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I can be better

By UninspiredArtist

Romance / Drama

Chapter 1: School is a drag

It was a beautiful morning. Birds chirping, children laughing on their way to school and the sounds of cars and bike bells echoed through the small town. Well, for most, that is. But not for a certain dark haired girl who was still fast asleep, lost in her fantasy world that stole her from this world entirely as she slept peacefully.

BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP

"Ugh..." The alarm went off, but the sleeping girl made no attempt to get up and instead hit the snooze button before pulling her pale arm back under the blanket. It was the fith time she had hit that button, but sleep was something she cared for more than school. There was nothing for her there; her grades were bad, she hated everyone and she just didn't care. Surely an extra hour or two of sleep wouldn't kill.

Bzzzz, bzzzz, bzzz

But even that was too much to ask as her phone began to vibrate on her bedside table. Knowing someone was calling her, she pulled her phone into her warm cave and answered it in a sleepy voice.

"Hello?"

"Marceline...you're not up yet, are you?" Marceline jumped up from inside her blankets as soon as she heard Bubblegum's voice on the other end.

"N-no way! I'm up." She lied, but quickly tried to smoothly change the subject. "Anyway, what do you want, Bonnabell?"

"You're such a liar, Marceline." Bubblegum huffed "And I called because I knew you'd still be asleep. You know your grades won't get better if you just slack off" Marceline rolled her eyes as Bubbledgum went on. Of course she'd say that, it was easy for her. She was the top of the class and had perfect grades AND was popular with the guys. Bubblegum had every reason to go to school.

"That's nice and all, bonnie, but I just don't think I care enough." Marceline yanwned, earning herself a sigh from Bubblegum who's tone changed from concerned to annoyed.

"Look, just get your butt into this school before the bell or you're in big trouble."

"Like?" Marceline insisted Bubblegum go on.

"Like I'll tell Simon what you've been up to." Bubblegum said blandly before hanging up.

Marceling stared at her phone in shock for a moment before shifting to the edge of her bed and checking the time.

It read 8:42am.

"Crap!" She hurried off her bed, almost tripping up and falling on the floor in her rush. She went into the bathroom and quickly brushed her teeth and doing her hair quickly before dashing back into her room and shifting through her wardrobe to find something to wear. "Nope. No way. Ugh, no!" She threw several shirts and jeans onto her bed as she searched.

"Bingo" She smiled, picking out one of her favourite T-shirts and a pair of black jeans to match. She got dressed quickly and threw on her shoes, grabbed her back and dashed out the door before checking her phone for the time.

It was 8:56am.

"Ugh, I'm gonna be late..." She scowled before throwing her phone in her pocket. "I'm gonna have to really fun for it" She sighed before running as fast as she could all the way to school, desperate to make it in time.

It wasn't that she was worried about Bubblegum telling on her, it was the fact it was Simon she was going to tell. Simon was her actual gardian since her parents died, but he gave her the chance to have her own place and be a little more independant. However there was a rule that she has to be responsible, meaning she had to attend school everyday unless she was dying, no parties or late nights, no recklessness and the place had to be clean. She was never a clean person either, so the place wasn't exactly clean, and she had been known for having a few small parties, however Bubblegum had always covered for her. She's clean the place before Simon would come over for his check-up visits and all sorts. She was a good friend to Marceline, but sometimes she had to pull the blackmail card just to get her butt into gear.

"I can't believe this is happening. If she tells him, I'll be moving back with him for sure" She thought to herself as she saw the school gates up ahead. Not far now.

She finally made it in and was at her locker, checking the time as she caught her breath.

"9:10am" She breathed "Damn it..." She was late and class was already starting. She knew she'd get it from Bubblegum, but she sighed and dragged her tired body to her class.

"Now class, turn to page-" The teacher was inturrupted by Marceline, who just walked in and made her way to her desk, uncaring of everyone else who were all staring at her, except Bubblegum, who was expecting it. "Marceline, you're a little late, aren't you?"

"Yeah, sorry I'm late. My alarm didn't wake me up on time." She sighed, resting her head on her arms. She was too tired for this.

The teacher went on with their class, talking away and writing things on the board while Marceline ignored him, snoozing away at her desk. A certain pink haired girl watched her friend from the other side of the classroom, glaring slightly as she faught the urge to throw a book at her to wake her up.

"Honestly, she's hopeless" She sighed, turning her attention back to the teacher and jotting down more notes.

THUD

"Wha-?" Marceline jumped up, still half asleep as the large thud woke her up. She looked up to see class had ended and Bubblegum was standing by her desk and had dropped a text book on her desk.

"You slept through the whole of class." She huffed.

"So? I still came in." Marceling yawned, stretching her arms out and arching her back. "You're not going to tell on me, are you?"

"...Tsk..." Bubblegum sighed in defeat. "This is the last time I'm letting you off. You need to stop being so reckless and working to get your grades up." This earned Bubblegum the rolling of Marceline's eyes as she stood up, wrapping an arm over Bubblegum's shoulder.

"Oh, Bonnie, when will you learn?" She sighed. "It's hopeless. I just don't care enough" She smirked, trying to lighten the mood as the two of them walked out and made their way to their next class. Of course Bubblegum was irritated, but she couldn't stay mad at Marceline for too long and ended up giving in.

When they arrived at their next class, Marceline sat next to Bubblegum at the back, getting her books out and making an attempt to learn for Bubblegum's sake. She glance around the room and saw some of her classmates looking back at the two and a few whispers starting going on. Bubblegum was too distracted to notice, but Marceline could hear bits of it clearly, and her eyebrow began to twitch with irritation.

"Bubblegum's really still friends with that loser?"

"I know, she'll bring her grades right down if she continues to hang around with Marceline."

"Maybe she's being forced"

"Maybe Marcelin's just using her for her own grades"

The whispers continued to be exchanged, getting on Marcelin's nerves more and more. Is that really how they saw it? How rude. Marceline and Bubblegum had been friends since they were kids, and even though Marceline wasn't as smart or good as Bubblegum, Bubblegum still loved her.

Marceline was just about ready for the day to be done already when their teacher came in and started the class.

Marceline did her best to stay focused and work, but no matter how hard she tried, she just kept losing focus and would find something else to destract her mind. She tried dozing off again, but because Bubblegum was beside her, she kept knocking Marceling to wake her up.

"Uwaaah" Marceline fell onto a chair and rested her head on the table, wanting to sleep right through their break. But Bubblegum was there, as well as some other friends of theirs.

"Finn, be careful." Bubblegum scolded one of their other friends. A boy who was a few years younger than them, but he was cool as far as they were concerned. There was also Marshall, Fiona and Gumball. Fiona was never around and was Finn's friend, but every now and then she'd stop by. Marceline didn't like her very much though, maybe because she was always trying to hit on Marshall or Gumball. However those two weren't interested in dating a girl her age.

"So, how are my girls doing?" Marshall grinned, strutting over and sitting next to Bubblegum, who was opposite Marceline.

"Pfft, we're not 'your girls' at all, but we're fine." Bubblegum retorted. "Except someone won't stop causing me trouble today." She huffed, gesturing to the sleeping Marceline.

"Now, now. Is that any way to speak about your very dear friend?" Gumball cut in, sitting beside Marceline who was then awoken by Finn, who kept poking her arm.

"Finn, knock it off..." She swipped at his hand tiredly before dropping her head back down and trying to fall back asleep, but her chatting friends had made it impossible.

"How much sleep are you getting at night, Mar-mar?" Gumball asked, tilting his head to the side as he looked at her. "Is it the required 8-9 hours per night?"

"Yeah, sure, whatever." She replied, waving off his question.

"Now, now, Marceline. You know you should be getting-"

"What the dweeb is trying to say is that you should get more sleep so you're not being a bore during the day by sleeping." Marshall cut in, smirking mischieviously as Gumball glared at him from across the table.

"Ugh, fine!" Marceline snapped. "Just...let me sleep a little more" Usually Marceline found arguing funny, but since she was so tired, it was nothing but annoying when she was trying to sleep.

"Man, you used to be cool." Mashall scowled before throwing a few grapes in his mouth.

The four friends continued to chat while Marceline slept. Finn would make a few lame jokes to make Bubblegum laugh while Marhsall would continued to annoy Gumball. Sure, Marceline would have missed all that if she cared enough, but lately, she just didn't. She loved her friends, but when she was this tired, she just wanted to sleep. If only she hadn't stayed up all night trying to study. Yes, study.

The whispers hadn't just started today, but Marceline had been hearing them for a while. She hated how people thought of her as a slacker and no good for Bubblegum, so she tried her best to study. No matter how hard she tried though, none of it stuck and she was right where she started. Of course, she didn't let anyone know what she was doing; she kept it a secret. And honestly, she was ready to give up on even that. She was ready to except that she may be useless and even hopeless.


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