LazuliLarisa: Okay so...hi! I haven't done author's notes in this story before now...mostly because I know they annoy some people. But I'm a pitch-in-your-two-cents kind of girl so...I don't think I can NOT do them, if that makes any sense at all. XD

Adrian: In other words, you're selfish and insane.

LL: AHHHH! Where did you come from?

Mandy: Kinda loud, isn't she?

Adrian: No kidding.

LL: *ahem* Anyhow, as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted...I am sort of an author's note addict. Heh.

Mandy: She is. Her fanfics are full of 'em.

Adrian: *smirks* It's sort of sad, really.

LL: *sticks tongue out* Hush, you. I'm in charge here.

Adrian: Mmhmm. You keep telling yourself that.

LL:...*sighs* In any case, welcome to Chapter 8 of Coeur de la Lune. This chapter was fun for me to write. :D

Adrian: You just like making poor Jayden emotional.

LL: Ah, no worries my friend. Your time will come.

Mandy: Adrian's already sort of emotional though...

Adrian: Hey!

Mandy: *shrugs* It's just the truth, dude.

LL:...this is the first time I've done an author's note with characters in an original fic...I think I'm enjoying it. :D

Adrian & Mandy: 'Cuz you're nuts.

LL: Anyhoo, enjoy the chapter! And review, please. I know you guys are already going out of your way to read an original story, but reviews really make me happy. :D

Chapter 8: Jealousy

The next day at lunch, Jayden sat in the mess hall wondering where Adrian was. The other boy had missed their psych class. Abernathy hadn't seemed to mind though, meaning he'd likely called in to let her know in advance. Which by extension meant he'd had a legitimate reason for missing class; a flimsy excuse wouldn't have gotten him off the hook with Abernathy.

Where is he? Jayden wondered, frustrated. And why do I care?

Of course his inexplicable frustration increased tenfold when Adrian came into the mess hall with a girl.

Who's she?

He peered at the girl. She had bright blond hair, almost white, in a short pixie cut, and her outfit consisted of a dark purple bandeau and black jeans, with patterned elbow length finger gloves. Her bared upper arms and midriff were tattooed, and she wore a small cross around her neck; he couldn't be sure, but it looked like the same kind of cross Adrian wore. Maybe they were a matching set? Like couple's jewelry.

That idea irritated him for some reason.

Mandy accompanied Adrian to school out of curiosity; she'd been stuck in boarding schools since her adoption, and was wondering what her best friend's college was like.

Her first impression was that it was oddly similar to her boarding school.

"They're all rich." she said unhappily.

"Not at all of 'em," Adrian corrected, "Just most."

She frowned.

"Not what you were expecting?"

"Eh."

He chuckled. "It's an elite school, Mandy. Most of 'em got in through their checkbooks."

"You didn't. You're smarter than a hundred of these puffballs put together."

He shrugged.

"I'm serious, Adrian. You got in on your own merit, 'cuz you're so clever."

"Fat lot of good it's doing me."

She sighed, and then jumped as her phone jingled in her pocket.

Cursing a blue streak, she fished it out and promptly turned it off when she saw the caller ID.

"Old boyfriend?" Adrian drawled.

She made a face. "My mother's attorney. He's been trying to convince me to come home for the last few days of my adopted existence."

"I take it you told him 'no', then?"

She snorted. "I told him to shove it."

"Hm. Nice diplomatic way to settle it."

"Oh, stuff it. He's a jerk."

"I'm sure he is."

She huffed, looked irritated. "I can't believe he called my cell. What a bastard." She suddenly brightened. "I almost forgot." She pulled a second flip phone out of her pocket. "Happy belated birthday."

He blinked. "What?"

"I saved up my birthday money," she said happily. "And got you a phone."

He stared at the cell in his hand. "Mandy…"

"Don't you dare give it back," she warned. "Because I paid the first four months in advance and there's no refund."

He hugged her. "You're the most amazing friend ever," he whispered.

"I know," she said cheerfully, returning the hug.

Jayden watched them hug, and wondered why the hell he felt so angry.

No, it wasn't quite anger, it was something else….

Jealousy, he realized. I'm jealous.

But why the hell was he jealous of some girl hugging Adrian? It's not like he was fond of Adrian. He couldn't even stand the jerk half the time.

And what about the other half?

He was spared thinking about what his jealousy might mean by Mary Margaret, who sat down next to him and started prattling on about her favorite hair salon.

To be continued in Chapter 9: To Assail

LazuliLarisa: So...how was it? *eager look* I love reviews.

Mandy: Dude. She's got the puppy eyes going.

Adrian: Kinda freaky.

LL: Hush!

Adrian & Mandy: No way.

LL: ...I'm still enjoying this author's-note-with-characters thing. :D Let me know if you guys hate it, though, okay? Because I know some people don't like this sort of thing. I enjoy it because it actually lets us all see more of the character's personalities outside of the main story...but I can totally understand how it might put some people off.

Adrian:...

Mandy: Something wrong?

Adrian: She's such a motormouth.

LL: Pfft, this is nothing. My fanfic author's notes are loads worse than this. And those ones are all me talking, no character input.

Adrian:...as we said earlier, insane.

LL: Waah, Adrian...*sniffle* My favorite child hates me...

Adrian: What the hell? I'm not your kid.

LL: I thought you up! I love you like my own. :D

Mandy: Hey! *upset* What about me?

LL: Hm?

Mandy: What. About. ME.

LL: Aww, you know I love you Mandy. *hugs* But let's face it...we're kinda similar. You being my favorite would just be really egotistical and arrogant.

Adrian: You're all of that already anyway.

LL: *cries* So mean.

Mandy: Aw, he grows on you.

LL: I know! *glomps Adrian*

Adrian: GET THE HELL OFF ME, WOMAN!

LL: Never!

Mandy:...They're a little busy, so...Please review. LazuliLarisa is a very needy authoress. :D

LL: I am not! *hugs tighter*

Adrian: *growls* Would you let go, already?

Mandy: *smiles brightly* See you next chapter!