The British Exchange program

"Slowly the doors shut and I knew a new adventure was beginning"

Sophie Andrew's is selected along with her other band members to travel to America and participate in the schools battle of the bands but things take an unexpected turn.

Sophie falls for the person she'd least expect, turning her life upside down, inside out and every other way. She can't stay and he can't go. America is not quite what she thought it would be. She has a decision to make and better make it soon.


2. Chapter 2

The beeping of an alarm clock. The sound that every person hates. An alarm clock. A loud groan comes from Cams mouth. "Sophie gets up,"She says, I pull the blanket even higher up, blocking out the sound. "Sophie?" Cam says again, I ignore Cams groans. "Sophie get your ass out that bed!" Cam says as she launches a pillow at me. I mumble under my breath. "Cam, what time is it?" I ask rubbing my eyes.

"It's 6:00AM"

"6:00AM?" I scream sitting up, "Why?"

Cam chuckles and throws her legs over the edge of her bed. "School starts at 7:00AM here or something like that" I watch every move Cam makes before dropping my head back into my pillow. "What are you wearing?" Cam asks as she pulls on black jean shorts and a red tank top. I pull myself off the bed and head to the wardrobe. " jean shorts, converses and Jake shirt" I smile as I pull out my jeans before heading to my draws and pulling out my yellow shirt with the face of Jake the dog on. "'re going to wear your adventure time shirt?" Cam asks clearly shocked. I head to the en-suite and change. My clothes gripping tightly to my legs and torso. "Why not?" I ask, "I love this outfit" I smile opening the bedroom door.


Stepping into the kitchen, I notice 5 bags on the side. A large island counter sits in the centre, white cupboards sit around the room with black countertops. "Looking good" Rhys teases, "I can see your boobs" He laughs. I shake my head. Typical Rhys, if a girl has boobs he knows the size just by looking at them. "Gross, " Cam remarks taking a small square from the toaster. "What are these?" She takes a bit from the small chocolate square."Poptart" Mr. Coleman says happily. "Okay, lunches are packed. Grab your bags and we'll be on our way"


"Who's is who's?" Belle asks. The bags are new, no one has their own. "The books you got yesterday are inside. Guess" I grab the pink, Cam grabs the purple, Belle has the blue and Rhys and Leyton both get a black one each, however, Rhys has drumsticks embroidered on while Leyton has a guitar. As we all have our bags, we head out the door ready for the school day.


We walk around yet another corner and the building comes into view. "You have your phone?" Cam whispers to me, I nod in reply "Good, I want to call you if I need you or we get separated" Mr. Coleman leads us up to the large school building. Bright red bricks cover the outside of the building and large glass doors greet each student. Walking inside cool air hits us, cooling us from the heat outside.


"Wait here, " Mr. Coleman says as he turns to the receptionist. "Do you think we have music together? Our band would kick butt" Rhys says excitement in his voice. 

I watch other students walk past, occasionally stopping to talk to someone before continuing down the corridor. "Why not?" Cam says to Rhys, "It would make sense for us to be together. Right, Sophie?" All their attention is turned to me."Umm yeah"

"Timetables, locker combination and a guide each, " M. Coleman say,"In case you lost the details yesterday" he mutters. I look at my timetable before looking up at the skinny blonde girl in front of me. "Hi, I'm Claire, Sophie," She says sniffing at the end of her sentence. She extends her arm and shakes my hand Sophie".

"I know. Your locker is number 119. I'll take you there ...if you like?" I nod at the Claire who smiles happily before turning away."Great follow me" I wave at Cam who's talking to a girl about her hair colour.


Claire just wants to be helpful but has come across creepy. Like, stalker creepy. She seems nice but she scares me but none the less, slowly, I follow Claire who whizzes in and out of people like a racer. Ignoring what Claire is saying, I count the numbers on the lockers until 119 comes into view. "Claire, who are they?" I ask pointing to the 3 boys leaning against the lockers.

"Ah.That is Brooklyn and his friends Ky and Max. Brooklyn's daddy is rich or something like that.Why?" I look at Claire.

"That's my locker" Claires face goes a pale shade of white. 

"Wait till they go" She shuffles her feet awkwardly.


"Because they will churn you to butter, that's why!" I feel a grin grow on  my face. "Then I hope I taste good"


Turning on my heel, I march over to the 3 boys leaving Claire to watch on in awe. "Excuse me," I say politely. The middle one turns to face her, black hair sitting in a quiff and bright green eyes greet me. "Sorry love, you're not my type" A smirk sits on his lips and his 2 friends laugh at his comment. "And your not mine," I say back, his smirk starts to dim. 

"Do you know who I am?" He asks, disgust clear in his voice. I look him dead in the eyes and innocently smile. "Yes I do, and I couldn't care less" His eyes flash with frustration.

"Oh, you're the British exchange student" His smirk starts to grow again. I chuckle at him. Well, this guy is a genius, not! "Really! What gave it away? The accent?" Sarcasm drips from my voice "Now please move" The boys stand staring at me like I have grown a second head as I wait for them to move. "Come on guys," Brooklyn says pushing himself off the wall.

"I can't believe you did that," Claire says smiling. I smile back at her as I push books into my newly claimed locker. "What? I stood up to them" What's so great about that? I mean, they are obviously sex-crazed, egomaniac boys.

"You're in my music. We were told you guys are going to perform for us today" Claire informs me as she leads me to the music room."What?!" I stop dead in my tracks. "Yeah, did you not know?"

"No, I didn't"

"You'll be fine" Claire starts to walk again only stopping to say hi and introduce me to people. By the time we reach our stop the hall is completely empty.  "Here we are. Music" Claire pushes open the door and I spot my friends at the front. "Cam, what's happening?"

"You pissed off the hot shot of the school!?" Cam whispers to me.

"Yeah, I did but that's not important right now. Now, what's happening?" Cam smiles a little.

"We are performing" I look at Rhys and Leyton who are discussing which song to do on such short notice. I smile before looking Cam dead in the eyes. "Cam, do She Looks So Perfect," I say quietly, "We know are parts for it"

"Go on Cam, you know the bass for it" Cam plays keyboard but fills in for the missing base player. We watch as Cam chews the inside of her cheek. "Fine, let's do it"

I stand to stare at all the blank faces, staring back at me, just staring. Some tapping their fingers on the desk, others chewing their pens. I feel the nerves eating away at my stomach, I look around the room, trying to find Claire among the many faces, instead finding Brooklyn. His eyes dark, not moving off of me, even when I walk over to Cam. "Mr. Hotshot is staring!" I hiss to my best friend. "So is everyone else" She whispers back.

Leyton hits the first chord of the song, signaling they wanted to start. The room goes silent instantly, I lean close to the microphone ready to start, waiting for my cue. "Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey" I start, the others kick in with the bass and the drums.

"Simmer down, simmer down They say we're too young now to amount to anything else But look around We work too damn hard for this just to give it up now If you don't swim, you'll drown But don't move, honey" My words wobble a little as we continue to play the song. Cam joining in on the first line of the chorus.

"You look so perfect standing there In my American Apparel underwear" We sing in unison, Cam dropping out for me to continue.

"And I know now, that I'm so down Your lipstick stain is a work of art I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart And I know now, that I'm so down" Rhys hitting the drums harder as we continue to play the rest. The wobble finally leaving my voice as I get into the song.

"Hey, hey! Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey" I sing, joined by Cam again.

I take a deep breath, preparing for the next verse. "Let's get out, let's get out 'Cause this deadbeat town's only here just to keep us down While I was out, I found myself alone just thinking If I showed up with a plane ticket And a shiny diamond ring with your name on it Would you wanna run away too? 'Cause all I really want is you" I can't help as my eyes shut briefly, I open them so I look straight at Brooklyn, all darkness gone from his eyes. I wink at him, getting cocky with him after our discussion.

"You look so perfect standing there In my American Apparel underwear And I know now, that I'm so down I made a mixtape straight out of '94 I've got your ripped skinny jeans lying on the floor And I know now, that I'm so down"

"Hey, hey! Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey" Cam sings back up.

"You look so perfect standing there In my American Apparel underwear And I know now, that I'm so down Your lipstick stain is a work of art I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart And I know now, that I'm so down

Hey, hey! Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey, hey

You look so perfect standing there In my American Apparel underwear And I know now, that I'm so down (hey) Your lipstick stain is a work of art (hey, hey) I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart (hey, hey) And I know now, that I'm so down (hey, hey) Hey"

We finally finish and the room erupts in applauds. I feel my face burn as I  blush, I  turn to face the others who all stare at me, smiles across their faces. "Well done!" Rhys mouths to me.

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