"Will Laila Selena, please come down to the front office. Thank you." The announcer said over the loud speaker. I got up and glanced over at Tracy, she gave me a thumbs up, then I looked over at Mike, who waved. I smiled and proceeded with going to the office. I skipped down the stairs and saw the principle waiting for Adrian by the glass doors. Once she heard me coming she turned slightly and pointed to the place I should stand.
"Hello Laila." She almost sang.
"Now when he comes you will give him a tour of the school, tell him what your classes are and how your classes work. I want you to greet him to the class and introduce him to everyone. You may take as long as you like, but you should be done before lunch. He is in your class so after you are done go back to your class room and your teacher will take it from there. Got it?"
"Yes." I muttered.
"Good. He should be here any moment. You don't need to go over anything in too much detail I already have spoken with him." I nodded and bit my lip. I could have sworn I just saw a black convertible cruise by. A few seconds later a man my age walked threw the doors. I gasped.
He was the exact person from my drawing and from my dream last night. I shook my head he couldn't be, the person in my dreams didn't exist. Then why does he look so much like the person in your dreams? No, it was just coincidence. Yeah, that's it, coincidence. I stretched my mouth into the widest smile I could manage.
"Hello, you must be Adrian." The principle welcomed him by shaking hands.
"Yes I am." Answered a husky voice. His voice was intruding and mysterious, but also welcoming and kind.
"I am your principle, and this is Laila. She will be your tour guide. She will explain everything you will need to know about our school. If you have any questions you can come see me anytime."
"Nice to meet you." Adrian nodded his head towards me.
"N- nice to meet you too." I stuttered. He grinned at me, which made me blush.
"Before I leave do you two have any questions for me?"
"No." We both said in unison. I side glanced him and blushed when I saw him staring back at me.
"Why don't you get started with your tour then?" The principle smiled. I jerkily nodded and motioned Adrian to follow. The principle went back into the office, as we walked forward.
"Our school consists of two floors. Downstairs has the cafeteria, auditorium, eighth, ninth, and tenth grade hallways. There is also the courtyard." I described as I pointed to the windows showing the green courtyard. "This is the cafeteria, where we eat lunch. There is always the salad bar, and depending on the day, there is a buffet table." I said as we passed the cafeteria.
"This is a nice school." He said looking around.
"That's how I felt when I first moved here." I added when I glanced at his expression.
"When did you move here?"
"When I was ten, seven years ago."
"Lake Tahoe in California. Where did you move from?" I asked while leaving the cafeteria.
"Um… I've been around many places."
"Oh I see." There was an awkward silence between us as we walked on with nothing else to say to each other. I took a deep breath before continuing. "This is the auditorium we don't use it that often, just for meetings, plays, and talent shows."
"How many people are in the school?" He asked, probably noticing the small amount of chairs.
"Not many. There are 28 people in our grade including us. Both of the classes have fourteen people in them." I answered
"Wow." He whispered. I turned towards him.
"The rest of down here is just grade hallways. I don't think I need to show you upstairs. As soon as you walk up the stairs, it's our classroom, the other classroom of our grade, then the Biology lab. Take a right and you'll find the 'gym' and art room. Do you have any questions about your classes?"
"No I called the school yesterday to get everything figured out."
"Oh, that explains it. So you moved in yesterday? What street do you live on?" I wondered aloud.
"Yeah I got here with all my stuff in the afternoon. My house is on Midnight Drive."
"That's so weird, that's where I live! What's your street number?"
"18, it's almost at the very end of the street."
"An old lady used to live there I believe." I remembered going down there for Halloween one year. The end of that street was scary, and nobody really lived down there. The lady was nice, even though people made rumors about her, I guess I was the only one who wasn't afraid of her. I guess I had always been an oddball.
"What happened to her?" He started walking towards the door to the courtyard, I followed.
"She died." I gulped. I never liked talking about death, even about a stranger. He held the door open for me as I walked out into a tropical climate. There were flowers and grass, some trees and of course the fountain. He sat down on one of the benches, I sat next to him.
"I'm so sorry." He whispered.
"Oh, its ok I didn't even know her that well." I started twiddling my thumbs.
"Well tell me more about this place, I need to know where to eat and where not to eat." He smiled, and our conversation immediately got more relaxed.
"Well I guess you're also going to need to know where to shop as well…" I launched into explaining every place where he could possibly go on Seaforth. After a couple of laughs and more small talk, I remembered what the principle said. "Do you happen to know what time it is?"
"It's eleven o' clock." He said glancing at his watch.
"Okay, it's time to introduce you to people, but there are something's you should know. Sarah is the head of the popular group, once you see her group you'll know what I'm talking about. There is another group in our class that has everyone else in it."
"Which group do you fall in?" He got up and brushed off his pants.
"Neither. I'm friends with Tracy and Mike." I held the door open for him this time.
"What do you mean by why?"
"Why are you not friends with anyone else?" He asked as we climbed up the stairs.
"Well, a few years ago Sarah moved here and she was instantly popular, all the guys wanted to date her and all the girls wanted to be just like her. But when I tried to talk to her she was immediately mean to me. Eventually, she made the whole class turn against me except for Tracy, Mike and Blake. Ever since she has held a grudge for me, I don't really know why. Then last year Blake went out with her, and their still together." I had no idea why but something about Adrian made me want to tell him everything, and it all kind of rushed out. We were about to walk into the class room.
"And you still don't hate her." He said in awe.
"How do you know?"
"The way you said her name, you said it almost like she was your friend."
"I think that she will realize soon that hurting others won't get her anywhere in life." I said under my breath, pushing the door open. I walked into the front of the room with Adrian behind me.
"Um, everyone this is Adrian." I used my hands to show him off.
"Hello Adrian, I am your teacher, Mr. Burns. Would everyone please stand up and say their names and something about themselves." Sarah was the first to stand up, she narrowed her eyes at him.
"My name is Sarah, almost everyone likes me, just stay out of my way and we should be cool." She informed him. She sat down and glowered at me. Tracy timidly stood up next.
"I'm Tracy, I'm friends with Laila." Tracy winked at me as she sat down. Mike stood up next.
"I'm Mike, also one of Laila's friends, I'm sure she's mentioned me." He lounged backing his chair. All of the boys did the same thing except they said their hobbies. Most of the girls tried to make themselves more attractive before they stood up and told their names. I didn't understand why at first, but then I took a closer look at Adrian's face. He was mysterious and cold looking, but his eyes were filled with warmth and understanding. Overall he was even more like my picture, except for the poor drawing he was the one. This realization made my eyes widen, but only for a few seconds.
"Thank you everyone. Would you like to say anything Adrian?" Mr. Burns asked from behind his desk.
"Uh, I look forward to meeting all of you, and for a year of learning." He smiled warily while I made it to my desk.
"All right Adrian, if you have any questions just ask. Your seat is right behind Laila's." Adrian smiled at this, and I felt myself turn slightly pink. He sauntered to his seat and pulled out a binder, as Mr. Burns went back to writing on the board.
It wasn't long until it was time for lunch. All of the girls surrounded Adrian as we walked to the cafeteria. I wasn't in the swarm, but I was close to it. Tracy and Mike kept asking questions about him, I was surprised at all of the questions I could answer (the questions about his personality anyway). I hadn't realized how much I noticed in our hour alone together. Finally, Adrian chased all of them away and he came over to us.
"Finally that's over; I thought they would never leave." Adrian crossed his arms behind his head. He sat down at the same table we sat at yesterday.
"Aren't you going to go get lunch?" Mike asked.
"No, I'm not that hungry." He answered and sat down at the table.
"Okay we'll be right back." I told him. He nodded and glanced over at Sarah. "You know you don't need to hang out with us." I whispered. He looked up at me with sad eyes.
"I want to though. Don't worry you guys will have to deal with me whether you want to or not. Its just it concerns me how much Sarah seems to be in control here." I glanced over at Sarah. Sarah had sat down at a full table of other kids in our grade, the moment she sat down everyone at the table said Hi very politely, and then picked up their things and moved to another table. Sarah's friends sat down at the newly empty table.
"Unfortunately, she's kind of intimidating and everyone in our grade and freshmen year listen to her every word. Even some juniors and seniors do! Anyway, I'll be back." I winked and turned to the lunch line. I waited for Mike and Tracy at the end of the line and looked around awkwardly while Tracy argued with the lunch lady about her extra brownie. I gave up when Tracy started asking about having an extra piece of apple pie instead. I started walking back to the table but froze when I realized who was crowded around Adrian.
Sarah was right in Adrian's face, literally less than an inch away, and Adrian was leaning as far back as he could go. Blake was behind Sarah, looking furious, I couldn't tell if he was mad because of what they were doing, or if he was angry at Sarah for being so close to Adrian. Jerry was next Adrian sitting in a chair, and Veronica was sitting on the other side of Adrian, on the table. I looked at Mike and Tracy, who had just come out of the lunch line (Tracy was successful) and were looking at Adrian too. I put my tray down on a nearby, empty table and ran into the circle.
"Stop it! He didn't do anything!" I growled.
"Oh, he did." She curtly said.
"What did he do then?" Tracy shoved into the circle.
"He's hanging out with you. Plus it might not hurt to know that he and I have a history, so he's not as innocent as you all think it is." Sarah smirked, leaning away from him. Adrian side glanced me with a hard face, and then turned back to Sarah.
"Get out of here." He mentioned coldly.
"You first." They then had a staring contest, but to me it seemed to be something more. Suddenly, Sarah made a face, snapped her fingers, and everyone followed her back to her table.
"That's right go back to your table! What now?" Mike yelled after them. Adrian was watching them with an angry face, until they sat down across the room.
"Adrian, what did you do?" Tracy sat down next to him fluttering her eye lashes.
"None of you're business." He roared, he kept staring at the table until he noticed Tracy's hurt expression. "Sorry, I can't tell you."
I sat down next to Adrian. "I don't mean to be rude or anything, but why not?" I coaxed my head at him; I could feel the puzzled look on my face.
"First, you wouldn't believe me. Second, I just…can't tell you." He bit his lip and smiled.
"Oh god, he killed someone!" Mike screamed. Everyone looked over at us.
"No he didn't! Sorry everyone." Tracy yelled. As everyone turned back to their lunches, Adrian started laughing.
"You're a funny one aren't you…? Mike?" He asked.
"Yeah it works pretty well with the ladies." Mike gloated.
"No it really doesn't." Tracy said. Mike looked frustrated and sat down angrily.
"Don't worry though, you will have to find something that will pick up a nice girl someday, I hope!" I joked, I started giggling. Tracy was laughing hard trying to grab Adrian's attention, Mike was giggling nervously watching Tracy, and Adrian just sat there staring at me. I quickly looked down and stood up to go get my tray. "I'm going to go get my tray." I stopped before I took even took five steps, my tray wasn't where I had left it. I turned around and put on a wry smile.
"What's wrong?" Tracy asked with concern.
"Someone took my tray."
"You mean Sarah stole your tray." Mike assumed.
"You don't have any proof though." I shared with him.
"I am going to go talk with her." Adrian said under his breath.
"I don't think you should do that Adrian, she already doesn't like you." Tracy begged him.
"She has a good reason to." He replied.
"What did you do to her?" Mike asked, stuffing his face.
"I can't tell you." Adrian said and swiftly walked towards Sarah's table.
"Should we go get him?" Tracy looked extremely eager to go get him.
"No if he wanted us to come along with him, he would have asked us to." I said as I took a noodle from her lunch.
"True, but isn't he going to get himself in trouble?" Tracy's eyes widened as she said it.
"Don't worry your prince will be back in a few minutes to sweep you off your feet. He'll be fine." I stole another noodle off of Tracy's tray. Tracy watched every move Adrian made, while Mike muttered to himself and stuffed his face.
"Oh my god, what is he doing?" Tracy asked, a few minutes later, as she jumped out of her seat. I looked over my shoulder to see what all of the fuss was about. Every head was turned looking at the same place. Adrian had Sarah pinned to the wall, staring at her hard. Sarah was giving me a cold look, so cold my heart skipped a beat. All of a sudden I felt a horrible jab on my side, and all of the air rushed out of my lungs. I held my side as invisible knives cut up the inside of my stomach. I felt warm hands on my shoulders.
"Are you okay?" Mike franticly asked. Tracy nervously took her eyes off of Adrian and looked at me. In a second Tracy was at my side. I took a few deep breaths.
"Yes I-I'm fine." I said shakily. I tried to get up off my seat, but then a sharp pain took over and I wobbled down into my seat again. I saw Adrian's eyes glance over at me before I heard a terrible slap. In an instant Sarah was holding her cheek, not looking at me, and the pain stopped all together. I glanced down at my side confused, before I stood up and jogged over to Adrian.
"Adrian stop that! There is no reason to do a thing like that." I scolded.
"You would do the same if you knew what she was doing." He snapped. Sarah pulled herself together and took her hand off her face, to reveal a great red mark.
"Maybe I would but still in front of the school? That's just making a scene. Ouch, that looks bad." I pointed at her cheek. "Are you all right?" I asked.
"I don't have to answer to you." Sarah didn't even look at me. Victoria quickly grabbed Sarah's hand, but before Sarah left she gave Adrian a look of despair. Even though she left without another word, I felt like a conversation was being held just underneath the surface.
"So do you want to come over to my house today? Mike, and I are going to go down to the beach." Tracy was saying as Mike, Adrian, and I were walking down the hallway, after the final bell had rung.
"Hey you need to drive me home anyway, I guess I could stay a little bit." I would have also invited Adrian but it wasn't my house.
"Awesome!" Tracy slipped threw her mouth before she leaned against Adrian, who looked uncomfortable at the idea. "So Adrian, do you want to come over to my house today? I would be so happy if you came." She soothed.
"Um, I need to go finish unpacking today." Adrian was a poor liar, you could see it plain on his face, but Tracy paid no mind to that.
"Oh, well if you finish unpacking early come right on over. Call this number." She swung her backpack so that it was hanging in front of her and she pulled out a piece of paper and a pen. She scribbled down her number and around it she put hearts. She handed it to him and smiled.
"Thanks?" He said like a question.
"Your welcome." Tracy gushed.
"Okay we have to go this way." Mike said angrily. I hadn't noticed it earlier, but I think that Mike was jealous of Adrian.
"Bye." Adrian said feeling Mike's mood.
"See you tomorrow." I replied back.
"Call me or text me, anytime!" Tracy happily said. He didn't reply to Tracy, but that didn't stop her from raving when we all got into Tracy's car. "I think he likes me."
"Don't you think you came on a little strong?" I asked.
"No, not at all." She casually backed up the car and exited the lot.
"No, not at all? You came on so strong I think he's a little scared of you!" Mike nearly screamed. He crossed his arms across his chest and looked out the window.
"Do you think so, Laila?" Tracy started to look sadder and but she never took her eyes off the rode.
"Just a tad too strong, a little too strong. Okay, maybe a lot too strong, but why should you care? Tomorrows a brand new day and you can start off new." I encouraged.
"Thanks for the confidence, I'll try again tomorrow!" Tracy started to get excited. We pulled into Tracy's driveway, which was covered in shells. Tracy had a smaller house then mine, and it had a lot of older furniture in it. It was quant and it felt like a true beach house. Her house was right next to the beach, it was about a minute walk. We all climbed out of the car and headed down to the beach. Our parents never got worried when we didn't come home right on time because everyone knew each other and trusted each other, it was also because we lived on a tiny island so it's not like someone could get lost in it.
"Could you please not give her any ideas?" Mike whispered to me as we walked through the parking lot.
"You're acting as if you like her all of a sudden. What's the deal?" I whispered just as quietly. Mike didn't answer instead he just stared straight ahead. "Oh my god! You do like her! Why didn't you tell me?" I squealed under my breath.
"Because, it's kind of personal and she's your best friend and you would probably tell her." He muttered.
"Okay well I will help you win her heart, without telling her your little secret." I whispered a little louder. I beamed at him and skipped over to Tracy, who was already on the beach with her eyes closed and her hands folded against her chest, as she let the breeze take her away. I stopped beside her and I did the same. The ocean always had a placid feeling, the sound, smell, the softness of the sand squishing between your toes, all strung together into a perfect harmony. Even when it was cold the wind would kiss your cheeks and the sand would sooth your spirit. "It's peaceful isn't it?"
"Yeah, it is. After a stressful day I come here and I'm instantly soothed. You know what? I bet Adrian could use a break from the stress and he could come here with me. I bet I could make him like me after a full day here with me." She opened her eyes in excitement as the words fell out of her mouth.
"Maybe you should give up on Adrian." As I requested the last words, she slowly turned her whole body to look at me and her hands dropped to her sides.
"Because, I know someone else who likes you." I persuaded.
"Be serious, do you like Adrian? Is that why you don't want me to like him?" She looked miserably down at the sand.
"I am serious someone likes you! And I don't like him…yet."
"What?" I bit my lip; maybe I shouldn't have said anything. I wasn't good at lying.
"You told me someone liked me, and I would like to know who."
"Um, I can't tell you that." I smiled because I wasn't telling a lie, I really couldn't tell her.
"Exactly, no one likes me." She turned around. "Mike what are you doing back there?" Mike was kicking the sand around looking at his feet. When she called his name he immediately looked up and came trotting forward.
"Sorry, I was just thinking of something." He muttered under his breath and we all started walking on the beach again.
"I love it when there's no one here!" Tracy screamed and she ran around and circles.
"Agreed!" I yelled and spun around. I kicked off my flip flops and felt the cool sand replace them. I dropped my bag and ran to put my feet in the ocean. I sucked in a deep breath that smelled like salt and seaweed. The seagulls circled the water trying to find food for themselves, the hermit crabs walked around my feet brushing them by accident. A snail was moving slowly through the clear water. The waves crashed into the smooth rocks that protected the extended trees, far to my right.
"Let's make sand castles!" Mike blurted out.
"Mike, that's for little kids." Tracy rolled her eyes.
"What's wrong with little kids?" Mike pondered as he knelt and started making a hill of sand.
"Nothing, I guess." Tracy shrugged and knelt beside him. I smiled at the sight. I turned back to ocean, just as the seagulls came over to my feet.
"Oh, hi little fellas." I looked down at one of them and noticed a cut on one of their feet. "Ouch that looks like a nasty cut, stay here." I went over to my backpack and pulled out some cloth that Sarah cut off my shirt a year ago, I never bothered taking it out and removing it. I went over to the bird, who had actually listened to what I had said, and slowly bent over it. It stood still as I wrapped the cloth around the cut, the bird didn't move an inch until I finished tying the knot. The bird almost seemed to nod its head as a thank you, and then it opened its wings and flew away. "That was the most bizarre thing."
"Tell me about it." Tracy was staring at the place the bird had been. Mike was looking at Tracy with dreamy eyes. How could I have missed him liking her? It was so obvious! I turned back to watch the bird fly away.
"Oh, you know what? I forgot my mom wanted me to come home right after school, something about looking into a job or something. Anyways I got to go!" I tried to sound shocked. Before Tracy looked up I sent a wink over to Mike, so he acknowledged that I was telling him to make a move. I saw his Adam's apple bob as he swallowed and a terror crept over his eyes with the sheer thought. Tracy then looked up and frowned at me and stood up and brushed off the sand. I ignored her and ran over to put on my shoes and backpack.
"I'll drive you." She suggested.
"No, it's a short walk if I take the beach way." She couldn't argue with that.
"Fine, but tomorrow I expect you to stay more then five minutes." She pouted.
"Okay I promise." I shouted as I was running. I was a fast runner so they disappeared behind me within a few minutes. Once I was far enough away I slipped my arm threw the backpack strap and let it bounce as it hit the ground. I sprawled out onto the beach floor and let the sounds and feeling of the beach wash over me. Soon after, it slowly drowned out and I was surrounded by a peaceful darkness.
Like always, the man that looked amazingly like Adrian showed up in my dreams. We were at the movies with Tracy and Mike, who were a couple in my dream. It was all normal except for the fact that Adrian kept staring at me throughout the whole movie. It was not a love stuck expression, more like a confused frustrated look. At the end of the movie I watched Tracy and Mike leave together and I was left alone with Adrian. I asked him over and over again why he was looking at me with that expression, but he wouldn't answer. Instead he was staring off into space. Finally he answered me.
'I think you are my princess.' I was about to ask him what he meant by that when I suddenly jolted awake because the cool water touched my toe.
I looked around; the beach was empty other than my self and my backpack. A crescent moon hung over head casting a white shadow over the water. I grabbed my backpack and sprinted down the beach line to my house. I wasn't sure what time it was, but based on the twilight darkness, it wasn't early. I kept running even though I was sweltering and my heart was pounding in my throat. My backpack bounced up and down on my back giving me the feeling I was being followed. As I neared my street I started hearing people talking. And of course it was Sarah and Victoria.A/N: Hey guys thanks for reading this, i know this isnt the best writing (look at my other story pieces of darkness if you want better writing) but this story has a great plot so if you think i should keep writting please review! constructive criticism would be great! Thanks!