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)


22. Plan B

   "How come you didn't go to my place to help tutor me?" whispered Carter to Lewis. The Starbucks at Avenue road was unusually empty, the dozens of highschool students missing from the scenery. Carter held her frappuccino in her left hand keeping her cool. Their schoolbags laid on the floor. The autumn weather arrived changing the colours from green to red. Everything was changing, slowly but surely. She smiled. "Perhaps you were on a date with Alex yesterday and forgot to tell me?"

   "Stop it Carter," he replied narrowing his eyes at her. "Do you have something to tell me?"

   Carter shifted in her seat. Slowly, the smile on her face faded. "What do you mean?"

   "Why didn't you tell us that you were sick?" he asked. She looked down at her drink not able to respond. "It's nothing to be embarrassed about. All you need to do is take your medicine-"

   "You think it's that easy?" Carter suddenly said. " 'Take the medicine and everything will be alright'. I can't even run up the stairs without feeling like I'm going to collapse!"

   "It's not a big deal. You just need to work a bit harder than others," Lewis said softly. He placed his hand over her right hand. She was surprised at the sudden contact between them. 

   "I feel as though, as though I'm never good enough. I try to do something, but then I think, 'what's the point if I have no strength in myself?' This stupid, weak heart of mine, what am I going to do with you?" she said as she hit her chest with her free hand letting go of her drink.

   "Someone once told me that if you lack at something, you make that up by being successful in something else. Don't let this take away from you doing something great." Carter looked up into his brown eyes and her smile appeared again.

   "Alex changed you a lot, you know? It's wierd seeing you be nice to people," she said taking her hand out of his.

   "Fine, be like that. When you need a shoulder to lean on, don't think of me." The both of them laughed lightly. "When are you going to tell the others? Zelo's going to be-" Lewis said before cutting himself off. The sound of a doorbell rang. The two of them looked towards the door. Aiden made his way towards the two nodding his head in their direction as to say hello. Carter and Lewis said hello and Aiden took the seat beside her.

   "What did you want to say about Zelo?" Carter asked Lewis looking back at him.

   "Oh, were you going to tell her that Zeland likes her?" Aiden said.

   "No, I wasn't," Lewis said giving the other boy a deadly glance. "Forget what he said, Carter. I was going to ask you if you like him." Carter looked down at her lap. She wasn't sure how to respond.

   "I'm not sure if I'm in any position to say this, but I know that you used to like Kevin. A few days ago, Zeland and I were talking and he told me about how you held his hand," Aiden remarked. he turned directly at Carter. "I also know that you rejected Kevin."

   "How do you know?" Carter whispered. Her heartbeat started to speed up. She took a sip of her frappuccino.

    "You're asking a nerd how I know what a rejected face looks like," Aiden said. He pushed his glasses farther up his face. "So, what are you going to do?"

    "I don't know," Carter finally said. Carter and Lewis continued to drink their drinks in silence. Lewis's phone suddenly vibrated. he took it out and stared at the screen with a wide grin.

   "What's up now?" Aiden asked curiously. He grabbed the phone out of Lewis's hand, took a peak at it, and handed it to Carter.

   "Fine, go. Alex is waiting for you," Carter said giving Lewis the phone.

   "Bye guys!" he replied grabbing his jacket and running towards the door. The sound of the doorbell rang in their ears. The shuffling of feet from the back of the cash register was all the noise there was.

   "Do you want to hang out at my place?" asked Carter.

   "Fine, but I think you have to spill everything about the little complication with you, Kevin and Zelo," replied Aiden. The both of them got out of the coffee shop, heading down the street towards her house. The silence from the two was defining. Highschool couples filled both sides of the sidewalk.

   "Well this is awkward," remarked Aiden.

   "Why?" she asked.

   "Are you blind? We're the only ones without a boyfriend or girlfriend here," he said. She looked up at his usual pale face to see it slowly turn red. She giggled slightly to herself.

   "Not to sound mean, but you've never had a girlfriend before, right?" she asked carefully. He shook his head, embarrassed. "Good, me neither."

   "Really? I would have thought, I mean, with the way you look..."

   "How about you Mr. 'I'm such a nerd'? If you fixed your self up a bit, you'd look so much better!" He looked at her in disbelief. "Not that I think you're ugly right now," Carter said quietly. She looked up at his perfectly styled cholocate-coloured hair, his sharp, brown eyes. "Although, there isn't much to fix. Your confidence has gotten a lot better recently. What we need you to talk to people, besides me, JML, Alexandra, Scarlett and Kevin." She waited for him to reply, but his eyes seemed to be fixed on something in front of them. Carter turned around to see Scarlett walking behind a guy dressed in casual jeans, white t-shirt and blue sweater.

   "Scarlett," Carter whispered. The two of them just stood there staring at where Scarlett and the guy last were.

   "You're curious, aren't you?" Aiden said getting to her eye level. "Come on. Let's go." He grabbed her hand, as all the other boys on the street did, and led her down the street towards the other two.


   "Stop it," Scarlett said while walking behind Vinson Benett. His view from the back made her smile slightly. His light brown hair turned hazel in the sunlight. His tall build made her feel protected. She wondered how it would feel like if she leaned her head against her back. Quickly, Scarlett shook the thought out of her head. "I want to go home now. I don't care what daddy says."

  "Only you have the power to call your chauffeur, not me. Although our parents told us to go out today, wasn't it your choice to come here? You're still here with me, aren't you?" Vinson asked, his green eyes mixed with blue looked through her dark blue ones. With a smile, Vinson caught her hand and brought him closer towards him.

   "What are you doing?" Scarlett asked, struggling to get out of his grasp. Free, she walked beside him. She turned around and thought someone had called out her name. There was no one.

   "There are so many couples here. Don't you feel left out?"

   "Leave me out of it," she replied. As the two of them continued walking down the street, passing by store after store, Scarlett couldn't help but feel as though someone was following them. Farther down the street, there were less and less people, the store became less busy. Starting to get nervous, she held onto Vinson's right arm.

   "Don't ask, just follow my lead. We're going to head to the next shop on my left," Scarlett said as the two of them entered a little boutique filled with gair accessories.

   "Where did they go?" a familiar voice asked. Scarlett and Vinson hid behind the scarf rack, her back against the door.

   "Okay, what's going on?" asked Vinson. The door opened and Scarlett felt a tap against her shoulder. Her body tensed up, she didn't want to be seen with Vinson. She turned around slowly to see Carter and Aiden.

   "So, who's this?" asked Aiden.

   "I think I should be asking that," said Vinson. He turned towards his date. "Who are they?"

   "They're my friends," said Scarlett quietly.

   "Is this the guy you said your father told you..." whispered Carter to her friend's ear. She nodded.

    "Why are you acting like that? Are you embarrassed to be seen with me?" asked Vinson.

    "I just don't like you," she said plainly. Carter looked up at Vinson, his eyes showed a bit of sadness. He quickly put a smile on his face.

    "You wanted to get away from me, right? Here's your chance. Go, call your chauffeur. Don't worry. I'll tell my father what a wonderful girl you are," Vinson replied. Scarlett dialed her phone and a few minutes later her ride arrived. Scarlett waved goodbye to Carter and Aiden, then made her way out the door.

    "Do you mind if we talk for a while?" Carter asked Vinson. He nodded his head and Carter asked if the three of them could walk outside. Once out of the store, the three of them continued to walk down the street. "So, you're the guy that she was set up to date."

    "Yep, that's me," he replied with a grin on his face.

    "Look, I know we just met, but I'm going to be completely honest with you. If you're going to keep acting like such a douche to Scarlett, I hope you just leave her alone. I don't really care about what your parents think about that," Carter said plainly.

    "So she thinks I'm a douche," said Vinson.

    "Don't you think that was a bit harsh?" whispered Aiden to Carter.

    "No, I don't think that one bit. Do you know why? Because it's better than being someone people can take advantage of. It's better being this way. It's not fun when you're rich and nice. People only want to be my friend for the stuff I give them," said Vinson. Carter looked him in the eyes and saw the truth. It was better being mean to everyone so they won't get close to you than be nice to people and ask things from you.

    "You like her, don't you?" asked Aiden, a smile on his face.

    "What? Me? No," said Vinson nervously. His tough boy image he tried to build was crumbling.

    "No, I see what you mean Aiden. You want to look cool in front of her instead of a guy who could easily be taken advantage of," Carter said back to Aiden.

    "Do you want us to help you?" Carter and Aiden both asked. Hesitantly, Vinson said yes. Carter remembered the promise she made with Scarlett. I'm sorry Scarlett but I don't want the two of you together, she thought selfishly.

    "All we need to do is make her stop liking Kevin and fall in love with you," said Aiden with a devilish grin. "This will be fun!"



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