Chapter One

I stretched slowly, barely able to crack open my eyes. The sunlight was already streaming through my windows, hitting my eyes in a very annoying way. Wanting nothing more than a few more hours of sleep, I turned over onto my side and started to pull the covers over my eyes when I took in my alarm clock. It was already 6:30?

Springing from the bed, I hurried to get ready for the last day of school in the short hour I had before my brother and I had to leave. Luckily, I had my own bathroom. In less than forty-five minutes, I had pulled on a pair of jean capris and a light blue tank top. I arranged my shoulder length brown hair quickly, and grabbed my backpack, ready to go to school for the last day of my sophomore year of high school. Running into the hallway, I met my older brother (only by one year) in the hallway. He raised his eyebrows questionably, and I nodded.

"Last day," I said with a grin. Eric smiled back at me, pushing his sandy hair out of his blue eyes, and we stopped in the kitchen on our way out to say goodbye to our mother and our (much) younger twin brothers. Taylor and Tyson were only three, and were what Mom and Dad called their little surprises. They looked a lot like Dad and me, with our dark brown hair and bright green eyes. I kissed each goodbye, and smiled at mom.

"Thank God it's finally summer break," Eric said on the way to the school. I nodded at him, watching the scenery drift by. When we arrived to school, I knew that, as was typical of the last day, we would have a whirlwind tour of our eight classes, turning in the books that we had gotten at the beginning of the year, before going back to our homeroom to get our report cards and finish cleaning out our lockers. We would be out of school by noon. I knew that my friends were all planning to come over to my house for a sleepover.

"Do you know if we have any big summer plans?" I questioned. He shrugged, quickly making the turn into the school parking lot.

"I think Mom and Dad were talking about taking a family vacation to Disney World now that Taylor and Tyson are getting old enough to enjoy it. We may stay down there with Mom, or maybe go down to the cabin on the lake," Eric mentioned. I nodded. There was one thing about my family: we were rich. Dad had inherited several businesses in the town of Clementsville, Kentucky, which quickly left us as the wealthiest family in the area. That really didn't mean a lot to my family. Mom did get to stay at home with Taylor and Tyson, and she was always around when Eric and I were younger and needed her often. Eric and I would never have to have an after school job as other teens would, and we both got cars for our sixteenth birthday. Unfortunately, my birthday was in March, and in Kentucky, that meant that I couldn't get my actual license until I had my permit for six months.

"So, Mia and Heather are coming over after school," I mentioned. He nodded.

"So are Trenton, Rob, and Chris," Eric mentioned. "I think they're going to head home before too long. I know the majority of them have jobs that they're starting tomorrow. Chris doesn't, so he might be staying over."

"His eighteenth birthday isn't too far away, is it?" I asked curiously. Chris had been Eric's best friend since they met in kindergarten, so I had been around him for most of my life.

"This summer—late July. His mom started him late because she didn't want him to be too immature," Eric mentioned, laughing a little. I giggled as well, and we both headed into the school. I left Eric when we reached the gym, where everyone waited before classes started. He walked over to his friends, and I walked over to mine. Mia and Heather were sitting down in the spot we usually hung out, already talking. Mia was tossing her long brown hair over her shoulder and saying something quite quickly. She must have been very annoyed, since I could hear a few Spanish phrases from where I stood. Her parents were originally from Mexico, but had lived in the country for about twenty years, although they still spoke quite a bit of Spanish.

"Hey, girls," I said, coming to sit next to them. Heather shared an amused look with me. Her bright blue eyes sparkled in an attempt not to laugh. Mia seemed to notice that we weren't as caring as we were amused, and started rattling off in Spanish again.

"Why don't you start from the beginning?" I suggested to her. She sighed, and looked at me.

"So, Mom and Dad decided that we simply must get me a boyfriend—don't ask me why! I'm only sixteen. So, last night they set me up with Jose Carmen Lopez, you know? So yeah, we went out last night., and Jose Carmen is definitely like twenty-two already. Before we even had finished dinner, he's trying to feel me up! And he got pissed when I told him, kindly, to remove his hands before I chopped them off. Then, after dinner, he drove us to the movies, right? And, what does he do?" here, Mia broke off in furious Spanish again, and Heather and I both stared at her in confusion.

"Mia, dear, you know that I've only taken Spanish I, so I really don't know what the heck you just said," I told her. She rolled her eyes.

"He starts trying to kiss me. And that's when I lost it. I slapped him. He left me at the movie theater! He told me to get out of the car, and I did, hoping he would cool off, but no! He drove away. I had to walk all the way home, and Mom and Dad actually got mad at me about what happened!" she seethed. Heather and I just started laughing. "It's not funny, you girls!" she said. She was getting very angry, which just served to make Heather and I laugh harder. I suddenly stopped laughing.

"Cole?" Heather asked softly, as I drifted off into space, staring at a boy with dark blond hair and almond brown eyes. I softly bit my lip, turning my head to look at him. "Cole? Nicole, you there?" I snapped out of my gaze, noticing that the boy was now glaring at me.

"I'm fine, Heather. It's just I saw Kyle," I said, nodding towards my ex-boyfriend. Mia and Heather shared knowing looks.

"We do have a lot to talk about tonight," Mia said with a grin. "For starters, we want to know why you broke up with Mister Sexy." Heather shared a nod.

"I wouldn't count on having girl talk too early, because Eric's friends are coming over. Chris might spend the night," I mentioned. Mia and Heather's faces both held identical looks of delight. I sighed, knowing that my friends found not only my brother very attractive, but thought all of his friends were hot too. The looks on their faces died as the bell rang, and we all headed off to classes. "Meet me at my locker after homeroom." The girls nodded and we went our separate ways.

The day flew by, thankfully. Soon I was waiting by my locker, clutching my report card. Heather arrived first and leaned against the locker closest to mine. Mia arrived not long after, and we all went out to Mia's car.

"Hey!" I heard a male voice shout on our way through the parking lot. I turned around and saw that Chris was standing there yelling at me. I heard Heather giggle at the sight of him, and Mia was grinning. Okay, so Chris was hot, with his dark brown hair and bright blue eyes, and very built body. He and Eric had been playing basketball and soccer together for as long as I could remember, although Chris was on the basketball team in high school, and Eric was on the soccer team.

"What's up?" I called back. He grinned, jogging over to me.

"Your brother has been looking for you. Don't you need a ride?" I smiled back at him.

"I'm covered, Chris," I said, indicating Mia. "She's had her license for a while now, and we're all headed over to the house anyway," I explained. Chris nodded at me, before saying that he'd see us at home. We all got in Mia's car, driving quickly to my house. When we arrived, the driveway was already full of cars.

Mia parked at the edge of the yard, and we all ran up to my house. Trenton, Chris, Rob, and Eric were sitting in the family room, talking and laughing already. They stopped abruptly when the three of us walked in. I raised an eyebrow and sat next to Chris.

"What's up, guys?" I asked with a grin. Chris looked down at me.

"Just discussing an amusing threat I got today," he said, laughing again. I must have looked confused; I didn't know anyone who truly disliked Chris. He was easily one of the most popular guys at the high school, and most everyone liked him. Maybe a few guys would have problems with him, because quite a few of the girls had crushes on him. Chris put his arm around me, smirking.

"It seems that Kyle seems to think that you broke up with him to date Chris," Eric said, raising his eyebrow. My mouth dropped open, and the guys laughed at the disbelief there.

"Kyle knows exactly why we broke up. Besides, I broke up with him about four days ago. Why is he just now doing something?" I asked.

"I've been getting threats threatening notes passed to me in class. The only thing is that they'd been passed through so many people, that they couldn't tell me who it was that sent it in the first place. Today, however, Kyle came and pretty much told me that if I didn't stay away from you, he'd make it so that I couldn't have babies," Chris said, while gasping through his laughter. I rolled my eyes.

"You could kill Kyle, Chris," I told him. He nodded.

"Why did you break up with him, Nicole?" Trenton asked curiously. Mia and Heather both looked immensely curious. I tossed my hair over my shoulder, biting my lip softly.

"We'll just say that he wasn't prepared to let me study as much for finals as I wanted. I was much more serious about school than he was." I got intense looks from Mia, Heather, Eric, and Chris. They all knew that there was more to the story than I was telling them. "Okay, let's head up to my room," I told the girls. As I was getting up, Chris grabbed my wrist. I glared down at him, but he pulled me down closer to him.

"I know that there is more to the store, Cole. And I will find out what's up. If he hurt you, he's going to have two very angry guys to fend off," Chris whispered.

"I can take care of myself," I hissed, before yanking my hand out of his and leaving the room. Mia and Heather were already waiting for me in my bedroom. Mia had turned the TV on and was flipping through the channels, stopping every now and again on a promising program.

"What did happen?" were the first words spoken in the room. I sighed, glaring at Heather and flopping back on my bed.

"He wanted to have sex. I wasn't ready. I didn't really want to, either. He's such a jerk, think that I wanted to have sex with him. Like, it's been building up for a while. Apparently when you reach the three-month anniversary, that is the sex anniversary. He's been pressuring me since the beginning of April. The other night, I told him that we couldn't hang out for very long because I had to come home and study for my finals. He didn't like that, and he was trying to get me to change my mind about the sex idea. I didn't, and I broke up with him because he was a jerk. I kind of feel bad about it, but he was really pressuring me. It was ridiculous. So I broke up with him," I told them.

"He's going to be killed if Eric finds out," Mia pointed out. Heather nodded in agreement. "Or Chris," Mia added thoughtfully. I groaned aloud.

"Yeah, I know. He's essentially a dead man, he just doesn't know it yet. I know for a fact. Chris pretty much just said the same thing," I said. Mia and Heather both nodded. "So, what are your plans for the summer?"

"Working at the store," Mia said in a bored tone. Mia's dad owned the hardware store downtown and Mia was often found in there after school and on weekends. "I convinced Dad to give me a couple of days off to celebrate the end of the school year, but he really wanted me to work. He refuses to hire anyone outside of the family," Mia said. I nodded, grinning at her.

"I have to look for a job as well. Mom said that I had to get a job if I wanted a car. I need a car pretty badly," Heather said, shrugging. "I'm going to start looking on Sunday. What are you doing?"

"According to Eric, we may head to Disney world because Tyson and Taylor are old enough now, and then we may go to the lake. I'm sure that Dad will stay here; he usually does when we go down to the lake. Other than that, I'm not really sure," I told them. The phone rang, and Mia started absently flipping through a magazine. We started talking about Heather's latest crush, Collin Henson, when I heard Mom yell that the phone was for me.

"Hello?" I said, picking up the phone in my room.

"Hey." It was just one word, but I heard that voice nearly every day of the past five months.

"Do you need something?"

"Why is Chris at your house?" he asked angrily. I rolled my eyes.

"He's my brother's best friend, and he has been my brother's best friend for ages now. How did you know he was here, anyway?" I asked, biting my lip thoughtfully.

"I just did," he said. "I told him to leave you alone. You're still mine, Nicole." I rolled my eyes getting up and walking across the room, and then peered out the window and saw him leaning against his car across the street. I waved at him, before going to sit on my bed again.

"You realize that this does classify as stalking," I told him. He laughed softly, and I could hear the amusement in his voice.

"Think of the lengths I'm willing to go to get you, Nicole. Most girls would be flattered," he said softly.

"No, Kyle, most girls would be creeped out. I am kind of creeped out, actually. Look, go away and leave me alone, all right?" I asked. I heard another line pick up.

"Kyle, I think that Nicole broke up with you. You should really stop calling here," my brother said angrily. He slammed the phone down and Kyle stayed silent.

"I think I agree with Eric. You really don't want to piss him and Chris off, do you? They really aren't amused with the threats you've been sending Chris, and I think that Eric is even less amused that you're harassing me. Do me a favor, and don't call back," I said sweetly, hanging my phone up. Heather was staring at me with her eyes wide open. Mia was just looking amused.

"So tell us, chica!" she said, laughing.

"Um, well, Kyle's kind of standing on the street, staring up at me," I said, still peering out the window. "He's leaving now, and I think he just gave me the finger. Maybe Eric or Chris is staring out of the downstairs window," I said. "Anyway, his pissed that Chris is here, and he wants to be with me still. Eric picked up the phone and told him to stop calling. That's really about it. I wonder how he knew it was Kyle, though." The three of us shared a look, then all ran down the stairs.

"Eric, how did you know it was Kyle?" I asked as we entered the living room. He looked up from the chair he was sitting in, his eyes finally leaving the baseball game on the TV.

"Mom came in and offered us snacks and drinks, mentioning that she was going to offer it to you when you got off the phone with your darling boyfriend," he said with a grin. "I promptly informed her that you had no boyfriend, darling or otherwise, and she looked slightly upset, saying that meant that you probably didn't want to talk to Kyle, but he was who was on the phone. I then picked up," he said with a satisfied grin.

"Did you know that he was across the street?" I asked casually sitting next to Trenton and stealing some of his popcorn.

"He has a lot of nerve," Chris said thoughtfully. "A whole lot of nerve." I nodded, rubbing my forehead slowly.

"I don't really think that your warning will work. I told him that you both would kill him, though, and that you weren't happy with him threatening Chris. I didn't really give him a chance to rebuff the accusations, though. I sort of hung up on him after that," I said. Eric flashed me a big smile.

"Good little sis," he said with a smirk. I frowned at him, before turning to watch the game.

"Do we have to watch baseball?" Mia whined. "Can't we watch something good?"

"Like some dumb sitcom?" Rob asked her. She rolled her eyes, informing him that sitcoms were not dumb.

"How about MTV?" Heather asked. "Oh, like you guys can resist the temptation," she said, when she noticed them giving wary looks. "Half the time the video prominently features girls wearing little bikinis and shaking their butts. You love it," she said smugly. Eric immediately turned the station to MTV, and Mia started dancing. Heather and I laughed at her behavior, but soon the entire room was dancing.

We were in there for nearly two hours. Rob and Trenton left around six, right before Mom came in and informed us that it was time for dinner. We all relocated to the kitchen, where Dad was already loading his plate with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn. We all helped ourselves, and started eating. Tyson and Taylor were eating with us, although they more often than not ended up throwing mash potatoes at each other and smashing corn in their ears.

"Good job, boys," Chris encouraged softly. "Now just start aiming at other people, like your older sister!"

"Hey, stop telling them to throw things at me," I said, hitting him softly. Chris was sitting between Tyson and me, and was taking great amusement in trying to get him to turn on me. "I'm his sister; that's just wrong. Ty, if you throw food at anyone, make sure it's this guy," I said, indicating Chris. Tyson cocked his head, looking at me.

"K, Coco," he said, throwing a handful of corn at Chris. The entire table fell silent, but I could see that Mia and Heather were trying to stifle their laughter. I glanced to my other side, and noticed that Eric's shoulders were shaking. Mom and Dad even looked faintly amused, although Mom did put on a disapproving face.

"Nicole Marie," she said sternly. I raised my hands in defense.

"I swear Mom, I didn't mean for Tyson to do it! Seriously, it's really Chris's fault. You see, he was telling Tyson to throw all the food at me. I was just joking," I said sweetly. "I would never, ever really want someone to throw food at Chris." I gave them an angelic smile, then looked over at Chris and helped him pick the corn out of his hair. "I adore Chris," I added for good measure.

"Good job, sis," Eric muttered, still laughing under his breath. Chris tickled me slightly, and everyone else finally started eating again.

"Look at what you made me do," I hissed at him. "You're incorrigible!" I said, frowning at him.

"Aw, but Coco, I thought you adored me," he said, pouting a little. "Was that a lie to make your parents happy?" I rolled my eyes at him, poking his stomach softly. He simply grinned down at me.

"So, Cole," my father addressed me. "When exactly were you going to tell your mother and I that you and Kyle broke up?" I sighed, knowing this was coming sooner or later.

"Probably today or tomorrow. We've only been broken up since the day before finals. I've been too busy trying to study to really think about Kyle, or telling you about Kyle," I said. Mom raised her eyebrows.

"I take it that you broke up with him?" she questioned.

"Yeah. I wouldn't let him dump me!" I said. Chris laughed.

"Really, Kyle was acting nice when they were dating. He's really a total jerk," Chris put in. Mia and Heather agreed wholeheartedly. They all nodded, and the issue was finally dropped.

"May Mia, Heather, and I be excused?" I asked when I noticed that we were all done eating. My mother nodded, and we all ran up to my room, sitting around the room and talking; Heather couldn't help bringing up her latest crush.

"So, Heather, do you think you'll see Collin over the summer?" Mia asked as she reclined in my beanbag chair. Heather shrugged.

"I'm trying to get on at the Piggly Wiggly, and I think that he works there as a bag boy, so I might be seeing a lot more of him," she said with a smile.

"Heather, it sounds like you're stalking him," I pointed out. "Stalkers are really not cool, if you weren't aware. They really suck," I said, laughing at her. She frowned at me, scrunching up her nose.

"He's really cute, by the way," she said, giggling. "Blond hair, blue eyes, tall with broad shoulders," she said, going into a daze.

"I think you're drooling," Mia pointed out dryly. Heather threw a pillow at her, and we all started laughing.

"Let's put in a movie. There is no need for drool to fill up my bedroom," I said. We argued for a few moments before settling on a cheesy romantic comedy, and spending the night dreaming of summer flings.

A/N: Hey guys! Hope you enjoyed this. I had the beginning up a while ago, but deleted it and came up with a new name. I have the next chapter done, but still need to edit it. I'm hoping to get a few reviews though. Thanks!