The Boys Next Door

2 best friends, Jaelyn and Jenna move to New York , to live out their dreams together. When they move in to their new apartment, they don't know what they are in for. They find out they live next to 4 extremely obnoxious bad boys. The ones they are told to stay away from. They are your typical group of boys, there is the bad boy, the player, the funny one, and of course the "sweet" one. They soon actually become friends with them. Some might end up falling for them. Who knows? Maybe the bad boys aren't so bad after all? This is about 2 best friends journey in life.


19. Arcade Fun

Six and Seven are also characters from the Lorien Legacies book series.

Jaelyn's POV

Today is Monday, and we have to go back to school. On Sunday we just chilled at home, and hung out with our siblings. Jenna and I have yet to accomplish anything with Lia and Mason. The same goes with Abby and Alex.

I reluctantly get out of bed, I woke up surprisingly early today. Lia, Nicole, and Jenna haven't even woke up yet. They wake up now that they hear me walking around. "Wow you're up early," Jenna says.

"I know right, I never wake up this early," I say. They all get up, and we all take turns changing in my closet. I took a shower last night so I'm not going to take one this morning. I am wearing light washed shorts, a cute floral crop top, a gray cardigan on top, and a necklace.

They are all dressed cutely. Jenna is wearing a black shirt that says, my cat is cuter than your boyfriend on the pocket. She is also wearing white shorts, and sandals. She always has the cutest clothes. I will have to ask to borrow those shoes.

I open the door, and a bunch of balloons come flooding in. What the heck? I walk out, the whole house is full of colorful balloons. "What in the world?" Lia asks.

We all step out, and walk through the balloons. It is up to our hips. It is a struggle to get through. We finally make it to the kitchen. The boys wake up, and walk out. "Why are all these balloons here?" Mason asks.

"The boys probably did this while we were sleeping," Jenna replies.

"How did they get in anyways?" Nicole asks.

"I may have left my spare key at their house the night of our prank," Matthew says. Well this isn't too bad considering what we did to them.

"Look they left a note," Caleb says.

Hope you have fun cleaning this up. Have you seen your phones?

-The boys

"What do they mean by that?" I ask.

"Everyone grab your phones," Jenna says. We all go to our rooms, and try to find our phones. I look on my nightstand, it's not there. I swear I put it there. I look in my purse, and drawers.

"I can't find my phone," I say.

"Me either," Jaelyn says.

"I can't too," Lia says.

"Did you guys find your phone?!" I yell to the boys.

"Nope," they all reply back. Everyone can't find their phone. Caleb is the only one who doesn't have a phone yet. We all gather back to the kitchen.

"They must have put our phones in the balloons," Mason says.

"Looks like we have to pop all of these balloons," I say. I grab a pen and start stabbing them. I have cleared the whole kitchen, and still no sign of any of the phones.

"Found one!" Lia says.

"That's my phone," Mason says. Lia walks over to him and hands it to him.

"Here you go," Lia says.

"Thanks," Mason replies then flashes her a smile. She blushes in reply. Just get married already. We all continue popping all the balloons one by one. Eventually we find all of the phones.

We are all exhausted afterwards. I have a back ache from bending over too long. The floor is littered with popped balloons. It is already 7:15 am. We should probably head to school. Stupid boys, we don't even have time to eat breakfast. I quickly brush my teeth now that we're done.

"We have to go to school now, but don't clean up. We should help you so wait for us to get home," I say.

"Okay see you later," Lia says. Jenna and I head to the subway station. When we arrive at school, we head straight to our lockers. I feel someone sling their arm around my shoulders. I look up and see Jace.

I quickly shrug his arm off. I glare at him. "What you didn't like the balloons shortcake?" Jace asks.

"No, and don't call me shortcake. Why are you suddenly calling me that?" I ask.

"I am just now realizing how short you really are. I literally had to bend down to put my arm on your shoulder. So that will be your nickname now," Jace replies. I huff in frustration. It is true, I am really short compared to Jace. I am up to his chest, I literally have to look up to talk to him.

"Why don't you call her short stack?" Sam asks.

"Not original enough," Jace replies. Jace slings his arm over my shoulders again, and I shrug it off automatically.

"Stop doing that," I say.

"I demand you to let me," Jace replies. Dang it, I almost forgot about our slavery. They haven't asked us to do anything in awhile. He puts his arm on my shoulders again, and we start walking to class together. We walk past the plastics, and Amber stops talking mid-conversation.

She gives me the deadliest glare ever. "What do you think you're doing?!" Amber shouts.

"Walking to class," I say.

"We know that, you're trying to steal her man," Stacy says.

"What?!" I yell.

"I am not her man," Jace says.

"Yes you are, I know you are in love with me Jace. You even told me yourself," Amber says. I look at Jace in surprise.

"That was in third grade and it was for a play!" Jace replies.

"Whatever you still said it!" Amber replies.

"You too, stop chasing after my man," Courtney says to Jenna.

"Who?" Jenna asks confused.

"Sam," Courtney replies. Jenna just looks even more confused now. What has she done with Sam?

"Your whole group is stealing our men, stay away from Alex," Stacy hisses to Abby.

"You stay away from Chris," Stephanie says to Emily. She starts to charge at Stephanie, but Jenna and I hold her back.

"I hate Chris," Emily replies.

"Yeah right you are always all over him," Stephanie replies.

"Okay let's just walk away they are talking crazy," I say. We all quickly walk away.

"This isn't over!" Amber shouts.

"They are so obsessed with us!" Sam says.

"They always do this, they just won't leave us alone," Alex says.

"Jeez I went on one date with Stephanie and now she's in love with me," Chris says. We all say our goodbyes Jenna, Jace and I head to Math class. When we get there the teacher does a quick lesson. Then we start to work on our projects.

I feel so bad for Jenna she is paired with a guy she absolutely despises. I turn to Jace. "Have any good ideas yet?" I ask.

"Not really, I haven't been thinking about the project at all. I actually kind of forgot about it," he replies.

"Well we get the group of students we are teaching today, so hopefully that will help us come up with something," I say. The teacher starts walking around and telling people who they get. He finally gets to us.

"Jaelyn and Jace, you guys got the schools advanced choir," he says.

"I just got an idea how about we write a song or something. We both like music," I say.

"That would be fun," he replies.

"Are you sure you're up for it? You would have to sing and play the guitar in front of them," I say.

"I didn't think about that, now I'm not so sure," he replies.

"Come on Jace! You have so much potential in you. Like I said last time, I believe in you," I say.

"Fine, are you going to sing too?" he asks.

"Haha no," I reply.

"Why not?" he asks.

"I may play the violin, but I am tone death when it comes to singing. I have the worst voice ever," I reply.

"Oh come on it can't be that bad!" I won't do it unless you sing with me!" Jace replies.

"Why are you so stubborn?!" I ask.

"I don't know why are you so stubborn?" he replies.

"Whatever, I'll do it. I'll just sing quietly," I say.

"Then I'll sing quietly too," Jace replies.

"Ugh fine I'll sing regularly," I reply rolling my eyes.

"So how are we going to do this?" he asks.

"Do you know how to write music?" I ask.

"Yeah," he replies.

"You'll write a song, then you'll play it for me. After that we will write lyrics together. I'll even tutor you so you know what to write," I say.

"Sounds good," Jace says.

"Then we will perform, and hopefully win," I say.

"Let's get to work on the tutoring part," he says.

"Okay," I reply. I start teaching him, after awhile the bell rings.

"Thanks for the tutoring session shortcake," Jace says.

"Again with the nickname!" I shout in exasperation.

"Yup and it will never disappear," Jace says smugly. I say goodbye to Jace and head to history class. When I get there, I am the first of the girls to get there as usual. After a couple of minutes they all arrive.

We have to pick a group and fill out a study guide, after that we have free time. Jenna, Abby, Emily and I group together of course. After awhile we finish. I give Jenna and Emily a look and they immediately understand what to do.

"So....Abby what do you think of Alex?" I ask.

"Again with the questions? Emily keeps on telling me random facts about Alex. What are you guys up to?" she asks.

"Nothing, we just want to know your opinion that's all," Jenna says.

"If you say so," she replies suspiciously.

"Will you just answer already," Emily says impatiently.

"Okay fine I will. First off I think he's a sweet guy. He's pretty nice considering all the things everyone has said about him. The golden boys aren't at all how I thought they would be," she replies.

"Keep going," I say with a chin resting on my hand.

Abby rolls her eyes at me then continues, "He is also hilarious. He always makes me laugh. He has these big brown eyes that light up when he talks about something he loves. He has the cutest smile and--" Abby starts blushing immediately.

"You like him!" We all shout at the same time.

"Shh keep your voices down. I don't like him!" she replies.

"Oh yeah so you don't like his big brown eyes that light up?" Emily questions mockingly.

"Oh shut up, fine I like him. It's not like it will go anywhere anyway. Don't you guys dare tell anyone else. I will kill you if you do!" Abby shouts.

"Fine we won't, you should really tell him though," I say.

"I will not! He would just not feel the same way, and it would be so awkward between the two of us. I want to keep our friendship the way it is," Abby says with a note of finality in it.

"They are so clueless to each others feelings," I whisper to Emily and Jenna.

"Clearly," Emily replies. The bell rings and finally we have lunch. Once we all have our lunches we sit down.

"So...Riley how's Logan?" Abby asks.

"Ooh who's this Logan?" I ask.

"No one," Riley replies blushing a deep shade of red.

"Logan Anderson, she has the biggest crush on him, and he likes her too," Emily replies.

"He does not like me!" Riley exclaims.

"Yeah he does and I'll prove it, Cal come over here!" Emily yells to a blonde haired boy. He is average height, and has glasses. He has blue eyes. The boy walks over to our table.

"Hey I'm Cal Abernathy," he says.

"Jaelyn Amor," I say.

"Jenna Bancroft," Jenna says.

"Nice to meet you. What did you want Emily?" Cal asks.

"Your friends with Logan right?" Emily asks.

"Yeah why?" Cal asks.

"He likes Riley right?" Emily asks.

"Yeah he does he told me so himself," Cal replies.

"Told you!" Emily says.

"Yeah whatever I still don't believe you," Riley replies. A girl with red hair walks over to our table and sits down. She is really pretty with shoulder medium length hair, and blue eyes. She is tall. She has pale skin.

"Hey guys," she says.

"Hey, guys this is Ava Bennet," Abby says.

"Nice to meet you I'm Jaelyn Amor," I say.

"I'm Jenna Bancroft," Jenna says.

"Nice to meet you too," Ava says.

"She's a sophomore, that's probably why you haven't seen her much," Emily says.

"Do you guys have any food you don't want to eat?" Abby asks.

"Yeah why?" I ask.

"Oh just do it you'll see," Thea says.

"Okay..." I say. I hand her my apple, Jenna hands her a granola bar, and Emily hands her some string cheese. Abby starts using a spoon and scooping out chunks of Apple into her tomato dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks. Then she dumps her chocolate milk, the string cheese, and crushes the granola bar into it.

"Ew, that is so gross," Jenna says.

"Yup she always does this," Emily says.

"You'll just have to get used to it," Olivia says.

"I used to do that all the time in Elementary school," I say. The bell rings a couple of minutes later. Ava and Cal seem cool. I can't wait to meet this Logan that Riley seems to like so much. I head to science with Abby.

When we get there we take a seat. Alex comes over and sits next to us. "Not skipping today?" I ask.

"Nah I actually like this class," Alex says. He only likes it because Abby is in here. I just came up with a brilliant idea.

"Hey guys I'm going to go talk to someone. I'll be right back," I say.

"Okay," Abby says. I walk over to a random person, and act like I know them. I must look like a weirdo to them. Abby and Alex start having a conversation. They seem to be getting along. Abby laughs at something Alex says. Looks like this is going well. The bell rings and I have to sit down.

After Science Abby, Alex and I head to health class. We get there first, and everyone else comes later. Nothing much happens in health class. The bell finally rings signaling the end of school. "Shortcake come over to our apartment later. Invite Emily and Abby too, and your siblings can come too if you want," Jace says.

"Okay we'll be there around six o'clock," I reply. I'll just have to get used to that stupid nickname. Jenna and I head to the subway. I text Abby and Emily about coming over to the boy's apartment. They both agree to come. When we get home our siblings are all in the living room.

"Hey guys," Jenna says.

"We just stopped by to get our uniforms. We have to go to work," I say.

"I thought you guys work on the weekends?" Lia asks.

"That was only for that day because it was busy. We work on the weekdays. Sometimes she might call us in on the weekends," Jenna says.

"Oh well have fun at work," Lia replies.

"Thanks anyway what have you guys been doing?" I ask.

"Nothing much, we just explored the city," Mason replies.

"Oh well Jace wants us to come over later. He said you guys can come if you want to," I say.

"Yeah and you guys should because we haven't got to spend much time together," Jenna says.

"Ok I'll go," Matthew says everyone else nods in agreement. I go to my room and throw on the apron. I get my purse and head out. Jenna and I arrive at work a couple of minutes later. We walk since it's just down the street.

"Hey Anne," I say.

"Hello welcome to work. To get started you guys will be taught how to use the cash register," Anne says. A employee helps us learn. It isn't too complicated. I have cashier duty, and Jenna has wait duty. We will switch off later.

Some customers come in. Oh no it's the plastics. After our encounter in school I was hoping I wouldn't see them again. I guess I was wrong. Amber sees me and her smile falls immediately.

"What are you doing here? This is our hangout," Ambers says.

"I work here, and so does Jenna," I say.

"Are you kidding me?! You got the job, I was hoping some hot guy would get it," Stephanie says.

"Don't you like Chris?" I ask.

"Yeah but until he asks me out again, I'll date other guys," Stephanie replies.

"Quit your job then because this is our place. You can't be here," Amber says.

"I'm not going to quit my job just because you think this is your place. Also this is not your place, you don't own it. You can't make me go away," I say.

"We'll see about that," she replies.

"Whatever," I reply.

"Let's see how good you really are. I'll have a medium, half-whole milk, one quarter one percent milk, one quarter non-fat, extra hot, one and a half shots decaf, no foam latte, with whip, two packets of splenda, one sugar in the raw, a touch of vanilla syrup and three short sprinkles of cinnamon," Amber says.

"I'll have a medium coffee with two pumps hazelnut, two pumps vanilla, two pumps caramel, four sweet and lows filled to the top with cream, with extra cream on the side, double cupped with no sleeve, a stir stick, and stopper put in the top," Stacy says.

"I'll have five shot medium coffee, two fifths decaf, ristretto shot, one pump of vanilla, one pump of hazelnut, breve, one sugar in the raw, with whip, carmel drizzle on top, free poured, four pump mocha," Stephanie says.

"I'll have a berry lemonade," Courtney says.

"Courtney! You were supposed to order something complex," Stacy says.

"What? I want that," Courtney says.

"Sometimes you are so clueless," Stacy replies.

"Got our orders?" Amber asks smirking.

"Yup," I reply. I tell them their orders word to word. I wrote it all down of course.

"What how?" Amber asks exasperated.

"A pen and paper does come in handy," I reply holding them up.

"Ugh whatever just give us our stuff. This isn't over," Amber replies.

"That will be twenty one dollars and forty seven cents," I say flashing them a big smile. Amber shoves the money across the counter.

"Keep the change you'll need it," she says. I scoff at her attempt at an insult. I tell the barista the order, and hand them their drinks when they are done. After work is over I tell Jenna about my encounter with the plastics.

"They are so annoying," Jenna says.

"Yeah, I wish they would just leave us alone," I reply. We head home, when we get home we do our homework. It is six o'clock, we should probably go. Abby and Emily arrive at our apartment. We all grab our stuff and head next door. I don't bother knocking, and open the door.

"We're here!" Jenna shouts.

"In the kitchen!" Sam shouts. We all head over to the kitchen.

"Ah you're finally here. I heard about you and Jenna's bucket list. I think we should do something on that today," Jace says.

"Like what?" I ask.

"I don't know, something we could do easily," Jace replies.

"We could go to the arcade. Jenna and I want to play laser tag, we haven't played it since eighth grade," I say.

"Sounds like a good idea," Alex says.

"Yeah and we'll compete against each other," Sam says.

"Boys against girls," Chris replies.

"There is more boys than girls though," Alex says.

"That's okay we will still win," Emily says.

"We'll see about that. You haven't seen my mad laser tag skills," Chris replies. Emily rolls her eyes in reply. We decide to take the subway. There are no seats available on the subway. We all stand crowded together. The train begins moving.

We arrive at our stop. We all get out, we walk a few blocks then arrive at the arcade. There is a bunch of people here, this place must be popular. We pay at the entrance, and head to the laser tag place. Once we get there we all gear up.

We have enough people that we can play rounds with just us. There is a screen where you type in your names. "Let's do random nicknames for fun," I suggest.

"Okay, I'll go first I'll be Storm," Jenna says.

"Why?" Sam asks.

"It's one of her favorite super heroes, she thinks she is like unbeatable," I say.

"She is," Jenna says.

"I agree she isn't. Six can beat her any day," Emily says.

"She would just create lighting bolts and kill Six," Jenna replies.

"Six can do that too, and a thousand times more powerful. Speaking of Six that will be my nickname," Emily says.

"I'll be Seven then," I say typing it in.

"Good choice you are exactly like her," Emily says.

"I'll be Diablo," Abby says. I laugh at her nickname.

"I'll be L," Lia says.

"I'll be Bancroft," Nicole says.

"Weird nicknames, our turn. Mine will be Sun because I'm so hot," Jace says. I burst out laughing at that.

"You are so immature," I say. Jace glared at me in return.

"I'll be Chick Magnet then," Chris says. Emily scoffs and rolls her eyes.

"I'll be Joker," Sam says.

"My name will be King," Alex says.

"I'll go by Victor," Matthew says.

"I'll be M like Lia because I can't think of anything better," Mason says.

"Ooh couple names," I whisper to Jenna. She smiles in return.

Lastly it's Caleb's turn, "Mine will be Beast."

"Cool we're all done now let's get started. Good luck my brothers and Caleb on their team. Sad that you guys will lose," I say.

"Yeah right with us on their team we will win," Matthew says.

"Yeah right sadly your nickname will not be true," I say.

"Whatever we need team names," Matthew says.

"Yeah discuss it with your teammates," Nicole says.

"So what do you guys think is a good team name?" Jenna asks.

"How about Team Indestructible?" Lia suggests.

"Yeah that's awesome, everyone agree?" I ask. Everyone nods their head in agreement.

"You guys done?" Abby asks.

"Yup, our name is Team God-Like Looks," Chris says. Our team all burst out laughing.

"I did not come up with that," Mason says.

"Anyway the title fits us," Alex says.

"How do you feel about this Caleb?" Jenna asks ruffling her little brother's hair. Caleb just shrugs in reply.

"Ours is Team Indestructible," Emily says.

"Untrue name," Sam says.

"You'll see," I say.We all head into the laser tag arena. We split up, and go to opposite sides of the room.

"So what's the plan?" Nicole asks.

"Here's what I was thinking we divide and conquer. Split up into teams of two and spread out. Slowly move forward and press the other team back. Make sure you always have sights of your team just in case they need help. With this plan we can cover more ground and move a lot faster without worrying too much about the team," Emily says.

"Wow good plan, you know your good at this stuff. You deserve the title of Six," I say smiling at her.

"Thanks," Emily replies smiling in return.

"Okay enough book talk, now let's go kick some butt," Jenna says.

"So who's with who?" Lia asks.

"I'll be with Jenna," I say.

"Then I'll be with Emily, so Lia and Nicole are a team," Abby says.

"Sounds good, let's get started. How about we do a team cheer?" Nicole suggests.

"Good idea, on the count of three shout Indestructible. Put your hands in the middle. One, two, three!"  I shout.

"Indestructible!" We all shout, putting our hands up in the air. The game begins and we all split up. Jenna and I slowly start to move forward and go behind a wall. Jace and Sam come into view. Someone shouts then chaos erupts. I fire my gun at Jace, and shoot him. His gun shuts down and he takes cover.

Jenna disappeared I have no idea where she went. I rush over to the other side of the room. I have to find everyone else. Behind a wall I spot Emily. "Hey, I lost Jenna so I'll just go with you," I say.

"Okay I lost Abby too, so maybe they are together," Emily replies. We start to run further to their side of the room. Chris comes barreling towards us, I run to the side, and take cover. Alex is behind her and Chris is in front of her. She is trapped there are walls on both sides of her, so she can't escape to the side.

Emily does a somersault and goes past Chris and runs away. There was barely enough room for her. They weren't expecting that, and shoot each other. Emily comes next to me. "That was awesome!" I say giving her a high five.

"Thanks they were so not expecting that," Emily says. I feel like we are actually at war and not laser tag. We head forward and we spot Jenna and Abby.

"Hey switch team mates," I say. Abby and I go together and Jenna and Emily do. We spread out and we take cover. I start firing at Mason. I miss and he shoots back. I get shot then I take cover again. Abby and I run forward and spot Caleb and Sam. I shoot at them and hit Sam.

The game continues on like this, when all our gear turns off. The game is over, I can't wait to see who won. We take off our gear, the we walk out to see the scoreboard. "We won!" I shout. All of us have a big group hug.

"Told you!" Abby says. The boys look very grumpy. In first place on our team is Emily and on theirs it is Sam.

"You guys did great though," I say.

"Thanks," Sam says.

"Now let's get some food," Matthew says. We all walk to the food place, and order food. After we eat we decide to play some arcade games. We buy coins and all split up. I head to the car race game. I find Jace there, we greet each other and I take a seat.

"Want to compete?" Jace asks.

"Sure but for sure you are going to win. I suck at these kind of games," I say. We play a game and he wins of course. Jace helps me a tells me how to play better. I play a bunch of other games and win a bunch of tickets. We head to the counter to get prizes. I get a bunch of candy and a stuffed animal.

We head home and when we are about to part ways I speak, "I had fun today," I say. Every nods in agreement.

"We should do stuff like this more often," Jenna says.

"Yeah, and I want a rematch. We will beat you guys next time," Jace replies.

"In your dreams, anyway goodbye," I say.

"Bye," he replies. We all go inside our apartment. Everyday I hang out with these boys we have a new adventure. Maybe this is why Jenna and I moved to New York, to meet them. We did say we wanted an adventure after all. Maybe it was fate we moved next door to them.

Hey guys sorry I haven't updated in decades! I have been having the biggest writers block. Here is an extra long chapter. I have been editing the book. I won't update again in awhile I am going to edit more. There are lots of mistakes like I forgot to add detail. From now on Jenna is going to call Jaelyn, Jae because I forgot about that nickname. I added the actors and actress for Cal, Ava and Logan on the intro. I can't figure out how to put pictures on here. So you can just leave the characters up to your imagination or search them up. You could also check out this story on Wattpad. I have pictures on there, my username is angelina_ho. I hope you liked this chapter!


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