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Haley Cavendale's first English assignment in a new school is about Edward Scissorhands. A tale of love and loss, no more. But elements of the film soon become apparent in Haley's life when she befriends an outcast who shows her a different side to the story...

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11. Raining

The rain was hammering at the windows when the final bell rang out. I didn't have a coat, and my umbrella was broken. Perfect end to a perfect day, I thought as I sighed and stepped outside. I was soaked instantly. I shivered and quickened my pace, but with every footstep I heard the names of the two people who I wanted to forget.

Romeo. And Riley. Friends? The words sounded foreign. Could it be true? I had to ask Romeo. And, as if on cue, he appeared beside me. He touched my arm gently. 

"You're freezing," he murmured, slipping out of his jacket and draping it around my shoulders. The gesture was sweet, but as he opened his mouth to speak I expected something sour. 

I was pleasantly surprised when he told me that Riley was not his friend, and he was sorry if I thought he was betraying me. I first felt relief. But then uncertainty. He could easily be lying. And how did he know I felt betrayed? 

We were standing just outside my house. I expected him to say goodbye, apologise again maybe. But he placed his hands on my shoulders and said, "I promise." And then, I'm not sure whether it was the fact that he smelt amazing, or that I trusted him, but I inched closer to him and pressed my lips against his. He seemed surprised, but didn't pull away. His hands were tangled in my hair and I could taste the mint on his breath. It was perfect. But too soon, he pulled away. The rain was no longer pounding at my shoulders, and a rainbow was sketched in the sky. The weather had a habit of matching my mood. 

I looked at Romeo. An easy smile was on his face. He dragged a hand through his hair in an attempt to remove the rain, and kissed me on the cheek.

"See ya, Haley," he said softly, his breath warm against my face. And I watched him walk away.

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