Chapter 1: First Day
"Chloe! Time to get out of bed!" my mother called from downstairs. She had just come home from her graveyard shift.
I groaned, but finally dragged myself out of bed. "I'm up!" I hollered back to her.
I'm Chloe Hendrix and today is my first day at my new school, Bonneville Heights High School. We moved due to mom getting promoted at work, they offered more money and paid for the relocation. I wasn't too thrilled about the move, my senior year just began and I was excited to finish school with my best friend Amber but I guess that just wasn't in the cards.
I pulled my skinny jeans on and threw on a purple shirt. I wasn't trying to impress anyone, the less attention I drew to myself the better. Let's be honest we know how it goes for a new student anyway, everyone tries to be friendly. I pulled my long brown hair into a ponytail and threw on a small amount of makeup and lip gloss. This was the look for today and I was definitely okay with it.
I threw on a pair of shoes and met my mom downstairs. "Are you ready?" She asked.
I grabbed a muffin from the counter for my breakfast. Banana nut muffin, my favorite. "Yes ma'am". I responded heading towards my bag.
"It's going to be a good day Chloe, thank you for being a champ about all this." I could tell in her eyes she had sorrow for up and moving me away from everything I ever knew.
"We've got this mom." I tried being optimistic, it was difficult but I needed to try for her. Things have been tough for her since dad left, this promotion was the first time she seemed really excited about something in awhile. I knew she needed this fresh start.
We got into the car and she drove me to school, i ate the muffin on the way. We had arrived about 10 minutes before the bell to begin rang. I exited the car and waved goodbye to my mom, then I started heading towards the entrance. My first task was to go meet my guidance counselor and they would go over where my classes were.
I opened the door and started walking towards the front office, this school seemed huge compared to my last school. It was in a smaller town so we didn't need many classrooms, this just seemed so different. I was looking at all the posters plastered around, comparing the difference to my last school but my thoughts were interrupted when I had bumped into someone. "I'm so sorry!" I didn't want to be on the bad side of anyone my first day.
He turned around to respond. He had dark brown hair with piercing green eyes. He had the most perfect jaw line I've ever seen on someone. "You better watch out next time." he answered, sounding quite annoyed. He paused for a minute and looked me up and down. "You're new."
"Yes, today is my first day." I responded nervously.
He smirked, "this won't be the last time we see each other." and then he walked away.
I was trying to hide the fact he made me blush. I don't even know why, the tone he had seemed malicious with that smirk.
I finally found the front office just a minute before the bell rang. "Chloe Hendrix?" a petite woman with blonde hair pulled tightly into a bun asked.
"Yes?" I replied, I'm pretty sure this was the guidance counselor I was supposed to be meeting with.
"Hi Chloe! I'm Ms. Burke, it's a pleasure to have you join us this year!" She was very cheerful at my arrival.
"It's my pleasure to be here." I smiled.
She had two pieces of paper in her hands, one looked like a map and the other looked like a schedule. She handed me the schedule and proceeded to hold out the map in front of us both. "This is where your first period is." She gestured at a spot on the map, she then proceeded to show me where everything was on the map. Once finished she offered to walk with me to the first period, I accepted figuring the help would be nice. "Now if you get lost just come to my desk and I will be happy to help!" she assured me as we were walking.
We came to a classroom door, the first period was advisory. She opened the door and we walked into the classroom. "Good morning Mrs. Hansen, this is Chloe Hendrix. She is starting here at the school today." Ms. Burke spoke to a middle aged woman.
Mrs. Hansen smiled at me, "Welcome Chloe, we're pleased to have you join us."
"Thank you Mrs. Hansen" I responded with a nervous smile.
She gazed over the classroom for a moment. "Lydia?" she was looking in the direction of one of the students.
The girl responded, "What's up Mrs. Hansen?" She had shoulder length deep red hair, clearly was not a natural hair color but she pulled it off. She wore a floral printed white shirt with a pink skirt to throw it all together.
"Will you help Ms. Hendrix find her way around the school this week?"
"Not a problem!" She smiled and patted the empty desk next to her, "Come sit new girl!"
Everyone seemed so welcoming, well unless you count the guy I ran into but other than that everyone seemed so nice. I started heading towards the seat that Lydia had directed me too. "Hi" I smiled at her.
"Welcome Chloe, we're going to be good friends" she smiled.
Lydia helped me get to the classes I needed to go, we actually had a few together. The more time spent around her the more comfortable I was getting. She was so enthused about everything, she slightly reminded me of my best friend Amber from back home. I knew if they had met they probably would be best friends of friends in a matter of minutes. "So where do you live?" she asked heading our way to the lunchroom. We had just finished our fourth period and it was time to eat something.
"Like five minutes away, at the Kwick gas station you take a right and go down a couple blocks." I was hoping she knew exactly what gas station I was talking about.
"No kidding!" She smiled, "I live like two streets away, at the end pretty close to where the hiking trail for the mountain starts." She must live in one of the upper class houses. "You should come over!"
"I promised my mom we would have dinner and discuss my first day tonight, how about tomorrow?" I responded to her invite.
She smiled, "that'll work. Bring your swimsuit though, I have a pool."
We went through the lunch line and got what food we decided looked best. I followed Lydia to a table with a couple people already sitting. "Guys meet Chloe" Lydia introduced me. "Chloe this is Lucas, Jesse, Tara, and Eric." She pointed to each individual. They smiled and waived.
"So what brings you here?" Lucas asked. He has short blonde hair and chocolate brown eyes.
"My mom got a promotion so we moved." I responded.
I glanced around feeling eyes on me. I noticed a familiar face eyeing me from across the lunchroom. It was the guy from earlier. His words "this won't be the last time we see each other" echoed in my mind. What did he mean by that? Was it meant as a threat?
"Earth to Chloe?" Lydia's voice brought me out of my thoughts.
"Who's that?" I asked gesturing to the guy, he was still staring. Well up until Lydia made eye contact with him.
"That's Alex." She looked me in the eyes. "He's trouble Chloe, don't get involved with him." she warned. I wanted to ask what she meant by that but she had already started on a new subject with the group at the table.
Our last period had just finished up, it was math. I hated math with a passion. My teacher at my old school was so bad at explaining things and then skipped over questions he didn't feel like answering. The students relied on each other and google to pass.
"Do you need a ride home?" Lydia asked.
"No, my mom's going to be here any time. But thank you." I answered, mom wanted to pick me up on my first day.
"Okay, but tomorrow you're coming to hang out. Don't forget your swimsuit!" She reminded me while heading for an exit.
About 15 minutes went by, I was waiting for mom still. She had text me saying she was running a little late on an errand but was just about here. I decided to go find my locker, I hadn't had the time and I was just carrying my bag around all day. I headed down a hallway, the school was empty. "146" I mumbled to myself looking at each number trying to find my own. Finally I found it.
I put in the combination. I opened it with success the first time around. I went to go close it but as I went to another hand slammed it shut. I looked over to see those familiar piercing green eyes. "Told you we'd meet again" he smirked again, this time seemed a little more threatening.