A/N: Hey everyone! Some of you might recognize me from the Backstreet Boys section, others might not know me at all. I will not be writing about the Backstreet Boys anymore, instead I will be working on several novels. Including this one, "The Ancient Pyramid". I hope all of you enjoy, and please review when finished! Thanks!
The Ancient Pyramid
Chapter One: "We're Going To Egypt!"
Sixteen year old sophomore Andrea Grey---or just Andie for short---ran down the hall, her bright red curls soaring behind her.
"Hey, Andie! What's the rush?" Trey Simmons, the quarterback of the high school football team, asked as she passed.
"Can't talk now, but you'll find out soon enough!" Andie called before turning the corner.
She continued running until she got to the doorway of her third period class: Geometry. Her best friend, Bailey Courtland, was leaning against the wall. She grinned when she saw Andie rushing towards her.
"What's up, Andie? You're all flushed," she teased, pushing her golden brown hair behind her ear.
"You'll never guess where we're going on the school trip," Andie said, her green eyes shining.
"Let's see," Bailey said, leading Andie inside the classroom. "Paris? New York? Disney World?"
Andie shook her head. "Nope. We're going to Egypt!" She threw her hands in the air as if she were waiting for Bailey to jump up and down with excitement.
"Oh," Bailey said, her face falling as she collapsed into her chair.
"What do you mean, 'Oh,'" Andie asked, sinking into her own chair. "Don't you think it's exciting?"
"Well," Bailey said, her brown eyes moving to the blackboard. "It's just that I thought we would be going somewhere interesting."
"But Egypt is interesting!" Andie exclaimed. "Think about the pyramids! Think about Cleopatra!" She grinned. "Think about Brendan Fraser in "The Mummy". I wouldn't mind a guy like him showing us around."
A slow smile crept over Bailey's face. "Yeah, I guess you're right."
"Well, I'm glad you get to go, Bailey," Jessica James, Bailey's lab partner, said with a weak smile. "I wish I could go. If only I had aced that history quiz."
"Hey, don't worry about it, Jess," Andie said, spinning in her seat. "We'll bring you back something special."
Because they're school was so small (there were only five hundred kids in the whole school), every year a number of the students who met three requirements would go on a trip during spring break. The three requirements to go on the school trip were: you had to help raise money to pay for the trip, you had to have your parents' written permission, and you had to have at least a 3.5 GPA. So every year, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a GPA higher than a 3.5 got to go on a trip together as an award for scholastic achievement. Jessica had missed the GPA requirement by two tenths, meaning she wasn't allowed to go. Bailey had a 3.9, and Andie had a 3.7. They were already hyped about going.
"Thanks," Jessica said, responding to Andie's offer. "But have you guys heard about who's going? Trey Simmons even managed to pull his grade up high enough to go."
Bailey rolled her eyes. "I don't know if I believe that. I'm pretty sure there was some sort of money exchange involved."
"Well, whatever," Jessica said, smiling. "But between the pyramids and their insane legends and the hotties like Matt Clark and Kevin Wilson that will be joining you, you guys will have some major stories to tell me when you get back."
Andie giggled and saluted Jessica. "Will do, Girlfriend, will do."
"Are you going on the school trip?" Matt Clark asked Micheal Courtland as he plopped into a seat in the cafeteria and threw his tray filled with chili onto the table in front of him. His blue eyes, blond hair, and cute smile made him a bona fide hottie. Being the school's soccer star also helped when finding a date.
"Yep," Micheal said, throwing his own tray of hot dogs onto the table. "Bailey's going too." He winked at Matt who rolled his eyes.
"Why do I care if Bailey's going? In fact, that ruins my day. Now I know the trip is going to totally suck with your bossy, annoying, conceited sister along for the ride. Thanks, Micheal. Thanks a lot," he said sarcastically.
"Whatever," Micheal said, his mouth full of hot dog. "You know you think she's hot."
Micheal looked almost exactly like his younger sister. His golden brown hair, dimples, and shining brown eyes matched hers exactly. Their personalities, however, couldn't have been more different. Micheal loved to make people laugh; and while he got good grades, he never really studied. Micheal loved to be the center of attention, and his big mouth sometimes got him into trouble. Meanwhile, Bailey got good grades because she studied; while she liked to laugh, she didn't like to provide the laughs; she didn't like being the center of attention; and she never got into trouble.
"Think who's hot?" Kevin Wilson asked, collapsing into a seat next to Micheal. Kevin had dark brown hair and grey eyes. He was tall and lean and had the cutest half smile ever.
"Matt thinks my sister Bailey is hot," Micheal responded.
Kevin grinned. "Well, you have to admit. She is pretty hot."
Micheal grimaced and clutched at his stomach. "You guys, I'm trying to eat here."
"Sorry, Mikey," Kevin said, running his hand through his short brown hair. "Didn't mean to ruin your appetite."
"Yeah, you're right. But to pay you back," Micheal grinned as he turned to Matt. "Did you know Kevin's got a crush on your sister Kiersten?"
Kevin began to choke on his Mountain Dew, and a slow grin spread over Matt's face. "Kiersten? My sister Kiersten? Are you serious?"
"I don't know what he's talking about," Kevin said, shooting a glare at Micheal who was rocking his chair backwards and balancing on the two back legs.
"Yeah ya do," Micheal said, turning back to Matt. "He thinks she's a babe."
Kevin was turning bright red, and Matt was laughing so hard he was turning blue. "Kevin!" he finally exclaimed after he got his breath back. "My sister is a total witch! And she's a total tomboy! Plus, she's never went on a date because she claims that and I quote 'All men are scum, and the only way to fix the world today is to have all men sterilized so that they cannot reproduce. That way, we women will finally be able to rule the world just like we were always meant to.' I mean, my sister is such a feminist she believes God is a woman." Matt threw his hands into the air with frustration.
"So?" Kevin said, taking a sip of Mountain Dew and not meeting Matt or Micheal's eyes. "I happen to like girls who know whoare opinionated."
"Apparently," Matt said. "So anyway, are you coming on the class trip, Kev?"
"Yeah, I wouldn't miss it for the world."
"Is Kiersten coming?" Micheal teased. Kevin socked him in the ribs.
"Yes, actually," Matt said. "She is. Again, I'm depressed. Between my sister and Bailey, I predict this trip's going to be a disaster."
He couldn't have been more right....
Three weeks later, Andie, Bailey, Kiersten, Matt, Kevin, Micheal, and their schoolmates were inside their hotel lobby, waiting for the tour bus that would take them into the desert where they would begin a three day hike to see the pyramids. They would camp at night and tour the pyramids during the day with their tour guide Jaheem.
"I'm sure they'll be here at any minute," Jaheem said, nodding enthusiastically. Jaheem was a native Egyptian. He was around thirty years old with black hair and brown eyes that glittered with mischieviousness. His skin was dark and wrinkled from the heat of the sun and the dry desert air. He was a small man, only as tall as Bailey and Andie; but his personality was huge. He was a very animated person who was very eager to show off his country to visitors. All he had been able to talk about was the pyramids that they were going to visit.
The kids were all getting antsy, wanting to get the trip going.
"Maybe they won't come," Bailey said with a grin. "Then we'll be forced to hang around the pool all day."
"Get real, Bailey," Micheal murmured.
"Hey, I could actually hang with that, Bailey," Kevin said, chuckling. "Count me in."
"Is it supposed to be this hot?" Andie asked, pulling her curly red hair off of her neck. "I'm feeling faint."
"What a wimp," Kiersten Clark, Matt's sister, muttered.
"Kiersten," Matt said, without looking up from his tour map. "Don't call Andie a wimp."
Kiersten rolled her eyes and stuck her hands into her pockets to restrain from giving her dear brother the finger.
The only similarity that Matt and Kiersten shared was their blond hair. Otherwise, they were completely different. Matt had blue eyes, Kiersten had green. Matt was only 5'6, Kiersten was 5'9. Matt was muscular and sort of chunky, Kiersten was thin and lean. Matt was a gentlemen, Kiersten was nowhere near a lady. Kiersten was very independent; so independent, in fact, that she didn't have any friends.
Why am I here, she asked herself, pulling her shoulder-length blond hair into a ponytail. I don't belong with any of these people. I should've stayed home and lounged around the house. I'm sure there were some good Jerry Springer reruns on.
But despite the fact that she didn't really fit in with the jocks, preps, and nerds who had pulled off a 3.5 GPA, she had decided to come anyway. Her favorite movie was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and she had always wanted to go on an "Indiana Jones-esque" adventure. The Egypt trip had seemed like her perfect chance.
But spending "quality" time with annoyingly perfect Bailey Courtland and whining Andie Grey might not be worth an Indiana Jones adventure.
Not all of the people on the trip were annoying, however. Micheal Courtland was always a riot to hang out with, and Kevin Wilson seemed pretty nice compared to the other jerks like Trey Simmons.
Speaking of Trey Simmons, Kiersten thought, her gaze traveling to Trey who was surrounded by several female freshmen. Trey was laughing loudly, probably entertaining the girls with some lame joke. Kiersten, like Bailey, wondered how much his parents had to pay the school system to let him go on the trip.
It was a well-known fact that Trey was about as bright as a burnt-out lightbulb. How he had managed a 3.5 average was beyond Kiersten.
"Whoa, look at this!" Matt exclaimed. Kiersten spun around and saw her brother staring at the guide book that Jaheem had given them which detailed the stops on the tour and facts about each pyramid.
"What is it, Clark?" Micheal asked, trying to yank the book out of Matt's hand.
Matt swatted at him. "Back off, Courtland!" he joked. "Don't make me hurt you."
"What are you yelping about?" Kiersten asked, glaring at her older brother.
"This," Matt said, pointing at a color photograph of a perfectly regular-looking pyramid.
"Yeah, so?" Bailey asked, her nose wrinkled in disgust.
Matt grimaced. "Let me finish, little Miss I'm-too-smart-to-live-with-you-mere-humans. This is the pyramid of Princess Kaia who ruled almost 3,000 years ago. It is said that Kaia's pyramid is cursed, and anyone who enters will never be seen again."
"Wow," Andie said after several moments of silence. "I don't know if I want to do this anymore."
"Oh, get over it, Andie," Kiersten said, her voice harsh. "Don't be such a baby. There's no such thing as curses anyway."
Andie raised her eyebrows. "Think what you want to think, but I'm not coming within five hundred feet of that place. Got me?"
"Gotcha," Bailey said, not taking her eyes off of the photo of Kaia's pyramid.
Kiersten turned away. She didn't believe in curses, but the legend of Kaia's pyramid had spiked her interest in the trip. Maybe this wouldn't be as bad as she thought it would be....
She was lost in thought when the tour bus pulled into the loading area. The room erupted into cheers jolting Kiersten back into reality.
"Finally!" Mr. Hart, the World History teacher and one of the many chaperones, shouted. "Everyone on the bus!"
Kiersten grabbed her backpack and fell into line behind Andie and in front of Micheal. After they boarded the bus, her Indiana Jones adventure would soon begin.
Little did she know just how close to an Indiana Jones adventure the trip would soon become.
A/N: Well, how was that? I know I didn't really get into the plot yet, but the next chapter will feature much more action. I hope that you enjoyed. Please read and review and watch out for the next chapter of "The Ancient Pyramid."