Counting Stars

16 year old Lela Hemmings has never felt real love. Her father died when she was 15 and her mother died giving birth to Lela. Lela lives with her Aunt. She is depressed, insecure, and shy. She walks the halls with her head down and her mouth shut. She is bullied though. Pushed. Laughed at. Judged. Due to her shyness, she literally doesn't talk to people. At all. As a result, she is afraid to stand up for herself. Then someone walked into her life. She didn't want them to stay, but she didn't want them to leave. Can someone as simple as a person, as simple as a boy, change her life?


3. This is a bit different.

This is a bit different.


I slide into my desk and quickly put my head back down.

I got away from Brenna, this time.

The bell rings and more people start to walk in.

I wiggle in my seat hoping that the teacher gets in before any of my bullies.

My anxiety gets worse and worse by the second.

I hear the chair next to me being pulled out. I slowly glance over.


"Hey Lela." He says. I slightly wave.

"Still not talking?" He asks.

"She hasn't for what, two years?" A random kid says.

I look past Ashton, and see Justin.

"I'm Justin, Ashton's cousin." I nod. I know who he is. I haven't really talked to him at all. Never actually.

"Wow." Ashton sighs. His sparkling brown eyes get wide.

I mean, his eyes get wide.

The teacher walks in and gets the class to quiet down. Before she starts to teach.

After what feels like forever, the bell rings. I stand up and slip out of the class room quickly.

Ashton catches up.

"Hey!" He says. He grabs my shoulder. I turn around and slip. Falling flat on my bum. I look down and do a major face palm.

"Clumsy!" Everyone started saying. I start to stand up, and Ashton helps me.

I finally stand up, and I am extremely close to him.


"I'm sorry I didn't catch you." He says quietly. I just look in his eyes.

"I was just going to say, I want to be friends. And that you can trust me."

Trust you?


I can't trust anyone! Nobody!



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