be here, idiot. Robbie was being bitter inside, and slightly on the outside, but he couldn’t help it. This beautiful girl, who deserved the whole world, wouldn’t go for anyone but someone who treats her like crap. That’s how Robbie observed the situation anyway. Maybe I am being a little harsh. He sat down next to Jade, closer than he probably should have. “You’re here because I want you to be here.” He smiled, but it didn’t reach his eyes, he couldn’t be in total happiness right now, but he was at least going to try, for her. Who would of thought he’d have to try to be nice for Jade? He got up and walked to the movie case. He pulled out the movie Dead Silence. Sure, why not watch a movie about ventriloquist killing dolls with Jade around.
Jade smiled back weakly, lightly patting his hand. She supposed that was a legitimate answer. He did still like her. At least, she thought he did. She kind of hoped he did. She wasn’t sure why, though. She quirked a brow at his selection but said nothing. Even if she thought the movie was god awful, she was glad that he was somewhat letting up. “Of course you have this,” she commented lamely, nudging his side as she readjusted her position against the bed.
You did more than piss in my cornflakes, thought Robbie. Jade had hurt him. He was stupid for letting it go so easily, but that’s what you do when you love someone. You just let them walk over you, because you hope it’ll make them love you back. For Robbie’s ability to solve math problems in .5 seconds, and have an answer to everything, he sure was acting like a moron.
He followed her up the stairs. He’d follow her anywhere. He was like a lost puppy trying to find it’s way home. “Yeah, Spiderman or something. Wouldn’t want to live out of my stereotype.” Sometimes Robbie wished he could change himself completely. To go back to the time before Jade realized he was a complete nerd, so maybe then she’d think of him differently. As different as Jade is she is kind of judgmental. Surprise? Yeah, no.
“Fine, pick whatever. I don’t care.” Jade sighed, slumping against his bed. Perhaps she’d been rude about it, whatever, but she was trying. She was making aneffort to be nice to him, but he was being a total twerp about it. She didn’t know how to act around Robbie. It wasn’t like she’d been in this situation before. Whenever someone liked her, she liked them back. Of course, the only person to like her romantically was Beck, but still. Jade was all over the place with how she was acting—she’d gone from nice to rude and back, and apparently, none of it satisfied him. “Look, Rob, if you’re so ticked, why am I here?”
The talk earlier hadn’t been the greatest, but he didn’t really care what she said. For someone as smart, and as independent as Jade, he couldn’t understand why she would want someone like Beck. He has no feelings, except rage, and he’d been going around trying to kiss other girls. It boggled Robbie’s mind as to why she’d be so stupid.
Robbie opened his door with a sigh, leaning his arm against it and running his hand through his hair. His eyes looked her over once or twice before he cleared his throat and began to speak. “Well, looks like the Queen has finally arrived.” He rolled his eyes, stepping aside so she could come in. “Better roll out the red carpet.”
“The sarcasm is strong with this one,” she muttered as she stepped inside. “Who pissed in your cornflakes?” Jade frowned, immediately regretting saying it. She was probably why he was acting all abnormal. She mumbled another apology and went to his room, settling on the floor beside his bed. “What’re we watching today?” Jade asked, looking over at the curly haired boy. She smiled slightly, hoping that it would maybe, hopefully, cause him to brighten, though she doubted it. Just in case, though, she added, “It can even be one of your stupid super hero movies.” She glanced over her shoulder at the cabinet she knew he kept comic books in. Sometimes, he was such a stereotypical nerd, with the glasses and scrawniness, the video games and infatuation with fictional heroes. It was nice, though, knowing that not every guy in the world was the same. She stifled a laugh, looking back to him for his answer.
Jade’s fingers drummed on the steering wheel as she waited at a stop sign for another driver to go. She was driving to Robbie’s apartment yet again, this time for a movie and food. And to hopefully patch things up with him, but he didn’t know that part yet. She felt awful for what she’d said to him that afternoon, telling him that they would never be more than friends. Yeah, Jade could have been more gentle when she told him, but she had to get her point across. While it did upset him, it was better that he knew it. Still, though, she wanted to make sure that he was okay, which was what she planned on doing. She eased onto the gas, pulling onto the road that his apartment complex was located. She watched the street signs whir by, turning sharply when she reached the entrance to his place. Jade quickly parked and got out, jogging up to his house. With a sigh, she knocked briskly on the door.