1. Chapter One
Angelica was a typical fifteen year old girl who lived in Grants Pass, Oregon. She lived a normal life with her mother, father, and older brother. Her father, Richard, was a police officer at the nearest department. Her mother, Kaitlyn, was an estate seller, and Angelica’s brother, Daniel, was a sophomore in college. Angelica was just a sophomore in high school at Grants Pass High. She was at that high school for her freshman year, so she wasn’t unfamiliar with the school.
Angelica sat in her room, texting her friends in a group chat on her phone. They all had mixed feelings about the upcoming school year. Some of her friends were talking about their least favorite teachers, ex-boyfriends, and other things Angela mainly just ignored. She said a few things in the group chat, and her friends were too engulfed in their conversations to even notice that much. As Angelica was watching the messages pop up and pile atop each other, when suddenly her friend Tatyana hit her with a question, “Angie! When are you going to get a boyfriend?” Angelica paled, her face turning as white as a ghost. Her crystal-blue eyes widened in fear as she read the text. “I’m not sure. I probably won’t have one for a while, haha.” Angelica replied quickly. Her friends sent in “lol’s” and various laughing emojis. Angelica was confused. Why were her friends laughing at her for saying she may not have a boyfriend for a while?
“Oh, come on, Angie,” said Angelica’s friend Charlie, “you’re, like, SUPER pretty! I’m surprised you didn’t get a boyfriend last year!” Angelica blushed lightly and shook her head. “What about Mikey? Didn’t he ask you out last year?” asked Veronica. “Ooh, I remember Michael! He was totally into you, Angie.” Tatyana pitched in. “Yeah, he really was! Why didn’t you go out with him, Angie?” asked Veronica.
Angelica stared at these texts for a moment before typing and replying with, “I didn’t feel the same way. I didn’t mean to hurt him or anything...but I wouldn’t date someone that I don’t have romantic feelings for.” Once that was sent in, Charlie began talking about how she remembered when she had made the mistake of dating someone she did have romantic feelings. In mid-conversation, Angelica announced she was heading to bed. The girls all said their goodnights and “I’ll see you tomorrow’s”
Before settling into her soft bed, Angelica made sure she had everything ready in her backpack. As she finished zipping up her backpack, Angelica heard a whooshing sound outside her window. She stood up slowly and cautiously walked over to her window, moving aside her light-pink curtains to look out into the dark night. Angelica saw nothing but the shadows of the trees and their branches spreading about the area, and the stars twinkling brightly and illuminating the night sky alongside the large, shining moon. She gazed out her window for another moment before allowing her curtains to fall back together, and climbed into her bed. She glanced at her window quickly before switching off her bedside lamp and turning her back towards her window, only to miss the sight of a figure of a boy crouching in front of her window, gazing into Angelica’s dark bedroom.