Note: This is just something I felt like writing. Don't like it? Then don't read it, simple as that. If you do read it, review it. This will become a chapter fic, and I ask that you review each chapter separately. Thank you.
Chapter one, Just Another Day:
Sighing sadly, James pushed his books into his backpack as the lunch bell sounded. He didn't want to leave the classroom. Here, he was safely under the teacher's watchful eye. In the hallway? In the hallway he wasn't safe.
He waited until the other students had already left the classroom before approaching his teacher.
"Miss Tingfield, may I please eat lunch in here today?" he asked, already knowing the answer.
"No James, you have to eat lunch with the other students."
His heart sank like it always did. 'That means I have to get picked on by all the other students…' he thought sadly to himself as he walked into the hallway with his head hung.
He closed his eyes and walked through the hallways, wishing that he could become invisible. 'Please don't look at me. Please don't look at me. Please don't look at me!' he begged repeatedly in his mind.
He wished he could just melt into the walls to avoid being seen. Oh what a wonderful thing that would be!
But alas, he couldn't. He was damned to this walk of shame to the lunchroom, where it would get even worse.
"Hey look! It's Jasper the fugly ghost!" someone yelled, throwing a textbook at James.
He cringed in pain but kept walking. The sooner he got it over with, the better.
He sat at a table alone, like he always did. Everyone seemed to gather around him to point and leer. Without ever eating a single bite, he got up and took his lunchbox with him, walking for the school library.
They followed him the entire way, laughing and throwing things at him.
Once inside the library he ducked behind the librarian's counter and hid between two small filing cabinets.
The librarian crouched down and looked into his eyes.
"That bad?" she asked kindly.
The tears he'd been holding onto burst forth and he nodded his head, clutching his lunchbox to his chest.
The librarian climbed under the desk and sat next to James.
"You can't just go on letting them treat you like this," she said. "Have you told the principal yet?"
James nodded gravely, "He told me that I must've done something to deserve it and that I'm getting what I have coming."
"Well, you'll have a friend soon enough, I'm sure," the librarian replied with a mischievous glint in her eyes.
"Yeah right, no one would ever want to be my friend…"
"Oh, I think you'll like my niece."
He looked up at her with wide eyes. "You have a niece?"
She chuckled at his simplicity. "Yes, and she's coming to live with me soon. My sister is having trouble raising her; I won't go into the details. The point is, that my niece will soon be the new girl here, and I realize how hard it is to be the new kid, especially this far into the school year. Will you be her friend?"
He hung his head again. "Why would she want a friend like me?"
"Because you're a wonderful person, and I'm sure she'll be able to tell that. She's different, just like you."
"I bet she won't like me, I'm too-" but the school bell cut him off as lunch ended.
He looked like a deer caught in the headlights of a semi that wasn't going to slow down.
"Take the way through the teacher's lounge so you don't get picked on," the librarian offered, seeing the fear in his eyes. She returned to her post in the library as he darted out from underneath the desk unseen and ducked into the teacher's lounge.
'Is it possible? Could I actually have a friend?' he asked himself as he darted off to his next class.
I don't know when the next update will be, but I'm not planning on letter it sit for a year like I accidentally let my other chapter fics do. I'm planning on updating my other chapter fics before I update this one again. But, as all things in fiction, this will be unpredictable and might be updated very soon. It depends on my lovely reviewers and my plot bunnies.