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Chapter 5

Kayden tugged at his collar as he looked at himself in the mirror. He hated wearing dress shirts. He let out a long, frustrated, sigh. Not only was he wearing a dress shirt, but dark blue slacks, a dark blue blazer, and a matching tie.

When his brother suggested taking the test for a private school Kayden thought that he would never make it in. Not only did he make it in, but he got a full scholarship. Apparently living with your brother and not your parents made you a charity case.

"Well, don't you look spiffy," his brother said as he leaned against the doorframe.

"I look like an idiot," Kayden said as he tried to fix his tie.

"It's the best school in the area," Liam said with a smile.

"It's the middle of October. I'm going to be behind," Kayden said finally getting his tie the way he liked it. He had been living with his brother and his brother's friends for three weeks now. He had to admit that they were more motherly than his mom had ever been. He was taken out of his musings when he saw a bright flash. Kayden looked up to see Sean with his phone out taking pictures.

"You look so grown up," Sean said as he took another picture.

"No, pictures please," Kayden said right as Sean took another picture.

"But you're suppose to take your kid's picture on the first day of school," Gabriel said as he joined them.

"I'm going to be late," Kayden said as he grabbed his new backpack.

"Alright then, let's go," Liam said with a good-natured chuckle.

The car ride to the school was basically quiet. Kayden had butterflies in his stomach. He wasn't sure what to make of his new school. It seemed so preppy.

"You nervous?" his brother asked him. Kayden shrugged his shoulders. He didn't want Liam worrying about him anymore than he already did. "It'll be fine." Liam then went to ruffle his hair, but Kayden moved out of the way. Liam smiled and shook his head.

Soon they were pulling up to the school and Kayden felt his stomach drop. The building was just how he remembered from when he took the tour. Big and intimidating. It was at least five stories high. With separate buildings for the gym and library. There was another smaller building that housed the kids in elementary and middle school. Then there was a set of dorms. Liam let out a whistle.

"This place is bigger than I remember," Liam then dug in his pocket and pulled out at ten-dollar bill. He then handed it over to Kayden.

"Lunch is included with my tuition," Kayden reminded him.

"Use it to buy snacks then," Liam said with a smile. "Now have a good day."

"I'll try," Kayden said as he got out of the car.

"I'll be here at four to pick you up," Liam said. He then drove away. Kayden watched him go until he could no longer see his brother's car. He chastised himself. He wasn't a little kid. He then took a deep breath and headed into the main building.

The school was full of kids laughing and talking. All the boys were dressed like him and the girls were dressed similar except that there wearing skirts; a few of the girls were wearing slacks as well. He made his way through the throng of people to the office to get his class schedule.

Once inside the office Kayden let out a sigh of relief; it was much quieter in here than in the hallway. He saw one lone secretary talking on the phone. He stayed back as he didn't want to be rude. She talked a few more minutes before she hung up the phone and gave him a pleasant smile.

"Hi," Kayden said as he walked forward. "I'm new…"

"You must be Kayden," she supplied for him. Kayden blinked at her. He didn't expect her to know his name, especially since they had never met.

"It's rare to get new students. It's even rarer than they start in the high school," she told him then turned to her computer. She typed a few things and the printer started making noise. "Now here is your class schedule." She handed over a piece of paper and Kayden glanced at it seeing that his first class was World History. "Autumn is talking to the principal now. She'll be with you in a moment."

"Sure," Kayden said as he sat down in one of the chairs. He nervously drummed his fingers on his leg. He heard the bell ring and the noise in the hallway dissipated. About five minutes later a girl walked out one of the principal's office.

She was tall, taller than him, and on the slim side. She had long, brown, wavy hair that went down to the middle of her back, and big brown eyes. She gave him a pleasant smile as she walked over to him.

"You must be Kayden," she said as she held out her hand.

"And you must be Autumn," Kayden said as he shook her hand. The girl nodded.

"I'll be shadowing you today," she said.

"Shadowing?" Kayden asked curiously.

"I'll be joining for all of your classes," she explained.

"All of them?" Kayden asked not sure if he liked the idea. "What about your classes?"

"I'm excused from them. Including homework," Autumn said with a wink. "Besides this school is huge. We don't want you getting lost. It's also my job as a senior to take care of the freshman."

"Right," Kayden said as he looked down at his lap. The girl was nice, but a bit overwhelming.

"Let's see your schedule," Autumn said. Kayden had over the paper.

"Your first class is on the fifth floor. Come on," Autumn said as she left the office giving Kayden no choice but to follow. By the time they got to the fifth floor Kayden was out of breath and Autumn giggled.

"You'll really get your exercise going to this school," she said.

"Right," Kayden said as he huffed and puffed.

"Your classroom is at the end of the hall," she said with another giggle.

"Of course, it is," he said with a groan.

They walked down the hallway and Autumn knocked on the door. A tall man with graying hair answered the door. He gave them a smile as he ushered them in.

"Class settle down," he said. "There is an introduction to be made." The other kids stopped talking and they all turned to look at him. Kayden wished a hole would appear in the floor and swallow him whole. He looked over at Autumn and the girl gave him an encouraging wink.

"Alright all you freshmen. I would like you all to meet Kayden Fletcher. He'll be joining you from now on." Autumn said with a dramatic flourish.

Kayden, not like being the center of attention, was about to ask where his seat was when the teacher said something that Kayden wished he wouldn't have.

"Kayden would you mind telling us a little about yourself?" the teacher asked.

"Well I…" Kayden swallowed. "I just moved here with my brother and I like to read."

"Thank you, Kayden," the teacher said as he handed Kayden a very large book. "You can sit there." The man pointed to a desk in the middle of the room and Kayden barely kept in a groan. He wanted to sit in the back, so he wouldn't be noticed.

He took his seat and the lecture began. Kayden pulled out a notebook and started to take notes. He glanced around for Autumn and spotted her in the back of the room playing on her phone. He guessed since she was a senior that she didn't have to worry about this class.

That was pretty much how the first half of the day went and by the time lunch rolled around he was starving. The cafeteria was crowded and he was trying to find a quiet corner to sit in when he felt Autumn grab onto his arm.

"And where do you think you're going?" Autumn asked with a raised eyebrow.

"I…" Kayden said as he looked at his quiet corner.

"Oh no, you don't?" Autumn said with a shake of her head. "I take my shadowing duties very seriously. You're eating with me and my friends."

"But you're seniors," Kayden tried to argue.

"What does that matter, besides were not all seniors," Autumn said as she grabbed him by the arm and led him to a table full of people. Kayden looked at them nervously. He had never eaten lunch with this many people before. At his old school his lunch group had been very small, being only five people.

"Everyone this is Kayden. Kayden this is everyone," Autumn said. They all gave him polite smiles and went back to talking. "Here sit between me and my brother." Autumn then pushed him down into the empty seat; he nearly spilt his lunch.

"Let me now apologize for my sister," the boy said with a smile.

Kayden's heart did a flip-flop. He had never been this attracted to someone before, well someone that wasn't an actor. Even though the other boy was sitting Kayden could tell that he was taller than him. Much like his sister he had wavy brown hair only his went down to his ears. And his were more of a honey color than brown.

"She…" Kayden started to say but was cutoff.

"You don't have to apologize for me," Autumn said with a sniff. "Kayden has enjoyed my company. You better watch it Brent. I out rank you."

"Only by one year," Brent said with a roll of his eyes. Brent then turned his honey colored eyes on him. "She likes to hold that over me."

"Ah…" Kayden said unable to find his voice.

"So, Kayden which club are you going to join?" a girl with frizzy red hair and freckles asked.

"I don't think I'm going to join any clubs," Kayden told them.

"But Kayden you're required," Autumn told him.

"Required?" Kayden asked not liking the sound of that. Autumn nodded.

"Didn't you learn that in orientation. Each student must join at least one club," Autumn explained further.

"Oh," Kayden said as he tried to keep from frowning.

"You could always join the drama club," Autumn said with a smile. "I'm in that and it's really fun."

"I'll think about it," Kayden said. Autumn gave him another smile and started talking to one of her friends. Kayden let the talk flow around him. He didn't like the idea of joining a club.

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Liam hesitated in front of his brother's curtain. Kayden had been despondent when he picked him up from school and he hardly said a word during dinner. Much like how he had been when he first started living with them. Over the last few weeks his brother began to open up and even laugh. To see him going back to the way he was, was disheartening.

"Kayden can I come in?" Liam called out.

"Yeah," was the quiet reply.

Liam pushed aside the current and walked in. His brother had unpacked his boxes and the room was cover in his posters. Liam didn't know what half of them were from, but then he had never really been into anime. The small bookshelf was full of books and manga. The dresser top was covered with his collectables along with the windowsill.

Kayden was currently lying on his stomach on his bed. He was reading one of his manga. Liam looked at the cover curiously. It had two people on the cover and he honestly couldn't tell if the were suppose to be boys or girls.

"Did you need something Liam?" Kayden asked.

"Sorry," Liam said as he gave his brother a small smile. "I was just wondering how you're doing."

"I'm fine," Kayden said quickly, a little to quickly.

"Don't give me that. I know that you're upset. Was it someone at school?" Liam asked hoping that his brother wasn't being picked on. That was the last thing that Kayden needed.

"No," Kayden said as he sat up and set his manga to the side, "but it is school."

"What about school?" Liam asked as he crossed his fingers hoping that it was something that he could fix.

"I have to join a club," Kayden mumbled.

"Oh," Liam said. He was picturing something worse. To hear it was just about clubs was a relief. "Is that so bad?"

"It's the reason I'm here," Kayden said as he looked down at his lap. Liam waited patiently for his brother to finish figuring it had something to do with their mom and dad. Kayden never really did talk about that night.

"I was never really popular and never interested in clubs, but when I started high school," here Kayden shrugged, "Mom and Dad started pressuring me to join one. Dad really wanted me to join a sports club.

"I told him that I didn't want to join any club, especially a sports club. All three of us started arguing. It soon turned in shouting and Dad wouldn't drop the sports thing. I kept yelling how against it I was. Then Dad shouted at me 'What are you? A freakin fairy?' Then I shouted back 'What if I am?'

"And you know the rest…" Kayden then sighed. During his speech Kayden hadn't shed a tear. He just looked drained and broken.

"I'm so sorry Kayden," Liam said as he placed his hand on Kayden's shoulder. "Do you want me to call the school. Maybe they'll make an exception.

"No," Kayden said with a shake of his head. "I'll be alright I just…this girl Autumn, the one that showed me around, she mentioned something about a drama club. Maybe I'll join that."

"Well whatever club you chose, I'll support you," Liam told him.

"Thanks Liam," Kayden said with a genuine smile. Liam smiled back hoping that his baby brother was finally on the mind.