Katie is a 17 year old struggling with friends, school and herself. Her friends have all turned against her and her smile has slowly drifted away. Shes alone and her family doesnt have a clue. She fakes a smile so people dont ask questions. Her scars tell a story. A horrible story. No one knows she self harms, or starves herself. She hates everything about her. But then summer comes along and for the first time in a long time she has a real smile. She gets to go to California to stay with her aunt. She is just happy she is away from everything. When she boards the plane an unfamiliar tall handsome man came up to her and asked her a question, "Is this seat taken?" That one question changed her life. How? Read to find out. :) Enjoy.


2. Don't Get Caught.


Katie’s POV:

“how was school?”

I heard my mom ask as I walked through the door. I didn’t want to answer her but I knew if I didn’t she would start investigating.


I said trying to be sure of myself.

“Anything happen with Caitlin? Did she say anything today?”

“No, she wasn’t here today.”

I said back to her I told her that she wasn’t at school because if I didn’t she would keep asking questions and I wasn’t prepared for that. A little white lie never hurt anyone right? I walked upstairs into my room and started on my English homework.

*Buzz Buzz*

Lindsey-“Hey can I come over?”

I didn’t want anyone to come over because I had a lot of homework that needed to be done.

Me-“No, I have a lot of homework to do. I’ll come over later okay?”

Lindsey-“Alrighttt! (: Text me when your heading your way.”

Me-“Okay I will bye.”


Lindsey was a very outgoing person she always wanted to do something, always wanted to get out and have a life. Me not so much. I would be happy if I were sitting at home and watching all seasons of Pretty Little Liars while eating a bucket of ice cream. I need to finish my homework and just get done with it so I can go to Lindsey’s house.


*Buzz buzz*

Caitlin-“Hey loser, just thought id tell you that your kicked off the volleyball team. Your not good enough. Nor will you ever be. At anything for that matter. Bye. (:”

I still had her number in my phone just incase she texted me something obnoxious, like this. I cannot believe im kicked off the team. I was their best player. This hit me right in the soft spot. Volleyball was my get away. Get away from everything. Now that I’m kicked off how am I suppose to be calm? This is going to be something I needed to talk to the coach Mrs. Sparks about. Yeah the coach is Lindsey mom. That doesn’t help any. She most likely told her mom something about me saying that I was slacking at playing. She sweet talked her. I know she did that. That’s what shes best at.


Me-“Hey, I’m on my way over.”

Lindsey-“Yay!!!! I’ll see you in a bit.”

Lindsey always got excited when I was coming over. At least someone did. I always feel like I’m a burden on everyone.

I slugged myself into the car and started the engine. I took off to lindsey’s house. She always cheered me up when I am down. I appreciated that. 

I made it to her house and before I could turn my car off Lindsey came running out of the house and opened my car door.


Lindsey screamed in my ear.

“Yeah I’m here.”

I got out of the car and walked into her house. I walked up to her room and slouched on the bed. Lindsey went into the kitchen to get us something to drink.

“Whats wrong? What did Caitlin do this time?”

Lindsey asked me while handing my drink.

“What hasn’t she done? She is completely ruining my life and she texted my when I got home saying that I was kicked off the volleyball team. So yeah im not doing to good.”

I said not making eye contact with her. She kind of just stood there shocked at what I said.

“Don’t let her ruin your life. You are a strong girl and don’t need some immature girl like her controlling your emotions. And why did you get kicked off the team?”

Lindsey seem concerned. As always.

“She told me that I wasn’t good enough and that I never am and just yeah.”

I said answering her.

“That little prick, you’re the best player on that team. This has gotten out of hand you need to talk to the principal about what she is doing to you at school.”

“NO! I am not about to bring the school into this so that they can watch every little thing I do. It is none of their business what I do and what goes on in my life.”

Lindsey just looked at me and nodded. She understood. I changed the topic and turned on the tv and we started watching Criminal Minds. I loved this show. Lindsey wasn’t a big fan.

Lindsey’s POV:

There was more going on with Katie then what she was telling me. Something was up. Caitlin said something to her. I don’t know what but I know she said something to make Katie like this. Or maybe something is going on at her house.

“Hey do you want to stay the night?”

I asked her nudging her arm.

“sure sounds fun.”

She didn’t sound promising. I didn’t want to drag it on so I just shook my head. I wanted to get her out of the house and go do something. So I turned off the t.v and got my car keys.

“Umm, what are you doing I was watching that. Where are you going?”

Katie asked me.

“We’re busting out of this place. C’mon lets go have some fun.”

I said practically picking her up.

“I was having fun watching t.v.”

“That’s not fun. It rots your brain. You’re a smart one and don’t need your brain to rot away. Lets go. Im not giving you a choice.”

I said laughing. She caught on and started laughing too. I wasn’t sure where we were going to go but somewhere but here. Maybe we will visit the beach. Feed the ducks. That sounds fun. Although living in Florida you don’t really see a lot of ducks so we will wing it.

We got into my car and I drove off.

“Off to the beach here we go!”

I said all cheery.

“It’s 9 o’clock the beach is closed.”

Katie said with worry written all over her face.

“Well, I guess we are braking in. don’t worry we wont get caught.”

I said laughing and kept driving. I knew Katie was uncomfortable over this but she needed to get out of her comfort zone and do something crazy.  We arrived at the beach and it was closed off. I parked my car got out and headed that way.

“C’mon Katie the beach is this way you know.”

I said pointing in front of me. She didn’t say anything she just got out and walked my way. I was getting excited. This is going to be so much fun.

Katie’s POV:

I really didn’t want to do this. What if we got caught. My mom would kill me. I wouldn’t hear the end of it. I just wanted to please Lindsey so that she would lay off. I was fine. For now anyways. I don’t know how long that would last.

I walked towards Lindsey as she waited for me eagerly. She was ready to jump the water. I was not.

“Oh lose in up. Just forget about everything and everyone. Just think about this moment. Thing about how much fun it will be to just jump in the water and feel totally free. Just try it. Please for me.”

Lindsey had said to me. She was right I needed to lose in up. I needed to stop over thinking everything and just live in the moment. I was going to have fun I wasn’t going to think about anything but this.

“Beat you to the water. GO!”

I yelled at Lindsey I caught her off guard and there we went running towards the huge body of water. I was ready to jump in feel the water on my skin. Just absorb it all in.

We ran to the water and both jumped in at the same time. When I was in the water it was just as Lindsey explained it I felt so free, all my worries were gone and I felt happy for the first time in a while. I was glad I did this. Im glad that Lindsey took me here. She is such a good friend. And I don’t give her enough credit for it.

“HEY! What are you all doing in there! The beach is closed!”

A security guard caught us. I knew it. But at the time I didn’t care. I made a joke about it.


I yelled at Lindsey. We both ran for our lives. My adrenaline was rushing through my body. I never felt this excited yet scared in my whole life. It was a good feeling. I wish I felt like this more often. I don’t know we will see.

We ran into the car Lindsey turned it on and we took of. This was so excited just like Lindsey said. Maybe I should listen to her more often.

“Wow! That was something huh. My heart is racing. That was an experience to have.”

Lindsey said trying to catch her breath.

“It sure was. That was so much fun. Thanks for taking me.”

“Thanks for coming.”

We chit chatted all the way home. I was so tired. I was ready to go to bed.  When we made it to her house I went into the bathroom and took a shower.

When I was done with my shower I had to borrow some of Lindsey PJ’s.

“Well, im exhausted lets go to bed.”

I said looking at Lindsey. She nodded her head and we crawled into bed.

My mind was racing. I had so many thoughts in my head. Some were good and some were bad. I was happy about everything that happened with Lindsey was worrying about what was going to happen tomorrow at school with Caitlin. I didn’t want a good day like this to led into a bad day tomorrow. I just hope and pray that nothing happens tomorrow. We’ll see. 

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