I used to be a normal kid. I freaked out and studied for tests, hung out with my friends, had a crush on the boy I had known since I knew how to speak, and generally had a normal, boring life. And I loved it. Yeah sometimes I wished my life was a little more interesting but I would love my boring old life back right about now.
In all of the fairy tales I've ever heard, no matter what the problem, it could always be solved with true love's kiss. But what if it wasn't the kiss of the princess' true love? What if the curse was lifted, but in some twisted way? If some random guy found sleeping beauty, thought she was cute, and gave her a peck on the lips, would nothing happen? Or would the princess wake up only to discover that she could never sleep again? Maybe from the kiss of some random hobo walking through the woods Snow White would have become a zombie instead of coming back to life.
Your first kiss is supposed to be magical. Mine was life changing, in a horrible, gut-wrenching, makes you want to punch someone in the face kind of way. If the night had gone as I had planned I would be living my normal life, and dating the guy I have had a crush on for three years now. But true love's kiss was not what I got. Instead I got the wrong kiss, and everything has been rather downhill since. But maybe I should start at the beginning, a short while before the wrong kiss ruined my life.
"Hey Hally, how did you do on the chemistry exam?" My best friend Katherine appeared beside my locker, causing me to jump nearly three feet up in the air. She laughed, chewing her gum. She was never seen without a piece of gum in her mouth, she was addicted to it I swear. "You're such a spaz."
I rolled my eyes at her, shoving the chemistry book back into my locker. "Shut up Katy, I am not. And I don't know what I made yet; Mr. West hasn't finished grading them yet."
Katy made a face, "God he is so slow. I swear it will be like a week until he's finished grading them all. I don't know if he really reads that slow or if he just puts it off."
I shrugged, "Who cares as long as that stupid test is over with I'm fine."
We were interrupted by a loud SLAM as someone got shoved into the lockers across the hall. I flinched at the sound and turned around to see a white haired teen bouncing off of the metal and two larger boys surrounding him. "Hey Lucy watch where you're going," one of them said, giving him another shove.
I frowned, Luce was picked on a lot, his name alone was weird enough but the kid was hardly a second head short of a walking freak show. Aside from his hair being the color of snow his eyes were as well, blank white like a clean sheet of paper gave him a very unsettling gaze. If it were just his eyes and hair however it would be different but the addition of all black attire, two bars through his eyebrows and tattoos that ran all the way up his arms and who knows how much on his chest and back it just becomes a little too much. Two of the school's more intelligence challenged douche bags, Troy and Ryan, were always messing with him.
Luce never even looked them in the eye. If they hit him he just let himself be thrown around until they left and then he would get up and walk off as if none of it had fazed him at all. No one ever tried to help him, it was as if everyone else considered it normal and brushed it off like he did.
Ryan grabbed him by the front of the shirt and shook him, "Hey Lucy, we're talking to you. It's impolite to ignore people dipshit."
Katy noticed my expression and sighed, "Don't get involved Hally."
"Too late," I muttered. I walked across the hall, "Hey why don't you two ignoramuses converse with something more on your intellectual level? An amoeba perhaps?"
They turned around, surprised that anyone was addressing them. "Hey go back to your girlfriend, this isn't any of your business," Troy snapped. Luce didn't even look at me, just sagged on the lockers waiting for us to let him leave.
I scowled up at him, "Well I just made it my business so what are you going to do, beat me up too? I have to warn you though; I'm not above kicking your ass."
Ryan laughed at this, "I would like to see you try." Clearly taking this as a challenge I kicked him in the crotch causing him to double over in pain. Swinging my back pack off of my shoulders I thwacked Troy in the face so hard with it that he fell down.
A teacher walked into the hall then, of course he was nowhere to be found when Luce was a human punching bag. "What's going on here?" He looked from me to the two boys.
Troy scrambled up, glaring at me. "Nothing, I slipped and hit Troy, sorry Mr. Holland."
The teacher narrowed his eyes at us but walked back into his classroom. "No more disturbances in the hallways. Just because it's the last week of school doesn't mean you can all act like hooligans."
Troy glared at me, "I'll get you for that bitch." He shoved Luce to the floor before walking away Ryan following him. Katy was watching, not sure what to make of the scene while the rest of the student body went on with their day, uncaring.
I offered Luce my hand, "Are you okay? Those guys are such assholes."
He glanced at me, I had to keep myself from looking away from those bleached eyes. Ignoring my proffered hand he stood up and continued down the hall without a word. Black coat flapping around him as he walked. I crossed my arms and glared at his retreating form. That jerk, I had just stuck my neck out for him and don't even get a nod? "The proper response is thank you!" I shouted after him.
Katy walked over to me, "Come on Hally, the guy won't even look people in the eye and you think that he's going to thank you? Get real. You're lucky he even looked at you, coming from Lucy that kind of acknowledgement of someone's existence is amazing."
"Don't call him Lucy," I reprimanded her. She gave me one of Katy's signature 'Excuse me?' looks. "Just because I'm pissed at him doesn't mean it is okay to make fun of him." I explained, shaking my head.
"Whatever, let's go to lunch." Katy said, taking my arm and leading me out to the cafeteria. I allowed her to pull me away from my locker as I muttered under my breath about ungrateful people. My best friend just smiled at me. "Maybe he's just embarrassed that a girl saved his sorry tail." Katy pointed out.
I frowned, "That's dumb, he could still say thank you, it's impolite not to."
"Well we already know the dude is weird. I mean what kid do you know other than him, no matter how odd, that doesn't have any friends at all. Even the total dicks have friends but I've never even seen someone sit at the same lunch table as Luce, or hold any kind of conversation with him at all." She had a puzzled look on her face, "You know, now that I think about it, I've never even seen a teacher address him directly."
I stopped and thought back, Luce was in all of my classes. He always sat in the back of the room, last seat on the right in every classroom. I had never really noticed his presence that much or paid him any attention but now that I really thought about it I had never heard a teacher even call on him to answer a question or comment on his grades. He had to be good in academics because I was in all honor classes. "You're right, that's odd."
"What's odd?" A third voice interrupted our conversation. At the sound of his voice my heart stuttered and I felt heat rising into my cheeks as I spun around. Archer smiled at me, blue eyes sparkling as if he knew a secret.
"Hally kicked a couple of idiots butts and saved that kid Luce from going home black and blue and now she's pissed at him because he didn't thank her for her butt-kicking assistance." Katy filled him in.
Archer raised his eyebrows at her and looked back at me, "Hally was beating someone up and no one came and got me? I can't believe I missed that. Who were the poor unfortunate souls?"
Katy snorted while concentrated on putting on foot in front of the other feeling Archers gaze on me. "Please it was Ryan and Troy, they deserved it."
"They're jerks," I muttered, "they had it coming to them."
Archer clapped me on the shoulder, "That's my girl, our modern high school robin hood. Protecting the weak and hitting the bullies where it hurts." I smiled at this, where his hand rested on my shoulder it felt like someone had hit me with a tazer. He dropped his hand back to his side and walked between us. "So how is robin hood and her fellow merry man today anyway?"
"Good," I managed to get out, "I'm just glad school's almost over."
"Did you just call me a man?" Katy asked, glaring at him.
Archer shook his head, "Of course not Katy, I would never do such a thing." She scoffed and punched him. Archer rubbed his shoulder where she had hit him. Katy wasn't very big but she could pack a punch.
I smiled at my friends; my agitation had slowly ebbed away. Archer saw me smiling and winked at me. I immediately looked away so he wouldn't see my face turn fire engine red. I had been friends with Archer for as long as I could remember; our parents are good friends so we basically grew up together.
Until a few years ago Archer was just my best friend, but when our sophomore year had started he had come back from his summer vacation with four inches of height and a tan that brought out his sapphire eyes. It was like I was seeing him for the first time, I had never noticed before how broad his shoulders were or how good he looked in his favorite pair of jeans. It had been harder to talk to him without feeling like an idiot since then and every time I saw him my pulse skyrocketed.
When we got to the cafeteria there was already a long line and I crossed my arms hoping that the food was appetizing today. Some days were better than others in the aspect of our schools lunch food. There was the occasional mystery meat day when everyone went home hungry but for the most part the food was good.
We weren't even close enough to smell the food yet. Archer scanned the lunch room, "Looks like your damsel in distress is eating all alone." I looked over to see a familiar formed sitting leaned over his tray.
"Nothing new there," I said turning back around and looking back towards the front of the line. The line started to move and we inched closer to the stack of trays. When we finally got there I picked up one of the Styrofoam trays and handed two back to Katy and Archer. "Hey pizza today," I commented looking ahead to the main course, three people away.
The sides weren't as appetizing, being a choice of cold cooked carrots, spinach, and applesauce. I scooped the applesauce onto my plate, eager to sit down and eat. My stomach growled at me which earned me a snicker from Archer. "What are you laughing at?"
"You," Archer said, unashamedly. I made a face at him and Katy rolled her eyes.
"You two are so obnoxious, Archer you're just annoying and Hally over here has to help every lost cause she sees."
"I do not," I argued, narrowing my eyes at her.
"I am annoying," Archer admitted with a shrug. "What of it?"
Katy just shook her head at us and headed to our usual seat. I sat down beside her and Archer sat across from us. "How many more exams do you two have to take?" Archer asked, dumping his spinach onto his pizza.
"I have one more today, two more tomorrow," she looked at his pizza, "What is that abomination?"
"You have your tastes, I have mine," he said, taking a large bite of his spinach drenched pizza. "What about you Hally?" He asked around a mouthful of pizza.
I looked down at my tray, it was easier to get words out right if I wasn't looking at him. "The honors classes convinced the teachers to give tests early so that we would be done today. Chemistry was my last test."
"Lucky," Katy said with a glare. I stuck my tongue out at her. Katy was brilliant, probably smarter than me but she didn't put her all into her work and she wasn't in any of my classes. She was more interested in talking to boys and dragging me to parties than doing her homework. She tucked a strand of auburn locks behind her ear and kept eating.
Archer on the other hand was in some honors classes but he had trouble in a few subjects. He had good grades, he had to, being on the soccer team. He caught me looking at him and flashed me a dazzling smile that made my chest tighten and I looked back down to my tray, dark hair falling around my face and hiding my small smile.
Katy looked past Archer and frowned, "Uh-oh, here we go again."
"What is it?" Archer turned around in his seat and I leaned over to look past him. "Oh, those idiots are at it again."
Ryan and Troy had "slipped" and dumped their drinks on, guess who? I ground my teeth together, those two made me so angry. I couldn't stand watching people get messed with and it wasn't as if Luce was malicious or did anything to deserve it, he just looked different. However a kernel of my anger was at the snowy haired boy as well. He never even stood up for himself. He wasn't that tall and he didn't have huge muscles but something told me that Luce could take those two easily and he knew it.
"Are you going to stop them before they dump the rest of their lunch on him?" Katy asked, looking back to her food, stirring her carrots around with her spork.
"No one else is going to," I said with a sigh, standing up. I grabbed a stack of napkins on my way and grabbed a handful of wet spinach off of Archer's plate with a protest from Archer. When I got to the table they didn't notice me. "Oh boys."
They turned around to get a face full of spinach, "Do I have to beat you up in front of the whole student body now?"
Ryan wiped a handful of spinach off of his face and glared at me, "We'll be back when your little girlfriend isn't around to protect you Lucy." He said, shoving Luce's head down into his tray. They walked off, flipping me off on the way.
"Classy," I commented, sitting down next to Luce and putting the napkins between us like a kind of peace offering. "I don't know why you take that."
Luce didn't look at me, he glanced at the pile of napkins, his expression kept completely neutral. His jaw was clenched and his hands were fists at his sides. Was he angry at me? "What's your problem? I didn't have to help you, you know. The least you could do is look me in the face."
He looked up and glared at me, the words I had been about to say died in my throat. I had never seen any emotion on his face before but now he looked pissed, anger burned behind his colorless eyes. I felt something like fear stir in my chest and I considered getting up and leaving.
"Hey Hally, I'm having a party tonight for everybody in honors, you wanna come?" I turned to see one of the boys in my class, Todd, holding out an invitation. I noticed he was careful not to look at Luce, he kept his gaze on me.
"Sure…"I hesitantly took the invitation he had and glanced down at it.
"It's not going to be a crazy party or anything," Todd assured me, "Just kind of like a celebration that we're done you know? Senior year next time, we're so close to being out of here."
"Yeah," I smiled at him and tucked the invitation into my pocket. I noticed that Luce was staring at Todd as if he was something out of a horror movie. His face was so white it matched his hair and his eyes were wide.
Todd reached up and rubbed at the back of his neck, "God, my neck has been hurting awful the last couple of days, I don't know what it is."
"You didn't do anything unusual that could strain your muscles?" I asked, "Heavy lifting, something like that."
Todd shook his head, "Not that I can think of, I-"
"Hey the party tonight, can I come?" I was pretty sure my mouth literally dropped open.
Todd looked at Luce nervously as if a wild animal had just tried to start a conversation with him. "Y-yeah sure man," he held out an invitation to Luce who smiled at him. I didn't even know the boy could smile.
"Thanks," he took the invitation careful not to touch Todd's hand and shoved into his backpack.
"Do you need directions?" Todd asked scratching at his head, still looking a little dazed.
"No, I live down the street from you." Luce said, using some of the napkins I had brought him to mop the drink off of his face. I watched him, did something finally snap or what? Did the socialization switch in his brain get flipped when Ryan slammed his face down?
"Cool, I'll see you two there then." He started to walk away and then turned and motioned between us, "Are you two like… dating or?"
"No," I said quickly. The last thing I needed was for Archer to hear that I was dating Luce, that kind of rumor could set me back quite a bit. "I just happen to hate Ryan and Troy."
Todd nodded, "Who doesn't those two are pretty low. See you." He walked off. I waited until he wasn't in hearing distance.
"What the hell was that?" I asked, turning around. Luce was already halfway to the door, backpack slung over his shoulders. "Hey, you still owe me!" I yelled at him. He didn't even turn around. I crossed my arms, nope, still the same old Luce. "You could have at least picked up your trash," I muttered, picking up his tray and the wet napkins and throwing them away on my way back to my seat.
"And the hero returns from her thankless mission!" Archer proclaimed throwing up his hands as I sat down.
I shot him a dirty look, "You are so over dramatic."
"My unique commentary is one of my many charms," Archer said with a dejected look on his face. "You have insulted my honor fair maiden and I'm afraid that is not something I can allow." He scooped up a sporkful of applesauce and took aim.
"Archer don't you dare-", SPLAT! The applesauce hit me in the cheek and dripped down onto the table. Katy burst into laughter. I glared down at my plate for a moment before chucking my half eaten pizza at her, "On guard!"
She squealed in surprise and grabbed a handful of carrots to throw, aiming carefully. "Now Katherine," I reasoned, "be rational, there is only one of us here who is not food covered." My eyes darted to Archer and she smiled, catching my meaning.
"Hey now, that's not fair." Carrots pelted him and Archer raised a hand to block his face.
"You three," the same teacher that had reprimanded me in the hall earlier stood behind us with a stern look on his face. "I should give you all detention for this." The smiles fell off of our faces and he shook his head. "However, since summer vacation is almost upon us I suppose some leniency is acceptable in this scenario. As long as you don't throw anymore food and clean this mess up."
"Yes sir," I said, a glob of applesauce dripped from my face onto the floor. "I'll go get a napkin."
He nodded and walked off. I turned back to my friends and we all laughed. After cleaning up we headed to our last class, parting ways in the halls.
We met back up at the lockers after the bell. "Hally, are you going to the party tonight at Todd's house?" Archer asked.
"Yeah probably," this earned me a look from Katy.
"You never go to parties without me dragging you there? What's up?" She narrowed her hazel eyes at me in suspicion.
I shrugged, "I just want to go, that's all. Give me a break Katy."
Archer pushed at her, "Don't grill the girl Katy, she just wants to party, surely you can respect that. You're just jealous you weren't invited."
"You weren't either," she pointed out, putting her hands on her hips.
He smiled and pulled a piece of paper out of his back pocket, "You were saying?"
"What? You're not in all honors!" Katy protested, snatching at the invitation. Archer held it up out of her reach.
"Maybe not but I convinced Todd to let me come anyways." He smiled. "Come on, I'll drive you two home." Archer was the only one of our little group that had a vehicle so he usually ended up carting us around.
"Shotgun!" Katy called, jumping into the front seat. I rolled my eyes at her and got in the back, a little disappointed that I wasn't sitting in the front with Archer. On the plus side, Katy would get dropped off first. Katy cranked up the radio and we sang along until we got to her house. Archer made fun of us the whole time.
Katy hugged me as I got out of the car to get into the front. "Make a move tonight you idiot," she whispered before backing up and waving. "See you two tomorrow."
I frowned, I had never told Katherine that I liked Archer, but maybe it was obvious. I blushed, lord I hoped it wasn't obvious, or that he was oblivious. "Bye Katy!" I closed my door and pulled the seatbelt over me.
"So you're really going to the party tonight?" Archer asked, watching the road.
I looked down at my hands peeking at him through the corners of my eyes. "Yeah, I figure why not? Are you going?" We were pulling up in front of my house now.
"As long as you are," Archer said, winking at me. "I'll pick you up." I nodded, not trusting myself to speak. I pulled my backpack on and walked up to the door, smiling over my shoulder at Archer.
"See you tonight."
"See you," he drove off.
My mom was in her studio when I went inside. She was working on an oil painting, her eyes distant; she was always in a different world when she painted. "Hey mom I'm home. Todd is having a party tonight is it alright if I go?"
"Isn't it a school night?" she asked looking over her glasses at me.
"Well yeah but I've finished all of my exams and I don't have anything to do in my classes tomorrow. Come on mom, what do you say?" I bit my lip and clasped my hands in front of my chest, all but begging.
"Fine, go ahead. Your father won't be home tonight, he has a business meeting out of town, he'll be back in a few days." She said absentmindedly and went back to her painting.
"I'll fix dinner before I go," I told her. I walked into the kitchen and rummaged around the cabinets. The day started out going really well, too bad it wouldn't stay that way.
A/n: The Wrong Kiss is supposed to be a little more humorous then my other stories so it's not going to be as (as my mother says) dark as Heartless. (I don't think Heartless is dark .)