..ooOO Chapter 2 OOoo..

I just got back from Haley's and its 9:00. Mom and my step dad are sitting around in the living room and my little brother is already asleep. I sit down on my bed, take a deep breath and pick up my cell phone. I really hate doing this, but I have to. I slowly dial his number and listen to his phone ring. After 3 times he picks up.

"Hello?" I hear his voice. I take another deep breath and sigh.

"Hey" I say quietly

"Hey Ash, what's up? You sound like something's wrong."

"Well, sort of…"

"What happened?"

"We need…to talk…"

"Oh, alright. Go ahead…"

"John…I think we should… break up."

"But we've only been going out for 5 days"

"I know, I'm sorry. It's just not…well…"

"It's ok, I knew it was going to happen soon anyway."


"Ash, everyone at school knows you can't keep a boyfriend for over a week."

"That's not true!"

"Oh really?"


"Well then how long was your longest relationship?"

"1 and a half weeks…"

"I rest my case."

"So do you hate me?"

"Of course not! Friends?"

"Duh! The best."

"Good. Well, I have to go now."

"Ok, see you at school."


I hang up the phone and sigh again. I can't believe I have a reputation like that! Even though it's true, I don't want the whole school knowing! I throw my pillow at the floor and lay down on my bed for a few minutes. I'm really relieved though. John is one of my best friends and I probably should have never risked our friendship like that. I decide that I'm hungry and I go to the kitchen to get something to eat. To get to the kitchen I have to pass through the living room. I see Mom and Paul (step dad) making out on the couch. That is absolutely disgusting! It's nice that they like each other that much and all, but there's a little child in the house for goodness sake! What if he came in here and saw that? It could scar a kid for life. I don't even want to think about what they do while we're not home. Oh God, bad image! Shut up brain!

I search through the kitchen for something good. I decide upon a bag of chips and bring it back to my room. How shocking, I chose a normal food! Thankfully the 2 spit-swappers are taking a break since Paul had to go to the bathroom. I turn on my radio and lay down on my bed. I lazily toss some chips into my mouth. I guess I'm more tired than I thought because a few minutes later I am drifting off to dream land.


Come on bell, ring! I'm sitting in English class and bored out of my mind. Next period is lunch so I finally get a break Today has not started out good. First I wake up late because I forget to set my alarm. Plus I have a huge mess of chips all over my bed! Then I have to walk to school because no one is home to drive me. About halfway to school it starts raining and I realize that I didn't do my math homework so I get in trouble for that. And then when I get to school, stupid-ass Jake trips me in the hallway and everyone starts laughing.

Yes, let me tell you about Jake. He has got to be the biggest jerk in the world. Even though he is incredibly hott, it can't cover up the fact that he is also incredibly rude. Being captain of the football team and sexy, everybody loves him. Well, that's what he thinks. And because of the stupid clique thing, it's his duty to pick on us. My friends and me are your typical punk/skater group so we don't get it as bad from him like the nerds or dorks do, but it's still annoying. Whatever, enough about him.


Thank you lord! I pack up my things and I'm one of the first ones out of the classroom. I stop off at my locker to drop off my stuff and get what I need and walk to the lunchroom.


"Hey guys," I say as I sit down at my table with my tray of road kill. I'm not sitting next to John today, and I know that everyone noticed. It was just a way of pretty much confirming that we had broken up, but Haley was usually good about informing everyone before I got there so there were no awkward situations. It doesn't mean I can never sit next to him again, just not the day after. I know, one of my stupid rules again.

"Hey Ash-hole" Austin says, jokingly. I glare at him playfully and punch him in the arm. "Ouch, that hurt," he says sarcastically, "Kiss it and make it better?" He holds his arm up close to my face.

"Eww, get your nasty arm away from me. You almost got it in my food!"

"Ha," he laughs, putting his arm down, "my arm probably tastes better than that shit. What is it anyway?"

"I don't know, I didn't bother reading the sign." I say as I poke at the slimy greenish brownish blob in front of me with my fork.

"I think they're supposed to be peas…" John says inspecting them closer.

"Since when are peas brown?" Haley says, pushing her tray away.

"Maybe they're burnt?" Melanie suggests.

"You can burn peas?" I ask.

"I don't know, you can burn almost anything can't you?" she replies.

"Whatever it is, I'm not eating it!" Haley says with disgust. I look over at Emily and I notice that she had brought her lunch.

"Em, can I have some of your lunch? I'm starving!" I ask. No response. "Helllloooo? Earth to Emily?" Still no response. I snap my fingers in her face. She turns to me and takes out her earphones, which were being covered up by her hair.

"What?" she asks annoyed, " I was in the middle of a good song!"

"Oh, let me listen!" I say and grab one of her earphones, putting it in my ear. It was "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day. "Where the city sleeps and I'm the only one and I walk alone" I sing. Soon Emily joins in with me.

"My shadow's the only one that walks beside me. My shallow hearts the only thing that's beating." We sing together. A few people are staring, but who really cares?

"Ok, so what did you want?" she asks once the song is over.

"Oh, could I have some of your lunch?"

"Here, take it." She says and gives me the whole thing. She puts her earphones on and goes back to her music. Emily is a total music freak. And I mean freak in a good way. She always spends hours at the music store when we go to the mall and she knows almost anything about any band.

"Hey Ash, share the wealth!" Matt pleads. I dump the contents of the bag out onto the table. Out fell a chocolate cupcake, turkey sandwich, chips, and a can of soda. I pass stuff out to everyone. I called the cupcake, I gave Matt the soda, Austin and John split the sandwich and Melanie and Haley shared the chips.

I love my friends, they're so cool. Of course I have more friends than just them, but these guys are my best friends and we always eat lunch together. In case you were confused, it's Austin, Haley, Melanie, John, Matt, Emily, and myself that sit there

By the time we finish laughing at Matt because of the can of soda spraying all over his face, the bell rings.


Finally school is over! Well, for today at least. But it sucks because everyone had after school things to do except for me so I'm all alone. I'm still really hungry since I didn't have anything to eat all day except for that cupcake. I spent the whole last period popping candies into my mouth and trying to fill my stomach. I ate my entire thing of Tic-Tacs and a whole roll of LifeSavers. I stop in at Junk and get banana ice cream with caramel syrup and cherries. I always think it's funny the way the employees look at me when I order things like that.

I walk over and I have to take the only booth open. Oh no, just guess who is in the booth next to me. Go on, guess. I know you can, you guys are smart. Do you know? Well it's Jake and his prep-posse. I bet most of you got that, it's a bit obvious, isn't it? Yes, well how wonderful this is for me.

"Look at her," one of the girls whisper, but loudly enough for me to hear it. "She's all by herself. How pathetic."

"I know, she's so weird," another says. They all laugh. Those bitches. Of course they're talking about me.

"Jake," one says. What? Oh, I know I'm still eavesdropping but its not like I have anything better to do. "What is that?" she asks.

"It's bubble gum ice cream. It's the greatest." I hear Jake's voice say. That bastard stole my favorite flavor!

"Dude, it doesn't look like bubble gum ice cream." I hear a guy say.

"I know, I mixed it with cherry coke."

"Ew, why?" a girl asks

"Because its good. Wait I have an idea, hand me those chocolate chips." I see Jake pour the chocolate chips into his bowl, take a big spoonful and eat it with a content look on his face.

"Eww!" everyone at his table shouts.

"Shut up, its really good!"