Brown Eyes or Blue?

Chapter One

Rain

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The rain is finally here at last!

Those are the words running through my head as I step outside into the chilly air my first day of junior year.

There had been a drought all summer, and the days had been very hot and very boring. I had anxiously been waiting for this day for about the past month, and was so very thrilled to be going back to school, if for no other reason than to just get out of the stuffy house.

I put my hand out in front of me and just enjoyed the cool drops of water falling onto my dry hands. I couldn't remember the last time it felt so good to smell the rainy air. Pulling my raincoat tighter around me and tying my scarf into place, I proceeded to walk to the bus stop, which is about two blocks from my house.

Normally I would just drive my car, as I had gotten my license over the summer. But because parking would probably be pretty crazy the first day, my best friend Anna and I had decided we'd meet at the bus stop and take it to school instead.

Taking the bus isn't actually so bad. Sure, there were always a couple of annoying kids who just liked to stir up trouble, but you just learned to ignore them after awhile.

I saw her standing at the corner, all clad in her usual Anna-type attire: burgundy wool sweater, tye dye shirt, torn-up jeans, and black leather ankle boots. She was also wearing three earrings in each ear, a wristful of bracelets, a ring on each finger, and about five necklaces. Anna had always been the type of person to be…well, what you might call unique. Or perhaps eccentric. But in a good way.

It's what I've always admired about her; she can dress whichever way she wants to and doesn't let anybody bother her about it. And most people didn't. Anna had a bunch of friends, although she's not what you'd typically call popular. But popular is just a stereotypical word and I think it's all a bunch of nonsense anyhow.

Anyway, Anna has always been there for me, and I for her, since the day we partnered up in fifth grade science class. Boy, did we hate that class, and had fun doing it. But no need to go into detail about it, it seemed like a million years ago.

"Can you believe it's finally raining?" I said as I walkd up and gave her a quick hug.

"Oh, it's just perfect for the first day of school!" Anna said. "I can't wait to find out what else the day brings. I'm not looking forward to the classes, but I hear there are some interesting hotties attending Beramo High this year."

"Oh have you? And I suppose that as long as there's a good-looking guy coming your way, nothing else matters?"

"Well, not nothing. I mean, make-up must be perfectly applied and every hair in place…"

I gave her a little punch in the arm and a little snide look. Typical Anna, always trying to make fun of me. So maybe I'm a little self-conscious when it comes to how I look. Nobody wants to go around looking like something pulled out of yesterday's garbage. Well, at least not me.

"Ha-ha. Very funny, Anna, but that's getting a bit old now. So who are these "hotties" anyway, and why haven't I heard the news?"

"Their names are Zach and Adam. Well, they're the only ones I've really heard anything about, and it's not much. Just that they transferred from Orelo and are on an academic scholarship of some sort."

"Hah. They're probably actually great nerds in disguise."

"Why are you so interested, anyway?" Anna asked.

"Why wouldn't I be?"

"I don't know. Are you really over my brother now?"

Oh, does she have to bring this up now?

So I fell pretty hard for my best friend's brother the past year. Was it my fault that I couldn't resist those gorgeous golden brown eyes and that sexy dark brown hair of Nathan Roberts? Was it my fault that I was stupid enough to get caught up in a relationship with someone who so easily forgot about me from one day to the next? Yes, Nathan Roberts dumped me, and my heart had been shattered, or so it felt. I cried for days and wouldn't talk to Anna for at least a week. I must admit I had been really afraid that the break-up may have ruined our friendship, but it wasn't Anna's fault that she had gotten stuck with such a jerk for a brother. And after breaking up with Nathan, it really made me realize how much I had neglected Anna while it lasted. I had spent so much time with him, I'm sure Anna was pretty much furious with me at first. After awhile, though, she got used to it, and everything was going great. It just didn't stay great.

"Anna, please don't make me talk about him. No offense, but I can't even stand the thought of him right now."

"Okay, okay. But sooner or later you will have to get over it and face him. Especially now that school is back in. You're bound to run into each other."

"I know. I'm just so counting on this day being a good one. And seeing your brother just isn't in the plan for that goal."

"If you say so," said Anna, as the bus neared the corner and we each climbed on.

Two-thirds of the bus was already filled with returning Beramo High students, chatting away as we slowly made our way toward the back. There weren't two seats together, so Anna sat down next to Andrea LaBlanc, and I walked to the only other seat left, which was a couple rows behind where Anna had sat down.

And I couldn't breathe. Sitting in one seat was a boy of medium build and height, muscular but not too muscular, tan but not too tan. And the prettiest blue eyes I had ever seen.

My knees went weak at that point and I slouched into the seat next to him rather awkwardly. He turned his head toward me, and I gave him a faint smile.

Oh, what a day this would be.

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9/1/2007

A/N: Okay, so I have officially revised this chapter a little for now. I've hated it for a while, and I know I can probably make it much better if I re-did it in the future, but for now this is how it shall be.

I would like to thank euphorictragedy for pointing out the inconsistency about Sadie driving a car, so I mainly just changed this chapter so that she does have a car, she just doesn't use it in this chapter. If you're a new reader, don't worry about it.

And if you are a new reader, don't forget to review!

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xoxo HopelessDreamer07