It All Started With a Kiss

Zoey Hartman is a Senior 5 cheerleader. She's got it all: a loving boyfriend, a best friend she couldn't live without, a cheer team who loves her to death, and a family who loves her. But what happens when her boyfriend lies, cheats, and gets into trouble with the law? What about when Zoey parties a little too hard one night while her best friend is out of town? There's just one thing to say... It All Started With A Kiss

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1. Prologue

 


Zoey's P.O.V.-

 

"Hey babe!" I say into the phone, "Do you think you'd be able to come to the New Years parade with me this weekend?"

"I don't think so Zo. Me and the guys are going out tonight. I'm sorry," my boyfriend, Michael, says.

"It's fine. It was kind of last minute anyway. Look, I've gotta go, but I'll call you later, okay?"

"Okay. Love you, bye," he replies

"Love you too. Bye."

I end the call and continue watching my favorite t.v. show, Doctor Who. I'm currently watching Season 6; Episode 13, where the Doctor is supposed to die. 

On the television, the doors burst open, revealing the Silence, who then proceed to cause Rory immense  pain through his eyepatch. I intently watch on the edge of seat as Amy comes back into view and begins an open fire at the Silence. I jump when I suddenly hear "do, do do, do do, do do do do do" followed by the sound of a guitar, but relax when I realize it's only my ringtone.

I frantically search through the pile of blankets which surround me for my phone. After a minute or so, I find it and answer it, but not before checking the caller I.D. to find that it's be best friend, Kaiden.

"Hey, Kai-" I begin, but am quickly cut off by a loud, "I'm at your house! Sorry I'm late, but get your butt in the car!"

"Why? What are we doing?" I ask.

"You're kidding me, right?"

"No..." I trail off.

"We have practice today!" he yells.

"Oh shit!" I say and hang up in him.

I run upstairs to my messy bedroom and quickly go though my mental checklist:

Shoes-check

Brace-check

Shorts-check

Drink- I gotta get that.

Normally, I would have to let my roommate know that Kaiden was here, but she stayed at her parents' house last night.

I slip on a sports bra, grab my bright pink shirt, and run downstairs. After making sure I grab a Sobe Lifewater from the fridge, I step into my Uggs and run outside into the frigid air.

"We'll somebody's cold," Kaiden chuckles as I jump into his car. I guess you could say we're pretty close considering his statement wasn't awkward at all.

"Keep your eyes on the road doofus!"

"Fine, fine. But I'm not the one wearing a sports bra with no padding in December..." he says. I roll my eyes mumbling, "Shut up," before turning the radio up and singing along very loudly. After about 30 minutes, we arrive at the gym. Thankfully, practice hasn't started yet. We sit down on the edge of the floor and wait for our coach to tell us to start warming up.

***

"Okay guys! Lets do our opening stunts again!" My coach yells. I quickly take off my shirt, which I had slipped on in the car, and run back onto the mat. I stand in the space as we wait for everyone to get to their spots on the floor.

I stand there with Kaiden behind me as my backspot, Claire as my main base, and Aria as my secondary.

"5-6-7-8..." my coach counts.

The stunt begins as I jump in. We dip 7 for a one and a half up into a prone afterwards. They roll me out. I stand up and do a backhand spring into a smush. We go up to an extension for a show-and-go. When we're back at the smush, I drop my left leg then tick up to opposite heel stretch which hits on 4. My bases dip me for a tick at the top to a right heel stretch. A power press is done on 3 as I start to pull a needle in the air. We dip again for another power press, going to prep level as I drop my needle and hit a high-V. We cradle a double down from extension on 7. 

As I'm set back on the floor, I smile. We hit it great. Not even a bobble. Kaiden pulls me into a hug from behind, kissing my cheek and saying, "great job Zoey."

"I still don't believe that you guys aren't a couple," Aris jokes as he walks up to us. He's been cheering with us since the 8th grade, and has always teased us about being a couple. The truth is that we just grew up together and have always been best friends. Nothing more. 

"Believe what you want, but we know the truth," I reply. I didn't want to get into it with him about Michael, even if we're just joking around. 

***

"Zoey Hartman! Get your ass in here!" Claire yells. She's my best friend aside from Kaiden. I guess she's my best girl friend. 

I walk into the living room carrying popcorn and a drink for Claire, Aria, and myself. Since Michael couldn't come to the parade, we decided to just have a sleepover and watch it on tv. Suddenly, the crowd starts chanting, "15-14-13-12-11..." 

We chant along with them and when we get to 1, we all throw our popcorn in the air. It flies everywhere, making a big mess. We make a toast to the new year before downing our sparkling grape juice. A classic. The camera turns to the couples as usual, showing the new years kisses for many different couples. As I pour myself anther glass of sparkling red grape juice, the girls go quiet. I turn around and look at the tv. All of a sudden, it's like everything is moving in slow motion. My whole body slumps and I fall into the closest chair. Claire and Aria run to my side, engulfing me in hugs. I don't even know what to do, so I just sit there, staring at the tv as it cuts to commercial.

I can't believe it.

But it was right there.

Michael didn't go out with his friends.

He took another girl to the parade.

And he kissed her.

He was a dirty, lying, cheater.

A/N- I've attached a picture of Zoey. Hope fully you guys can see it. Thanks so much for reading this, I hope you liked it. I'll have the next chapter up soon! Love you all!

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