Not the Same

As a child, she had an easy life. A family that loved her, classmates that admired her, and friends that cherished her. After her older sister's death and her best friends' sudden move out of the city, nothing felt the same for her, both physically and mentally. Growing up, she learned how to hide her pain behind her smile. 9 years later, sixteen year old Carter Smith is excited for her friends to come back. But with a new school year comes new classmates. Will the new guys who call themselves JML change how she feels about the friends she has now?
please be warned that this is my first fanfic so... hope you like it :) COPYRIGHT (c)


2. Another Beginning

Once we arrived at TS high school, I became restless. Because Callum wanted to talk to his friends, he left me on my own. Not that I’m not used to it. I just find it stupid how he can miss them when he had them over just last night. Without forgetting, he ruffled my hair like he always did before he left me. The way he did it always made me feel calm. Sometimes, it was nice to have a brother who didn't ignore you.

 Pacing back and forth in front of the school gates, I looked back at my watch. Twenty minutes left until the bell would ring. When is he going to come? Is he late? Maybe he’s lost? Several minutes had passed since I had last looked at the time. One minute until the bell. Giving up the wait to get to class before the bell, I turned around and walked through the gate. A cold breeze blew my hair around, almost encircling me. As the front door locked behind me, I swore I can feel my heart sink a little. 

Arriving to class is like living a nightmare. Walking down the halls, all I hear is the click clack of my shoes ringing in my hears. I'am the last one to arrive. And above all, I am late. I had never been late before. Gathering up all the strength I could muster, I slowly open the classroom door. At the sound of the opening door, everyone’s eyes fell on me. Standing in front of the class was Mr. Hayes. Man, if looks could kill. He was a tall man with a buzz cut, cleanly shaved face, and a look that could cut through glass. I’ve heard of him from the seniors who had him as homeroom the previous year. Although he’s young, his attitude is that of a mean old man. Get one strike from him, you get detention. Two strikes, classroom cleaning duty. Three, you're out of here.

           “Well, look here class. It seems that we have another delinquent who thinks she’s too cool to show up on time on the first day of school,” said Mr. Hayes. Standing in a line next to him were 6 boys, the other “delinquents” who were late for school. They were all very tall and bleach-blond. The most intriguing part of them was they were all wearing glasses. I’ve never seen anyone like them before. Looking at them, my heart did a little somersault in my chest. “Close the door, introduce yourselves, and explain why you all are tardy.”

            As I made my way towards the line beside Mr. Hayes, a rush of heat went up to my cheeks. Why couldn’t everyone stop staring at me?   This was embarrassing enough. Standing beside the boys, I looked down at my shoes, finding a sudden interest on the big, black bow at the end of my flats.

            “Hey,” said the guy beside me. As I looked up, his smiling face looked at me as if we’ve known each other since forever. He was the tallest of them all, and maybe even the cutest. Behind their big, nerdy glasses, there was potential.

            “Hi,” I responded with a smile and a loss for words. Now that I think about it, he did look familiar. Without even noticing, I stared at him for too long. Damn, he was not making this easy. By now, the other guys started their introductions.

             "Hey everyone, I'm Damian Park." His low and husky voice seems weird for someone who is only 16 years old.

             "Hi. We're Chris Kim and Aiden Jung." Behind their glasses, their eyes seem to be fixed at the back of the classroom. They look a bit scared to make eye contact with everyone else. Even with their perfectly styled hair, sharp eyes and lean build, they seemed to lack a bit of confidence.  Before the next persone can introduce himself, he had a little smile on his face and pushed his falling glasses higher on his nose.

            "My name is Lewis Jae." Just by the way that he spoke I could tell that he thought of himself very highly.

            "Hello. My name is Gabriel Moon." His warm eyes and soft smile seemed to melt a few girls' hearts.

            "Hi guys, my name is Zeland Choi, but you can just call me Zelo. Our reason for for tardiness, well, it's never too late to try new things," he said with a grin almost reaching his blond curls. Who are these guys? Maybe I'll get the chance to find out. Now, it's my turn. God this is embarassing.

            "Hi, my name is Carter Smith. Um, I was late because, uh, I missed the bus," I stuttered. Wow, was that really the best excuse I could come up with? Why didn't I come up with one beforehand? And of all days, my mouth chooses not to work today.

            "Ok students. Go and take a seat now. And do not make this a habit. Take this as warning. You do not want to start the new school year with detention," growled Mr. Hayes. Scared to look up, I take the seat beside the window in the front row to the left of the classroom. Unexpectedly, the six boys take the seats along side me. Ever so slightly, I turn my head to the right to catch a glimpse of who sat right beside me. I guess I could say I was glad to see who it was.

           "Hello again, Carter. I hope we can become good friends!" Zelo whispered with a friendly smile, he  sticked out his hand to confirm the friendship.

           "Sure," I said as I unsurely placed my hand into his. Releasing his hand, I look out the window, wondering what other surprises are yet to come.   





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