Streaks of blonde hair mixed in with its green surroundings. The leaves following the trail creating a wave of green. The branches snag and pull in attempt to slow the cascade of blonde that whips past them. The blonde head stops abruptly turning to reveal large blue eyes that were accompanied soft small lips. Her eyes were wide with adrenaline and fear. Her chest rose quickly from her short of breath. Exhausted, she sits on an exposed root covered in a soft moss. Slowing her breathing, she wipes the sweat dripping off her forehead smearing flecks of dirt.
A twig snaps behind her causing her to jump off the root and face the sound. Her eyes widen and her breathing quickens. Her mind screamed RUN!RUN! Stepping back she turns and runs full speed into the forrest. Sweat drips down her nose on to the on ground. She turns backs and sees a dark shadow dart in and out of behind the trees. Gasping she runs faster ignoring the burning sensation in her calves. Still looking back at the shadow she trips over an exposed root causing her to fall in mud. Scrambling out of the mud she hides in a bush, pulling her legs up to her chin.
The footsteps draw closer. Twigs snap under the weight their feet.The footsteps stop in front of the bush. She holds her breath in attempt to quiet her heartbeat. She closes her eyes. Hands come from behind through the bush and grab her forearms. Her eyes snap open and she lets out a startled scream.A laugh emits from her attacker.
"Wow Chloe, I didn't know that you could scream that loud!" The boy laughed.
Pouting Chloe turns looking at the Asian boy with blonde hair and punched him in the arm, causing him to mock flinch.
"I wouldn't have screamed that loud, if you had just found me but, you just had to chase me, Simon!" Chloe said crossing her arms.
Simon's smile fell and he looked worried.
"I didn't chase you, Chloe." Simon said frowning.
"Then who was chas-" Her sentence was cut short when a pair of arms wrapped around her waist and picked her up. Chloe screeched kicking her legs. She kicked her attacker causing him to grunt. Chloe stopped struggling and craned her necked to look at her attacker. Her blue eyes met green ones and she instantly blushed.
"You know Derek, just because you're 10 doesn't mean you can go picking up people younger than you." She grumbled.
Derek lowered her to the ground and chuckled. Simon looked at Derek.
"Guess we found her, huh?"
Derek nodded a hint of a smile on his face. Chloe looked at the two, turned, and walked towards the house in the distance. Simon and Derek looked at Chloe and jogged to catch up to her.
"If I would have known that you would fall in mud during Hide-and-Seek, then I wouldn't have chosen to play it." Simon said chuckling.Chloe let out a 'Hmph' and continued walking.
"Chloe, you shouldn't walk over there. You know how your Aunt gets when get near the river." Derek warned.
"I'm fine!" She snapped.
Drek looked down like a wounded puppy.
"Chloe, be careful." Simon warned agreeing with Derek.
Chloe ignored them both, inching closer and closer to the river. Simon and Derek looked at each other becoming nervous. Chloe stopped abruptly and turned her head.
“Don’t move.” Chloe whispered.
“Chloe, what’s wrong?” Derek asked becoming increasingly worried as time passed on.
“The ground..it’s moving.” Chloe whispered looking at Derek and Simon with tears in her eyes.
The dirt moved out from under her and she went tumbling down the hill towards the river screaming. The land that was once beneath Chloe now fell down the hill with her a huge chunk now missing from the ground. She fells twisting and turning down the twigs and rocks poking and prodding. She hit the bottom, her head hitting rock cutting off her screams.
“Chloe!” Simon and Derek screamed in unison.
The two boys took off down the hill and witnessed a limp Chloe at the bottom. Derek slid down the hill faster than Simon and stood above Chloe in a matter of seconds. He fell to his knees and scooped her up cradling her now dirt stained face. He clenched her jaw and looked at Simon.
“Go get help Simon, now!” He snarled, not caring how it came out.
Derek held Chloe as if the world would take her away then and there. Simon ran up the hill and sprinted to his house. Throwing open the door his father, Kit, stepped out of the kitchen surprised to find his son.
“We..need..help..landslide..Chloe…fell.” Simon said panting.
Kit grabbed the phone and dialed 911 running to the house informing Chloe’s Aunt of what happened. Her Aunt immediately went to the river and watched as Derek held Chloe. She covered her mouth as tears brimmed her eyes. Then her expression changed to one of anger, and it was directed at Derek.
“This is your fault!” She screamed at Derek.
Every accident has to be blame on something and someone. This accident’s blame was channeled at Derek. Derek looked at her Aunt then at Chloe. Standing up he brought her up the hill just as the paramedics arrived to take her away.
Simon and Derek were taken to the house and sat down on the couch. Simon’s eyes were puffy and red. While, Derek had a face of stone. He expressed no emotion on what had happened. Kit walked in running a hand through his hair.
“Okay, it seems that when Chloe hit her head at the bottom it caused her to have long term memory loss.” Kit said looking at the boy’s sadness filling his eyes.
“She won’t remember us?” Simon said tears sliding down his cheeks.
Kit only nodded.
“Well, maybe that’s a good thing. She gets to start a new life without us. Her Aunt never liked us anyways.” Derek grumbled standing up and walking up the stairs.
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7 YEARS LATER
Chloe opens her locker with a sigh. Tucking her schedule under her arm, she grabs her text books and stuffs them in her bag letting out a grunt as her bag becomes heavier.
“Hiya Chloe!” Says a voice behind Chloe.
Chloe lets out a yelp and turns around only to find Liz.
“Oh! H-Hi L-Liz.” Chloe stuttered. Chloe didn’t know when she started to stutter but, all she remember was that it happened after the accident.
“You know Liz, we are supposed to be helping with the stutter. Not causing it!” The girl said striding up her heels clicking as she walks.
“I didn’t mean to scare her Tori!” Liz said pouting sticking her lip glossed lip out.
Tori internally groaned and grabbed Chloe’s schedule. Tori gave the schedule a hard glare expecting to burst into flames.
“Sorry, no classes. But, we have lunch together.” Tori said with a smile, “So that means no reading at lunch. You need to be social.”
Chloe looked down embarrassed. Liz was the next to grab Chloe’s schedule and gave it a hard rundown. Then the giggling began. Chloe gave Liz a confused look before snatching her schedule back.
“Well, it seem to be that you have a class with the new guys.” Liz said still giggling.
Tori rolled her eyes just as the bell rang signaling that they had 5 minutes until class started and started a whole new year of learning. Chloe trudged along her back hurting already from the weight of the books. She walked into her Chemistry class and sat down at one of the lab tables. She looked around, people were talking about their summer and what they did and she had nobody. That’s what I get for being the smallest one here. Nobody notices me. Chloe thought before taking out her new book. Before she even finished one paragraph of her book the whole room went silent. Which was very unusual for a class full of high schoolers. Chloe looked up annoyed despite the silence and met the gaze of a boy standing in the doorway. He had blonde hair even though he was Asian. But, behind him was the biggest person Chloe had ever seen. He had black hair and dazzling green eyes with a large amount of acne. The Asian boy’s eyes widened at the sight of her and he quickly nudged the boy behind him earning a grunt. The taller boy turned and looked at Chloe mouth agape, surprise clearly etched on to his features. The expression was quickly masked with an expression of annoyance and he pushed pass the other boy and sat a couple rows back from Chloe.
Chloe looked back down at her book just as the whispers began in the room. Rumors were already spreading as soon as they walked into the room. Chloe shook her head in disbelief. Muttering curse words. The blonde boy walks forward and stops in front of Chloe’s desk. Chloe looks up, her head still down towards her book.
“C-Can I help you?” She asks stuttering.
Without regarding the question, he smiles a toothy smile and holds out his hand. “I’m Simon.”
“Chloe.” She whispers shaking his hand.
Her hand was limp in his hand causing her arm to move with the hand shake. Simon let out a chuckle.
“And that big beast back there is my brother Derek.” He said leaning down. “He’s not one for being social.”
Chloe giggled and looked back at Derek meeting his glare. She quickly turned back towards Simon.
“He may look scary but, he is really just an overly large teddy bear.” Simon commented, putting a hand under his chin.
Derek grunted in response and walked over to Simon and hit him in the back of the head making Simon let out an ‘oof’ at contact. Chloe let out a laugh and doubled over causing both boys to stare at her wide eyed. Tears leaked out of her eyes and ran down her cheeks as she laughed harder. She dried her tears and looked at them with a smile on her face. Her eyes lighting up. Simon looked at her and returned her smile.
“Friends?” He asked.
“Friends.” Chloe replied nodding her head.