High School Romance.

Ariel, an image of a red-headed mermaid poped into your head, didn't it? Well, that's kind of me. A fiery red head and look alike to Molly Quinn. I just started high school (oh joy.) and I'm so not used to it. What happened to small schools? Oh well, but, I can't really complain. And all of my classes are fairly easy, and every single one of them I share with the most random guy, football jersey number 13. That's what I call him, thirteen. And I think I like him... like, LIKE LIKE him... and I'm pretty sure he feels the same way about me...


26. Chapter Five, Part Three.

(Ariel and Stephanie: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=98612128  )   (Ryan and Nathan: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=98612953   )

The begining autum soon diveled into a cold anf foggy October. The trees held little to none of their beautiful red, golden, and orange leaves that had once danced the street with the wind that pulled them to the ground.

I sat down on my bed and took in a deep breath, it was Halloween. I usually loved the haunted holiday, but for some reason I felt alone.

Ryan and I were going to dress up and go to the school carnival, Stephanie and Nathan were too. Nathan told us in advance we wouldn't see much of him since he was going to play a gig at the carnival.

I looked at myself and sighed. Stephaie had wanted me to go as something more on the 'wild side', but I felt as if this was too much of an extreeme. Maybe, if I hurried right now, I could change into a relativly close outfit and it wouldn't be so... daring? crazy?

The footsteps that ran up to my room told me no.

Stephanie threw the door to my room open and squealed happily.


I half smiled. I grabbed a nearby denim jacket and followed her outside. A few kids walked by and asked Stephanie if she was a fairy princess, she replied by giving them little candies and lightly tapping them on the head with her wand thingy.

They ran off happily believeing the story and Stephanie smiled to herself.

"You're a good person." I told her.

"YOU TAKE THAT BACK!" She demanded.

I laughed and we kept walking. Ryan was going to help Nathan get his guitar and stuff ready at the carnival and he said he'd meet us there. Stephanie passed the time the long walk to school took by trick-or-treating at a house every now and then.

We finally reached the school grounds and wandered our way over to the stage. I could feel litterally everyone's eyes glued to me and Stpehanie as we walked around, it got me nervous and I wanted to put some jeans on.

"BOOBEAR!" Stephanie shouted. she raced over to the thing that I assumed was Nathan. Ryan looked around and frowned.

Then he saw me.

"Ariel?" He asked, totally taken aback.

"Yep." I sighed.

"You look... more..."

"Like a slut."

I turned around and saw Brianna wearing a white toga and had her hair up like Stephanie's.

"Excuse me?" Ryan asked. He walked up to me and wrapped an arm around my waist. His jaw was clentched and he had the 'say it again I dare you' look.

"Can't you control you girlfriend?" Brianna pressed.

"She's more decent than you." Stephanie shot at her.

"Says the girl wearing half a dress."

"Says me."

"Steph," I said cautiously, "don't get into this." I looked up to Ryan, "you too.This seems to be my war."

"Don't you think you should be wearing something a little more covering?" Brianna asked. I glanced over at her and saw the question was ment for me.

"I'm wearing a costume, cut me some slack." I said.

"Maybe I don't wanna."

"Then leave me alone."

"Make me." Brianna walked up to me and pushed me. Hard.

I stumbeled backwards a few feet and looked back up at her wied eyed. Think logically, don't fight. You could get kicked off of the drama club and the glee club.

I straightened my shirt and took my hand in Ryan's. I turned him away and we started to walk to the stage.

"Chicken!" Brianna called.

I held my head a little higher and smiled. Everyone was watching me again, if the saw I wasn't effected by her, then would the other vivtims to her torture feel the defiance I held? Would they want to fight back and finally be able to smile again?

Stephanie pulled me behind the stage and wrapped me in a hug.

"I'm so sorry." She said.

"It's fine. Thanks." I said.

We let go and helped set up. With the stage curtains still closed, I walked up on stage and took Nathan's guitar. He, Stephanie, and Ryan laughed as I started to playe The All-American Rejects' 'Heartbeat Slowing Down'.

I twirled in a circle and saw that behind me, the curtain has raised. Everyone was watching me.

Everything inside of me froze. What now?!

Nathan and the rest of the band came on, Nathan took his guitar away and plugged it into an amp. I heard him play the intro to 'Heartbeat Slowing Down' and the rest of the band played along too.

"Sing!" Nathan told me.

I smiled and went up to the microphone.

"I still remember that empty look left on your face..."

[ later into the night ]

I rested my head on Ryan's shoulder and watched as people from the school were playing games and talking about school assignments due the next Monday.

"Steph and Nathan got into the glee club, right?" Ryan asked.

"Yep, both as head liners." I said.

Ryan got up and pulled me up with him. I groaned and he chuckled.

"I'll walk you home, there's just something I want to do first." He said. He led me over to a photo booth and pulled me in with him. I giggled and we took a few pictures.

(four pictures total) 1. both smiling and laughing. 2. Halloween 'scared' faces. 3. the cliche hand heart thing. 4. a sweet kiss.

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