"You have to tell Jacob." "I can't do that" Alison pursed her lips as she stared at me in disbelief. "Shannon, his girl friend tried to fight you and you're saying you can't tell him? He's your section leader, you have to." "He loves her, I don't want to ruin their relationship." I knew deep down that she was right, I should tell him but I didn't want to ruin another thing in the band. I knew if I never fell for Jeremy in the first place and believed everything he said, I wouldn't be in this mess at all. Alison drove in silence, I can tell she was mad so I didn't bother to talk to her. I eventually just stared absent mindedly out the window,too bad there wasn't much to look at since it was a small town. My brother used to say that if you blink then you'd miss the entire town. I liked living here though, it gave me a small comfort because everyone knew everyone. But maybe now that wasn't such a good thing.

"You're beautiful, do you know that?" I blushed and looked away. He laughed, and for a moment everything was quiet between us. I stared out onto the lake, the fog was drifting lightly over it making it look peaceful but in an erie way. "Shannon, I'm really glad you joined marching band. You're a great snare player and I see great potential in you." "No, I suck. I haven't been playing drums for a while, the others are way better than me." Jeremy took my hand in his and squeezed it gently.. "You are an amazing drummer. You may not think that, but I think that. One day I can see you marching with the Blue Devils or maybe even become the new drum major after I graduate." I laughed, there was no way I could become drum major. "It's true, I could teach you everything you need to know. You could become my little prodigy." I laughed and rolled my eyes. "Oh yeah? You'd teach me drum major stuff?" He wrapped his arms around my torso pulling me closer. "I could teach you other things if you'd like." "I don't know, I'm not exactly a model student." "Well then it's a good thing that you'd have am amazing teacher." He kissed my cheek. "I love you Shannon." "I love you too."

"You should really tell him. He would want to know, you're like his sister. All of the drumline members are like a family." "I'll think about it. Thanks for the ride Alison." "Any time." I watched as she drove away before walking up to my house. I sighed knowing that she was never going to drop the subject until I told him. Reluctantly, I fished in my pocket for my keys taking my time. I didn't want to go in and face reality. Some days I just wanted to escape everything instead of listening to my mother ask reatedly "How was school" "Do they hurt you" "Do you want to transfer school?" It's always the same questions everyday. I don't understant why they can't just leave me alone for once. I took a deep breath before opening the door and walking inside. "I'm home." I shut the door and walked in the kitchen. "Mom are you in here?" I dropped my bag on the table and went straight to the refridgerator because my fat self was hungry. That's when I spotted the note on the fridge door. "Shannon, went to Kylie's parent teacher conference, be back soon. There's leftovers in the fridge so help yourself. Love mom." I ripped the note off and threw it in the trash. Finally, peace, quiet for a little bit. I pulled the left overs out and began to heat them up in the microwave.

Half of me wanted to call Alison, but I was tired of everything and I just wanted it to end. I took my left overs and went to my room where I proceeded to jump on my bed and turn on the tv. To my joy the news was on and the top story was of the boy that continued to haunt me. "This student is now being held in custody until further notice. He was charged for raping a freshman from Washington High School. The date for the trial is still undetermined but more on this story will be coming up after this." I shut off the tv, it was useless trying to find something to watch without seeing this story popping up everywhere. I ate my left overs in silence staring at the multiple posters in my bedroom. How did I ever end up like this?

I don't remember falling asleep but I woke up to the shouts of my mom and my little sister. Apparently my mom was impressed with her report card. I looked at my phone, it was seven. I had been asleep for three hours. I slowly got up and tried to get my bearings before heading down stairs into the battle. I know it's not the wisest of choices but I figured saving my sister would be my good dead for the day. "Hi mom." The funny thing about my mother is that no matter how upset she can be at Kylie she can never be mad at me. So if she's in the middle of yelling she'll be the sweetest person to me. That's because I'm the golden child and my sister was the one that annoys everyone. She's like an annoying bug that won't go away. "Oh Shannon, how was your day?" "It was ok, nothing really happened." My mom smiled and went over the the kitchen table to sort out her paperwork. Kylie gave me a confused look but I just stuck my tongue out at her. We both knew I wont that. As my sister was trying to sneak away my mom caught her just in time. (Win) "Kylie Elizabeth O'Conner we are not done discussing this so get in here."

She slowly walked back into the kitchen with her head hung low. "I don't know how to get through to you anymore. You used to be an A student but then all of a sudden you're failing. So until you get your grades back up, no computer and no phone." "But mom that's not fair!" "Life isn't fair honey now give me the phone." Kylie pulled her phone out of her pocket and slammed it on the counter before stomping off. She was thirteen years old and she still acted like a four year old. "Sorry about that, I don't know what's going on with her anymore" "It's ok, we can always give her back to mars. I'm sure the aliens miss her." My mom laughed, and that made me smile. I don't remember when the last time she laughed was. She was always so sad and lifeless. "Mom, I have to tell you something" "Ok, what is it?" "I went to a marching band practice today." She dropped her papers on the floor and turned to look at me. "I thought you quit." "I did but Alison persuaded me to go. And it honestly wasn't that bad. The drumline was very supportive of me." She pinched the bridge of her nose while she was in a deep thought. It always amazed me how a person can go from being happy to sad in a heartbeat. It's like nothing has changed at all. "Are you absolutely sure you want this?" "Mom, if I don't face my fears then I will never be strong. If it gets bad then I'll quit. You have my word." "Ok, but just make sure this is what you want to do." "Ok."