Nathan was invisible and running. He was still headed to the center of town where Haven Manor was located at.
On his way there, he passed by a group of two-story buildings that had a large ball field.
'Haven School,' he read the sign plastered on the wall.
Realizing that it was a school, he recalled his high school life.
8 years ago.
Nathan, 16 years old.
Country of Muwin – Latif High School, Latif City.
"Burger and apple juice, please."
The old lady accepted the money and gave Nathan a burger and one bottle of apple juice.
"Here you go." The old lady passed Nathan his change and turned towards another customer. "What can I get you?"
"Thanks," said Nathan as he turned away and began his great escape from the sea of students.
When Nathan finally escaped, he let out a sigh of relief.
'This really sucks. Men, women, I almost got knocked out from their smelly armpits!'
Right now was recess time. And given that this was a public high school, although there were other cafeterias and stalls, due to the number of students, recess time was always chaotic.
Nathan looked around.
There were no extra tables and chairs inside and outside the cafeteria he was at.
Fortunately, the sky was cloudy so he decided to head to the ball field.
He sat at one of the bleachers and pulled out his phone to watch a video from a website as he ate.
The video he was watching was about a training program for lifting weights. Unfortunately, just after 3 minutes of watching the video with 12 minutes left, he decided to close it.
'What a worthless video. The intro is 1 minute long and the content provides nothing new.'
All of a sudden, an arm wrapped around his neck and was followed by a female voice ringing on his right ear.
"You're so cold, Nathan! Why did you leave us?! We were looking all over for you!"
Nathan felt the little, soft pillows pressing against his back and smelled a familiar sweet apple scent of cheap shampoo.
His heart started to race but he quickly suppressed it.
"It's not my fault. You guys were too slow," Nathan said with a bored expression.
The woman uncoiled her arm around Nathan's neck and sat beside him.
"It's not my fault. The girl that Vincent is courting moves so slow. What did you get?" asked the woman and smiled sweetly.
Nathan looked at the woman and realized that his emotions were still in disarray from the sensation he just felt but he didn't show any expression as his mind worked double time in suppressing it.
Her name was Karen. She was one his childhood friends and currently his classmate. She had long black hair and white skin. In terms of looks, she was slightly above average, making her a 6. As for her body, it was only average at best, but she was slim and was 5'4" in height.
Nathan didn't answer. He continued searching for other fitness videos on his phone as he took a bite from his burger and drank juice.
"They should be coming here any minute now," said the woman as she sent a text from her phone and put it inside her pocket.
She opened the bottle of juice that she bought and took a sip.
"Elk! It doesn't taste good…"
Nathan didn't react and continued looking for videos as he ate.
"Nathan…" the woman said with a voice that sounded like she was about to cry.
"No, I'm not going to swap."
"I wanted to try this new flavor and I wasn't expecting it to taste this bad."
"Then throw it away."
"But it would be a waste."
"Then finish it."
"But it doesn't taste good…"
"Then throw it away."
She coiled her arm around Nathan's arm, leaned her head against his shoulder and said, "Come on, what are childhood friends and neighbors are for? I promise this would be the last time."
Karen began shaking his arm.
Nathan could feel his right arm bumping on her left breast.
"Who told you to buy that drink anyway?"
"I never tried this flavor before so I was curious."
He stopped looking at his phone and looked at her with a helpless expression.
Karen was adventurous, outgoing, friendly and always liked to try new things. This also made her one of the popular kids in school.
However, due to her attitude, this also led her to a number of uncomfortable situations. Luckily for her, she had Nathan and Vincent, her childhood friends and neighbors, to bail her out when in need.
"This better be the last time."
Karen immediately switched her drink with Nathan's.
"Hey, Karen!" a female voice called out from afar.
"What's up, Therese?" Karen replied and waved.
Therese was one of their classmates. She was one of the honor students in their class and was also beautiful. She was also a former member of the student council.
Beside her was a thin guy with glasses who was only 5'3" in height and was also an honor student. Unlike Therese, Karen and Nathan who were graduating students, he was a junior. However, he was part of the student council.
"I just talked to Mrs. Suarez. She wants to know if the budget we have for the graduation after-party next week is enough."
"Everything is fine. Yesterday I went downtown to check the price of the materials that we need."
Karen was the former treasurer of the student council. As for the graduation after-party, the current student council members were in charge of it, but she volunteered to help simply because she wanted to.
"Great, I'll tell her right away."
"Okay. Just find me or send me a text if there's an emergency."
Therese and the thin guy turned away.
However, they accidentally bumped into a group of three male students.
"Watch where you're going, nerd!"
One of the male students shoved the thin guy that Therese was with.
The thin guy fell to the ground and immediately apologized, "I'm sorry. I wasn't watching."
The male students looked at the thin guy with disdain and laughed.
"He fell from that little shove? God, that's pathetic."
The group of males were members of the basketball team. Their height ranges from 5'9 to 6'1"
In this country, the average height of a male was 5'7" while the female was 5'5".
In the case of Nathan who was fast approaching 6ft at the age of 16, he was one of the few tall guys in the school. Added with his muscular physique and his connection with Vincent and Karen, not many would dare to mess with him despite his so-called lone wolf attitude.
"You! I can have you suspended for bullying!" Therese said as she glared at the bullies.
The three bullies sneered.
Therese was no longer part of the student council and will be graduating next week.
Karen immediately rushed up and shouted, "You guys are the pathetic ones! Don't you have any other thing better to do?!"
Having two women, Therese and Karen, confront them, the bullies immediately lost interest and wanted to leave.
In this school, if a man will fight or bully a woman, that man would immediately have a bad reputation and face the wrath of many white knights, regardless of whatever the reason was.
"Let's go," said one of the bullies.
As they tried to leave, Karen grabbed one of them by their uniform and shouted, "Where are you going?! You haven't yet apologized!"
Seeing the commotion, students started to gather around to see what's going on.
Nathan, who was at the bleachers sitting, was quietly observing.
As a graduating student, he knew very well about the politics of high school and the drama that comes with it. And he was, quite frankly, very sick of it.
But despite him not wanting to dabble with such nonsense and invite the madness and stress that comes along with, he had no choice but to play along even just a little if he wanted to live a peaceful school life, especially when considering the fact that 80% of a student's life is spent at school.
'Karen… Can't you just mind your own business? Why do you have to poke your nose in other people's business…' Nathan scolded inside his heart.
Although he was well aware that a man hitting a woman will lead to big problems and not many are brave enough to risk it because they will be facing a lot of white knights, there's always that chance that a person can't take it anymore and decides to break the rule.
'If that happens...'
Nathan's eyes gleamed as he put his phone inside his pocket and prepared himself to take Karen away just in case.
"Yousef, I suggest you do what she says," a male voice suddenly said.
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