Hey, guys! Sorry it's been so long in between books. I just didn't know what I wanted to do. I mean, I knew I wanted it to be Auggie centered, but until now, I didn't know what I wanted it to be about. Just to recap: I blended together Higher Ground and a movie called "The Unsaid". I made "The Unsaid" AU in that one of the characters, Kyle Hunter, didn't committ suicide, but instead confessed to his father that his therapist was molesting him and his father sent him to Horizon. Kyle and Daisy are going together, and Kat is a counselor-in-training at Horizon.


Higher Ground belongs to Fox Family. Kyle Hunter is property of Universal Pictures.


The Cliffhanger boys' dorm was a flurry of activity as Scott Barringer, Ezra Friedken, Augusto "Auggie" Ciceros, David Ruxton, and Kyle Hunter packed duffel bags.

"So, what exactly does this quest entail?" Kyle asked nervously.

"Sophie takes us out in the woods for ten days and we eat and sleep outside. We eat food that's not bad, but it's not good either," Ezra answered.

"Is the hiking hard?" Kyle asked nervously.

"Aw, don't worry, 'mano. You'll be fine," Auggie assured.

"Yeah. You're just as fit as anybody here," Scott agreed.

"Thanks," Kyle smiled. Meanwhile, in the girls' dorm, Juliette Waybourne, Shelby Merrick, Jess Merrick, and Daisy Lipenowski were also preparing for the upcoming quest.

"I can't believe we have to go another quest," Juliette complained.

"Yeah. What do Peter and Sophie think we are? Hiking robots?" Shelby grumbled.

"Do you think Kat's gonna go with us?" Jess asked.

"Nope. She has a meeting counselor meeting," Daisy answered.

"Darn," Jess said.

"You know, it's too bad Kat's not coming. Things haven't really been the same around here," Juliette stated.

"Well, like a singer once said, the only thing that stays the same is that everything changes," Daisy drawled. At this, everyone stopped what they were doing and turned to stare.

"What?" she snapped.

"That's a country song by a guy named Tracy Lawrence," Juliette told her.

"You listen to country?" Shelby queried.

"When I was young and stupid," Daisy answered. Then, they all lugged their bags over their shoulders and walked out the door.


I happen to love country music, but I can't really see Daisy listening to it. No offense to anyone who likes country.