A/N: I'm actually kinda surprised that no one has asked about the future of Alice's love life, and it doesn't seem to bother anyone that she's engaged to a gay guy hahaha it's technically not possible to develop a romantic relationship between a girl and a guy who is gay...so what would happen? That's where another guy comes in to play! Haha introducing the rival! Yes, this is a short chapter so I am filling up space with random notes everywhere LOL shhh

Dead silence. The brat froze. Please don't protest, please don't protest, please don't protest…I kept chanting it in my mind. The brat seemed to get my message, and didn't protest. He didn't kiss me back either, but at least he didn't push me away.

"You call that a kiss? How stiff. But it seems like they really are a couple," said the same familiar male voice. Don't let me catch you…I'm going to karate chop your sorry butt…

"He's really not gay!" the crowd whispered furiously. "Why can't it be me?!" some girl cried. "I want him to kiss me, too! And touch me like that!" another girl screamed. Are they serious? He's gay, so it ain't ever happening. Besides, he's a horrid monster! Brainless bimbos…Well, at least we finally convinced them...

"I will even give him my virginity!" another girl shouted. I choked. The brat quickly pushed me away and glared at me. "D-did you just..choke…against my lips?! Disgusting...that jerk is definitely going to pay for this when I catch him…" he grumbled under his breath.

I looked around for the source of the familiar male voice, and saw a figure going out the door. Just who is that person…where have I seen him before? And why is he trying to cause trouble for us? What did we ever do to him? Well the brat probably has a lot of enemies, so this should be no surprise…

The brat turned and walked towards the door. "Where are you going?" I asked. "They'll get suspicious again if I start wiping my mouth here, so I'm going to the bathroom to clean my mouth," he grumbled. I sighed. He still acts like I'm contaminated. Well, the most important thing is that the crowd is finally convinced. That's the main purpose of my role.

I went out to the garden to have some fresh air. It's dark, but the moon is bright tonight. I strolled along the rose bushes and sat on the fancy white swinging bench. I sighed again as I stared up at the perfectly round marble moon.

I sacrificed my first kiss and that ingrate doesn't even appreciate my efforts to save his behind. Well it was also to save myself, but still. I can't believe I lost my first kiss just like that. I rubbed my lips rigorously, then sighed again. Oh, well. My future is more important than a mere kiss. If a kiss can save my future, then what's so bad about it?

Even as I was thinking this, I can feel drops of liquid rolling down my cheeks. That's odd. Why are my eyes leaking?

I leaned against the bench and looked at the looming dark sky, which seemed to be swallowing my surrounding. I hope that's not a symbol of a dark bleak future that awaits me. Good thing there's still the bright moon. There's still hope.

The bench squeaked. I jumped and looked. Someone had suddenly sat down next to me. "What may a beautiful princess be doing here all alone?" he asked. He looks familiar…and so princely…like he walked out of a fairytale. Oh wait.

"You're the one who saved me at the grassy slope that day!" I exclaimed. Gah, real smooth, Alice, real smooth. For some reason, I always get so awkward and nervous around him. He laughed. "Yes, that was indeed me. Did you suspect me of lying when I said we would meet again, Alice? Pardon my late introduction. Please allow me to introduce myself properly now. My name is Daniel DuBois, from the Talent department. I specialize in the violin," he said. My eyes widened. I was so sure he would be one of the rich kids. But then again, his elegance does fit that of a musician's.

"Well, you already know my name. I don't really belong in any department since they didn't know what to categorize my photographic memory as, but I'm taking classes with the rich kids…" I mumbled. "Ah…the rich kids. That must have been tough…" he said with understanding. "This…somehow sounds like being rich is unfortunate…" I said slowly. "Very unfortunate indeed…and they have no idea at all…" he agreed while nodding thoughtfully. We stared at each other, then we both started laughing.

"In all honesty, I am not just making a joke out of them. I do think that money is the easiest thing in the world to gain…it is the intangible that is difficult to obtain…" he said with a mysterious smile.

I don't really understand, but I enjoy just sitting here talking with him. I can feel my mind gradually clearing up. Even though he's not one of the rich kids, which automatically rules him out as a possible target, it still feels like he's the moon in my dark bleak life. I smiled subconsciously at him.

"I'm happy to see that you're feeling better," he said softly. "Huh?" I tilted my head at him. "I was drawn here by the drops of shimmering crystals from a fair maiden. Is something upsetting you perhaps?" he asked.

Crystal drops? Oh, he must've seen my eyes leaking but didn't want to be too direct and just say that I was crying. I blushed. It was a pretty lame metaphor, but very considerate of him. "I've just been having a rough week…" I admitted.

"Then shall I have the honor of serenading you with one of my favorite pieces?" Daniel asked. He took out a violin. Whoa, I didn't even notice it behind the bench. I nodded excitedly.

"This piece would sound better with a piano accompaniment, but I find it quite suitable for this moment…it would be a waste to not play it," Daniel said with a smile. My eyes widened as he started playing. If I'm not mistaken, this is a famous classical piece… Debussy's Clair de Lune.

I immediately felt as if my spirit was lifted. Am I looking at an angel? The image right before my eyes is so beautiful that it looks unreal. Such a princely guy is gracefully playing his violin under the glowing moonlight in this enchanting rose garden.

'Clair de lune'…french for moonlight. This particular piece is indeed very fitting for this moment. I looked up at the moon and closed my eyes. Is this a dream? Maybe he'll disappear once I open my eyes again. I'm almost afraid to open my eyes now.

I slowly opened one eye…still there. I opened my other eye. He's still there! He opened his eyes and smiled charmingly at me. My heart skipped a beat. For the first time, I wish time would stop…

However, this beautiful moment was rudely ruined by a loud holler. "Alice Fairhaven, where the hell are you?! You better come out this instant!" I heard a voice shout. The violin screeched to a stop. I gasped. It's the brat! There's no mistake, it's definitely his voice…and his temper. I had totally forgotten him. I jumped up.

"Sorry Daniel, I have to go now! Thank you…for everything," I said with a smile as I hurried off to find the brat.

Sigh. It felt like I just abandoned an angel and is on my way to the devil. Why does my life have to be like this? Why can't I end up in a contract with someone like Daniel? It's not fair!

A/N: Meipuru, I love cliffies because they make people go crazy haha I'm evil like that =P Entertain The Pain ADJ, I won't reveal that secret person until later on! And it's so funny that you actually know a person named Blake, I hope he isn't a brat like this one hahaha. michelleyerik your review was very encouraging and Tyler would be so touched to know he actually has supporters (lol) and I'm glad you actually like the brat...Alice asks you to please take her place for her so she can go find her angel haha