Chapter 1

Anna arrived at the front of school with her friends waiting in front of the school. She loved being popular. It was the best thing in the world.

"Hey Anna!" Pilica squealed, jumping up and down.

"Hey Pilica!" Anna called back. She ran over to her friends.

"So what's new?" Anna asked. Jeanne shrugged.

"That new kid's here today."

"Really?" Anna asked. Jeanne nodded her head.

"He apparently got here yesterday but we didn't notice him."

"What's he look like?" Anna asked.

"He's got brown hair, black eyes, he's really smart, he's got tan skin, he's got a really athletic body, and he's supposed to be really funny and athletic," she replied.

"Maybe he's worth checking out," Anna said. "Did you get his name?"

"Yoh," Jeanne replied.

"Alright then," Anna said. "I'll go check him out. What locker is he?"

"123," Jeanne answered. Anna walked inside.

As she walked down the hallway to the new guy's locker, everybody seemed to notice her and say hi to her. She just waved back. As she walked down she noticed Jun wearing the worst outfit ever. An orange T-shirt, blue jeans and purple boots just didn't go together.

That's a fashion no-no, she thought.

She finally made it to the 100 area.

"105, 106, 107," she counted. She counted until she saw the new guy. She looked exactly as Jeanne described him: brown hair, black eyes, tan skin, and an athletic body.

He's really hot, she thought. She walked up to him.

"Hi there," she greeted. He turned and looked at her.

"You're Anna, aren't you?" he assumed.

"I am," she said. "Are you Yoh?" He nodded his head.

"Nice to meet you Yoh," she said. "How do you know about me?"

"I was talking to some people, and they said even though you were beautiful, they said you were a spoiled bitch who complains about the dumbest things, gets bad grades, let's popularity get to your head, cares too much about fashion, and makes fun of people and thinks that she's better than everyone." Anna's jaw dropped.

"Nobody says that about me," she growled.

"If that's true," he said, "which I've been told it is, then I don't want to be around you." He resumed preparing for his first period: math. She grumbled as she walked down to her locker.

Her first period that day was math, just like Yoh. She came in and sat in the back of the room with the rest of her friends. They never paid any attention to what was being said in class and instead just chatted with each other, passing notes around to each other. It was a wonder Math was the only subject that Anna actually succeeded in. She wrote a note and passed it to Jeanne.

Did you find a date for the dance? It read. Jeanne wrote a note back.

I'm still looking, it read. Just then the group got their Math tests back.

"Yes!" Anna said to herself. She got a B on her Math test, which was remarkable considering she usually didn't get good grades. But then again, Math was her best subject, and she actually did well in it. Then the Math teacher, Mr. Leyk, made an announcement.

"Attention class," he announced, "I have decided to make a seating change." Mr. Leyk cleared his throat.

"Seeing that Jeanne got a D on her Math test," he said, causing a bit of laughter. Jeanne slumped down in embarrassment.

"We had our laughs," he continued, "so anyways, since Jeanne got the grade she did, and since Yoh Asakura, he's the new student that arrived yesterday if you didn't know, got an A on his test, I have decided to switch the two's seats." Yoh didn't see a big deal and just got up and moved to his new seat. Jeanne groaned and moved up to the front of the room. Anna, however, wasn't too happy. Because of this new guy, one of her best friends now sat in the front of the room.

"Now I want all of you to be nice to Mr. Asakura," continued Mr. Leyk, "and that means all of you." Anna's friends that were in the back of the classroom giggled. That meant them. Anna, however, wasn't going to go easy on him. Not one bit. Yoh sat down in his seat and the class went on.

It was lunch time right now. Anna sat down at the table with the rest of her friends.

"Is he not around?" she asked. Tamao nodded her head.

"Coast's clear," she said. Anna breathed a sigh of relief and sat down.

"I'm angry that he got Jeanne sent up front," she growled.

"Take it easy," Tanaka tried calming, "he's new."

"New or no," Anna snapped, "He still got my friend moved."

"Anna," Rikki said, "you haven't even gotten to know him yet."

"So what?" Anna snapped back.

"Well," Rikki continued, "he's hot, smart, very athletic, has a very athletic body, and is nice from what I know. You should give him a chance. It's rare you see that combination."

"Yeah Anna," Pilica agreed.

"I don't care!" Anna groaned.

"If you don't care so much," Jeanne said, "why don't you just shut up about him then?"

"I will!" Anna said. After a bit eating her food, she began to feel warm.

"It's warm in here," she said. Her friends agreed.

"Let's move outside," Tamao suggested. They agreed with her and moved outside.

They chose a table at random. A bunch of losers were sitting there.

"Ew!" Anna said, "Get lost you losers!" The groups of losers, not wanting to have anything happen to them, got up and left. One stayed, however.

"What are you going to do if I don't?" he boldly asked.

"I'll get my boyfriend over here to make you," she threatened. The brave loser got up and retreated with the rest of his friends.

"You got a new boyfriend Anna?" Pilica asked. Anna shook her head.

"I'm still on the market."

"That's what I thought," Jeanne said.

"I thought you said you were finished with guys," Tanaka said.

"Nah," Anna replied, "I still want another boyfriend...not to mention a successful relationship that won't end."

"I see," Tanaka nodded. The friends resumed eating their lunches. At one point Anna got up to go to the bathroom. On her way to it she saw Yoh sitting at the far table all by himself, eating his lunch. As she walked past the table, he cheerfully smiled and waved at her. She sent him an evil glare in return. He didn't pay any attention to her glare and resumed eating.

As she walked back, he yet again waved and smiled at her. She just ignored him and went back to her table.

Maybe If I ignore him, he'll ignore me, she thought. She went back to her table and resumed eating her lunch.

Anna groaned as she left school. She had gotten an F on her Science test and was given a big lecture about it.

It's not my fault learning about puberty and adolescence is disgusting, she thought.

Not only that, she had gotten extra English and Math homework. English was for a bad grade, but Math was just to "challenge her." She decided to get to her homework. She sat down on a bench and sighed, taking out her science homework. She groaned as she struggled to find the answers. Luckily, the Science teacher gave her homework that wasn't about puberty or adolescence. The teacher decided to give the class a break from that, at least for the week. Instead the teacher decided to give a preview of ecology. Even though they already learned ecology in sixth grade, this was a bit more advanced, senior-year-in-high school ecology.

"Number one," she read aloud, "what is an ecosystem? Give an example of an ecosystem." She sighed. She didn't remember this.

"Hey there," she heard a voice say. She jerked her head in the direction it came from. It was Yoh.

"What do you want?" she groaned.

"You need some help?" he asked.

"No thank you," she declined rudely. She didn't want his help because she thought she'd end up embarrassing herself.

"Just let me help you out," he insisted. She gave in.

"Fine," she moaned, "if you could help me out with my Science and English homework that would be nice." He smiled and sat down next to her, placing his backpack on the ground by hers.

"What is an ecosystem?" he murmured to himself, "Give an example." He was silent for a moment.

"Are you having trouble remembering what an ecosystem is?" he asked. She nodded her head.

"Think of what's around you," he hinted. "Think of you and me, the other people around the area, the air, the school, the animals...what's that make up?" She thought for a moment.

"...an ecosystem," she answered.

"Exactly," he said.

"Well that's an example," she said, "but I'm still not remembering what it exactly is."

"Think about it," he hinted again, "us, everyone else, and the animals are living things. The air and the school aren't living things. Think about it." She thought about it.

"An ecosystem is all of the living and nonliving things together in an area," she said.

"Right on," he said. She smiled and wrote down the answer.

"Thanks," she thanked.

"No problem," he replied.

"Number two," he murmured, "what's ecology?" Yoh laughed to himself.

"You know what ecology is, right?" he assumed. She nodded her head and wrote down the answer. He read her answer. It read: Ecology is the study of ecosystems.

"See?" he said. "You know more than you thought. You just needed some help."

"Thanks again," she thanked. He smiled at her.

"Don't mention it," he said. He got up, picked up his backpack, and began to leave.

He's really nice, she thought. He was really smart and really hot too. He also had a very strong, muscular, athletic body. Maybe she should consider hooking up with him. She didn't ponder it and went home.

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Once she arrived at home, she took off her shoes and socks and put her backpack on the coat rack. She was about to go upstairs when her parents stopped her.

"Hey Mom, hey Dad," she said.

"Anna," her father said, "we need to talk." Anna sat down on the bottom step.

"What is it?" she asked,

"Well Anna," her mother said, "the school called us today and we were told about the F you got on your Science test."

"Yeah?" Anna said. "Go on."

"The school also told us that if you are failing even just one of your subjects at the end of the semester," her mother continued. She began to sniffle. "You'll drop out of high school." Anna gasped.

"Aren't you going to do something about it?" Anna asked,

"Anna," her father said, "it's your decision whether to drop out of high school or not." Anna burst into tears and ran up to her room. She was going to drop out for sure! She decided to see if her friends might be able to help. She called all of them and tried, all to know avail. She sobbed as she hung up the phone.

It rung shortly after she hung up. She picked it up.

"Hello?" she asked as normally as he could.

"Hey!" the voice of Yoh said, "what's up?"

"Why are you calling me?" she asked.

"I needed someone to talk to," he replied. She was just about to hang up but realized something. She might as well ask if he could help her out.

"Yoh?" she asked.

"Yeah?" he replied.

"I am in serious trouble and I know this is weird since you're new, but I really need your help," she begged. "I'm in danger of dropping out of high school. The only way I won't is if I don't fail any of my subjects. So I was wondering if you could help me out." She waited for the inevitable "no."

"Sure," he agreed. She was speechless.

"Really?" she asked.

"Yeah," he replied, "I'll help you out." She couldn't believe how caring he was.

"Great," she said, "so this'll start tomorrow."

"Alright then," he said. He was about to hang up but she still had something else to say.

"Yoh," she said.

"Yeah?" he replied.

"I'm...sorry about how I was treating you," she apologized. "I don't know if you heard about it, but I was complaining about how you got Jeanne moved, so I just want to say I'm sorry. I guess I judged you too soon."

"That's alright," he accepted. "Can I just say one more thing?"

"Say it," she said.

"I just wanna say that I think you're really beautiful," he said. She was speechless as she heard him hang up the phone. She hung up the phone and sat there on her bed for a moment. Nobody had ever called her beautiful before. He really was a lot different.

"He's really nice," she said. Maybe she'd grow to like him, and maybe even...nah.

"I couldn't grow to love him," she denied, "...or could I?" She didn't think about it and got onto her computer, talking to her friends. Maybe this school year wouldn't be filled with bad grades and short, fake relationships. It was only the second week of school. She didn't know.

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