Never Alone

After 4 rough years of middle school, Kaelee goes away with her family on a vacation and Justin spends the summer with Ryan and Chaz. School starts and things don’t seem to change, they are still as close as ever but Justin can’t ignore that Kaelee’s body has developed. Then he enters the talent show for back to school night and everything changes, Justin lands the girl and Kaelee feels left behind. So she moves on, and finds new love... at least she thinks. The girl who stole Justin from her, steals from Kaelee once again and she feels alone once more. A 'grown up' Justin and Kaelee meet again in their Junior year. Justin is in awe of Kae's perfect body and beautiful face. With his hair cut, low voice, and undeniable good looks; Justin is irresistibly sexy. Kaelee struggles with her true feelings for Justin; whereas he tries to tell her the truth and win her affection.Will Kaelee forgive him for leaving her, and has Justin really learned from his mistakes?

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2. A Dress and Chuck Taylors

Justin:

It was finally Friday, the day the entire class had been looking forward to, everyone came to school unable to focus on anything, not that we were learning. We passed around yearbooks and swapped numbers for the summer. Kaelee held her yearbook looking through the pages. After I got mine back, I walked over to her.

"Kae, sign it." I said simply, placing the book on her desk. She looked up, smiled and closed her book, setting it in her lap. Today she wore her hair in a pony tail and one of her many hoodies; unlike most girls, she didn't try to make an impression by dressing fancy and wearing make up. 

She pulled a sharpie from her book bag and opened the book, flipping for a blank page. I looked around us and saw clusters of people chatting and signing yearbooks. Kaelee had been sitting alone, keeping to herself. Now she was writing furiously on a page in my yearbook.

"Kaelee, can I sign your yearbook?" A girl asked before I got the chance to. It was Jodi, a short blonde, she was captain of the cheerleading team this year, and she had already made the high school squad. It was nice of her to sign Kaelee's yearbook, even though they hadn't really talked much this year.

"Sure," Kaelee handed the book over smiling awkwardly, unsure of what to say next. Jodi bounced away and Kaelee turned back to writing. I glanced at what she was writing, but she pushed me away. All I had the chance to see was my name and a bunch of writing below it. I smiled to myself. 

"You shouldn't read it right away." She ordered as she handed it back.

"Why not?" I asked opening the book slowly. Her hand slammed the book closed and she looked at me intensely.

"Because, it won't have the same feeling. Yearbooks are for you to look back and remember the friends and memories you made in school." She said simply. I gave her my word and put the book back on the desk. After a moment, Jodi returned and all but threw Kaelee's book at her. 

"Thanks," Kaelee said softly, fumbling to hold onto the book. Slowly, she opened it and flipped through the pages looking for what Jodi had written.

"What about looking back to remember the friends you made?" I asked joking, but Kaelee didn't look up. She closed the book and turned around. "Kae?" 

"Jodi isn't my friend," she wiped her face refusing to look at me. When I tried to take the book from her, she threw it at her bag and walked to the teacher's desk. He handed her a pass and she hurried out of the classroom. I turned my gaze to the corner of the room where Jodi and her friends were sitting, they were all snickering. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach. Instead of following her, I looked down at the yearbook. It was open and I could see where Jodi had 'signed' it. 

'Kaelee, no one cares about you, you're the least popular person here, no one likes you, they just pretend to like the little ugly geek you are, especially Justin. So I will give you some advice, if I were you I would have killed myself a long time ago, piece of shit. -Jodi XOXO'

I slammed the book shut and walked up to the teachers desk, glaring at Jodi the entire time. How could someone be so mean? None of it was true, Kaelee had to know that... but did she?

 

Kaelee:

I hated her. I hated Jodi, that bitch, and I hated everyone in that classroom. I wouldn't go back in there, I would stay in the bathroom until they all left. I had run to the bathroom trying to contain the tears. Now I sat on the floor alone crying, but I was always alone. No one really understood me. I couldn't be that different from everyone, no, people were just cruel. But why say anything about Justin? Was it true? I had to search to find a spot to sign Justin's yearbook, whereas no one had signed mine at all. He must have had everyone in the class sign his book, why would his best friend be last? Was it out of sympathy? Was our whole friendship built on pity, had his mom told him to be nice?

I couldn't breathe, the tears were rushing down my cheeks uncontrollably. I didn't know what to do; before, Justin had been there for me... and now I was truly alone. All I wanted was to go home and sit in my dad's office as he worked. He would know what to say, he always did.

"Kaelee?" A tentative voice said outside the bathroom. It was a female teacher, not one I recognized. "Kaelee, are you in here?" I sniffled but said nothing. "My name is Ms. Holloway, I'm coming in, is that okay?"

The next moment, a tall, dark haired teacher walked into the bathroom and sat next to me. At first she didn't say anything. She just sat next to me and let me cry.

"Do you wanna talk about it?" She whispered. I shook my head, I just wanted to sit here and sulk.

"Alright, then we can just sit." Ms. Holloway said smiling. I pulled my knees up to my chest and rested my head. We sat in silence for five more minutes; by now my breathing had slowed and my tears were drying up.

"Why are people so mean?" I asked, I didn't want to hear the same responses my parents told me. No one was jealous of me, they don't like me... they are just mean.

"Some people are mean, and some mean people were bullied before too. In the end, mean people don't care about your feelings." Ms. Holloway paused, I was having trouble following her. This wasn't making me feel better. "But you can't forget about the people who do care. Forget about people who bully you, they don't really matter. They are just obstacles keeping you from reaching your goal; and god doesn't throw us obstacles we can't handle. People like that, aren't going to get anywhere in life by being mean to others, because eventually someone meaner is gonna knock them off their feet. That's when you will shine."

I looked at Ms. Holloway and thought about what she had just said to me. I didn't know what to think. She stood up and brushed herself off; then she held out a hand to help me up. I took it and she pulled me up. Extending her arms, Ms. Holloway offered me a hug which I took graciously. She led me out of the girl's bathroom and down to the office. Through the glass windows I could see Justin sitting next to Jodi in the waiting area. As we neared I heard Jodi's name called, she stood and walked into the principal's office. Ms. Holloway sat next to me in the chairs and I was thankful. I didn't want to be alone. I wondered if they had called my mom; I hope they hadn't, she would freak out. I would rather see my dad. I heard shuffling to my left and saw from the corner of my eye that Justin had moved to sit next to me. He was wringing his hands nervously, his leg shaking. I could see his deep brown eyes searching me, almost begging me to look at him, but I refused. 

Although I couldn't hear anything the principal was saying, I could hear Jodi crying. I felt terrible, she was going to be so mad at me. I didn't want her to be upset. The doorknob turned and the principal walked out shutting the door silently behind him. He looked from me to Justin and to Ms. Holloway. Walking towards me, he smiled gently. 

"Honey, you know Jodi had no right to say those things to you. We called your parents, they are both on their way now. Jodi is going to be punished for what she did, and I am going to talk to the high school to see what I can do there." I nodded silently, I had only listened to him for a few seconds. My parents were on their way, they would take me away from here and that was all that mattered. 

"Your friend, Justin, he told us everything. You should have said something, Ms. Lowe." He sat in a chair and looked at me seriously. 

"It didn't bother me until today." I whispered. Part of me was relieved to hear that Justin had been there for me again, and that Jodi was just lying, but I was still afraid. 

I heard the front doors of the school open, and I heard my father's booming voice.

"Kaelee?" He said in his usual concerned tone. I gave him a hug, and started to cry again. He held me close petting my hair and whispering softly. I felt my mom's hand on my back, silently soothing. After a moment, the doors opened again and another set of parents strode into the office. They looked extremely angry.

"We are so sorry." The woman said, she looked a lot like Jodi. "We had no idea this was going on." The woman started to cry, ashamed.

"Ah, Jodi is in my office. If you would like to come in with me, I wanted to show you what happened. 

They filed in the room followed by the principal, leaving me Justin, Ms. Holloway and my parents waiting once more. After sometime, Jodi began to cry again and I felt terrible. Then the door opened and Jodi's mom, followed by Jodi, then her father, left the office all three of them scowling. Her father stayed back a moment and apologized again. 

"I am very sorry. We are grounding her for the summer, she is quitting the cheerleading team and she will not be attending the graduation or the dance this weekend." He shook my parents hands and then mine, giving me an apologetic look. He left without saying another word, and I leaned against my dad. 

"I wanted to talk to you a moment as well," the principal said to my parents. They nodded and my father held my mother's hand as they stepped into his office. I watched the door shut and put my hands to my face and started to cry once more. Ms. Holloway patted my back and told me to take deep breaths. 

"You're saying this is a reoccurring problem?" I heard my father say, his voice tended to travel through walls. "No, Kaelee would have told me." I didn't hear the rest of the conversation, but I knew he had told my parents what was written in the notebook because my mother began to weep, causing me to cry harder.

I felt a hand reach  up, grabbing mine. I looked over and saw Justin's brown eyes wide and worried, his light brown hair almost covering them.

"What?" I asked, choking.

"I just want to make sure you're okay. You are my best friend." He said in a small voice. I didn't question it and let him hold my hand until my parents returned.

When they did, my mom was holding my yearbook. I didn't want that back, why wouldn't they just burn it?

"Justin, how are you dear?" My mother said, noticing him.

"I don't know," he shrugged. Justin scratched the back of his head nervously and looked at me again. "It's upsetting to think Jodi would say those things. I am really mad at her." My mom stepped forward and hugged Justin tightly. He stood there in shock, but hugged her back. 

"Here sweetie," she said handing me the book. "The school gave you a new one." 

Hesitantly, I opened the new one cracking open its spine. When I did, I found an  array of colors where people had signed, and not just their name but a nice message telling me to have a good summer. I looked at my mom bewildered.

"Your principal told us what Justin did." My father said smiling.

"What do you mean?" I asked completely in shock.

"Well, after I showed Mr. Connors the yearbook, he sent Jodi to the office and I told him that you should have a new one. So he left and came back with a brand new yearbook and made everyone write something in it, something nice and honest. He watched everyone sign it." He explained flipping his hair out of his eyes. "But, I signed the last page, and you can't read it right away." He smiled softly, hoping to make me feel better. I clutched the yearbook close to me and gave Justin a hug. 

"If you need a ride home, we can drive you. The bus already left." My mom said to Justin. 

"Thank you, Mrs. Lowe."

"Alright, if everything is in order let's go." My father said clapping his hands together. We walked out of the office and went outside. 

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I woke up early Saturday morning, as usual and clumsily found my way into my dad's office. He had just hung up the phone when I walked in. 

"Good morning Miss. America." He said laughing at my bed head. I smiled and gave him a hug.

"Morning," I said. 

"Has your mother started breakfast?" He asked. I shrugged yawning. He patted my head and lead me downstairs. As we walked down, I could smell mom's bacon and pancakes. It made my mouth water, and I felt wide awake.

"Smells good, hun." Dad said wrapping his arms around mom's waist. Most people thought it was weird when their parents were all lovey, but I was just happy they were in love. Dad helped set the table and I poured glasses of juice, then we all sat together eating breakfast. 

"Are you excited for today?" Mom asked me gently. She took a sip of her orange juice and looked at me eyebrows raised.

"Mhm," I mumbled while chewing. "I already know what I am going to wear."

"Something dressy I hope?" My mom said inquisitively, emphasizing dressy.

"Yes mom," I sighed. "I am going to wear that green dress, and a jean jacket."

"Oh good," my mother sighed.

"That's wonderful," my father said, "There is something I wish to talk to you about Kaelee." I turned my head to my dad and frowned.

"What?" I asked with my mouth full. He sighed and set his glass on the table. He leaned forward and looked at me more serious now.

"I've already discussed this with your mother, and she thinks it is a good idea. I am supposed to be in Europe for most of the summer, travelling and meeting with other companies. My company is trying to strengthen its ties with its allies, so to say. I was going to go alone, but after yesterday I think it would be best for you and your mom come with me."

"I've already talked with the other doctors at the pediatrics office, if you are okay with it we will leave in two weeks." My mom said finishing for dad.

I had no idea what to say, I had dropped my fork and almost spilled my drink. A whole summer out of the country, travelling Europe. It sounded amazing.

"Of course I will go!" I exclaimed. "Thank you daddy!" I shot out of my chair and ran upstairs to get my phone. 

'OMG. Guess what?!' I sent the text, and bounced around my room uncontrollably. I had to decide what to pack now; I wouldn't wait until the last second. When my phone buzzed I screeched.

'What?' Justin had replied. I was almost certain I had woken him up, but I didn't care.

'I'm going to Europe for the summer! Dad's work.' I sent. I screamed again and rummaged through my clothes. This was too exciting. 

 

Justin:

Today was graduation day, we were all going to dress up, sit in rows and receive a certificate of graduation. It was all for show, but I couldn't help be excited. It seemed like I was just watching the clock for hours on end. But finally it was time to get ready, graduation started at four. I had an hour to get dressed and leave the house. Mom was already in her bedroom changing.

I pulled on my best pants, a white button up shirt and tried to put on the purple tie my mom had bought me but I couldn't actually tie it. Instead I got my shoes on and looked at myself in the mirror.

"Look out ladies." I snapped my fingers and gestured at my reflection winking. I heard a rap on my door and my mom's laughter.

"You look handsome." She said chuckling. Looking me up and down she helped me fix my tie. Then she walked away and I looked in the mirror one more time flipping my hair and winking once more. I looked good.

When we pulled into the school, I could see most of the class walking inside. Everyone was dressed really nice, and they all seemed excited. I spotted Kaelee to the right, near the doors. She was waving furiously, standing on her tiptoes. My mouth dropped open as I got a good look at her. She was in a dress, an actual dress. It was a light mint green, and she wore a short jean jacket over it. We got out of the car and met with her and her parents. 

"You look lovely." Mom said to Kaelee, she wrapped her arms around herself and said thank you softly. 

"I just wish she would have worn nicer shoes." Her mother said smiling. I looked down and saw that she was wearing Chuck Taylor's.

"I hate heels." Kaelee shrugged. Then we walked inside together, our parents parting from us as we walked to our classroom to get ready.

The ceremony went flawlessly, at least according to the principal. He congratulated us all, and wished us the best in high school. Afterwards we ran around looking for all of our friends. I found Chaz and Ryan talking to some of the girls in our class.

"Hey," They both exclaimed. We slapped each others hands and did our hand shake. Then we started to talk about what we were going to do before school started again. 

"Hey guys," I heard Kaelee say. She waved at Ryan and Chaz, who both smiled and greeted her. I turned to her and remembered what she told me this morning.

"Guess where she is going." I said in a low tone. Kaelee nudged me, but I laughed.

"Where?... Prison?" Chaz asked laughing.

"No," Kaelee laughed. "My dad is going to Europe for work, and he is taking me with him."

"Awesome." Ryan and Chaz said.

"You owe me a coke." Ryan said to Chaz; Chaz shoved him. We stood there talking for awhile longer.

"Everyone, you can make your way into the gym, the dance is going to begin shortly. Parents, you can pick up your children at 8 when the dance concludes."

It was nice to have a dance for just the eighth graders, or newly freshmen. We were together one last time before we ventured off into high school. We danced with our friends and ate snacks. The school had rented a bunch of arcade games, and most of the time we were over there. Afterwards our parents drove us out and we all ate together. Now it was just Ryan, Chaz, Kaelee and me. It was really nice to spend the rest of our night together talking about what we were going to do in high school. It was a good end of the school year, and now we had the rest of our lives in front of us.

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Hello again Lovelies, we wanted to thank you for reading chapter one, hopefully we will get more chapters out to you as quickly as this one. Read.. like... favorite... and of course comment. We love you <3

-Mary + Rose

 

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