2. Chapter 1


Chapter 1

“Autumn, get down here you need to get to school,” I heard my wonderful and loving step mother shout for me from downstairs. Please note the very heavy sarcasm.

“I’m coming,” I yelled back. In all honesty I hadn’t even gotten out of bed yet. I pushed myself up and slowly padded over to my bathroom. I felt like crap this morning, but I guess it was kind of my own fault for that.

“Autumn, hurry up we’re going to be late,” I heard my little sister, Rachel, whine from the door of my room.  I rolled my eyes at her rushing, although I couldn’t blame her. This year her school was taking a field trip to Dark Wood’s Academy for Young Women a.k.a my school. I groaned out loud at the thought of it. Hopefully once she got there and saw how awful it was she would down it some on the perkiness. Knowing her though, she would probably be asked to be student body president on the first week. With her still in my ear I trudged over to the door and slammed it in her face. I smiled to myself as I started towards my bathroom to finish getting ready. About ten minutes later I finally changed into my uniform. I wasn’t really that slow, but there was no way I was going to rush to get to school. I winced as I heard a bang come from my door. I turned around to see my step mother standing in my doorway with her arms crossed. I smirked to myself before turning back around and brushing my hair even slower than before.

“It is one thing to do this kind of thing to me,” She started as she walked over to me. “But it’s different when this is your little sister. You know how badly she wants to go on this field trip to see your school. Can’t you, just this once, go a little faster, please?”

I started to say something back that would most likely only make her angrier, but then I noticed Rachel shooting me the puppy dog look. I sighed to myself in annoyance. I hated it when they teamed up on me like this. I mean the whole guilt trip thing, it was seriously unfair.

“Fine,” I murmured. “We can go now.”

Rachel squealed before jumping on top of me and giving me a hug. I smiled to myself at her childish behavior.

“Thanks sis,” She said before running off. “I’m going to Dark Woods. La la lala la.”

I looked at my step mom as she continued to stand there. I waited for her to leave, but all she did was turn to me as if waiting for me to do something.

“Is there something you want,” I snapped.

She sighed before shaking her head at me and walking towards the door.

“I don’t even know why I try with you,” I heard her mutter to herself.

I winced as she slammed the door on her way out. This was the way things were between the two of us. Rachel sometimes tried to get us to make peace with each other, but I doubt that was happening anytime soon. It wasn’t like I didn’t like her for any reason. In fact it was her who showed her dislike of me the first day Dad introduced her to us.


I watched as Rachel jumped up and down in excitement over the idea of someone new to play with.

“Do you think she’ll want to play dress up with me,” She asked. She had been asking these sorts of questions since Dad first started dating this woman.

“I’m sure she will,” I answered like I had been doing for the past ten minutes.

“Art, do you think she’s going to be our new mommy,” I heard Rachel mummer from beside me. I glanced over at her to see her holding the necklace our mother had given each of us when we were born. Unfortunately, our mom died when Rachel was just a baby. She didn’t remember her at all. Just then I heard the front door opening; saving me from having to answer.

“Girls could you come in here for a minute,” I heard my dad yell from the kitchen. Suddenly Rachel jumped up and started up the stairs.

“Where are you going,” I asked her.

“I’m going to get Lucy,” She said before running off. I shook my head at her excitement before starting towards the kitchen.

“I didn’t sign up for some nanny job Peter,” I heard a woman’s voice say. I quickly slipped back into the shadows before they could see me.

“Sarah please just give them a chance,” I heard my dad say.

“I told you before we even started dating I didn’t want kids,” I heard this Rachel woman say. “That wasn’t a part of the deal.”

Suddenly I heard Rachel running down the stairs. I instantly felt sadness come over me. This was the woman Rachel had such high hopes for. I quickly moved away from the door and back into the living room when I heard them starting towards the living room.


I shook my head to clear the memory from my mind. I wasn’t about to waste my time thinking about her. I grabbed my bagged on my way out the door before heading to the front door.

“Finally,” Rachel said. “C’mon let’s go.”

I laughed softly to myself as she started to push me out of the door. The second we stepped outside she took off running in the direction of the school.

“Rachel, hold up,” I shouted after her before running to catch up to her. “Wait for me.”

If she heard me she sure didn’t make any acknowledgment of it. I quickly sped up as I watched her round the corner. Suddenly I heard what sounded like Rachel cry out..

“Rachel,” I shouted as sped up. I quickly rounded the corner before running smack into somebody.

“Ugh,” I heard them groan. I backed up and opened my mouth to apologize, but the words died in my throat as I saw who was in front of me. I had to have the worst luck in the world. Of course, it had to be the guy from the other night.

“I think this is yours,” He said when I didn’t say anything after a while. I looked down to see Rachel smiling up at me. When she caught my eye she waggled her eyebrows at me before gesturing at him with her eyes. I looked back up to see him looking at me with an odd look. In a moment of panic I wondered if there was a chance that he had recognized me from before.

Fortunately, the look passed and a lazy smile flitted across his lips.

“Oh and the name’s Sam,” he said nudging her to me.

“Oh, um, thanks,” I said as I felt Rachel’s bony elbow stick me in the ribs. I quickly turned away, grabbing Rachel’s hand, and started to walk away.

“Hey wait,” I heard him shout from behind me. I turned around to see him slowly backing away. Over his shoulder I could see Hargrove Academy looming behind him.

“I never got your name,” He shouted even though we were still pretty close to each other.

“It’s Autumn,” I answered before spinning around and walking back the way we came. As I crossed the street on the way to Rachel’s school I contemplated why I gave him my name.

“Ooh, you liked him,” Rachel sing-songed next to me.

“No I didn’t,” I said. “I don’t even know him.”

“So,” she said skipping along in front of me. I rolled my eyes at her, before dragging her behind me. Even if I did think he was kind of cute, I could never date a Hargrove.

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