"Do you think I should just tell Fabian how I feel?" Joy nervously asked her best friend Patricia as they stood by their lockers, waiting for the first bell to ring. "I want to, but what if he doesn't want to date me? Then what do I do? I could ruin everything."
Patricia had grown tired of her constant worrying and wondering over such a simple task. She almost slammed her locker shut and looked at Joy, trying to hide her annoyance. "Honestly, I don't think you have anything to lose either way. Fabian, being the nerd we all know and love, will surely bask in the fact that even you, someone the exact opposite of him in every single way, would even want to do anything that resembled dating him. Just tell him."
When Joy looked like she was going to respond with something else, Patricia was more than willing to stop her. "And now I'm done with this conversation."
"Ever so helpful," Joy rolled her eyes and watched her walk away.
Maybe it was just the paranoia talking, but Joy was terrified to reveal her true feelings to her best friend of three years, the first boy she had ever fallen in love with. Even if there was a shred of hope, something to push her to believe he felt even remotely interested in her, her clouded judgement and insecurities would somehow convince her otherwise.
The bell finally rang, and she was forced to put these thoughts away for now. Unfortunately, she and Fabian sat right next to each other so there was no way she was ever going to focus on anything. Any other day would have been fine, but now that she had begun thinking of wanting to tell him, it quite literally would be hell. She sighed and walked into the classroom.
There he sat, showing her his usual smile as she sat down next to him. Joy could feel her heart beginning to beat faster, and she spent the entire class wishing it was over.
About an hour after class ended, Joy had mustered up enough confidence to ask Fabian to meet her back at Anubis House for lunch. He kindly accepted, and now the two of them were on their way over.
Joy was able to feel herself relax as they talked about a lot of different things, like the French test they were going to study for later. "I'm so gonna fail." Joy groaned at the thought of her overall grade for the semester going down. She was by no means a French expert, but she did well enough to not be failing. "I mean, why do we even need to learn this? I don't even think I'll ever need it."
"Well, maybe not, but I think it would be cool to know another language. Anyway, I'm sure you'll do fine. At this point it's just memorization." Fabian responded as he opened the door to their house. "You want to practice a bit now?"
"Sure." She nodded, internally cursing at herself for not knowing how to say 'I like you' in French. How romantic would that be? And that way if he didn't feel the same, she could play it off as her not knowing what the words meant.
"Okay, I'll start. Bonjour mon amie, qu'est-ce que tu fais?" His voice made her melt. She wasn't even paying attention to what he said at this point, just admiring the way he made her feel. In this moment she wondered why she had never told him before. It would be so easy, all she had to do was open her mouth.
He must have noticed her silence while they were about to enter the kitchen, because he turned around and said her name. "Joy? You there?"
She blinked and shook her head to break herself out of the trance he unknowingly put on her. She could feel the heat on her cheeks as she replied, "Uh, pardon, mon ami?" He laughed slightly and that made her relax a little bit.
"Sorry, I guess I kind of just zone out whenever I hear it. It'll feel like we're still in Mrs. Andrews' class." She explained as they continued walking through the door to the kitchen.
"There's still a few days before the exam, I'll help you study until then." He promised, being the good person that he was. Joy couldn't have been happier. Studying alone together sounded like heaven. Maybe then something would happen between them like she always wanted?
"Thanks. I'd really like that."
Crying seemed like the normal thing to do in Nina's situation, seeing as she'd traveled thousands of miles away from home to a school she didn't even really want to go to. Trudy, the housemother of Anubis House, gave Nina a tour and then showed her her room. She was sharing a room with someone named Amber, who she hoped would be nice. They wouldn't be able to meet until later though, as Nina arrived in the middle of the day. That went for the rest of her housemates too, and she was a bit anxious to know what they were like.
The tears began to fall after Trudy left her to unpack. She had been holding in her emotions all day. It almost felt surreal to be in another country, thousands of miles away from her grandmother whom she had never spend a night away from. Well, she was going to have to bear this new feeling of homesickness for a while despite her desperate internal pleas to forget this and go back home. She would just have to learn to live with it for now.
The school didn't seem that bad from what she read online. It seemed like a pretty prestigious one. Out of the thousands of applicants the school received, very few were admitted in. And that was within England as well, so the chances for an American getting in were even lower. So, you can imagine the shock she felt when she read her acceptance letter.
Since then she had been glued to the stack of papers that were sent to her a few weeks later, trying to learn everything she could ahead of time. School uniforms were mandatory, something she wasn't crazy about, but at least she wouldn't have to worry about picking out clothes every morning. Surely it would save her a bit of time, but it would be something she had to get used to.
Once she finished unpacking everything, she laid down on her new bed and pulled out her phone. She might as well kill some time waiting for her housemates to come back home. Hopefully they were nice. Hopefully they didn't give her too much attention. That was the last thing she wanted, especially since she was going to feel like such an outsider as it is.
She was only able to lie still for so long, though. A feeling of restless came over her, so she decided to go explore the house on her own. There were a few rooms she was curious about, such as the attic and the cellar, that were forbidden for students. That made her wonder even more. Was there something in them that no one was supposed to know about? The temptation proved to be too much for her, and she was rerouting her exploration by going straight to the attic door. Her hand wrapped around the door handle and turned it. Locked, of course.
Just as she was about to try opening it again, the sound of a door opening and footsteps made her panic. What if that was Victor, the scary owner of the house who specifically told her that beyond that door was not to be entered? Fearing the worst, she turned around to see if anyone was there.
Much to Nina's relief, it was not any sort of authority figure. It was a boy and a girl, both with a similar brown hair color, wearing what she assumed to be the school uniform. They were staring at her, probably wondering who she was. Maybe they hadn't been told there was a new student coming. Even though the timing couldn't have been worse, she felt the need to share her introduction. "Um, hello, I'm Nina." She did her best to sound as enthusiastic as possible, with a smile. "I'm a new student."
"An American?" The girl whispered to the boy next to her, who looked just as confused as she did.
Nina made eye contact with them for a second until her eyes moved towards the figure coming around the corner. She felt the fear rise in her once she recognized the tan coat as being Victor's.
"Did I not make the rules clear enough for you, Miss Martin? I will not tolerate you snooping around, especially on your first day. Back to your room please." He left no room for her to protest. "And as for you two, go back to school now if you don't want detention."
They quickly hurried away, but not before Nina and the boy glanced at each other one last time.
A/n: Hi, I've really wanted to write a proper Fabina story for a while. This is like my version of season 1, with Joy still here obviously haha. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed! Thank you for reading!