Burning Willow

Siobhan Carter had to leave her school but returned a few months later but things weren't the same as they had been.

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1. Chapter 1

The drive back to school was quieter than I was used to. I fidgeted in my seat until we got there. When the car stopped I immediately reached for the seatbelt to release it. “Siobhan,” my mother said breaking the silence. “Please try to stay out of trouble. This is your last chance.”

“I can’t promise anything.” She sighed and rubbed the bridge of her nose. I would’ve apologised. But what’s the point of apologising when you’re not sorry? I swiftly unbuckled my seatbelt and slid out of the car before she could say anything more. I was a couple of steps away from the car when I was ambushed by a tall blur rushing towards me. I yelped in surprise. “SHIV!” the person squealed.

“Yes,” I said cautiously.

“You’re back!” I thought about this for a moment.

“Bex?” Her face fell slightly and a frown didn’t suit her.

“You forgot about me?”

“No,” I answered simply. She seemed satisfied with my answer and looped and arm through mine and I stiffened at the contact; but Bex didn’t seem to notice as she dragged me through the crowds. I missed being here sometimes after all the time I’d spent away. I shook those thoughts from my mind. I didn’t need that now. As we walked the rest of the way through the car park we collected too many stares for my liking. “Why are they staring?” I mumbled. Bex shrugged. I prodded her in the ribs and she yelped and stared at me.

“I don’t know!” she sighed, exasperated.

She pushed through the double doors of the main building and continued to stride down the hall confidently. Boys wolf whistled as I followed her with quick, short steps. I watched my feet and made sure I didn’t fall flat on my face. Bex stopped suddenly and I walked into her back.

“Watch it!” she snapped. Guilt flooded through me as I stepped backwards. She saw the frightened expression on my face and apologised immediately. “Shiv! I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it!” I nodded once and looked back towards the ground. She gripped my arm again and dragged me towards our first class without hesitation. It had been ages since I had last been in a classroom so I quickly scanned the room but my eyes stopped on one person in particular. It wasn’t so much him but the guitar in his hands. I looked at his face then, he had dark blonde hair which wasn’t long or short and his eyes were the most shocking blue I’d ever seen and my breath caught in my throat just looking at him. He saw me watching him and smirked before looking down at the guitar again. I felt my cheeks warm up and Bex poked me in the shoulder hard. “Got a crush already?” she giggled.

“NO!” I squealed as my cheeks turned a shade redder.

“Course not,” she winked at me as she sat down in the seat two down from him and waved towards the desk between the two of them. I felt my cheeks burning again as I shook my head furiously. Bex sighed and got up to drag me to the desk. She pushed me towards it and I stumbled, knocking his desk as I sat down. He looked up at me with an unreadable expression before muttering something inaudible and turning back to his guitar. I glared at Bex and she grinned widely.

“I hate you sometimes,” I growled.

“Love you too,” she laughed. I turned away from her to face the front and there was another guy looking at me expectantly. He had longish dark brown hair and sort of green-y, blue-y eyes. I felt as if I’d met him before but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I raised an eyebrow slightly as I waited for him to say something.

“Can I help you?” I asked after what felt like hours of waiting. The corners of his mouth lifted slightly.

“Don’t think so. But I think I can help you.” I tried to keep a straight face as he spoke to me.

“How?”

“You’re new and I would like to show you around. So?”

“No,” I said simply. His face was a mask of horror. Obviously he wasn’t used to being rejected. I heard a laugh beside me and turned towards “guitar boy”.

“Face it Olly, she isn’t interested!” he laughed. I smiled slightly. Bex poked me again and I looked at her.

“You’ve been back 5 minutes and you’ve already got the two hottest guys in school fighting over you!”

“They’re not fighting over me!” I exclaimed. Bex opened her mouth to speak again but was cut off.

“Hey. Have we met before?” the dark haired guy, whose name was apparently Olly, asked. My eyes widened, shocked that he actually remembered who I was.

“Um, yeah,” I stuttered. He looked confused. “Siobhan?” I offered.

“CARTER?!” he almost screamed. I winced.

“Yeah.” I tried to smile at him but couldn’t because I just remembered who he was.

“You’ve…changed,” he said giving me a once over, which I thought was pretty pointless because I was half hidden behind the desk.

“You two know each other?” guitar boy asked. I nodded slowly trying not to look at his eyes, because knowing me I’d drool. “How?”

“I…um...” I couldn’t remember anything with him staring at me, his eyes were burning into mine and I was babbling like a fool.

“Shiv used to come here,” Bex said finally, saving me.

“Used to?” he said without moving his gaze.

“Yeah,” I croaked.

“Oh.” The teacher walked in then and her eyes landed on me almost immediately.

“Siobhan?” she asked, her eyes lighting up.

“Ms Wilkes,” I nodded. She always had been my favourite teacher before I left.

“It’s so good to see you!” she continued.

“You too,” I said quietly. I hated being the centre of attention and by now I was, everyone was already in class and were staring at me. Ms Wilkes quickly noticed my discomfort and got on with the lesson. Olly turned half way in his seat so he could talk to me. “What happened to you?!” he whisper shouted. I shrugged.

“I changed,” I replied.

“I can see that!” he let out a low whistle that made my cheeks warm up.

“Olly just shut up!” I heard from beside me.

“Just because you’re jealous, Fraser!” he teased. His name was Fraser? It suited him. His guitar was in its case resting on the other side of him.

“Why the hell would I be jealous?!” he almost shouted.

“Is there a problem back there?” Ms Wilkes called to the back of the room, where we were sat.

“No,” Bex said quickly. Ms Wilkes nodded and turned back to the board.

“Turn around, Oliver.” Olly sighed and turned around to face the front. A piece of paper landed on the middle of my desk, from Bex. Do you like Olly or something??

I looked at the note with disbelief before writing back. Hell no! Why do you think that?! My throw was slightly off target but landed on her desk all the same.

Flirting etc… ;)

No. Just no. She grinned at the note for a moment and then wrote back.

What about Fraser?

What about him?

Do you like him?

I hardly know him and he hasn’t said much, you know!

You never know…

You’re crazy.

But that’s why you love me! I shook my head before stuffing the note in my bag. “For this semester I’ll be assigning you partners for a project.” Everyone groaned then. “It’s not that bad! Each pair will have a different time period to research. This will count for 30% of your final grade. Rebecca, you will be with Oliver.” Bex sighed loudly as she said that and went to get the card with what they would be researching. Ms Wilkes read out more names and then came to me.

“Siobhan is with Fraser.” I looked at him but he was looking at the front of the room. I sighed and got up to get the card. WW1. I sat down again and handed Fraser the card. He sighed.

“Just let me do the work.”

“What?!” I exclaimed. “It’s our project we have to do it together!”

“I can do it myself.”

“I don’t think so.”

“And why not?”

“We’re supposed to do the project together, so we will!” I crossed my arms and relaxed back into my seat.

“Whatever,” he muttered. I smiled to myself and thought, this should be fun.

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