Crazy In Love
By: Nicole Lopez
Disclaimer: I do not own Horizon or the show Higher Ground, etc.
Characters (in order of importance):
Brandi Tavern- 5'3, Vietnamese, long thick and shiny black hair, light
brown eyes, best friends with Shelby and Kat
Scott Barringer- 6'3, Caucasian, curly blonde hair, blue eyes, Kat's
cousin, surfer, ex-football player, sweet guy
Kat- 5'5, African American (adopted), light brown neck-length layered hair,
natural blue eyes
Shelby- 5'9, Caucasian, shoulder length blonde hair, brown eyes, the girl
that all the guys want
Paul W. - 6'1, Caucasian, blonde hair, aqua-blue eyes, loves to surf
Peter Scarbrow- 6'2, Caucasian, dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, college
Augie- 5'11, Mexican, short dark brown hair, brown eyes, the 'big man on
***Oh yeah, these are the characters from Higher Ground, but the story
isn't focused on life in Horizon. This is the way they would be if they
didn't have any 'issues.' Keep reading!***
Summary: Brandi Tavern is a product of a biracial relationship. Her father
met her mother after the Vietnamese war and he stayed for her sake. Years
later, her family has moved to the US where her father has abandoned her,
leaving her with nothing. After loving and losing her first love, Brandi
has made a vow that she would never let any man get that close to her and
abandon her again. Never.
Chapter One: There Is A Castle On A Cloud
"So . there's this guy I want you to meet." Kat told me, setting a
large cup of Starbucks coffee in front of me.
"You know I am so not into meeting people. Kat I have no room in my
life for some guy."
"I'm not asking you to marry him . or even date him. Just meet him."
"Thanks for the coffee." I ignored her earlier statement and picked
up the cup, ready for the caffeine to kick in. "Wait a second . if I drink
from this cup does it mean that I have to meet this guy." She nodded. "No
"Brandi, you so need to get over my loser cousin."
"What do you mean? I am over him." I told her avoiding eye contact.
Kat had never been in love. She didn't understand how hard it was for me
to just move on and pretend like it didn't hurt. I had taken a year off
before going to school and it still didn't ease the pain.
"I know when you're lying." We regained eye contact. "Just meet him.
Look, his name is Paul and he's really, really sweet." Kat assured me.
"Do I have a choice?"
"Not really. He's coming over to us right now." She smiled as a
linky, surfer-looking boy came up to us.
"Hey Kat ." He hugged her warmly.
"Paul, I'd like you to meet Brandi." I stood up and shook his hand.
"Nice to meet you." I smiled, making sure that he could find nothing
wrong with me. There was something vaguely familiar about him and I began
to think that meeting him wasn't the worst idea ever. It was almost like
the way I met Scott .
"Brandi. Hurry up!" Shelby yelled from downstairs. She had been
waiting for me, her best friend for almost half an hour and we were
definitely going to be late for the first day of school, after winter
break. It wasn't like it was a big deal or anything. It was just school.
"I'm coming." I smiled, flipping my black hair behind my shoulders.
"I should've known that I would waiting for you forever." Shelby
laughed. "Finally the princess has arrived."
"Actually, I'd prefer queen." I curtsied and pretended to get ready
to eat breakfast.
"You aren't serious are you? Brandi, we're gonna be so late." Shelby
"It's called a joke. You know I'm on a diet." I got up from the table
and grabbed my bright pink book bag. "You know, if you let me drive . we'd
get there faster."
"No way." Shelby rolled her aqua-blue eyes. She gave a quick hello
to mother, who stood by watching silently.
"Please. please please." I begged, following Shelby out of the house
without giving my mother another glance. We had had a fight earlier that
morning and I really didn't want to speak to her.
Shelby jumped into her car and I followed, still begging. "Fine."
She gave in. "But ."
"You so owe me." She smiled revealing perfectly straight, white
teeth. I so envied her blonde hair and crystal clear blue eyes. Everything
about me was dull compared to her.
"Sure." I smiled back, brushing off the feeling of inferiority that I
had always felt around her. Later on in the school cafeteria, for the first
time ever . I would feel like I was worth something.
"Is that the new guy?" Shelby asked, referring to a really cute
blonde that was sitting all alone.
"I think so." I whispered, following his every move. I had never seen
anything so beautiful and perfect in my life, ever. He made the guys at our
school look like Elijah Wood. Every curve on his face was perfect and I
found myself completely infatuated with him.
"Hello. Earth to Brandi." Shelby waved her hand in front of my face.
"What's gotten into her?" Kat asked looking at me strangely.
"The new guy." Kat followed my gaze. "Isn't he hott?"
"No. Eww. I can't believe you guys are drooling over my loser
cousin." She commented.
"Your cousin?" Shelby grinned as her non-existent Colombian- British
. whatever you want to call it- accent appeared. She was so not going to
take this guy away from me.
"Yeah, my cousin from New York that comes to visit like every
summer." Kat rolled her eyes and started to attack a large slice of cheese
"Well, bring him over here. He looks a little lonely." Shelby urged
her. I just sat back in awe as he looked back at me, making eye contact.
"Scott !" She yelled, breaking our moment. I could've strangled her.
He turned around and continued doing whatever he had been doing before he
spotted me. "Scott , bring your white butt over here!" He shook his head as
Kat got up and dragged him to our table. "These are my friends."
"Hi." He waved, looking at Shelby , lingering for a while before he
blinked at me.
"The blonde's Shelby and the beautiful Asian girl to my left is
Brandi." Kat sat down, starting to attack her pizza once again.
"I know." He said to Kat . "I saw that one staring at me from across
the room." I blushed.
"Well, you had to be staring to notice that she was staring." Kat
commented. "Why don't you sit with us?" He shrugged and Shelby took this
as her opportunity to speak up.
"Do you like it here?"
"It's okay. They actually have waves over at this side of town."
"Scott 's a surfer." Kat interjected as she completely finished off
"And what do you do?" He asked, looking directly at me. I was so sure
that he was going to fall for Shelby like all the other guys had done, but
he was looking at me and talking to me. I tried to calm myself down.
"What do you mean what do I do? What kind of question is that?" I
asked, wishing that I could just disappear. He showed interest in me and
this is how I repaid him.
"What my idiot cousin is trying to ask is do you surf." Kat rolled
her eyes and moved to the other side of Shelby . "I know how much you want
to sit here . you know being between two girls and all."
"So, do you surf?" He turned to the side, his back now facing Shelby
"Umm . I can't say that I have, but I really want to learn." I smiled
hoping that all those endless nights of flossing had paid off.
"I can um . teach you if you want." He offered. I nodded noticing how
gorgeous he was once again. Anything that he said would make me melt. I was
so into him. I wanted to be apart of him . to be his. Forever. ~~
"Hello. Brandi." Kat practically yelled in my ear, making me realize
that I wasn't back in high school. I was in college now and whatever I had
with Scott was completely over.
"Yes." I smiled realizing that Paul probably thought I was an idiot.
"I told you I really needed that caffeine. I don't know if I was dozing off
or what ." My voice trailed off. "Do you surf?" I asked. Kat raised her
eyebrow at me, but I ignored her, pretending like she wasn't there.
"Yeah. How did you know?"
"Lucky guess." This was really my lucky day . a chance to start all
over and erase all the good and bad memories of Scott. All both of them
brought was heartache.
(A/N: What do you guys think so far? I was inspired by a stupid Katie
Holmes movie I saw to write this, but why not? If I get five reviews, I'll
update in a week. If not, you'll just have to wait for two weeks. I hope
you'll enjoy this story. It's not your typical love story, but it's
completely about love-and abandonment. Oh yeah, ~~ stands for the end of a