Courtney has been hurt many times in her life. Her mom left when she was only 6 months old and her father disappeared the same night. Now Courney is seventeen and lives with her foster parents, Reagan and Ronnie.
Courney has never been loved by anyone. At school she is severely bullied with no friends or support. Courtney has lost all hope in ever finding someone who cares and has numbed all of her feelings in fear of being hurt again. When one day she meets Hunter, a new kid who just moved from Florida, he tries to reach out to her. Courtney ignores him, fearing to be hurt and abandoned again. But When everything Courtney knows becomes a lie and she is stuck in the middle of a web of secrets and mystery will Hunter be the only one there to help her? Hunter cares for Courtney as more than a friend, but does she realize the obvious? Can she save what she thought was lost? But most importantly can she love Hunter back, or will her feelings and emotions be forever numbed...


7. Chapter 6

    With one hand Hunter closed my window, his other hand still over my mouth.

    "Shh" he whispered,"I needed to see you Courtney" He slowly took his hand off of my mouth, seeing if I would scream.  I didn't.  He sighed and wrapped me into a hug.  I started to wiggle around, loosening his grip, I didn't want him hugging me.  when he stepped back he looked hurt.

    "Will you tell me what is wrong, please Courtney" His voice was soft and coaxing.  I glared at him and took a few steps away.

   You should know, Hunter Lapet.  You're the one who did it"  I wanted to scream it at him, but to wake Reagan and Ronnie would be a mistake.  Hunter's green eyes got wide and he ran forward and grabbed my hand and sat me down on the bed.  He took  a seat next to me.

    "I-I hurt you?  How? When? What did I do?"

    "Did you really think that I wouldn't find out that you had told them?!  Told everybody?!"  I yelled now, heck with the adults, I'll just lock my door.  I ran over to lock it and came back to a boy who looked confused and as if he had lost something.

    "I didn't tell anybody anything, what are you talking about?"  He looked up at me.  I took a deep breath.  How could he have done this and then either forgotten about it or thought that it was no big deal.

    "You told everyone about my parents!!  You told them my secrets!  For all I know you've told them about my feelings too!!"  I screamed.  My anger had gotten the best of me and I was just letting it all out.

    "What?!  I would never do such a thing to you Courtney!!" Now Hunter stood up next to me, even his voice had gotten a bit louder.  I rose my hand and slapped him hard on the cheek.  I could tell that it surprised him and that it had hurt by the look on his face.

    "You liar!!!!!  Nobody but you knew and Jack just magically finds out?!?!"  I wanna slap him again, just to make me feel better.

    "Jack?! He knows?  Courtney!  You know I wouldn't do such a thing!  I hate Jack just as much as you anyways!!!"   He grabbed both of my hands and held them tight.


    "Courtney, I didn't do it, what can I do to make you believe me? Tell me and I will do it! You are in pain and I can't stand knowing that! I want to help you!  Let me prove it all to you!"  He was desperate, even his eye were pleading with me.  His face, full of love and care, was now full of helplessness, loss, and grief.

    "You already have proven it to me" I whispered, then my voice got louder and I shouted again, "YOU HAVE PROVED TO ME THAT TRUST, FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, AND HOPE ARE ALL STORIES AND MYTHS!! THEY DON'T EXIST AND YOU, YOU HUNTER, HAVE PROVED IT TO ME MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE!!!" 

     Tears came into Hunter's eyes, although they didn't start to flow.

    "Take that back,Courtney, you, you can't be believing're breaking my heart" He whispered then stood up and looked into my eyes.  I stood silently, out of breath.

    "You are just a rich snob who always thinks he can get what he wants!"  my throat was sore from all of my yelling.

    "That's how you think of me?"  the quiet voice of Hunter quivered.  I just slapped him again, harder than before.  I just let all my anger into it.  That's whe the first tear slowly trickled down his face. It trickled down a face that showed no anger, no want to hurt me back.  Hunter's big warm hand went to my cheek and so did his other.  He kept them there for a second before kissing me lightly on the forehead, sending shivers dow my spine, and backing away, letting his hands trace my jawbone.

    "Just leave Hunter" I said through clenched teeth.

     Without another word he opened the window and put his legs out one at a time. Before he completely was taken in by the night he took one last look at her.  He scanned her like he had at the dinner.  All he did was mouth the word goodbye then lower himself down to the branch and vanished.

    I took a deep breath and walked over to the window and shut it.  I turned off the light, hearing whispering from Reagan and Ronnie's room.  I didn't care although I knew that they had heard everything.  I jumped into my bed and screamed into my pillow before just breaking down and sobbing until I fell asleep.


 Hunter's P.O.V.


     I couldn't believe what I had just heard, my heart was breaking in two.  I hadn't told anyone, but she had never told anyone else.  It was all so confusing...but all I remebered were her words.  "You more than anything else are my proof!!"  and "You're just a rich snob who always thinks he can get what you want".  But more painful then both of those was "I hate you for what you have done!!!"  Now that I was out of her room I let the tears fall.  I started to run. I ran to the field and then to the pond.  I had lost Courtney!!  The girl that I had wanted to hold and kiss, to love and aid, to be her special one, was gone.  She thought that I had done something that I hadn't and it had ruined it all.  I lay down on the ground and yelled her name.

    "Courtney!!  Courtney!"

    I got up an sprinted towards my horrible house.  Tears blurred my vision.  Whoever had found out about Courtney and told everyone was going to pay for what he or she had done.  The girl that I loved hated me......I felt like my world was about to fall apart.





     I awoke to the smell of bacon cooking downstairs.  I looked at my clock, 5:10.  Ronnie was always on top of things and was already up and ready for the day.  I sat up, thinking about what to wear when it all came back.  Yesterday, Jack, Hunter, the fight.......  Every detail flooded into my brain.  I stood up and went to shower.  I wasn't going to think about Hunter or Jack or that my entire school now knew about my parents.......Crap, I was thinking about it.  I hopped into water that I had put a bit hotter than usual.  I let the steaming hot fluid sting my body, it burned but it felt so good to wash away the thoughts.

    When I got out a blow-dried my hair, brushed my teeth, and grabbed sweatpants and a T-shirt after putting on my undergarments.  As I pulled on the pants I thought of something.  What if I looked like I didn't care about my parents?  If I dressed like I was full of myself and didn't care what other people thought.  Sloppy clothes would make it look like I was walking around sulking, which I was.  So I threw the clothes I had first chosen back into my closet and looked for something nicer.  I found a cut off shirt that hang loosely on my right shoulder and grabbed a pair of jeans with bling on the butt.  I put on the clothes, including a white shirt to go on underneath the super short one, then moved onto my hair.  I looked at the time, it was 6:40.  Brushing hy hair I spotted my straightner and decided on that.  When my hair was straightened I looked at myself before teasing my hair for more volume.  After addding a normal ammount of make-up I ran downstairs and grabbed a peice of bacon.

    "Sorry!!  I'm running late!" I yelled before darting out of the door, not allowing them to ask any questions.




     "I'm really sorry about your parents" Paige said to me as I passed her in the hallway.  Although I barely knew anybody at this school I bet that the entire student body had said that to my today, accompanied by a snicker or group laugh.  I didn't see what those idiots thought was to dang funny!!! These were my parents they were tallking about!  Fuming I walked down the hallway going to my homeroom.  When I took a seat I saw Hunter come in and look straight at me. I pretended not to notice and I kept looking down or to the side, anywhere but at him.  But I couldn't ignore the bruise on his cheek.  He walked over to his seat and gave Dalton a high five.  I saw Dalton chuckle and ask a question that held my name.  Hunter looked at him, astonished, then shook his head no.

    My next classes went fast for hey were real easy, but on my way to social studies I met Jack in the halls.

    "Orphan girll!  Over here!  I brought something for ya!"  I kept walking and ignored his gaze.  He came over to me.

    "Ignoring me, Coolman?  I'd rather you pay attention to me", He grabbed my arm and punched my eye,"There you go!  My gift of one kuckle sandwich!"  He thought he was so funny, and so did everyone else, because they laughed.  I ran to class and hurridly took a seat, hiding my face.  Soon the lesson started and my face was still facing down so that nobody could see the black eye that was forming on it.

    "I am going to pair you up with someone else in this class and in a 2 week period I want you to write a complete essay about WW2.  Make sure that you make it at least 5,000 words!"  The teacher started reading off her list of pairs.

    "Dalton and Ashley!  Hallie and Shan!  George and Paige! Hunter and Courtney!..." I looked up, Had she just said what I thought she had said?!  Me and Hunter work together?!  I waited till everyone was going to their partner to start working before getting up to go up to Mrs. Brown.  Forgetting my black eye I just cut to the point.

    "I would like to..." I was cut off by a shriek from Mrs. brown

    "What happened to your eye?!?!  It's hideous!!"  I cringed at that last part and the entire class started laughing.  They must have been there when Jack punched me.  I was embarrassed but I answered her promptly,

    "I-I ran into my locker"  I wonder why I could never come up with a good excuse, but she seemed contented so I went on.

    "I would like to change partners" I stated.

    "Oh no no no dearie, my pairing is final" Mrs. Brown looked at her papers as if the matter was settled and that was that.


    "I said that they were final!  Now go work with Hunter before I give you a detention!"  She gave me a sharp look and returned to her ever so important papers.  I was stuck with Hunter.

    I walked slowly back to my seat, where Hunter had taken already sat down.  His head was down and his blonde hair looked messy and unkempt.  His clothes looked sloppy, as if he had done what I had almost done and just pulled out random stuff from his closet.  I stood in front of him for a second before sitting down myself.  I didn't know what to say so I was gonna wait for him to say something first.  It was a good 5 minutes that we sat there, both of us examining out social studies book and writing down random facts before one of us spoke up.  Sadly, it was at the same time.

    "I" we both said in unison.  I went to say it again but so did he, "Well" our voices came at the same time.

    "You first" I said.  Hunter hesitated for a second before speaking.

    "We should probably get together to work on this more than just at school.  I'm open tomorrow night, if that works for you"  I glared at him.  It was bad enough that I had been paired up with him, now he wanted to see me away from school!

    "We'd just be seeing each other as schoolmates that were paired up together, no more than that" He added quickly.

    "Whatever, tonight would be easier. Anyway, what do you have so far for your notes?"  I asked.  The rest of the class went on like that.  I tried to pretend like it was Jack next to me and not Hunter.  They had both hurt me, so it wasn't like there was a whole lot of difference anyway.  But the way Hunter spoke to me was so sweet, as if he was careful with every word and it made it hard to think of him as Jack.  My eyes kept traveling up to his bruise.  I wondered if it hurt......I hoped it did.






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