Lunar Skylar

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“But last time you said your boyfriend and step brother had been involved.” Detective Jesse looked at me suspiciously.

“They weren’t. I was lying because I was mad at them.”

“Is that so?”

“Yeah.”

“Okay. You said this is the fourth time?”

“Yes.”

“They all say your brother and boyfriend were involved.”

“Course they’d say that. I mean, why won’t they? They’re the ones that got the evidence.” I scoffed. “They betrayed them. They’re mad at them. How would you feel if your bestest friends have beaten your girlfriend or sister?!”

“I wouldn’t like it--”

“And then you’ve had enough and decided to turn your back on them and get them locked up?! What do you think will happen? They will hate you and try and get you to suffer with them.”

Jesse looked at me and sighed. “Okay. I’ll be back.”


“They have been arrested--”

“Noah and Jay?!” I panicked.

“No, their friends.”

“Thank god. Thank you so much. Thank you, you don’t know how much this means to me..”

“I’m glad you’re happy. Credits to your lawyer. Harley.”

“She’s amazing. I’m just so happy right now. Thank you so much!”

“No problem. This is a private and confidential--”

“Yes, I know. I can’t say anything to the public but thank you!!”

He blushed. “No problem. But if you don’t mind me asking, how do you feel after...everything that’s happened?”

“Well...I don’t feel scared anymore. I feel so much better. I just feel amazing.”

“That’s good. Remember, any problems, we’re one call away.”

“Yeah. Thanks so much.”

“No problem.”

"What's your name?"

"I'm Jesse."


“Sky I have not seen you this happy since forever.” Gemma said as we ate our pizzas.

“Yeah well,they’re locked away. For good. So I don’t need to feel any scared ever again.” Then I turned to Jay and hugged him. “I can’t believe you recorded it.”

“I knew they weren’t gonna stop.” He said.

“Yeah well now, everyone’s happy.” Alex 1.2 smiled. “And I don’t need to use a fucking wheel chair.”

“I really don’t get what’s wrong with a wheel chair.” Esmeralda said eating her cake.

“Why don’t you use one?”

“No.”

“Esmeralda, Harley, you both work amazing together I mean, you both created such a strong case. I can’t believe you managed to do all that work in three hours, I mean. You’re amazing!”

“Aww.” Harley ruffled my hair. “Sky you’re not gonna cut your hair?”

“No, I like it like this.”

“Oh.” Everyone said at the same time.

“But people will mistake me as a boy if I put my hood up.”

“Yeah.” Xander said. “So now, you can go to social media and continue your happy life.”

“I..I can’t. Everyone probably thinks I’m a filthy liar I mean, the news probably thinks so too.” I frowned.

“Well now, everyone probably knows they’re all locked up. So now you’re safe.” Noah said. “We can start uploading I mean, Sky, you stupidly promised that you’d start uploading regularly but you haven’t.”

“I said WE.”

“I’m the only one that’s been uploading. Pranks. On Calvin.” Mason said. “Daily. Everyday.”

“Oh will you please. I never fail any of them.”

“Sure.” Mason threw a chip at him. “Cameras don’t lie.”

“Guys I’m gonna go home.” Alex 1.2 said. “Sky it’s getting late.”

“Okay. Erm, bye Aiden. Aiden?” I waved my hand in his face. He looked up and took his headphones off. “I need to go. Happy birthday and bye.”

“Bye and thanks. A lot.” He smiled. “I’d hug you right now but I won’t.”

“It’s fine. Bye.” I said already walking out the front door. “Alex how’s your leg?” I asked once we arrived home.

“Okay.” He said crutching into the kitchen. Then he poured a glass of water and drank it. “Sky, you okay?”

“Yeah. I’m safe now. I just feel so so happy.” I smiled.

“That’s good.”

“Xander, how are you feeling?”

“Just a small head ache.” He mumbled and rushed to the toilet puking.

“Xander did you drink?!” I shouted.

“No, I didn’t.” He puked again. “I’ve been feeling a bit sick today.”

“Okay, wanna go A&E?”

“No, I’m fine.”

“Okay, want me to check your temperature?”

“I’m fine.” He said getting up. Then I saw Alex go up to him. “Are you sure you’re okay?”

“Yeah.” Xander said brushing his teeth. “You can go now.”

“Okay.” Alex and I said at the same time. We went into the living room and sat on the sofa. We switched the TV on and started watching Bad Education.

“God sake, I’m so tired.” Alex yawned.

“Then sleep?”

“Can’t let you be up alone. You need to sleep first. In case anything happens.”

“They’re locked away. For good.”

“Oh. Right.” He smiled. “You must be over the moon.”

“Course I am. I have no reason to be scared anymore!”

“Yeah.” He ruffled my hair.

Then Xander came in and slumped down next to me. “My fucking head is fucking killing me.”

“I’ll go get some pain killers.” I said getting up. I went upstairs and into Alex’s room. I looked around and found an empty box. Oh shit.

“SKY?!”

“Coming Xander.” I said running down the stairs. “It’s all finished.”

“Shit.” Xander sighed.

“I’ll go next door.” I said.

“Hurry up.”

“Don’t go anywhere else.” Alex said as I left. I knocked on Effron’s front door.

“Who is it?” A guy opened the door. His brother.

“Road man gypsy guy.” I smiled.

“Oscar’s asleep.” He said opening the door. “He’s in his room.”

“No, I don’t want him. I need medicine. Like pain killers?”

“Yeah. I’ll be back.” He said going upstairs. He came back down a few seconds later. “Here, are you okay?”

“Yeah. It’s for Xander.”

“Is he okay?”

“Just feeling a bit sick.”

“Okay. Say hi for me.”

“You can talk non-road man language.”

“Bitch shut the fuck up.”

“Good night to you too gypsy.”

“Here.” I said giving Xander some paracetamol with a glass of water.

“Thanks.”

“He’s asleep.” I smiled at Alex.

“Hows Gabriel?”

“Gabriel?”

“The road man slash gypsy guy next door.”

“You know him?”

“He’s my newest friend.”

“Since when?”

“Since he started school.”

“Cool.”

“I want to sleep.” He said. “You wanna sleep here tonight?”

“It’s fine. I’ll sleep with Mason.”

“Okay.”

I went upstairs and into my room, then put my pyjamas on and laid down on my bed next to Mason. “How are you?” I whispered.

“Okay. You?”

“Great.”

“I’m really happy.”

“So am I.” Then I sighed.

“What’s wrong?!” He panicked.

“Nothing. Just Xander and Alex. They’re really exhausted.”

“Yeah.”

“You hear that?”

“Toilet. Vomit. Xander.”

“I’ll go check up on him.” Mason groaned getting up.

“Okay.”


“ALEX!!!” I heard Xander scream. I jumped. So did Alex. He got up and crutched into the toilet. Then I heard Xander crying. And then Alex speaking to him softly.

“Is everything okay?” I asked knocking on the door.

“Yeah, he’s just a bit ill.” Alex said. “Can you move it?”

“No.” I heard Xander cry. “I can’t move it, it’s squeezing me so much and..” He started crying.

“Hey, stop crying.” Then I heard the shower start again. “Hurry up and then we can go to A&E.”

I bit my lip. A&E? What?! I knocked again. “Is everything okay?”

“Yeah.” Alex said.

I went back to the living room and after a while, I saw Xander. “You okay?”

“Yeah. Stop worrying.”

“Your shoulder looks really red.”

“Yeah. Stop worrying.”

“Are we going school?”

“No, Alex is still learning how to control his bladder.”

“I can.”

“Sure.”

“Daniel is coming to take you to and from school.” Xander winced. “Just eat your breakfast.”

“Okay.”

After a few moments...I realised something. I went into Xander’s room. “Hey, I heard you’re going A&E?”

“How--”

“I was spying. But...how will you get there?”

They looked at each other clearly unsure. “Maybe I can ask next door? To take you?”

“You don’t have to--”

I went out the room and out the front door. Then to Effron’s front door. Gabriel answered. “Hi gypsy. Erm...are you going anywhere?”

“You asking me out?”

“No--"

"Lucky, I'd have fucking violated the fuck outta you."

I rolled my eyes. "It’s Xander. Something’s wrong with his arm and he can’t drive. Alex can’t drive too because of his leg.” I shifted on one leg to another.

“My friend, you look like you need to pee.” He said taking his car keys? “I’ll take them but how are you getting to school?”

“Daniel. He’s taking me.”

“Okay, erm...is there space for Oscar?”

“Yeah.”

“Oscar!!”

“I’m just tying my shoes!!” Effron said.

“Scottish gay child’s here.”

I gasped. “Excuse me?!”

“You call me gypsy.”

“Well you are aren’t you?”

“No. Romanian.”

“Gypsy.” I said. He rolled his eyes. “Oscar--”

“Here. Hi Daddario.” He smiled. “Want me to braid your hair?”

“I brushed my hair. Is it bad?”

“No. I’m just bored.” He said.

“Oscar you have serious problems. Talking about problems, I need to go and drive Xander to A&E.”

“Huh?”

“You’re going with Sky to school with that Daniel guy.” He said leaving and going up to my front door. Then he came inside.

“Lets go to mines.” I said as we walked into my house. Then I poured some orange juice and took my meds which Xander had put out.

“You not feeling well?” He asked as he saw the pills.

“Erm, I..” I looked at him and blushed. “I just don’t feel well.” I lied.

“Why are you lying to me?”

“I’m not. Just, got a bad stomach ache.”

Then I saw Xander come in. “Sky, I’ll be gone just behave and don’t fight with anyone. If anything happens, go to the guys. I’ve called them and warned them not to tease you. Yeah?”

“Yeah.”

“You’ll be okay. Just tell the teacher--”

“I’ll be a snitch. Xander, I’ll be fine. Just go A&E. Okay?”

“Yeah. Don’t forget to lock the door and give the key to Daniel so you don’t loose it.” He said. “I’m going now. Don’t misbehave.” He kissed my forehead. “And you can’t say anything about Patrick and the lot as it’s a private and confidential case.”

“Yeah.”

“Bye.” He said going out the front door. Once he was gone, Effron dragged me upstairs and into my room. He looked for my curler and found it. Then he started braiding my hair into two. And then he curled it. “You look fabulous.”

“Careful. Don’t want me to simp over you.” I said as he curled his hair with his hair curler.

“I’m irresistable.” He winked at me.

“Do you always carry that?”

“Erm, yes.” He smiled. Then the door opened. “Sky?” Daniel called out.

“Coming.” I said as I got up. I put some vaseline on. “Lets go. Am I over dressed?”

“Okay. You look natural.”

“Good.” I said as we walked down the stairs.

We went downstairs and I saw Daniel. “Come on.” He said going inside his car. We went outside and I locked the door, giving the key to him.


“Sky you can hang out with us at Lunch and break. You too, erm...Oscar?”

“Yeah.”

“Okay, you can both hang out with us.”

“It’s fine. I’m safe now as the guys are locked up. So erm, Effron wanna hang out with me and my friends?”

“Hold up. Effron?” Daniel asked confused.

“He looks like Zac Effron doesn’t he?”

“Tall version. Yeah, he really does...”

“And she looks like Alexander Daddario.” Effron said.

“Yeah you do.” Daniel looked at me surprised. “I can’t believe I didn’t realise it.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah.”

“Okay, Effron, you can hang out with me and my friends. I’m sure they won’t mind...”

“No, I should make new friends...?”

“We’ll see.” I said as we got out the car.

“Thank you for driving us.” Daniel mimicked my voice. “You’re welcome.”

“Thanks.” Effron said.

“No problem.”

“Like your cut G.” Charles slapped the back of his head.

“God sake.”

“I’ll catch up with you. I need to take them to class.” Daniel said. After a few seconds, we stood outside the class room. “Xander said if you misbehave, you’re grounded.”

“Are those your last words?”

“Have a lovely day.” He said sarcastically.

“Bye.” Me and Effron said.

“Bye.”

We entered the classroom and saw Gemma and the lot.

“Oh hi!” Gemma said.

“Hey. I’m gonna look for Oscar.” Effron said.

“I’ll help.”

“Morning babes. You look good today. I missed you. I love you.” Noah mimicked my voice. Then I went up to him and kissed him. “You’re welcome.” I said leaving.

“Hi Oscar.” Effron said as we entered the study hub.

“Hi Oscar.” Oscar said.

“This is so cool.” I smiled. “Oscar, do you mind if Effron hangs out with you and your friends as I don’t know what Gemma and the lot will think?”

“Okay. I don’t mind.” Oscar said. “Oscar, come meet the gang.”

“Nerd.” I mumbled. “Anyways, I gotta go. Do you both wanna come back to mines after school and blow some balloons?”

“Wink wink.” Effron said.

We burst out laughing. “I will never look at balloons the same way again.” Oscar said.

“What type of balloons?” I nudged him in the ribs.

“Definitely not yours.” Effron said.

“Ouch.” I ruffled his hair.

“What? Oh, right. You like me?”

“No!” I blushed.

“Sure.” He kissed my cheek. I scoffed. “Seriously!?”

“No balloons for everyone.” Oscar said irrelevantly.

We both looked at him confused. “Who’s balloons?”

“Males have balloons too.” He said crossing his arms.

We looked at him even more confused and then we realised. “Okay, this balloon thing is getting quite out of hand.”

“Yup.” Oscar and Effron said at the same time.

“Can I still bring balloons?” Oscar asked reaching into his pocket and taking out a packet which contains 100 balloons.

“Okay.” I said. “So, I need to go, catch you after school?”

“Yeah.” They both said.

“Wait. We’re all in the same class.”

“Oh. Right. My bad.”

“Well, I’m waiting until my friends...oh, hi Silas.” Oscar said.

“Hey. You’re the new guy, right?”

“Yeah.” Effron said.

“Nice to meet you. Erm, you gonna hang out with us?”

“Yeah.” He said.

“Okay.”

“I should go.”

“Bye Daddario.”

“Bye Effron.” I said leaving.

“My kiss is available 24/7. And balloons. Just joking.”

I blushed so hard and Oscar and Effron burst into laughter. I quickly went into the classroom and sat next to Noah. “Hi babes.” I kissed him.

“Hey. You took a while and why are your cheeks so red?” He asked.

“Not another interregation.” I sighed taking my books out.

“Did you do anything wrong?”

“Nope.”

“What did you talk about?”

“Normal stuff.” I said looking for my science work.

“Noah, back off her. She’s just hanging out with them.” Mason said looking up from his phone. Then I saw Gemma, Lucas and Aiden come in with Calvin.

“Hey guys.” Calvin said standing in front of me. “You’re in my seat.”

“I’ve missed you too.” I said going over to my seat next to Mason.

“So, how’s it going with the Oscars?”

Then I saw Effron and Oscar come in. Effron mimed blowing a balloon and I blushed. Mason looked at me confused. “Do you like him?”

“No. It’s just before. He’s just teasing me. Mainly Lucas’s fault.” I sighed. I could see Noah’s evil glare and then he threw a pen across the class room. Everyone turned to him. He looked so pissed. “Sky lets talk.” He said already out the class room. I quickly went up to him and he pulled me into the study hub locking the door. Then he pulled the blinds down. “Do you like him?”

I swallowed. “Noah please open the door.”

“No. I’m asking if you like him?!”

“No. I don’t. Please just open the door you’re really scaring me!!”

“Skylar, why did you blush?”

“He was teasing me before about Lucas. And the balloons.”

“You still like Lucas?!” He took his phone out and texted someone. Then slid his phone down his blazer pocket. “You still like him?!”

“No Noah that’s not what I’m...” I took a few steps back as he angrily approached me. “Noah I’m sorry. I don’t like any of them Please don’t hurt me.” I sat on the floor hugging my knees up to my chest. “Please don’t hurt me...I’m begging you!!!”

“Hey, hey. Don’t worry.” He hugged me but I flinched. Then he rubbed my back gently. “Don’t worry. I won’t hurt you.” He whispered. “Stop crying.”

“I don’t like him. It’s just games. Jokes. Okay? I want you to trust me like I do with you.”

“You trust me?”

I looked at him shocked at what I just said. Then I quickly got up about to leave when he hugged me again. “Do you trust me?”

“I don’t know. Yes? Maybe?”

“Stop worrying. You shouldn’t rush it. Some day, you’ll learnt to trust me. Just don’t force yourself.” He kissed my forehead. “But just know, no matter what, I would never ever ever hurt you again.”

“Thanks.”

“You look lovely today.”

“Yeah....I thought you were going to strangle me...”

“Nono, I’d never.”

Then Noah got a message. “I need to go. It’s Calvin.” He said hurrying out the room and leaving me standing like a stupid idiot.

The door flung open again and I saw Lucas looking completely mad. “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU PLAYING AT?!” He screamed at me. I took a step back. Then he started walking up to me. “WHY DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE THINGS OVER COMPLICATED?!!!”

“I don’t like you. Noah got it wrong--”

“No. Shut up!! Just stop.”

“I don’t like you.”

He looked at me for a second and then sighed. “Why would Noah lie about that?”

Then I told him.

He hugged me. “I am so so sorry. I shouldn’t have snapped at you I was just so...”

“At least you believed me.” I sat on the floor staring at the door. Then he sat beside me and hugged me. “I believe you. I know when you’re lying.” He whispered.

“Yeah...”

“I shouldn’t have shouted at you. I wasn’t thinking straight. And after everything you have been through, it was stupid of me. I should’ve spoken to you not shout. I’m sorry. I really scared you didn’t I...”

“At first but then I realised, you would never ever harm anyone. You can't even kill a tarantula properly.”

“True point.” He looked at my hair. “It’s amazing. Did Oscar do it?”

“Yeah.”

“He’s really talented.” He smiled. “You ready to go back to class?”

“Yeah.”

“Sky...Noah seemed quite pissed before...did he...hurt you?”

“No. He didn’t.” I said. “I thought he was going to.”

“Oh. I’m sorry--”

“Stop apologising.” I smiled at him. For some reason my heart leaped.

“Lets go to class.” He said. I watched him the whole time until we went back into the class. Some of our class mates were already there. I sat on my seat next to Mason.

“So, what happened?” He asked.

“I don’t like Effron or Lucas.”

“That’s good. Noah seemed pissed before...did he...” He looked around and then leaned in. “Hurt you?”

“No. He didn’t.”

“Good.”

Then Miss came inside and sat on her desk. Everyone had now came and were seated in their seats.

“Luca? Nope. James? Nope. Dylan? Nope.” Then she sighed staring at the register. “I’m gonna miss them.” She smiled sadly. Then she wiped her tears. “But what’s done is done.” Then she looked up and realised. “No Sky, I didn’t mean to say that. I meant as in, we’re gonna miss them.” I could feel everyone’s eyes on me. “Guys stop looking at her like that!! It’s not her fault!!”

“They probably didn’t mean to.” Raya said.

“Yes they did!” I snapped.

“Stop trying to make yourself look like a victim.” Ruby said disgusted.

“Quit it.” Miss said sternly. “Next, not here, Avery?”

“Here Miss. She’s probably just looking for attention.”

“Shut up!!” Mason shouted at her.

The class went drop silent. “Next, not here, Sky?”

“Here.”

“Mason?”

“Here.”

“Noah?” She looked up. “Where’s Calvin?Where are they?”

“They communication center.” Gemma said.

Miss looked at the register. “Oh, yeah. Next, erm, Jordan? Not here.” She tucked her hair behind her ear. Then looked at the empty seats and smiled sadly. “Okay, next Jenny?”

“She left.” Ruby said.

“What?!” Everyone gasped.

“Moved across the country. Dumping me all alone.” She said bitterly.

“Okay. I’m gonna miss her.” Miss sighed. “I’m loosing everyone.” She wiped her tears. “A teacher has such a hard job.”

The whole class gave sympathetic looks while I tried to stop myself from snapping. I get where she’s coming from. It’s big. They’re her students...must be hard for her...but I did the right thing...right?

“Okay. Enough moping.” She smiled. “Erm, Tyler, nope, erm Jonas, nope, Aria?”

“Here--”

“I feel so bad for them. They’re gonna spend years in prison.” Avery said coldly. Everyone glared at me.

“Sky, that is so low.” Lilianna said.

I could feel the heat burning in my chest. “It’s not my fault they can’t keep their hands to themselves!!”

“Sky sit back down.” Lucas whispered from behind me.

I sat back down. Miss looked really uncomfortable. “Guys, just leave her alone. She did the right thing.”

“Probably lied or something.” Ruby said.

“How am I meant to get all these stupid fucking bruises by myself?!” I screamed taking my clothes off. Mason tried stopping me. Once I’d finished everyone gasped. “Yeah, I did these all by myself didn’t I?!” I rushed out the class room in tears and into the girls toilet. Then I felt a hand pull me back. I turned around. “Sky what’s wrong?” Charles asked.

Then I hugged him and started crying. “I shouldn’t have said anything!!”

“Hey, lets take you to the girls toilet and get you cleaned up. Where are your clothes?”

“Here.” Mason said giving me my clothes. “I’m sorry Sky...”

“It’s okay.” I wiped my tears as I went into the girls toilet.

“So wanna tell me what happened?”

“They’re bullying me because I got the guys locked up. They said I was just faking it. And...and then I lost it and showed everyone my bruises.”

“They thought you were faking it?!”

“Where are you going?!”

“To shout at them.”

“No!” I pulled him back. “It’s okay--”

“No it’s not. They can’t just bully you stupidly!!” He said. “Sky, you have got tons of bruises and not just that, there must’ve been enough evidence to prove that they jumped you four times!!”

I finished putting my clothes back on and then wiped all my tears. “Of course.”

“Do you want me to shout at them?”

“No. It’s fine.”

“Let me know if something’s wrong. Yeah?”

“Course.”

“Your hair looks really nice.”

“Thanks.”

“Come on Sky. We have a class to get to.” Mason said as we walked out the toilet.

“Don’t let them break you.” Charles said going to the stairs.

“Miss is shouting at the class.” Mason said. “The bruises were pretty bad.”

“Yeah.” I said as we entered the class room. I could see everyone looking at me. Awkwardly.

“You okay?” Miss asked.

“Yeah. Sorry for the...scene..”

“It’s not fine but fine.”

I went to sit on my seat and took out my text books.

“Everyone, you have been assigned to a partner--”

“Hi, sorry for disturbing but he was with me.” Miss Bunting said.

“Oh, no problem. You’re Oscar Lovato. Right?”

“Yeah.”

“Wanna introduce yourself?”

“Okay.” Then he turned to the class. “I’m Oscar.” He said smiling. The class started laughing.

“Okay, erm, favorite singer?”

“Just because my surname is Lovato, it doesn’t mean, I like Demi.” He said. “But I coincidentally like her.”

“I knew it!” Miss exclaimed. “Erm, hobbies?”

“Hair styling.”

“Cool. Where did you used to live?”

“Richmond.”

“Oh. Why did you move to here?”

“My parents. My sister and brother decided to get a house. Three bedroom. Too much detail. Next question?”

“Okay, erm, talent apart from hair dressing?”

“Good question. Erm..karate.”

“Great. And do you like practice--”

“I broke someone’s neck off not long ago-"

The class gasped.

"And stopped him from kidnapping a baby. The lady had twins.”

The class gasped. Then he smiled. “I really am a hero. He was gonna sell her. Ouch.”

“Yeah. Do you know who she is.”

“Nope.” He lied. “Just some girl that is extra funny and enjoyable and chatty and has the most contagious laugh ever.”

“That’s lovely.”

“Yeah.”

“So, next question. How many siblings?”

“Two. Older.”

“Do they go Riverspark?”

“Yup. My brother in year 3--”

“Gypsy road man!!!” I called out. The class started laughing.

“How dare you?!” Miss snapped.

“Miss it’s fine. And my sis in year 2.”

“When’s your birthday?”

“December 24th.”

“I’m older than you by 24 hours!” I gloated.

“Erm Sky!” Miss hissed. The class burst out laughing.

“Sky!” Mason tugged at me.

“Well, I got the same birthday as Oscar.” Oscar said.

“Coincidence!!” Miss smiled.

“Yup."

"So, erm. Are your parents annoying?”

“There’s a reason why I don’t want to live with them.”

The class started laughing. “Okay, Oscar, you can sit..” She looked around the class room. “Sky no one sits there right?”

“Erm no--”

“Miss, I put my legs on that seat!” Lucas argued.

The class started laughing even harder. “Okay, Oscar you can sit on the empty chair next to Sky.”

“Okay.” He said sitting down.

“I’m mad at you.” Lucas huffed.

“I really don’t think he cares.” Mason whispered.

“Mason shut up!” Lucas kicked his chair.

“Is everything all right there?”

“Free back massage.” Effron said to Mason. The class looked at him and started laughing.

“So, today, we are learning about Epilepsy.” Miss said starting the slideshow. Everyone turned to me. “Erm guys!!”

Everyone turned to the board. “So, who can tell me what Epilepsy is and none of you dare--”

“SKY!!” Ruby said from across the class room. The class started laughing.

“Why are they laughing?” Effron whispered.

“No reason.” I lied.

“You’re lying?”

“Ruby, you and everyone except, Mason, both Oscars, Sky and Lucas, will get a behavior point.” Miss said already doing it.

The class started groaning. “But Miss it’s true!” Someone said.

“Guys that wasn’t nice you know.” Miss said.

The class huffed.

“Okay, so. Open your booklets, page 20. Epilepsy.” She said. Once we all finished she said. “Epilepsy is a common condition where sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain cause seizures or fits. Jordan read.” Miss said. “Jordan!!” Miss looked up from her book and looked at his seat. Then the others. Then she blushed. The class was in awkward silence. “Erm, Lily you go.”

“It’s often not clear what causes epilepsy. Sometimes it runs in families or is caused by damage to the brain from things like a severe head injury. Wait, Sky does your family--”

“No!!”

“Ancestors?”

“No!!”

“Head--”

“No!! It came out of nowhere!!”

The class gasped. “Class will you just leave her alone!!” Miss yelled.

"You have epilepsy?" Effron whispered and looked at me completely betrayed.

“Okay, Dylan.” Miss sighed. Then looked up and rubbed her eyebrows. “Guys, lets just choose who’s reading, Lily?”

“Erm, Sky.” She smiled.

“You know I really want to kill you!”

“Are those symptoms?”

The class started laughing. “Lily. Everyone. Please. Enough. Sky, please read.”

“Treatments include:

-Medicines called anti-epileptic drugs – these are the main treatment

-Surgery--”

“Surgery? Why don’t you get surgery?” Avery asked.

“-As I was saying, surgery to remove a small part of the brain that’s causing the seizures,

-A procedure to put a small electrical device inside the body that can help control seizures,”

“Aliens!!” Lucas said. The class started laughing.

“Lucas!!” Miss screeched. I sighed. “A special diet (ketogenic diet) that can help control seizures.”

“You need a diet!!” Avery called out. Everyone gasped. Then started laughing. I swallowed trying to fight back tears.

“Every single one of you are staying after school and writing an apology letter!!” Miss screamed. “This is unacceptable behavior.”

“Come on Miss. It’s just jokes.” Avery said.

Mason got up and punched Avery in the face and sat back down. The class gasped. Mason just looked at his knuckles. “Don’t listen to them.” He whispered to me. Then I saw Effron looking at his pen. He didn't look at me. I don't blame him. After what I just done--

“Sissy!!” Someone said breaking the tense silence.

“Miss he just hit me.”

“I don’t give a fuck. You don’t talk to her like that!!” He screamed at her.

“Miss he hit me!!” Avery whined. “He needs to get excluded!!”

“I don’t care. He’s not. I'll make sure of it.” Miss said. “Because you deserved it.”

The class gasped and started laughing.

“Sky, lets talk outside.” Miss said. We walked out the class room and stood outside the corridor. “Sky are you okay?” Miss asked.

“Yeah.” I avoided her eyes.

“Don’t lie. Mr Anderson warned all the teachers not to make your life hard due to your depression...and this..don’t listen to them. You don’t need a fucking diet.”

“Course I don’t.” I cleared my throat. “I’m fine. Just need to go toilet.” I said walking away from her and going into the toilet. Then I went inside a cubicle and locked the door.

“Skylar?” Miss knocked on the door. “Please come out...”

“No. I’m fine, just go.”

“No you’re not. Just come to class--”

“I’ve been humiliated in front of everyone!!”

“Sky, listen...do you want me to call Noah?”

“No, he’s got a test. I don’t want to interrupt him and worry him.”

“How about Mason?”

“It’s fine.”

“Xander and Alex? They care for you all the time. I’ll call them. Okay?”

“Okay.”

After a few minutes I heard the door knock. “Miss I’m fine.” I mumbled.

“She’s not here.” I heard Alex say.

“Just come out.” Xander said. “Please.”

“They were making fun of my Epilepsy.”

“I’m sure they didn’t mean it.”

“They kept asking me questions. One time Lilianna was reading and then she started asking if my family have it or if I got into a car accident and then the other time, thingy asked why I didn’t have surgery and then when I was reading, it said something like, some epileptic people have a special diet to help them and Avery embarrassed me in front of everyone. And they laughed. She said I should be on a diet.”

“You can’t listen to that bullshit.” Alex said. “Sky...”

“I’m fat. I knew it. I mean, you’re all lying--”

“Is Gemma fat?” Xander asked.

“No.”

“You weigh the same. So are you fat?”

“No..”

“There’s the answer. Go to class.”

“Okay.” I wiped my tears. Then hugged them both. “Promise me I’ll be okay.”

“Promise.”

“Twin sync.” I smiled. “I need to go. See you after school.”

“You not hanging out with us at break and lunch?”

“No. I’ll stay with the guys. Now I don’t need to worry about Jordan and the lot.”

“Yeah. What’s wrong?”

“Miss misses them. She is trying so hard not to show it. I mean, the register, she’d call their names out but no response and then she looked at their empty seats and started getting emotional. I mean, loosing one pupil is hard but...loosing seven? That’s bad. And then when we were reading from the book, she picked Jordan to read but there was no response...”

“It must be hard for her...those were her students, her kids, her everything. Teachers hardest job is to let their students go...” Alex sighed.

“I feel so guilty...”

“Don’t. It’s not your fault. You did what was right.” Xander said.

“Yeah...but now they have a criminal record...maybe I shouldn’t press charges.”

Their faces fell. “Sky stop thinking like that. You did the right thing.” Xander said.

“But what if--”

“Hey, stop crying.” Alex sat on the counter beside me.

“Is she okay?” I heard Miss ask coming in. I quickly wiped my tears. “Yeah.” I lied.

Then I saw Avery, Lilianna and Ruby standing next to her. “Sky I’m sorry about what I said.” Avery said looking down at her feet, arms crossed. “Just jokes which turned too far.”

“And I’m sorry for the comments I made too. It was really disrespectful.” Ruby said avoiding my eyes.

“And I’m sorry for asking so many questions. It was rude. I’m really sorry.”

“There. Kiss up, make up and I’m out.” Xander said already going out the toilet followed by Alex.

“So, what do you think Sky?” Miss asked. “Detention or no detention?”

“You guys really hurt me. And embarrassed me in front of everyone...I was so so embarrassed. And then yesterday, everyone claims that I lied..” I scoffed. “And was just looking for stupid attention. I knew I shouldn’t have said anything. If it wasn’t for Jay recording them beating me up...they’d still keep on doing it...” I wiped my tears.

“You said they jumped you four times?”

“Course, only the police believe me...the first time I grassed on them to the police, not long ago...that same night, they came into my room while I was asleep and they beat me up. That was the third time they’d jumped me. And then they went. Next night, Patrick came into my room and beat me up alone. Then he did it again and this time, he hit me with a rope and tazed me..that time, I was lucky enough to record everything with my recorder. And also I was lucky enough to get him to admit everything he’d done...” I wiped my tears. “I was gonna delete the recording because he said he knows people and if I dared to utter a word...”

“Oh my god...” Miss sat next to me and hugged me.

“I had to go to hospital...but Daniel found the recording before I had the chance to delete it...and now, Patrick is in prison. For good. And so are the rest of them...I haven’t felt this safe for the past four months..”

“That’s good.” Lilianna came up to me. “You’re okay now...”

“Ruby. I’d expose you for what you and Jenny did to me...but...I just...you should be locked up for the next five years or less--”

“Sky I’m sorry. I just did it for the cash..”

“Did what?” Miss looked at us fully alerted.

“They kidnapped me and put some drug in me and I was high for a few minutes. Hours...my arm turned blue I think...and they got away with everything just because Ruby cleaned up all the finger prints and destroyed the equipment..”

“Ruby is that true?!”

Ruby looked at all of us and then started crying. “I had to do it or else my son would starve to death okay?!”

“Son?!” We all gasped.

“He’s four.”

“Ruby...” I rubbed my eyebrows. “How much did they pay you to do it?”

“Seven grand.”

We all stared at her shocked. “If the police caught me and saw what was in those drugs, I’ll be looking for life imprisonment...”

“Hey stop crying...” Avery hugged her.

“Sky I never meant for you to get hurt and I don’t even believe in that bullshit...I just needed the money...”

“You could’ve told someone. Me. Anyone. I’d have given you money. Shelter. Whatever the fuck.”

“I don’t need shelter...at least when you were living here. When you moved out, everything was still fine, I lived with my parents, all fine...until Jenny asked if I’d move in with her in her new apartment. I moved in with her. I got disowned for good as my mum thought I was independent. She warned me to never come back to her. Then Jenny all of a sudden says she’s moving away and I tried to get in touch with my mum but she declined all my calls. I’m all alone with a four year old working a million jobs and...I’m sorry Sky...” She started crying. I jumped off the counter and hugged her.

“Ruby, don’t cry. When did she move?”

“A few days ago. But then she couldn’t take the distance so she left the school and left me with all the bills...”

“Where’s the boy?”

“Nursery...loves playing with cars and that...” She wiped her tears. “I feel so bad because...because when he sees toys...that I can’t get for him...I just can’t. And his birthday yesterday...I nicked some money from this guy..and got Levi a new toy car and new trousers and shirt. The nursery staff were so happy. Levi doesn’t have that many clothes...”

“Hey, don’t cry...” Miss whispered hugging her.

“He was so so happy...I’m such a bad mum...”

“No you’re not. You’re amazing.” Miss sighed and rubbed her eyebrows. “How are you coping?”

“Well...the food banks helped a lot.” She smiled sadly.

“That's good. Where do you live?”

“A flat. Jenny’s. She moved out the college apartments. Now I’m alone and...we can’t afford bills..but I'm..doing..okay.” She looked down at her hands. “We are getting late. Lets go back to cla--”

“Mr Sanderson’s teaching.” Miss pulled her back. “Who’s the father?”

At that Ruby’s face went paler than pale. Like we got pale, but this is like, pale pale. Ghost pale. She swallowed. “I don’t know.” She lied.

“Ruby we’ve known you since primary, we know when you’re lying so spill the beans.” Lilianna said.

Ruby said nothing just blushed and sank down on the floor hugging her knees. “I can’t say. He doesn’t even know...”

“You’re bi..” Avery sighed and sat next to her. “Tell us who it is. Does he go to this school?”

“No.” She lied. Our eyes widened. “Who is it?” We all said at the same time.

“No one.”

“Is he in our year group?” Liliana squealed.

“No.” She lied.

“In our class?” I asked.

“No.” She lied. At that our jaws dropped. “Guys you don’t want to know...”

“Who is it?” Miss knelt down in front of her.

“We dated for a bit...”

“Wait, you got pregnant at...13?"

We all gasped. "No judgment." Miss said.

"That's bad. But...who did you date...?” Avery thought for a while. Then she looked at me. “Noah.”

I looked at them all freaked out. “N...n..no. Not Noah--”

“Sky...I only bully you because I want you to break up with him so I can have him myself.” Ruby sobbed. “I try and get his attention by saying nasty stuff to you and trying to make him leave you!!”

“Ruby this isn’t happening. No!!”

“Sky...I’m serious.” She looked at me properly. “I didn’t tell him.”

“So he doesn’t know?”

“I didn’t know what to say. I was just so confused and my mum said once I was seventeen, she’d kick me out. And...I’ve been trying to get him to like ME...so I can move in with him and Levi can have a dad...”

I looked at Miss and back at Avery and Lilianna. I closed my eyes tears rolling down my cheeks. Then I looked at Ruby and realised how much she’s given up and done for her child. I knelt down beside her and hugged her. “You are so strong..” I whispered in her ear.

“Yeah.” Miss smiled. “But I’m always here no matter what. You need money, food, whatever. I’m here.”

“Thanks..I have been so stupid..” Ruby pinched herself. “Worst mum ever.”

“Don’t say that. I know how it feels like to be a mum.” I smiled. Then I realised what I just said and so did everyone. “Please don’t tell anyone!!”

“Hey, calm down. Secret’s safe with us.” Avery patted my shoulder.

“That makes me even more scared.” I bit my lip.

“What’s it called?”

“Oh, twins. Cleo and Cole.”

They gasped. “Wow...” They all said.

"Cole was born at, 1: 27: 41, Cleo at 01:27:20. Noah missed me giving actual birth but he came like ten seconds after. He was late because he was helping Gemma give birth--"

"WHAT?!"

"At the beginning of the year, me and the gang went to a party. Got drunk. Next day, Gemma goes pregnant. I don't know I'm pregnant. Doctor says I need to have surgery because I got a 'medical condition' and then on October the first, I'm sleeping next to Xander and I start feeling pain, then he listens to my stomach and says I am about to give birth. He helped deliver Cleo and Alex 1.2 helped deliver Cole. Noah was late because he had to deliver Carlos who was born at 01: 15: 28, and Clara who was born at 01:15: 36. Gemma never told me she was pregnant. Noah knew since day one. They kept it a secret to everyone." I sighed. I could see them all looking at me flabaghasted.

"Oh my goodness!!" Miss squealed. "They're like, quadriplets!!"

"One way to put it." I said. Then Avery and Lilianna sat in front of me.

"We won't tell anyone." Lilianna said.

"We promise." Avery said.

"Yeah...thanks.."

"And Effron, today he said he was a hero for saving the baby, that was me. He was talking about me." I said.

"His names Oscar." Lilianna corrected.

"I call him Effron and he calls me Daddario."

"Oh, Zac Effron and Alexandra Daddario!!" Avery said.

"Yeah."

"How do you know him?" Ruby asked.

"He's my neighbour. Only one feet apart. Climbs through my window and comes into my room."

"So lucky and romantic." Miss said dreamily.

"Miss, you really are a teen." We burst out laughing. "Teacher of the year."

"Miss, oh. Golden time?" Noah joked coming in. "Sky. Xander told me about what happened. Yous lot are crazy."

"Noah, no. They're not." I argued. "Ruby, I think you need to tell him. Guys, lets give them space." I said. We went out the toilet and into class leaving Noah and Ruby in the toilet.

We walked inside and I sat down on my seat with the best feeling ever, ignoring everyone's eyes on me. "They were with me." Miss said leaving the class room.

"Why do you look so...not angry?" Mason asked.

"I'll tell you later. I know you're gonna--"

The door opened and I saw Noah looking completely pissed. He went to his seat and sat down glaring at his pen. He took it and broke it in half.

"So Noah, why did you take so long?" Sir asked. He ignore him. Sir asked again. He ignored him. Now the class was starting to get crazy. Noah took out his air pods. Connected them to his phone and put some music on, clearly loud. Then he put his jacket hood over his head, covering his eyes and head.

"Noah Heffley!!" Sir shouted. The class started laughing. "Noah Heffley!!"

"Noah." Calvin got up and sat next to him. "NOAH?!" He tried taking his hood off but Noah pushed him off the chair and Calvin hit his head on his bruise. Everyone gasped but Noah did not give a shit.

I quickly rushed up to Calvin. "You okay?"

I saw blood leaking from the cut and so did everyone. "Noah what is wrong with you?!" I screamed at him.

"Fuck off." He said coldly.

The class gasped. Sir stormed up to us. He knelt down in front of Calvin. "How many fingers am I holding?"

Calvin looked at him clearly trying to get the right number. Sir was holding two fingers. "Four?"

The class gasped and started laughing. "Who thinks this is funny?!" Sir snapped. "Skylar take him to student services."

I helped Calvin up. "Noah us two are over." I shouted.

"You just made it 10 times easier."

"What?" We all said at the same time.

"I was gonna break up with you either way."

"Sky, take Calv--"

"Hold on Sir. What? Why? I did nothing!!" I said.

"You go play mummy and mummy with your girlfriend. In other words, Ruby."

The class gasped and the place went oddly quiet. "Yeah. Why don't I tell everyone?!"

"No Noah don't!!" I screamed. Then Gemma and Mason went up to him.

"You are being stupid!" Mason shouted at him.

"If you do, I'll tell your parents." Gemma blackmailed. "And lets see what Alex 1.1 will think."

"Sooner or later someone's bound to know." He said putting the music to max level.

"Guys, just go back to your seats. Sky, Calvin."

"Come on." I said to Calvin as he staggered around the place bumping into a table. "Two?"

"Calvin, this way." I said dragging him out the class room, the class laughing. We went down the hall way and into student services. "Hey Miss, Calvin's got a concussion." I said as blood leaked down--

"Okay. Come on in." Miss said opening the door. We went into a room when all of a sudden, I saw Ruby. With a small bruise on the right side of her forehead. She was in tears and Avery was kneeling down in front of her.

"Ruby what happened?" I asked concerned. She said nothing. I looked at her confused and then it dawned on me. "Noah lost it didn't he..."

"I shouldn't have told him--"

"No. You should've."

"Told him what?" Calvin asked wincing.

"That...don't worry. Just sit down. You look like you're in a lot of pain." I said. Then Miss came in. "Hello Calvin, wanna tell me what happened?"

"A random guy pushed me off my chair." He lied.

"Do you know who it was?"

"No." He lied.

"Do you know how he looks like?"

"No." LIES!!

"Okay." Miss started doing checks on him. Then wiped the blood off his wound. "Sit here for a bit. See if you get better. Any problems, let me know." She said going out the room and sitting on her desk chair doing some file work.

"Ruby, you okay?" I asked.

"Yeah." She wiped her tears. "I'm okay..." She lied.

"What happened?"

"I told him. He started screaming at me and he...he shoved me and I accidentally hit my head on the dryer."

"Ouch." I sighed.

"I was wondering what took her so long, so I went to check up on her and heard her crying in one of the cubicles." Avery said looking at her wound.

"He really scared me..." Ruby burst into tears.

"Hey, don't cry. He broke up with me." I said.

"What?!" Ruby and Avery said in unison.

"I'm trying to concentrate here, so keep the noise levels down." Miss shouted from across the room.

"Why would he?" Ruby whispered.

"It's probably all too much for him..." I mumbled.

"Yeah..."

"Can I come today and see Levi?"

"Yeah."

"Where do you live?"

She blushed. "The flat is a bit dark. No electricity. If you want I can take you with me after school?"

"Yeah."

"Avery wanna come?"

"I've got to go somewhere..." She frowned. "But...hopefully, I'll come soon? Tomorrow?"

"Yeah--"

"Calvin's here." I said quickly.

"You know, I feel super dizzy. Like drunkkkkk." He giggled. "I am in so much pain."

"Miss!!" I called out. Miss rushed inside. "What!?"

"I am travelling through the train. There's the forest. Oh, look, the aliens are landing!!" He looked around at nothing.

"He's hallucinating." Miss sighed.

Then out of nowhere, he puked. We all cringed. "Okay, lets call Alex or Xander?"

"Alex can't drive yet as his leg is still recovering."

"Okay, I'm calling Xander." Miss said going over to her desk.

The door opened and I saw Noah. He walked into the room and I saw Ruby's eyes widen. She was scared. I know how she feels and it is not nice. "Ruby I'm sorry. I shouldn't have pushed you. It was completely wrong--"

"Just go." She said quickly.

"Come on. I said I'm sorry."

"No go."

He sighed and turned to me "Sky, I'm sorry for the way things ended. Lets get back together."

We all looked at him completely pissed. "You expect me to get back with you after what just happened. I thought you weren't gonna hurt anyone--"

"No. I said YOU."

"Noah, you crossed the line!!" I hissed.

"I didn't hurt you did I?"

"Noah, you hurt her. You scared her."

"I know I did and I said I'm sorry."

"Sorry isn't enough--"

"Sky, do you know how hard it is to know I've got a son and two other babies?!"

The place went quiet. "I didn't mean to hurt you Ruby. It was just all too much. I just lost it. I just thought you were gonna fall on the floor not hit your head on the dryer."

"You hit her head on the dryer?" Alex 1.2 came inside.

Noah froze. "Don't tell Xander..."

"You hit her?!"

"Alex I didn't mean to--"

"Calvin!!" Alex snatched a glass cleaning spray from Calvin who was spraying it in his mouth. "Are you crazy?!"

Then Calvin started coughing. Alex quickly helped him up and they went over to the sink. "Wash your mouth quickly!!" Alex said giving him a cup.

Then I saw Xander come in and go over to Miss. Noah swallowed and gave a panicked look at Alex. "Calvin you okay?"

"He sprayed glass spray in his mouth."

Miss and Xander looked at Calvin completely shocked. "Calvin!?" Xander and Miss hissed.

"I am flying." Calvin started staggering around. Xander grabbed onto his arm. "You need to go hospital."

"But I can't leave my friend!" He pointed at...nothing.

"Okay, lets go." Xander started dragging him out Student services. Once he was gone, Alex glared at Noah. "Don't think you're getting away with this."

"Wait...you're going to tell Xander?" Noah panicked.

"Shut up." Alex stormed out Student services.

"Noah you okay?" I hugged him. "Breathe."

"What's wrong?" Miss asked.

"Nothing." Me and Noah said at the same time. Then I dragged Noah to the empty room and locked the door. I could see tears rolling down his eyes and his fingers trembling.

"He won't hurt you." I whispered in his ear.

"No. If he finds out, if anyone finds out that I have a son which is four...I'm done.." His voice trembled.

"Hey, breathe. Listen. He won't hurt you...I promise."

Then his phone started ringing. "It's Xander..."

"Pick it up."

"No--"

I grabbed his phone and answered it. "Noah you hurt Calvin and Ruby?!"

"Xander calm down--"

"Oh I will. Once I beat the shit out of him--"

"You wouldn't--"

"Watch me." He cut the call.

I swallowed and looked at Noah who was completely freaking out. Then he sat on the corner of the room hugging his knees. "I'm scared..."

"Hey, I promise he won't hurt you." I whispered.

"He's gonna beat me up like before..." He flinched as I hugged him. He kept flinching.

"Babes don't worry. I won't let him hurt you. I promise I won't." I whispered. "You okay?"

"Yeah." He lied, his left eye twitching.

"No Noah. Listen to me. You'll be okay. How about I tell Alex 1.1?"

"No..." He wiped his tears. "I'll just stay with her in the hospital."

"Yeah. Good idea."

"I'll go to class." He quickly wiped his tears. Then his phone rang.

Alex 1.2. I answered it. "Alex why would you tell--"

"I wanna speak to Noah in the boys toilet." He said.

"Okay." I cut the call. "Alex wants to speak to you."

"Okay." He quickly wiped his tears.

"You trust him don't you?"

"He'd never hurt me." He smiled sadly. "Xander would."

"Okay. Noah, we're back together. Yeah?"

His eyes lit up. Then he hugged me. "Tell Alex that I'm going to Ruby's today because she asked me to."

"Okay."

"Noah...do you wanna meet Levi?"

He looked down at his hands. "He's my son..."

"Yeah. If you're not ready--"

He opened the door and went into the other room where Ruby was sitting with Avery. "Ruby do you mind if I see Levi?"

She looked at him and smiled. "You want to?"

"Yeah."

"Okay. How about today?"

"Course. After school."

"Yeah."

Then he went out the room but came back in. "I really didn't mean to hurt you."

"Yeah...?"

"I'm sorry."

"Okay."

Then he left. I sat on the seat and smiled at Ruby. "Are you happy now?"

"Yeah. Levi's always asking me where his daddy is. And I'm always telling him that he is travelling the world. Every night I make up a story, last night, he went to climb the Himalayas."

Me and Avery smiled at the same time. "That's sweet." We both said in unison.

"Yeah. He has learned a lot of geography."

We burst out laughing. "Ladies, I'm working!!" Miss complained.

"Bossy pants." I mouthed. We tried to hold our laughter in.

"Blonde, short, friendly looking version of Miss Trunchbull." I whispered. Then we started laughing.

"You're funny." Avery said.

"I don't get that a lot. So thanks." I smiled. "I need to get to class."

"Awww."

"Avery wants to be my friend, check!"

She rolled her eyes. "Whatever."

"It's okay. Ruby, you okay?"

"Yeah."

"I'm sorry--"

"It's fine."

"I'll see you after school." I said leaving the room.

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