"Hey, Ashley! Wait up!" I yelled down the hallway to my friend. We'd been in high school for about 4 months, about to go on winter break, and I've gotta say I absolutely love it. Unlike most teens, I don't want to leave any time soon.

"Hey Nicole, what's up?" She asked.

"Not much really, you excited for winter break? Today's our last day of finals" We started heading away from the band hallway and towards the staircases.

"Yeah the only good part of finals is having the shorter day. Guess what I'm doing today?" Curious, I asked what. This must be something good; she seemed pretty excited about it.

"I'm gonna smoke."

"Please tell me not cigarettes." I said.

"Oh never, weed. Over at Jake's house." Huh, not surprising it's through him. I've gotta say she's kinda lucky. The top few things on my high school bucket list are kiss a guy, makeout, go to a party, drink, and smoke. I just don't really know how to make any of those things happen yet.

"Wow, lucky. I doubt I'm gonna do anything good this break. No real plans."

"Yeah, a few other people are gonna go to. Lizzie is. I'd say you should come but your brother will kill you if he finds out." She said.

"Yeah I know." I sighed. It was true, it was like it was his life mission to keep his little baby sister away from guys and any "bad thing" possible.

By that point in the conversation we had made it to the staircases and had to go different directions.

"See ya later Ash" I called

"Bye Nicole"

I turned towards the stairs that lead to my math class, my only final today, and made my way up. When I got to the top I started down the hallway. Making it to the doorway of my geometry class, I saw Lizzie standing between the doors of mine and her class. Like usual, I walked over to talk to her for a couple minutes. Unlike usual though, Jake was standing there too.

"Nikki!" Lizzie called. She was the only person I would let call me that, and I don't even know why.

"Hi Liz, hey Jake." I smiled at the two of them, definitely not even a little bit more towards Jake.

"Hey Nicole. You doing anything today?" He asked. Wow, what are the odds? If this is going where I think it's going, I didn't even have to bring up the topic.

"No, not that I can think of. Why?" I asked, feigning curiosity. Lizzie shot Jake a look, she certainly didn't like where this was going.

"Well I don't know if Ashley mentioned this, but she's gonna smoke for the first time over at my house. You wanna come?"

"Yeah sure." I replied with a smile. That was easier than I thought it'd be.

"Seriously? Awesome! Didn't think you'd say yes that fast. Just find me in the locker room at the end of the day, we're gonna take Vince's bus." He said, pretty happy that I agreed so easily. I honestly don't get why everyone thinks I'm so innocent. I just haven't gotten the chance to anything yet. I'm only a 14!

"Okay, I'll see you then." I smiled as he walked away and turned to Lizzie.

"Wow, didn't think you'd do something like that." She said to me.

"Well why not?"

"No I mean, you just seem pretty good girl, innocent type. But good for you, everyone does it eventually." That answer was kinda what I was expecting. Nicole, the image of innocence.

"Yeah, well I like to surprise people sometimes." I smirked. It wasn't totally a lie, who liked to be predictable?

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After my final for that day, I headed toward my study hall to check in before I could leave. When I got there, the usual people were standing around. I walked over to the girl I usually talk to, Natalie.

"Hey Natalie, I'm so glad finals are over. I'm ready for break." I said to her.

"Yeah me too, so I heard you're gonna go smoke with Jake today." Well I definitely didn't expect to hear that.

"Oh, yeah. News travels fast I guess."

"You know he wants to hook up with you." And I definitely didn't expect that.

"Umm, yeah sure. 'Cause so many guys would want to hook up with me."

"I'm not kidding. He's gonna try and kiss you, I'm positive. Come on Nicole, I know these things. Trust me." She said. She is usually right about things like this, but it's me of all people. I'm as virgin as they come.

"Okay, whatever you say Natalie." I said, laughing. The bell rang then, which meant we were free to go for the day so I started the walk across the whole school to the band hallway.

The whole walk there all I think was: this is it.