Chapter 1: Winter Vacation

"Owen, where are you?" I call putting my bag down in my room. I close my door in case dad comes home early from work. He falls on my bed startling me, I grab my pillow and hit him with it.

"Owen you jerk!" I exclaim, he just laughs at me. I hate it when he scares me, even if it's in his nature. The son of Halloween, my best friend for ten years.

"What took you so long, I was getting impatient." He says floating upside down, his black hair barely touching my bed.

"Josh and I were talking." I sigh throwing myself down on my bed. He stared down at me floating around in circles like a crow with orange eyes.

"Ah the boyfriend, how is he?"

"Broke up with him." I say covering my eyes with arm.

"Why?" He asks sitting, with his legs crossed, in my desk chair. I didn't want to answer, knowing my best friend if I told him he would prank Josh so bad he would probably die. It was understandable what Josh did, but it was still despicable especially when the popular taunt you with that information.

"He cheated on me." I mutter finally, staring at the ceiling now.

"What, oh the bastard is going to get it!" He exclaims jumping out of his seat.

"No he's not, because your not going to do anything." I tell him sternly. Hopefully he will listen to me.

"But the guy deserves it..." He says, I shake my head.

"Hey don't you dare stop talking again." He tells me standing in front when I sit up. My eyes start to water.

"Oh not the crying." He says turning around fully putting his hands over his ears. He then sighs crouching so we are at the same level. He hates it when I cry, even now when he's seventeen.

"Sorry I don't mean to cry..."

"It is totally okay to cry, just, promise me you'll stop soon." He tells me with a soft look, I still don't know how I feel about him, sometimes it seems like I could even be in love with him. I wiped my tears swallowing the rest, I then nod to him and try to smile.

"Thank you. Now can I go beat his ass?" He says and I can't help but laugh.

"I already said no, it really doesn't bother me that much."

"Says the girl who was just fucking crying. No guy has the right to cheat on you, if it were me I wouldn't be able to look at another girl..." He says nearing my face, pushing his hands down on either side of me. I start to lean back with a blush, what was he trying to do?

He pulls back, lifting his weight from his hands. He turns his head away,it red, and starts to bite his index finger where he wears a ring. That ring, the only thing his mother left him, it was so special to him even if the ruby was cracked.

"I have to go Autumn, I'll see you later." He coughs leaving my room, I want to stop him but know I can't. I fall back on my black bed staring at the white bumpy ceiling. That was the first time I had ever seen his face red like that...

I get up after the awhile, the phone was ringing after all. I answer the home phone it's baize color making my mood monotonous.


"Hey, Autumn it's dad."

"What's up?"

"I won't make it home tonight, there is some money in the cookie jar for pizza. Is your mother home yet?"

"No." She was probably still drinking the night away at four pm. It wasn't like dad was much better, hitting me was starting to get hard to hide from Owen. I hate keeping secrets from him but I just don't want to think about if he found out all that happened in this house.

"Alright, I love you."

"Love you too." I say hesitantly and I hung up. I go check the cookie jar, it was empty as always. I wasn't hungry anyway, I walk back to my room, passing the cracked mirror. I look in it, it splitting my face diagonally. I was ugly, my straight brown hair the color of dead leaves and my eyes a hazel color that looked more like mixed chemicals. I turn the mirror around, I didn't need to look at my face anymore. I was spoiled fruit, no one would ever want a bite.