Sometimes the snow comes down in June
Sometimes the sun goes round the moon
I see the passion in your eyes
Sometimes it's all a big surprise
 
Cause there was a time when all I did was wish
You'd tell me this was love
It's not the way I hoped or how I planned
But somehow it's enough
 
And now we're standing face-to-face
Isn't this world a crazy place
Just when I thought our chance had passed
You go and save the best for last
 
All of the nights you came to me
When some silly girl had set you free
You wondered how you'd make it through
I wondered what was wrong with you
 
Cause how could you give your love to someone else
And share your dreams with me
Sometimes the very thing you're looking for
Is the one thing you can't see
 
But now we're standing face-to-face
Isn't this world a crazy place
Just when I thought our chance had passed
You go and save the best for last
 
Sometimes the very thing you're looking for
Is the one thing you can't see
 
Sometimes the snow comes down in June
Sometimes the sun goes round the moon
Just when I thought our chance had passed
You go and save the best for last
 

You went and saved the best for last...

Save the best for last – Vanessa Williams

Prologue:

Groaning, Alyssa blinked a couple of times as her eyes opened to see the plain blue ceiling of her bedroom. Groaning with a need for further sleep, she rolled over to look at the alarm clock next to her bed, wondering why it hadn't gone off. Wiping the sleep from her eyes, she slowly took in the time shown in the flashing red numbers. Seven for… seven fortyfive? Swearing, she leapt out of her bed onto the cold floor of her bedroom. "Stupid London weather," she muttered upon noticing the heavy clouds outside her bedroom window. "You'd think it was winter already!"

Sighing, she pulled on her school uniform and quickly brushed her chin-length brown hair before grabbing her bag and umbrella and tearing down the stairs, nearly knocking over her poor father. "Where's the fire?" he inquired, but she just rolled her eyes and made her way to the kitchen. She grabbed a couple of pieces of toast and was about to make her way out the door, when arms wrapped around her from behind.

Alyssa spun around to face her attacker, and her eyes caught two almost identical, smiling out of a face recognised by almost everyone in the world. Grinning, Alyssa flung down her stuff and wrapped her arms around her young-looking mother. "Mum, when did you get home? I thought you weren't finished filming for another couple of weeks!"

"Well, I just couldn't stay away from my darling girl any longer than necessary. How are Sara and Crystal?"

"They're good, they both did well in their exams." Alyssa was a little upset that her mother automatically asked about her sisters, but it was one of the prices of being the youngest child.

"That's good, I'm glad that they're doing well in university. Such smart girls, your sisters – they must take after your father. But how are your singing lessons going?"

Alyssa sighed, knowing this question would come up sooner or later. It was all her mother really cared about, music… she would never be able to accept that Alyssa couldn't sing. She forced a smile, though, and pretended that everything was fine. "They're great, mum. I'm going to miss my bus, thought, so I'd better leave."

"That's alright, Alyssa. We'll have a nice long conversation this evening, just the two of us. How does that sound?"

"Great."

Alyssa gave her mum a quick hug then ran down the road to the bus stop, getting there scarcely two minutes before the bus arrived. A few people talked to her, but she knew that all they cared about was her famous mother and rich family. None of them cared about her. It was tough being the daughter of a famous actress, tougher than most people would ever imagine. Sometimes she wondered what it would be like growing up as a normal girl, respected for who she was, rather than "Kathy's daughter" or "Zach's daughter" or "Sara and Crystal's sister." But she had no choice.

The bus pulled up and the students filed on, jostling with each other to get out of the cold. Alyssa looked around as she got on, scanning the faces of those with whom she had caught this bus every day for so many years. However, one person was missing. "Where is he?" she muttered under her breath, and looked around anxiously.

"Hey, Lyssa!" Hearing the voice from the back of the bus, Alyssa smiled and quickly made her way to the very back, where she plonked down on the seat next to her best friend. She saw a few girls giving her glares… but then, she'd had that for a few years, and didn't really care. Sean was her friend, and no jealous girls would ever be able to tear them apart.

Looking her friend up and down, though, she understood why they'd want to. Sean McDougall was the biggest girl-magnet in the entire school. He had the golden hair, the tall stature, the deep blue eyes that one could fall into forever. He was a soccer player, and a joker, and his smile could make any girl swoon. Even Alyssa.

Alyssa recalled how her mother used to talk of when she and her father had first met, back when she was younger than Alyssa was now. They were best friends, and the first thing Kathy had noticed about Zach were his beautiful eyes. Of course, Zach and Kathy had fallen in love and lived happily ever after, while the object of Alyssa's affection was deeply in love himself, with a sweet girl called Amy. Nevertheless, Alyssa couldn't help drawing links between her mother and herself.

"So, how are you Lys?" Sean asked, smiling obliviously.

"Oh, I'm alright. Mum's back." There was a moment of silence as Sean hugged her tightly. He was the only one who really understood what it was like for her, and she didn't know how she'd get by without him.

"What did she say, Lys?"

"Oh, nothing much… she asked about my singing lessons, though. Why does it mean so much to her? Why can't I just be me?"

"She only wants the best for you, Lys, you know that. You really need to talk to her, try and make her see… you can't let this continue."

"I know, I know… I just don't want to hurt her. She's a good mother, really."

"Lys, I hate seeing you upset like this. You have to do something about it."

"I'll think about it."

The bus pulled in at school and they got off the bus, splitting up to go to their separate homerooms. Alyssa didn't see him much during the school day, but when she did she knew that he was thinking of her. It was this… this sensitivity that made her love him, the side that no one else cared about. And she knew that his girlfriend was the luckiest girl in the world.

**************

Alyssa arrived home at her normal time that afternoon to see her parents sitting together in the living room, talking intently. Curious as to what they were talking about she moved closer, accidentally letting a gust of wind slam the door behind her. Her parents stood, startled, then saw her and beckoned for her to join them. "Lyssa, we need to talk."

Now, upon hearing those words from their parents mouths most girls would become worried. However, Alyssa knew that her parents marriage was strong, her sisters were happy and healthy, she was doing well in school… she couldn't think of anything they'd need to talk about. Unless, of course, her mum was leaving for another movie… at 45, she was definitely too old to be pregnant!'

Curious, Alyssa sat down on the couch next to her parents, putting her bag on the floor near where their Labrador slept peacefully. "What is it, Dad? I really need to do my maths homework…"

"It can wait, Lys, this is important. You see…"

"Well…" Her parents looked at each other anxiously, as if they were unsure where to begin. Alyssa frowned in confusion, becoming ever more curious as to what this was about.

"Well, Alyssa, it's like this. I've got a job offer in a new hospital, a much higher and better paid position…" Oh, great, Alyssa thought, more money. She had never understood his fascination with money, considering her mother was a millionaire.

"But, there's a problem."

Kathy broke in. "What your father's trying to say, dear, is that this job entails a small move."

"…move?" Alyssa asked, confused.

"Well, it's a position in Sydney, Australia. And I've got a role in the new performance of Phantom there, so I'll be able to work much closer to home. We'll be a family again, without me overseas all the time. How does that sound?"

However, Alyssa's ears hadn't heard past the word 'Australia,' and the meaning was slowly beginning to sink in. "You mean… we're moving away from all my friends?"

"Well, your father and I both agree that this will be good for you, getting you out of your comfort zone, making you try new things…"

"But… my friends!"

"You'll make more in Australia, Alyssa. I was afraid when I moved to London, and look how many friends I have now! You'll be fine, Alyssa, everyone there will love you."

"BUT I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE!!!!!!" Crying, Alyssa ran up the stairs to her bedroom and slammed the door, collapsing on her bed. She cried until all her tears were cried out, and took out the photo of her and Sean at the formal that year from under her pillow. He was her only love, her only friend, the only one who understood… how could they drag her away from him? Still sobbing, she picked up the phone and rang his number.

"Hi, this is Alyssa. Can I speak to Sean?"

A/N: So, what do you think? A nice beginning to my new story?

A little bit of information, then… Kathy, as we all knew, became a famous actor on both stage and film, while Zach is a professional doctor. Kathy and Zach are now 45, though Kathy looks in her thirties, with two older daughters – Sara (23) and Crystal (22), both of whom are both intelligent and musical. Alyssa is 16 and looks a lot like her mother, though her hair is cut to her chin, and she is just an ordinary girl. Sean is a 16 year old Scot who's a 6'2" soccer player, joker, and 'hottie.' Want to know anything else? Just drop me a line!