So, the fluff begins!

Diana and Dunstan are going to kill me...

I'm finally updating, I'll try to update on weekends if I finish my homework early and there isn't a test I need to study for.

From now on, I'm going to be posting a quote I find on the internet that somewhat fits with the chapter.

WARNING: CHARACTERS ARE OOC

"My heart is, and always will be, yours." – Sense and Sensibility


Diana's POV

After Sarah's laughing fit was over, she just sat there with a I-told-you-so smile at me. I shot my best death glare at her which made her shrink into her desk.

"Sarah, you'll be paired with Alison and you will be singing Wings by Little Mix." Mrs. Maleri said. I looked back to Dunstan who smiled at me.

Was he happy about this?

"So, everyone go sit by your partner and figure out who is singing what part. That is, if you're doing a song by a solo artist." Mrs. Maleri said. Screeching noises filled the room as chairs gritted against the floor. I reluctantly got up and went towards Dunstan's desk. He grimly smiled at me when I took a seat next to him.

Mrs. Maleri came around, handing out copies of songs to the partner groups. Sarah took the liberty to ignore Alison, and look back from her desk to me. I narrow my eyes at her. She quickly turned back around.

"So..." Dunstan said, trying to start a conversation.

"What?" I snap. He looks taken back at my response. I look away, my copy of the lyrics in my hand. My eyes skim over the 'lovey-dovey' lyrics. I groan.

"Well, somebody isn't happy." Dunstan said, smirking.

"For once, you care about how I feel. That's a first." I say, spitting out the last word like it was the worst word in the world.

"Can we at least try to get along for this project? I happen to care about my marks." Dunstan asked. I cringe my nose.

"Fine. I'll try." I say. Dunstan manages a smile. "Key word, 'try'."

"Well, at least it's a start..."


RIING

Finally! Choir was over and I raced out the door. I quickly got my things out of my locker and raced home. Sarah, had caught up to me halfway there.

"Whoa, what's the rush?" She asked, out of breathe from chasing after me.

"I'm trying to get as far away from Dunstan as possible." I explained, not slowing down.

"Well, you better hurry up then. He lives next door you know." Sarah told me. I quickened my pace, with Sarah struggling to keep up with me.

"Slow down! Goddammit, Diana..." Sarah said, muttering the last part.

"I heard that," I said, looking behind me.

"You were suppose to..." Sarah said, reading something on her phone. I stop to look over what she was reading. Sarah held her phone closely to her chest when she saw me.

"No looking at my phone." She said, smiling.

"Who ya texting?" I asked, getting slightly excited.

"My brother, Hao." She replied. I pouted. "Don't get your hopes up."

The perfect bet came into mind.

"How 'bout this, if I manage to successfully match you up with someone before the end of the year, you pay me fifty dollars. If I don't, I pay you forty dollars. Deal?" Alright, so maybe that wasn't the perfect bet...

Please say no, please say no, please sa-

"Deal."

Crap.


So baby I'm alright, oh, let's do this right,
With just a kiss goodnight
With a kiss goodnight
Kiss goodnight

We sang the last lines of the song.

Dunstan and I were currently practicing in my front yard. I wish I could switch places with Sarah right now. She was probably practicing with Alison right now.

"I can't believe I'm doing this..." I mutter.

"What was that?" Dunstan asks. I wave his question away.

"Nothing, Dunstan..."

Dunstan's POV

Diana was not making this easy.

I was trying to be nice and all I get in return is being yelled at. She barely talks to me, so this project would not be easy.

"Dunstan!" Diana yelled, pulling me back to reality.

"What?" I snap, not in the mood for games.

"You zoned out for a second." She told me. I simply nod my head while looking at the lyrics. "And don't try to be rude, anyone can see right through you."


Today was Wednesday, so that means we have Choir first thing in the morning. I walk back to my desk and doodled around on my notebook until Mrs. Maleri finally came.

"Alright, so today I will give you time to practice, but first, we'll have some volunteers sing up front." Mrs. Maleri explained. "Now, who would like to go first?"

Not a single hand was raised. Mrs. Maleri frowned.

"Fine then, I''ll chose who goes first. How about..." She said, her eyes scanning her list of the class. "Diana, come up here and chose a song."

That was the only good part about singing solo in class, you got to chose the song. I see Sarah scribble something onto a piece of paper and give it to Diana before she went up. Diana smiled at the piece of paper. She then looked up at me and smiled mischievously. What were those two planning?

"So, Diana, what song do you want to sing?" Mrs. Maleri asked, her fingers on the keyboard of her laptop.

"I would like to sing Impossible by Shontelle." Diana asked. I now realized what was on that piece of paper. Sarah turned around and smiled evilly at me.

Oh God...

I pushed away all the complex and complicated thoughts and set my mind on a simple, easy one.

Are they trying to torment me or something? I swear they are. A raven-haired girl in front of me passes me a note. The person who it was from scared me.

To: Dunstan

From: Sarah

I reluctantly flip it open and read the note.

If you haven't figured it out, I gave Diana that song. It was a dare she was willing to take.

Don't think you're off the hook just yet. We're just getting started.

Sarah
Z

Her signature at the bottom proved it was from her. Chills went up my spine. They're trying to torment me. Trying to make this year a living hell.

I remember years ago
Someone told me I should take
Caution when it comes to love
I did, I did

Diana's singing cut me off. She avoided looking at me straight in the eyes, and everyone noticed. I would shrink down as guys would turn around and glare at me as if saying,

You broke her heart. Imma break your face.

Being honest, I would like to know how they found out. I mean, that was three years ago. Why is it that only now they take interest? Is it because she came back without any warning looking bea-

I did not just say that. I did not just call my ex of three years beautiful. I refuse to accept it. Ughhhh...

By the time the thoughts had finished melting my mind, Diana was already seated doodling on a blank piece of paper. I started to tug on my hair.

This. Is. Not. Fun.


I groaned/cried out loud while looking over tonight's math homework. It was lunch and we didn't really eat today...

"How is anyone suppose to know this?!" I yelled. My 'friends' laughed at my misery.

"Well, if you payed attention in Mr. Brook's class, you wouldn't have this problem." Kelvin said, chuckling a bit. Jonathan and Key agreed. I grabbed Jonathon's collar and said,

"Help me you tall giant of a person!" I yelled, shaking him violently.

"Whoa," he said, removing my hands from his collar. "Come over after school today. And I'll try to help you with your math problem."

A cry of agreement almost slipped out of my lips if I hadn't remembered about rehearsals. I groaned.

"I can't. I have to rehearse "Just a Kiss" with Diana." An array of "Oo's" came from the trio in front of me.

"Oh shut up..." I snapped somewhat quietly. That only made them bark in laughter. I swear they were dying...

"Oh c'mon, you've been so snappy ever since you got paired with Diana." Key said, shaking his head. Jonathan's eyes lit up like a Christmas tree.

"Your nickname should be Snappy!" Jonathan exclaimed. You see, ever since gr. 7, they have been trying to make a nickname for me. All of their previous attempts failed miserably. It was quite sad.

"Oh God, please no..." I muttered under my breath. Apparently Kelvin heard my quiet protest and said,

"Too late, Snappy!" He said happily. I furrow my eyebrows at him.

"Whoa, what's up with Mr. Happy-go-lucky?" I ask. Kelvin was never this happy. You'll be lucky if you can get him to smile.

"He met a giiirl~" Key cooed. Kelvin tried to hid the blush rushing up to his cheeks. "OHMYGOSH HE'S BLUSHING!"

Kelvin hit Key's arm, but he was laughing too hard to notice. Unanimously, Jonathan and I joined the Laugh Fest (Laugh Fest. Clap Fest. I am so creative) and before we knew it, Kelvin was yelling at all of us to shut up.

"Anyways," I said, laughing a bit in between my sentence. "Who's the lucky laaaady?" I dragged out the last word since Kelvin never likes anyone. Ever.

"Ah, some redheaded girl named Amber." Key answered for him. "Well, go figures on the name."


Diana's POV

"Why are you you making me do this?" I ask the brunette dragging me towards the living hell known as Dunstan.

"Because," she responded. "You have to get along with him if you wanna do well on the project."

"Ugh, well at least you'll go meet the guy I'm trying to set you up with..." I murmured. Sarah smiled at me.

"No I won't. Now go!" She shoved me towards Dunstan who had his head buried in a book. He was sitting under a tall maple in the courtyard of our school. The only reason I somewhat agreed to this is because Sarah said she would go meet the guy I wanted to pair her with.

So much for that idea.

"Wha-" I internally groaned when she ran back inside, but not before giving me a thumbs up. I reluctantly go over to Dunstan and sit beside him. I'm surprised that he doesn't notice me.

"What book are you reading?" I ask, plastering a fake smile onto my face. He almost jumps at my sudden appearance.

"Oh, I'm reading "The Fault in Our Stars"." He says cautiously. "It's quite boring though..."

I lightly laugh. "Isn't it about a girl who has cancer trying to find out an ending to a book?" He managed a smile.

"It is? I thought it was a romance story... Either one is bad so... oh well." He laughs with me this time, both of our laughs sounding so sincere. So admirable.

So... real.

Dunstan's POV

I couldn't believe it. Only yesterday, Diana was rude and harsh. But now she's acting like the break-up never happened. Like we were fourteen and everything was alright.

But nothings alright anymore. Nothing will be alright anymore. Even if we get along, the past will haunt us. Even if I try my best.

Everything will crumble. Everything will fall.

But those thoughts are heavily doubted, as now it seems that I am re-living the past. But for me, the past has always been better than the present, so I let it slide. Just this once, though.

I love the way her dark brown hair frames her delicate face. The way her eyes twinkle when she laughs, it never fails to make me smile. I'm glad her laugh hasn't changed, it always seemed to keep me going at the Why does she do this to me? Why doesn't Amery make me feel like this? Diana's childish behavior never left her. It seems like a part of her will never give up her childhood. Like a certain person/event will trigger an old part of her.

I wonder if it's just a mask. The way she acts rude, I wonder if it's to hide the real her. As if she isn't ready to show herself to the world.

I wouldn't blame her though. I remember her being very insecure when she was younger. But I thought that that was one thing that was left in the past. Just a mere memory. I guess I was wrong.

But if that's a mask, why would she be opening up to me? I thought she hated me. I wouldn't have ever expected to be someone who she freely talks to. Who reveals the real her.

How come she makes me feel like this? When her hand rests on my shoulder, I feel a comforting warmth. But I can't ignore the feeling that this won't last. That this will all backfire. That someone will use this moment against me and all the words I said will backfire in my face.

But I'm not ready for that. Not again. I'm not ready for everyone to turn on me again. To leave me alone when times are dark. They leave when I need them the most.

But none of that affects what I feel about Diana. I've avoided this moment for three years. But now it's come to bite me in the neck.

Whether I like it, or not.


So, finally updating!

This chapter was delayed due to reasons I will not list, but I did tell-like-two people.

It's 10:39 and I have school tomorrow so... I'm screwed.

Diana and Dunstan will kill me, even though I'm across the country. I happen to value my life you know...

~ Sarah