The Only Exception

Ryder Johnson had never been in love. He'd never experienced the nerves, the joy, the unrestrained emotion of giving your entire heart to someone else.....But as soon as Ryder saw Darci Bell in the biology lab, he fell. He fell hard. Ryder fell head over heels in love with her. Except there was one small problem....Darci has sworn never to fall in love!

With the help of his friends, some fiendish ploys of his own, and an incredible song by an incredible band, can Ryder make Darci love him back?

Note: Every chapter in this story will be named after a song, and it will have something to do with the plot line


6. Every Breath You Take

At school the next day, Darci avoided me. We didn't talk in  Biology, working around each other in utter silence. Then. in English, we got paired with partners for a presentation that would take up a lot of time in the first semester. Alas, Darci was not my partner. It might have been a coincidence, but some obsessive part of me convinced my love sick brain that Darci had specifically asked not to be paired with me. The morale of this, kids? CHECK YOUR CALLER ID. 

I needed to make things right. After two whole days of this, I went and sat beside Darci at lunch. She looked up from the book she was holding. When I thought she wasn't looking, I glanced at the title. "Ballet Shoes" 

Now, that's extremely interesting....

But Darci was waiting for me to say something, so I looked up and said,
"Hi Darci. Um- I'm sorry about answering the phone so rudely a couple days ago. I thought you were somebody else."
"Who would you answer the phone to like that?" Darci asked, eyes wide.
I blushed and then stammered,
"Er- Cory? You know him, right?"
Darci giggled suddenly, putting a hand over her mouth. 
"Ah! I understand now."
I nodded and turned to go. Then I turned back and said,
"And Darci, if there's anything you need, I'm here for you."
I expected her to ignore me,; to blow me off like countless times before. But she grabbed my hand and pulled me back.
"Actually, there is something you could help me with."

Do you remember those guys who were checking Darci out awhile ago? Well, it turns out one of them was the school stalker, Matthew. Every year, he chooses a girl to completely obsess over and try and get her to go out with him. This year, it seems Darci was his target. 

Now, I know what you're thinking; Aren't you doing the exact same thing, Ryder? Well, there are very important differences between my case and Matthew's. First off, this is the first time I've ever done anything like this, all for a girl. Second, I have actual feelings for Darci; Matthew just wants a girlfriend.Third, and most important in my opinion, Matthew is downright creepy about it! He's been known to follow girls around the school, offer them food, and basically just refuses to leave them alone. One time,freshman year i think, he asked a girl out, she said no, and then forty-five minutes later, asked out one of her best friends.  Slimy, much?

Anyways, I asked Darci what Matthew had done to  try and get her attention, and it rang true.
"Well, he followed me down the steps today." she started hesitantly.
"And he keeps offering me sweets at lunch time, I think they're called Skittles..."
I had to stifle a grin. Poor Matthew, really. 
"I'll talk to him." I promised her
Darci smiled softly and then I walked away. As I went across the courtyard, she called after me,
"This does not change a single thing, Ryder Johnson."
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