Abby Morgan woke up, like she normallly did, at five in the morning. She rose from her purple bedspread, stretched, and shuffled quietly into the bathroom. After a quick shower, she combed her hair, brushed her teeth, and threw on one of her pre-organized outfits. Abby tried to decide which of her bags would match her dress the best, picked one, and stuffed it with her belongings. After putting the bag down on her bed, she walked downstairs for breakfast. Just like every other day.
Abby's eyes were still barely open as she gnawed on her half-frozen waffle. Usually, her mom knew her way around an oven, but she seemed distracted lately. Whatever. Abby put the waffle in the microwave, let it defrost completely, and then drowned it in syrup. After breakfast, she went upstairs, grabbed her bag, and headed out into the brisk April air. Just like every other day.
Abby walked to school, humming along to her iPod on the way. For the third day in a row, she felt like she was being watched as she walked by an alley. It was narrow, and provided a shortcut to school, but she usually ignored it. It always smells like piss in there, she thought as she walked by. Down the street, Abby saw Jamie and Alex, her two best friends, and ran to meet them when they waved. Just like every other day.
The trio arrived at their high school after a ten minute walk. They had to go their separate ways for classes, but met again during lunch. Alex was recounting the last night she spent with her boyfriend, Jack. "He somehow got a reservation for Fussilli's, that fancy seafood place uptown. After that, he took me home so we could watch our favorite movie. Only, we didn't focus on the movie for too long..."
Jamie's eyes lit up as she said, "Ooh, what did you do?"
Alex lifted her chin proudly as she said, "The horizontal Monster Mash!"
Jamie screamed and hugged her friend. "About time! How was it?"
"It was more amazing than I ever dreamed!"
Abby rolled her eyes and continued reading her book. Jamie noticed and asked, "Are you deaf or something? You should be as excited as we are!"
Abby looked up from Twilight and said, "Congratulations," then returned to reading.
Alex looked over at her and said, "Well, apparently, she prefers reading some story to talking about my sex life."
"I'm not missing much," said Abby without looking up.
Alex laughed and said, "Oh please, this coming from someone who hasn't even had sex!"
Abby's face turned a bright shade of pink as she slammed the book shut and put it down. "Yes I have, many times! Besides, I'd take Edward over your boyfriend any day. Jack looks like a One-Minute-Wonder!"
"Geez, no need to be so hostile. Is that what being single for years does to you?"
Abby opened her book again, but couldn't focus on the words. Her ears turned pink when she heard Jamie say, "Calm down, Abbs. It's okay, we both know you're a..."
"I'm not a virgin!"
"How is that possible? You've only had one boyfriend, and you were both, like, eleven at the time."
Abby closed the book and began to stand up. Jamie grabbed her hand before Abby could get away, and said, "It's okay! We'll find you your own Edward. Or Jacob, we're not here to judge." Abby walked away, wondering how her friends could be obsessed with such a mundane activity as sex. Just like every other day.
After school, the girls began walking home together. However, Alex started talking about Jack again, so Abby left the trio and decided to take the shortcut through the alley. Abby hesitated at the entrance, again feeling like she was being watched. She started walking forward, and quickly noticed a large man leaning against the wall on the other side. He looked her way as she walked into the alley, and didn't shift his gaze. Suddenly uncomfortable, Abby turned back the way she came, and walked right into the arms of someone directly behind her.