Chapter one | 180 days
New school. Senior year. 180 days of classes. Ten months till graduation.
You can do this Jade!
I look down at the new schedule and the locker number in my hands. With a deep breath, I start walking down the crowded halls, reading the locker numbers on my right side until I find mine. I put in the new locker combination and open it. The locker was wide and tall, red with a few slash marks and plain, light grey on the inside. The bell rings. I put my unnecessary books away and close the locker with a loud bang. I bit my tongue as everyone in the hall looked my way for a second, before minding their own business. With a sigh, I make my way to English. The school is big with three floors but the classrooms are easy to navigate. Classes are divided in pods depending on the subjects. For example, all the Language classes are in one pod, including the Language office and all the Math classes are in another. Being the clumsy girl I am, I trip on something. I let out a shriek as I know I’m gonna hit the floor. I wait for the thump or my face making contact with the floor but that doesn’t happen. Instead, I felt someone holding me. I open my eyes to come face to face with a pretty boy. The first thing I notice about him are his eyes, his deep green eyes.
“Try not to trip again, clumsy.” He snickers, as I step away from his hold. He turns away to leave.
“Oh! I’m sorry if I was close to breaking of one your precious nails.” I say, sarcastically.
He spins to face me. Amusement filled his expression.
“Oh, don’t worry. I get my manicure done tomorrow, so it shouldn’t have been a problem if you did break them.” He spoke so seriously even I believed for a second. But, the crooked smile gave away the joke.
“I won’t be surprised. You look like you have a feminine side to you,” I say as I cross my arms in front of my chest, feeling proud of the comeback.
What the hell are you doing??
“Are you calling me a girl?” He inquires. “Oh, I don’t know. Am I?” I reply.
Oh god! It’s your first day Jade. Stop talking!
“Have you seen these muscles?” He flexed his arms muscles in front of me. I take a quick glance at them, then I roll my eyes. “Wow, your ego is huge.”
He takes a few steps closer to me. “My ego is huge?” He raised his eyebrows.
“Yeah, that’s what I said,” I state, staring right into his hypnotizing green eyes. A smile tugs at my lips. I take a few steps back from him, not wanting to smell the strong scent of the cologne coming this way.
“Aren’t you a little too confident for your own good?” He asks.
I scoff. “Says the arrogant one.”
Ok, Jade, you’re officially dead.
I notice the crowd that formed around me and the boy. Some kids were recording videos with their phones, and some were staring at us in pure shock. Some whispering to each other or finding this argument amusing.
“She’s the new girl isn’t she? What a bitch,” I heard whispers coming from a group of girls behind me. I clench my fist.
“How about you go feed your own ego? I’ve got better things to do.” The hallway was filled with silence and everyone’s eyes were fixated on me.
180 days to go.
The bell rings and everyone rushes outside. I take my time, zipping up my bag and head towards the cafeteria. Almost all the benches were filled with students. I look around and I see a hand up in the air, waving at me. My best friends’ Natalie, Daniel, and Dray. I make my way towards them. With a smile, I sit beside Dan. We give each other a brief hug. “It’s so good to finally see you!” He says with a grin.
“Same here Dan,” I reply, mirroring his expression.
“Thank god you’re finally here. These two wouldn’t stop eating each other’s faces and I hate being the third wheel.” He says dramatically, wiping fake sweat off his forehead. I chuckle, grabbing my sandwich and juice.
I’ve known Dray and Natalie since kindergarten. Daniel Thompson came in grade eight as a transfer student in the middle of the semester. We all got pretty close from there.
Nat grins at me. “Welcome to Seabrook High!” She says excitedly.
Natalie Smith is my sister from another mister. We have a lot of things in common which is why we get along very well. Although, our physical features are completely different. She has short but beautiful light brown hair while I have long black hair flowing down to my waist. Her face is framed by front bags, that end right above her dark eyes. She’s got these amazingly long eyelashes and a body to die for.
Dray Andrews is Nat’s boyfriend. They started seeing each other at the end of grade eight. They’ve been dating for almost four years now.
After graduating from middle school, I moved to New York with my parents. I studied there for three years until my dad passed away. He died in a car crash while coming home from work. The worst part? He died on my birthday. The happiest day of my life became the saddest. That’s when me and ma moved back here, in Carolina. My home. It’s just the two of us now. Today, I started school here at Seabrook with my childhood best friends and I couldn’t be happier.
“How was your first day?” Dray asked with a smile. I sigh.
“For once, my classes are actually fun. The teachers are also decent. Secondly, I ran into this jackass this morning and we made quite a scene in the hallway,” I tell them with an eye roll as my mind drifts back to him.
“Oh yeah, I saw that,” Dan nudges me to continue. Dray and Nat stop clinging to each other and turn to me for the gossip.
“I was just walking to English and being the clumsy girl I am, I accidentally tripped and bumped into that guy. He didn’t apologize and started acting rude so we just had a small argument before I left,” I summarize. “Do you know him?”
“That was Jordan. Jordan Wallace.” Dan tells me. I nod.
“Who is he? The golden boy or something?” I ask with curiosity.
Dray shakes his head. “Not really. I mean, his dad is one of biggest project managers in the government, which makes him rich. Almost everyone in the school knows about him.”
“He doesn’t really talk to anyone outside of school and has a small circle of friends in here,” Nat explains further.
“Whatever! He’s a major asshole and I hate him already,” I tell them while checking my phone.
Everyone on the table was quiet, so I look up and gulp out loud. They had this evil smile on their faces, even Dray.
I don’t like this.
“What’s up with the faces?” I ask with my eyebrows raised as I glance at them curiously.
“Oh, nothing. You’ll find out soon enough.” Nat tells me, and I drop my head on the table.
Dan taps my shoulder. “It’s okay. We’re both going shopping today, so it’ll help get your mind off of things.” He says with a smile. I guess I’m going shopping tonight, with Dan.
I get up. “I have to go to the library. Wanna come?” I ask them. They all shook their heads. With a sigh, I grab my bag and leave.
The library is my favourite place in this school. You may think it’s because I’m a nerd, but no. I love books, not additional math equation and theories or old Shakespeare books. Nothing like that. I like stories. Fictions. I can connect to them. It’s like I’m living in my own world when reading a book. A library is a place where I can find new stories every day. They don’t leave or die. They’re forever. Unlike humans.
I grab the fault in our stars by John Green and sit down by the window. It’s peaceful here. I turn to chapter 23 and continue with my reading.
The fault in our stars is one of the most creative, and heart-wrenching books I’ve ever read because it’s real. In fairy tales, you can just guess the endings and the endings are the best part. This book is realistic, which is why I admire it. I was so lost in it, I didn’t even realize my surroundings.
Everyone was getting up and leaving. I place my bookmark in the book with a smile and place the book back in my bag. I get up and head for my next class.
I was walking home, thinking about things that don’t even matter. At least, not anymore they don’t. I stopped walking as I realized my stop’s here.
I see a car park in the driveway of my new neighbor. They’re used to be an old couple living there before. I have no idea who the new ones are but it must be their car. But seriously, the car looks familiar. Just then, I see locks of brown hair coming out of the car. I squint my eyes to look at who it was. My heart stopped when I saw the boy. I can’t believe this. Jordan Wallace is my new neighbor. Great, just great!
I stare for a few seconds with wide eyes before stepping on the porch. I take my keys out of the back and steal a glance at Jordan. He was already looking my way and he winks when we make eye contact.
I roll my eyes and go inside my house. Away from him. I lock the door behind me and place my bag down.
The doorbell rings and I run to grab the door. Dan is here. He gives me a goofy grin and comes in saying, “Ready to go?”
I nod my head and grab my purse. I lock the door and both of us go inside his car. Then, I recalled the afternoon incident. I clear my throat and turn to him.
“Did you know that Jordan Wallace is my neighbor?” I tell him as it was less of a question and more of a statement. He turns to me slowly with his eyes widening. “Holy shit! Really?”
I sigh. “Talk about bad luck.”
He blinks. “So, he lives right there?” He asks pointing at the house beside mine. I have a corner house so, his house is on my left. I nod.
“Holy God! That is...wow. You do have bad luck.” He points out again. I sigh. “Let’s just go.”
He drives for about 15 minutes until we reach the mall.
We go to GUCCI first, then Dan forced me in Victoria’s Secret. We made a pretty hilarious scene outside the shop but I never got in. After that, we went to the food court to get some delicious burger and fries. Fast food all the way! After the quick eating session, we made our way to Hollister. I’m tired already. We took at least an hour in each shop. Let me say this, Dan was the only one buying things and well I was just tagging along. I lean against the wall as Dan sorts through the clothes.
“Do these jeans make my butt look fat?” He picks up denim jeans.
“No.” I simply say, too tired to argue.
“Does this shirt match my eyes?”
“Are you even listening to me?”
“Well, what do you expect me to do? Listen to you ramble on and on about clothes?” I threw my hands up in the air.
He blinks. “Yes Jade, yes.”
I groan in frustration. I’m not the shopping type. I never was. I don’t have a great fashion sense either. I wonder why they even bother to take me with them to shop?
I finally get home after spending the day at the mall with Dan. Ma was in the kitchen, cooking. “You’re finally back,” She says as she saw me come in with a few plastic bags in my hands. I groan.
“I’m so tired,” I say.
She turns off the gas and turns to me. “Do you want something to eat?”
I shook my head and make my way to my room. I scatter all bags down on the carpet and lay down on my bed. I hear a humming noise from my window, so I check to see what it was. I open the curtains and look around. Nothing. I had a low chamber window on the side of my bed. So, I open it and sit down on the edge. The breeze was soft but I could still hear it swirling. I close my eyes as I feel the breeze hitting my face. It felt nice. I take a deep breath, inhaling the fresh air.
“You look tired. Rough day?”
I almost fell off because of the voice. I open my eyes and look at the owner of the voice sitting across from me: Jordan.
I sigh. “Yes.”
His room just had to be across mine. The houses were close together, with not much gap between them. I could just jump into his room, or he could jump in mine. That’s how close we were. Now I truly believe the universe is against me. I stare at him. He had a smirk on his face. “What the hell do you want?” I ask.
“Nothing. Who said I want anything?” He says eyeing me, his gaze stopping somewhere below me. I glance down and become aware of my short shorts. Boys.
I close my eyes again. Abra-ca-dabra.
Please go away!
“Nah! I’m good,” He remarks. Of course I said that out loud.
I roll my eyes.
“Don’t roll your eyes. They’ll fall out.”
I roll them again.
I close my window and close the curtains. I hear some mumbling from him but I ignore it. I quickly change into my nightdress and turn off the lights. My eyelids start getting heavy and I fall into a deep slumber.