Tunneling through her locker was proving to be much more difficult than she had thought. Somewhere buried beneath all the papers and books was an English essay due next period.

Suddenly a mountain of textbooks and stationary fell to the floor. Pursing her lips, she stared at the ground wondering if all this trouble was really worth it.

Before she could fully bend over, someone was holding a book up to her face. She looked up to see two hazel eyes smiling down at her. With a grin she took the book and stood back up to shove it back in her locker.

"You're Erin, right?" he asked.

"The one and only."

That was an impressive headlock you put on Nick, there."

"Yea," she laughed, "he had it coming."

"Where did you learn a move like that?"

"I've picked up a couple of things over the years."

He laughed, unsure of what exactly that meant.

"For how long do you have detention?" he asked.

"Four weeks."

"Damn, that's kind of harsh."

"Not really considering I could have ended up in ISS instead."

"True." he said with a shrug.

"So," she said, "How do you like high school here so far?"

"It's great."

"Really?" she said with a teasing grin.

"Okay, maybe that's an overstatement." he said as they both laughed, "But I have to admit it's a lot better than the high school I use to go to."

"Well, I'm glad."

"Whoa!" she said in surprise, catching a book that had slid out of her locker.

"Whoa there," he said, helping her catch it.

Peering at her mess of a locker, he looked at her questionably.

"Are you sure you don't need any help?"

"Nah, I'll worry about my English essay later."

"You're English essay, huh?"

"Yea, I put it in my locker this morning, you know, before I turned it inside out, but now I

can't find it."

He picked up a paper from the pile lying on the ground.

"Would this be it?"

She stared at it in surprise.

"Well, what do you know." she said, taking it from his hands.

The bell rang.

"Thanks!" she said as she checked to make sure all three pages were there.

"Don't mention it!" he said as he walked towards his next class.

"Wait!" she called after him.

He turned to face her.

"I never got your name."

"It's Jason," he called back as he rushed down the hallway.