Chapter 1.


“Ok and that’s how it works,” the teacher said to us. I sat next to the window and I felt the cool breeze against my skin. Suddenly their was a knock at the door.

“Come in,” the teacher said. The principle walked in and a boy accompanied him.

“Everyone I would like you to welcome Jason Adams. He is your newest classmate and I want all of you to be very welcoming. Also I will need one volunteer to be Jason’s guide around school,” he said and looked around class. Finally his eyes landed on me.

“Melanie, why don’t you be his guide?” he asked me.

“Sure,” I said picking my bag up.

‘This should be interesting’ I thought.

I watched the tall slim girl walk up to me and looked at the principle.

“Remember Jason if you need anything you can ask Melanie or me,” he said to me. I nodded at him and turned my attention to the young, beautiful girl in front of me.

“Hello,” she said politely to me and turned to the principle “Do you want me to take him around school now?”

“Yes, please Melanie,” he said to her. She nodded and started towards the door.

“Right this way,” she said to me. I followed her out the door and walked faster so that I was walking next to her.

“Sorry,” she said softly and slowed her pace.

“That’s all right. Um…so your Melanie,” I said to her.

“Yea that’s right and your uh…Jackson,” she said quietly.

“Jason,” I corrected.

“Oh…um…so where did you…um,” she trailed off. Her eyes wandered to my arm and I realized what she was trying to ask.

“The scar? I got that in a car accident. Um…that’s why my parents weren’t at the meeting,” I said and looked carefully at the way she kept her eyes at the ground.

“Oh. Um…I’m sorry,” she said softly “That’s the science room.” I looked in the room through a window and saw a blond teacher talking to her students.

Oh, the joys of school,’ I thought grimly.

I walked around everywhere and told him all the classrooms while trying to keep my eyes on the ground.

“Why are you doing that?” he asked me.

“What do you mean?”

“Your keeping your eyes on the ground.” I looked up and met his yellow green eyes.

He stared deeply into my eyes and I felt myself grow hot.

“That’s why,” I murmured to him and dropped my eyes to the ground again.

“You blush easily huh. Um… well at least your not hard on the outside and soft on the inside,” he said softly. I looked at him again and stopped walking. We were outside in the field now and I was taking him to the tennis court. He stopped as well and looked at me.

“Why did we stop,” he asked me, his yellow-green eyes shone brightly at me. I shook my head and started to walk again but, his hand clamped down on my shoulder. He turned me around and put his other hand on my other shoulder. I quickly tried to break away from him but, he held me in place.
“Let me go,” I said, trying again to break free.

“Not until you tell me what’s wrong,” he said gently. I looked up again and met the face of a concerned boy with a soft heart. I stopped struggling and sighed. I let myself fall to the ground and he did the same.

“How old are you?” I asked him.

“Huh? I uh… I’m thirteen,” he said numbly.

“Just turned?”


I looked up to him and he was looking up at the sky.

“How old are you?” he asked suddenly.

“Thirteen. I’m going to be fourteen soon though,” I replied.


“Were you living here before?”

“Huh? Oh… no I just moved here.”

“I’ll have to show you around sometime,” I said and smiled. He looked at me with a shocked expression and smiled.

“I’d love that. Thanks,” he said softly. He got up slowly and offered his hand. I slid mine into his and he pulled me up.

“Thanks,” I said and smiled.

‘I have to show him around sometime and maybe while I’m at it, I’ll get to know him better’ I thought and smiled again at him.

She walked me back to class and she didn’t once look at the ground. We talked and laughed together on the way and I could feel the weird, uncomfortable feeling disappear. I didn’t know what was making her so uncomfortable and insecure but, I was glad that she was opening up to me.

“Thanks for showing me around Melanie,” I said to her when we reached the class. I went to open the door but, her hand stopped me.

“They’re about to come out so we should probably head to the cafeteria,” she said calmly.

“Oh ok. Um…I don’t remember where it is can you show me?” I asked her. I knew that that wasn’t the truth because I knew exactly where everything was. The truth was that I didn’t want to leave her side. She was amazing and I wanted to get closer to her.

“Ok no problem. Come on,” she said and tugged at my hand. I smiled and let her tug on my hand. I laughed as she tried to push me to the cafeteria.

“Ok, ok I’m coming. Don’t strain yourself,” I said and laughed again. She walked beside me and I glanced at her. She was smiling beautifully and was also looking outside into the courtyard.

“What are you looking at?” I asked her and followed her gaze.

“Huh? Oh nothing,” she said and smiled.

“Your in your own little world,” I said to her. She giggled and ran towards the cafeteria.

“Hey! Wait Up!” I said loudly and ran after her.

‘Gees who knew that a girl can run that fast’ I thought and ran even faster.

“Come…on….Melanie,” I panted out. When I entered the cafeteria I saw her sitting at a table, smiling gleefully.

“What took you so long?” she asked as I pulled up a chair beside her.

“Because I don’t think anyone else can run that fast!” She laughed and passed me a Coke.

“Thanks,” I said to her and opened it.

“So do you like the school so far?” she asked and took a sip of her Pepsi.

“Yea its great,” I replied while watching the first few people walk in. As they passed they all gave us side glances and I suddenly felt uncomfortable. I suddenly grew tense and I took a long sip of my cold Coke to calm me.

“What’s wrong?” she asked, putting her hand on my shoulder. Her hand was warm and cold at the same time.

“Nothing. Nothings wrong,” I mumbled to her.

‘I can’t let her worry about me. Even though, her caring would be great, I can’t let her worry’ I thought and frowned.

After lunch we went back to class. I thought class would drag but, with Jason always sitting by me, it didn’t. Suddenly the bell rang and everyone got up. I went to pick up my bag but, Jason picked it up and handed it to me.

“Thanks,” I said and blushed. He laughed softly and walked beside me on the way to the entrance.

“I’m going to have to get used to that,” he said softly. I nodded and smiled at him. He opened the door for me and I walked out into the humid air.

“So where do you live?” I asked him.

“I live on the shoreline. Its close by the lighthouse,” he replied and walked me to my car.

“Oh ok. Um… I had fun today. We’ll have to do it again sometime,” I told him as he opened the car door for me.

“Yea. This weekend is supposed to be sunny maybe you would like to come over to my house to go swimming?”

“I’d like that,” I said and smiled “I’ll see you soon.”

“Yea. I’ll see you later and, Melanie, thanks for a great day,” he said softly and stepped back. The car roared to life as my mom started it. She pulled off and I watched in the rearview mirror as he waved good bye. We pulled out of the parking lot and soon was on the highway. I listened to the soft purr of the Lamborghini and watched the scenery outside my window.

“So are you going to tell me or not?” my mother asked and gave me a side glance.

“Tell you what?”

“Who that boy was.”

“Oh that was Jason Adams. He’s a new student who just moved here.”

“Looks like he likes you. Has he asked you out yet?”

“Mom!” I groaned. I listened to her laugh and she sped up.

We passed the finale buildings as we turned on to the street that led to Sunset Canal. I leaned my head against the seat and waited impatiently to get home. I looked down at my bag and realized that it was partially open. I quickly went to close it until I realized that there was something in it. I opened it and looked inside. A piece of paper lay there on top of my books. I hesitated then slowly reached down and pulled out the folded paper. I closed my bag and kept the piece of paper out on my lap. I looked at it and finally unfolded it. Written on it was a single email and a phone number. Underneath that was a name. Jason Adams. I stared and my heart gave a leap.

‘Looks Like he wants to stay in touch’ I thought and smiled.

I turned on the computer and saw that she was online. I smiled and suddenly a message popped up on the screen.

“Hey,” she wrote.

“Hey,” I wrote back.

“When did you slip that piece of paper into my bag?”

“When I handed you your bag. I wanted to stay in touch.”

“Oh. So when did you plan on me coming up?” I smiled gleefully at this.

“I was hoping Saturday at 12:00 ‘o’ clock.”

“Sounds like a plan.” I looked outside and saw that it was pitch dark. I then looked at my watch and realized that it was 10:00 ‘o’ clock.

“Its late,” I wrote to her.

“I still want to talk to you.”

“Ok. What do you want talk about?”

The rest of the night we talked and shared thoughts about what we would do Saturday. I didn’t once look at my watch for I was to occupied talking to her.

“Hey I’m really tired now so I’m going to sign off,” she wrote.

“Have sweet dreams Mel,” I wrote and smiled while yawning.

“Get your rest Jase,” she wrote back and signed off. I walked over to my bed stand and flicked the switch of my lamp off. I slowly crawled into bed and closed my eyes. I listened to the breeze outside blow threw the trees, cicadas singing sadly and frogs croaked in harmony with them. I quickly was engulfed by darkness and soon fell asleep.

I awoke a few hours later and looked out the window. The moon was the only light outside and soon clouds were passing in front of them. But before the clouds blocked all of the light I saw something strange outside. A man. He stared at me as the darkness made its way to him. I stared and waited for the clouds to pass and when they did, he was gone. I had been standing there for the longest; looking for the strange man who had suddenly disappeared as if he had never been there. I sighed and turned around.

I jumped back and stared long and hard.

‘No way. That’s impossible!’ I thought and griped the windowsill.

Before me was the same man ,who was actually a teenager, that I had seen outside.

“Hello,” he said in a very strong English accent. I took a shaky breath and clutched the windowsill even harder.

‘Who is this guy and how on earth did he get in my room,’ I thought as he smiled mischievously at me.

The End

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