The student sitting there was grinning, staring at her chest.
Jared felt his hands clench into fists.
The student whispered into his friend's ear; they both stifled a laugh as they exchanged something in the palms of their hands. It was a huntsman spider.
The student reached over subtely, preparing to drop it down Arielle's shirt.
Jared lunged over his desk in a rapid motion, grabbing hold of the student's collar as he threw a hard punch to his face. The grin on the boy's face disappeared as he punched Jared back; the two tumbled onto the floor, where the spider was fleeing from the scene only a few metres from them.
"Apologise to her", Jared snarled under his breath, dodging a punch directed at his head from the careless student.
A gasp had escaped Arielle's lips when she saw Jared take down the two students, and saw the large spider sprint out of the classroom, disappearing into the hallway. A whine threatened to escape from her throat, already feeling the pressure. "Jared, it's alright," Arielle's voice was a bit higher as she tried to keep herself from screaming.
Jared hesitated, his eyes blazing as he kept them on the student. Reluctantly, he rose to his feet, brushing nothing off of his sleeves. "Try anything like that again and I'll beat the crap out of you", he said in a low whisper, no amusement in his tone or expression. He avoided blinking until the two students seated themselves again, and then sat back in his chair.
Arielle turned around to look at Jared, seeing that on one side a chair was empty. Quickly grabbing her things, she sat down by him, looking at Jared. "Why are you protective of me, out of the blue?" Arielle asked him, her wide, tan-brown eyes on him.
Jared didn't respond at first, but he realised he had to give an answer, even if he'd rather not. He fixed his eyes on Arielle's. "I feel, very protective of you. I can't stand to see them, treat you, like you're nothing". He paused again; when he spoke, he was almost whispering, or at least the sharp tone of his voice had that trait. "I don't stop, for every person I see, walking down the street in the rain. I stopped, because it was you. Because I sensed, and I knew, that I had to stop". His eyes and expression were intense, displaying he was completely serious. "And I know I would've regret it, if I had just driven by. I feel something for you, and I don't what it is exactly yet, but ... I need to be near you". His voice faded slightly. "Just like I needed to stop that car".
Arielle blinked a few times, then looking down at the wooden table. She didn't know what to say, no one had ever told anything like that before. "Ah..." Arielle murmured, trailing on. "That's kind of you to say that, Jared," She told him in a low voice, hoping no one had heard what he had told her.
Genevieve strode into her biology class; several students turned their heads as she entered, most of the boys immediately gaping or slouching. Of course, she ignored them - more than usual, as a matter of fact - because the person her mind was on was Andrew. Licking away on her lollipop, she seated herself near the window in silence.
Casper's eyes searched for Emma as he walked through the main hall; he pictured her tubes, her tank, her face ... he couldn't find her, though. "Andrew, we have science", he informed his friend - anything to get his mind off Genevieve. They headed in the direction of the classroom, but both of them had their attention on something other than science.