You dare challenge me?
Anger rose within me as I watched Hardin doing the same thing that he liked doing, bullying people.
And to make matters worse, the person that he was bullying was my friend Nadia. I hated that he had to be like that, and it pained me terribly seeing the embarrassment on Nadia's face.
The only offense Nadia had committed this time was to accidentally spill juice on Hardin's shoes. With what I was well aware of, every responsible person that is not Hardin would understand that it was a mistake, and look past it. But he was not that way.
He was vicious like a beast.
"Not just that you poured juice on me, you tried wiping it with your napkin that is as filthy as you are. Are you not stupid?" I heard Hardin yell out, and every word he uttered pierced my skin.
He was not talking to me, but I could feel what Nadia was going through at that moment.
My eyes quickly roamed through the hall, and I noticed that every other eye at the cafeteria was on Nadia. With their gazes radiating mockery.
"I am sorry. It was just, I really did not know. I just slipped..." Nadia stuttered. Sweat beads had already formed on her forehead, with her eyes getting wet. Her lips were shaking, and all I could see was someone going through a mental decline all because of that one person. Hardin.
"Just shut the fuck up!" Hardin interrupted her abruptly, "you have no right to talk while I am still talking."
Turning to his friends with the confused expression on his face, "I wonder where this school picks these set of paupers from," I heard him say with disgust in his voice.
My blood boiled within, listening to every rubbish that he was spilling. The one thing I wanted to do at that moment was to put him in his place.
Thinking that I used to have a crush on him way back in junior high caused me to cringe inwardly.
Really, he was not that way. And whenever he walked, back there at junior high, there was this positive energy that he exuded.
His black hair was still as radiant as it usually was, with his blue piercing eyes.
Undeniably, he was drop dead gorgeous.
If he was not a bully, then I could swear that I would do everything within my power just to have him.
"You disgust me, this kind of incident should not happen again. Else, I would make you use your smelling undies to wipe the floor," his voice called me out of my reverie.
That was the point at which I did not want to bear it anymore.
I expected that Nadia would put him in his place. But instead, she was crying, and muttering the words, "I am sorry."
"Even the air around me is getting messed up just from your mouth. Are you that..."
"Just shut the fuck up!" It was me this time, finally raising my voice up to Hardin. Sincerely, I had no idea what I was doing, but there was this feeling within me that I should continue.
I could feel the piercing gazes of people on my skin, with their lips apart. It was not exactly far from what I expected, as no one had ever spoken up to Hardin.
Everyone saw him as the god in the school somehow, I did too. Well before his bad attitude became so unbearing.
Asides the gazes from people that were on me, there was this one that was intense. It was from Hardin.
His blue piercing eyes definitely did a good job of announcing him.
From where I stood, I could feel the domineering aura that he exuded. As a matter of fact, he did not have to bully other people to get respect if that was what he wanted, as it was obvious that he deserved it since he had the Alpha's blood. But for some reasons known to him, he chose to be that way.
"Were you joking, or did I not hear well?" He asked with a low chuckle that escaped his lips though it did not get to his eyes.
"If you did not, then I can save you the stress of having to stretch your brain. I said that you should shut the fuck up!"
I knew my words had hit hard on him, with the way his skin colored red.
He was in rage. No one had probably spoken that way to him, and although I felt proud of myself, I was scared.
I tried my best to not show it, but inside of me, there was this war that had been waged.
Chatterings filled the cafeteria instantly, and I could hear most of what they uttered.
"Hardin will definitely cause her end," I heard someone mumble, and I felt disgusted.
Everyone was well aware of how much of a bully Hardin was, and the least they could do was to support me as I spoke up to him.
Contradicting what I thought, they were fantasizing about my end. Maybe because he was the Alpha's son, because I still saw no reason why people would go any length, just to get his favor.
"What gave you the audacity to even dare talking to me? Do you have no fear?"
"Oh! Spare me those lines," I retorted.
"You can do nothing, you are nothing. You are worthless. You are insecure, and you are just finding your value in bullying people. A psychopath, that is what you are."
My words annoyed him to the extent that his veins were visible on his skin. His fists were clenched, with his teeth gritted in anger.
If he had his way, he would have chewed me. But if I did not speak up, Nadia would feel worse than she already was.
The whole school would jeer at her for a long time, concerning the filthy words that Hardin had uttered to her. But now, they will definitely be a different story to carry.
And even if he ended up raising his hand at me, which I doubt that he will do, as my words had made him weak. The gossip was still going to center on his own embarrassment.
It was at that point that I noticed that Nadia had run out of the cafeteria with tears in her eyes.
"I have no more time to spend with you. You are just not worth it. So I will take my leave," I motioned, then turned to go before he held me back.
"And what are you trying to do? Leave? No, I am not done with you." He voiced out, and I gulped.
"It pains me that I have to talk with someone like you. You are just a nonentity that is obviously not fit to breathe the same air that I breathe."
"I am certain your foolish parents will agree within themselves that you are a mistake because I would rather have a child that was picked out of the dustbins, than to have you."
The words he spoke to me at that moment, got to me and caused a crack in my heart. The hurt was so much that I could hear myself breaking.
I tried my best to keep my emotions put, but tears still managed to slip out of my eyes and down to my cheeks.
"I am not even done with you and you are shedding tears? Why did you not think before opening your filthy mouth?"
"She is not worth it bro, don't stress yourself," Alex, Hardin's tag along friend jeered, and his twin brother, Sandro supported.
"To think that she is in the same school as us. Her parents probably have to work out their asses and be in debts just to cater for her," Sandro added
"I am certain she is being covered by the scholarship. Selling everything that she has, still would not be able to afford her fees. Can't you see the cheap quality clothes she wear?" Hardin chirped in, while I stood there uttering no words.
"The maids at my house look healthier than she does..."
"I don't really care about anything you say," I voiced out, in an attempt to save myself from feeling more hurt. "Even as I am poor, I know my self worth and I don't have to battle with insecurities like you are doing."
"Self worth?" He mocked and burst into laughter.
"I can intentionally cut you off from the scholarship you are enjoying, and make you lick my shoes with your tongue," He smirked at me.
I paid no more attention to his mockery, and tried to walk away. I had barely taken a reasonable amount of steps when he held me back and began to drag me towards the cafeteria door.
I tried wriggling myself from his grip, but it was right and impossible to.
Pushing me against the walls of an empty class, he walked to me with his eyes red.
"Let me give you this final warning, never in your life should you dare interfere with my affairs," he growled at me.
"I promise to make your life miserable and your stay in this school a living hell. Coming to the cafeteria today is the worst mistake you have made in your life, and I can promise that you will regret it in every air that you breath."
"Fool," he cursed, then pushed me harder against the wall before he walked away.
The tears came out completely as I watched him shut the door behind him.
I had no idea what I had gotten myself into, but I could only wish that everything that was happening was not true.