Ch.1 A regular day

I slammed my locker shut and picked up my books from the floor. I turned as my boyfriend, Ben, came and tapped me on the shoulder.

"Hey beautiful," he said with a smile. He gently kissed me.

I smiled and we turned and started walking down the hallway to our next class. "Hey yourself. What put you in a good mood?"

"O just that fact that I heard we have a substitute teacher in Chemistry…"

"Are u SERIOUS!" I exclaimed.

Ben nodded and smiled wider.

"YES!" I punch the air. "I love substitutes!"

"But don't get your hopes up…"


"Because I got it from an unreliable source."

I snorted. "Leora Keynreim."

"The one and only."

"Remind me again why you share a locker with her?"

Ben grimaced. "Not my fault. She made me. Literally."

We arrived at class and took our assigned seats. The bell rang a few minutes later. No teacher appeared, and across the room, Ben winked at me. I smiled and mouthed 'unreliable'. He shrugged.

About five minutes later the chemistry teacher walked in. "Sorry! The copy machine broke, and I had to make like 50 thousand copies…"

I inwardly groaned and looked over at Ben. Indifferent as always, he shrugged.

A few minutes into the stoichiometry notes, a note appeared on my desk.I opened it. It said 'unreliable' and had a little smiley face next to it. I shook my head and smiled.

I glanced up at the clock and the smile slid off my face. OMG we still have another hour!

The teacher shut off the overhead and began handing out the worksheets. I resigned myself to work and took out my calculator. I flipped the page over and I wanted to crumple the paper up. Fifty problems. Fifty. Who does she think I am? Speedogirl? I smiled as I realized the double meaning of that line and settled down to work.

My best friend, Brittany, grabbed me during the break. "Holy crap! Allyson! He talked to me!"

I smiled. "OOOO. Did he ask you for your number?"

"Nooooooo, but he said 'I'll see you around sometime.'"

I shook my head and laughed.

"So how are you and Ben, huh?"

"Good, good. It's been what, two months?"

"Yea I think so. Well that's cool! But you know I've been meaning to ask you, did you first go for him before or after you found out he was going to be drum major?"

"Um…let's try BEFORE, and it's not like I need to date a drum major to improve my position in band."

Brittany smiled and made bowing motions. "Sorry your great-guard-captain-ness."

"As you should be!" I playfully hit her.

She punched me back.

"OW! Damn girl! You always hit harder than you think."

"Your just a wimp."

"Well let's see if you still call me that with my ballet skills in your face."

"Let's match your ballet skills with my tuba."

"Noooooo thanks, I'll pass."

Brittany laughed maliciously. "I win."

After orchestra, I walked out to my sister's car in the senior parking lot and stuffed my bag and violin inside. Then I took my keys for the car and unlocked the car. I sat down on the drivers side.

"Woo, it is hot in here!" I started the car and turned on the air-conditioning…and it didn't work.shit. I stepped out of the car before I roasted to death.

Ben was there, opening my trunk and loading his stuff inside.

I walked towards him. "Excuse me? Just WHAT do you think you're doing?"

Ben looked up. "Um…"

"That's what I thought." I smiled. "Hello." I kissed his cheek. "How was your day?"

Ben sighed and closed the trunk. "Better now that I'm with you."

I smiled. "One day, Ben, you'll run out of those cute comments. Hey get in the back, because my sister is coming home with us today."

Ben nodded and hopped in the back. About 5 minutes later, my sister, Erika, walked out the side entrance and started over to the car. After loading her bag in the back, she hopped up to the passengers side seat.

"You're driving, I'm assuming?"

"No, ya think. Thank you Cap't Obvious."

"The power of observation is the greatest power of all."

I looked at her. "Okay, darling, whatever you say."

I put the car in reverse and peeled out of the parking lot. (okay I didn't PEEL)

I dropped Ben off at his house, and then continued onto mine. After I pulled in the driveway, I opened the garage door and stepped out of the car. I popped the trunk and grabbed my stuff and walked into the house. I grabbed a snack and then sat on the couch, relishing in the cool air touching my skin. Ah, sweet air-conditioning.