AN: Hey everyone, I was looking through my story files recently when I found a scene that I had cut from the original Chapter 13 of this story. The scene takes place in the mess hall just after the girls had dance practice. I initially took it out because I didn't really want the story to go in that direction. But I kept it just in case I wanted to maybe include that part later on in the story. I was thinking of altering it and making it somehow work into another chapter. I ended up not doing that since I thought it was too dramatic and I wanted Nathan to be the one to kick Ryan's ass (you'll see what I mean when you read it). Anyway, I thought it'd be fun to share it with you guys. It's kind of a deleted scene, so to speak. Even though it's not a legitimate chapter, I'd still love for you guys to review. It'd be fun to hear what you guys think about it.
Also, I'm about 95 percent positive that I will be writing a sequel. I'm really leaning towards it. I had so much fun with this story that the urge to write a follow-up is looking more and more appealing. In fact, I'm seriously considering making this like a "trilogy." I hate that word because is sounds really sci-fi but it means three stories total so I'm using it anyway. So, yes, I'd be writing two more stories based off this one. I definitely think it'd be interesting to see what happens when the students of Tree Hill High learn that "Bad Boy" Nathan Scott and "Tutor Girl" Haley James are dating. And I want the gang to go back to camp and I already know how I'm going to make that happen. The third story would be about their summer going back. So that's where I'm at right now. I have to finish More Than Anyone and later post Secrets of Life first. But I'm always brainstorming for future projects. Please let me know if you're interested. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the deleted scene!
Alternate Chapter 13
"Oh my God, that would look so awesome," Brooke declared. The girls were now in the dance studio working on their cheer routine. Since Brooke had the most experience, she was named the captain of the squad. "I love that idea."
"Thanks," Kat replied. As the girls went over some new dance moves, Haley found her mind wandering, once again, to Nathan. He had looked really upset a few hours earlier at the lake. She didn't mean to insult him or make him feel bad. Haley just wanted to help. Things were getting pretty bad between him and Lucas.
"Haley. Haley!" Brooke said jarring her out of her thoughts. "Are you listening?"
"Sorry, what?" she replied.
"I'll take that as a no. When Kat does that move, I want you to do a high kick and go into a diagonal."
"What's a diagonal?"
"This," Peyton answered showing her the move. Haley mimicked it to make sure that she got it right. But her heart wasn't in it. Noticing this, Brooke decided to give the girls a ten minute break.
"Tutor Girl, what's the matter with you?" Brooke asked as she and Peyton pulled Haley to the side.
"Nothing, why?" Haley tried to play dumb.
"For the last hour, you've been really distant and quiet," Peyton pointed out.
"I know. I'm sorry. There have just been some things on my mind."
"Like what?" Brooke prodded as she put a comforting hand on Haley's shoulder.
"I really don't want to talk about it right now—or here."
"Well, why don't we have a girl's night in? It can be like a sleepover—even though we technically already sleep in the same cabin. Anyway, that's not the point. It'll be fun."
"Yeah, and I think I can get my hands on some actual junk food," Peyton added.
"So what do you say, Mopey Girl?" Brooke asked.
"Sounds good to me," Haley agreed giving them a small smile. She could definitely use a night of girl talk.
"Awesome! It is going to be so fun!" Brooke then looked at her watch. "Ok, girls, I think that's enough for today. We'll meet up again on Friday at 10 a.m. sharp."
"What are you doing?" Haley asked as she saw Brooke pick up her purse and turn to leave.
"I have to go prepare for tonight," Brooke declared. "I'll see you two later."
"It's just a sleepover. What could she possibly have to prepare?" Haley laughed as she saw Brooke practically run out of the studio.
"You obviously have never been to one of Brooke's sleepovers."
"I've never been to a sleepover at all," Haley revealed.
"No way!" Peyton exclaimed. "How did that happen? Every girl at one time in her life has gone to a sleepover. It's like some type of law."
"It was always just Lucas and me. I've haven't had a lot of girl friends."
"Well, it's a good thing you have us now. Don't worry. It'll be a lot of fun. I promise," Peyton stated as she placed her arm around Haley's shoulder. "Now let's go meet the guys for lunch."
"Dog food, yes!" Haley joked causing Peyton to laugh.
"Hey, do you guys mind if I join you for lunch?" Kat asked approaching them. "If I have to sit at a table with Stacey one more time, I think I'm either going to kill myself or choke her to death. She does not shut up."
"Sure," Haley replied laughing.
"For the record, I'd go with option number two," Peyton quipped.
"Wouldn't we all," Haley sighed. "Now let's go. I could really use a brownie."
"I want a Coke," Peyton said as she fanned herself.
"I just want to check out the hott basketball players," Kat added nonchalantly.
"You are so like Brooke it's scary," Peyton stated laughing.
"Well, great minds do think alike."
"Clearly," Haley commented as the three girls left the studio and made their way to the mess hall. They continued to joke around and make up grand scenarios about how they could get rid of Stacey for the rest of the summer.
"Oh my God, I've got it!" Kat announced.
"What?" Haley asked in anticipation. She really liked Kat. Not only was she a great person to talk to, but she came out with the funniest things.
"We shave her head like Britney Spears."
"That's cruel," Peyton said but still chuckled anyway.
"Wait, it gets better. Then, we send the hair back to her in an envelope that says, 'Oops…I did it again'."
"Kat, you are officially crazy," Haley declared once she managed to stop laughing. I would so pay to see that, though.
"No, I'm definitely stronger than yesterday," Kat replied.
"I disagree. You're toxic," Haley said now playing along.
"I'm in the zone."
"I love rock and roll."
"Why don't you do somethin'?" Kat challenged.
"That's outrageous!" Haley responded.
"Ok, enough with the Britney Spears songs before I hurl," Peyton interrupted. "Geez, how and why would you guys want to know that much about such crappy music?"
"I don't know," Kat shrugged. "But hit me baby one more time!" Peyton just groaned and sped up to walk ahead of Kat and Haley.
"Nice one," Haley complimented.
"Thanks. I try," Kat beamed. A couple of minutes later and the girls were finally at the mess hall. It was a little busy but not too bad.
"Oh, there's Jake," Peyton stated automatically perking up. Haley smiled to herself. She definitely is in denial if she thinks they're just friends. He was saving a seat for them at their usual table.
"Hello, ladies," he greeted but seemed to be mostly focused on Peyton.
"Are they together?" Kat whispered to Haley.
"Not yet," she answered. "But it's only a matter of time before they crack." Kat snickered causing Peyton to finally break out of her staring contest with Jake to look at them.
"What are you two up to now?"
"Nothing," Haley stated innocently.
"I highly doubt that."
"So, Jake," Haley said changing the subject. "Where's Lucas?"
"He and Brooke took off somewhere," Jake answered. "I don't think they'll be back anytime soon—if you get what I mean."
"Oh," she commented. So that's where she really went in such a hurry. I am so busting her up later. Noticing that the mess hall was starting to get more crowded, the girls made their way to the food line. By the time they got back to the table, Haley saw that Ryan and a few other guys had joined them.
"Hey, guys," Kat greeted.
As Haley was about to take a seat next to Peyton, Ryan called to her, "Haley, why don't you sit next to me?" Damn it. I was this close to getting away with it. She didn't necessarily mind sitting next to him. It was just that he had been getting a little too touchy feely lately. It was starting to make her uncomfortable. Once she did sit down, Ryan began to introduce Haley to the other guys.
"Haley, this is Tobey, Matt, and Brett. We're on the same team for the tournament," he explained. 'Brett?' Why does that name sound so familiar? I think I've seen him before, too. Haley looked at him for another second before she realized who it was. Brett was the guy who was always cheating and hitting people during the basketball games. Lucas and Jake had told the girls about being on the receiving end of that.
"It's nice to meet you all," Haley replied politely. The guys nodded and then started to give her the once over. Pervs. Haley hated it when guys did that. I'm not a piece of meat.
"So, how's training going?" Ryan asked Jake.
"Really, that's not what I heard," Brett piped in.
"What do you mean?" Jake asked confused.
"Don't Nathan and Lucas not get along? They're probably tearing the whole team apart—not that I'm complaining. They can kill each other all they want. It gives us an advantage." Haley had to fight the urge to roll her eyes. What a jerk.
"It's not that bad," Jake answered. He looked a little uncomfortable. The guys continued asking him questions. However, it seemed more like they were drilling him than engaging in a friendly conversation.
"Can we stop with the sports talk?" Peyton intervened annoyed.
"I agree," Kat added. She then changed the subject onto something else. While the rest of the group talked about the camp and how gross their food tasted, Ryan turned to Haley.
"So, Haley, I was wondering if you wanted to get together tonight?" Ryan asked.
"Oh, I can't. Brooke, Peyton, and I have plans."
"Well, what about Friday? We could have that private basketball lesson I promised you," he suggested.
"Um, I have cheerleading practice most of the day. I don't know if I'll have any energy left after that," she excused. Haley didn't particularly like his tone. She was kind of getting the feeling that Ryan helping her was more for his benefit than hers. And from what Nathan mentioned earlier, she was a little more guarded around him.
"Well, what about…" Ryan was cut off as Nathan and Tim now approached their table.
"Hey, party people, got room for two more ballers?" Tim questioned. Haley almost laughed out loud as she saw Nathan roll his eyes at his friend.
"Actually…" Brett was about to answer but Haley cut him off.
"Sure." She hadn't even noticed that Nathan was in the mess hall. But, nevertheless, she was thankful for the distraction that he and Tim had provided—even if it was unknowingly. Peyton gave her a questioning look. Haley just shrugged in response.
Nathan then took a seat across from her. He hadn't originally planned to join them. But when he saw Ryan sitting too close to Haley, he automatically found himself walking towards their table. Tim was confused at first—not like that was new or anything—until Nathan made up some excuse about wanting to spy on the competition.
"So what are we talking about?" Nathan asked while looking at Haley. He noticed that she seemed a little apprehensive around him. She probably thinks I'm pissed about earlier. The complete opposite was true. He admired her for it. Not many people would stand up to him like that. Not to mention, Haley had seemed genuinely concerned for him. Nathan couldn't remember the last time—if any—that someone had truly cared about his well being. As he made eye contact with Haley, she gave him an apologetic and guilty look. Nathan responded by giving her a reassuring smile. He was happy to see her exhale a relieved sigh and return the gesture.
"Just stuff," Ryan answered with slight annoyance in his voice. Haley barely heard it. She was too busy gazing into Nathan's deep, blue eyes. In that moment, even if it was just for a second, Haley felt everything else stop around her. All she could focus on was Nathan. It wasn't until Ryan cleared his throat loudly that Haley was brought out of her trance. When she turned to face him, she noticed him glancing between the two of them suspiciously. Oh, crap.
"Ew, gross!" Jake suddenly exclaimed.
"What's the matter?" Peyton questioned as she put a hand on his arm.
"I think there's a bone in my tuna," he replied making a disgusted face. He then grabbed his napkin and spit the remnants from his sandwich into it.
"That's nasty," Nathan gulped.
"I'm done," Haley stated pushing her tray away. She had gotten the same thing as Jake.
"You can have some of my macaroni if you want?" Peyton offered to Jake. "It's not that great but it's better than starving."
"You sure?" he asked.
"Yeah, I'm not going to be able to finish it all myself." The two then dug in. How cute! They're like Lady and the Tramp.
"Are you still hungry?" Nathan questioned Haley. She had barely touched her lunch. He knew she must be starving.
"I'm good," she answered—despite the fact that she could feel her stomach grumbling.
"Are you sure?" he pressed.
"You can have some of my sandwich," Ryan quickly offered.
"No thanks. I'm not really a peanut butter and fluff person," she said scrunching her nose in disgust. Nathan couldn't help but find it adorable. An idea then popped into his head.
"Hold on a minute," Nathan said before getting up and walking over to the food line. He stepped in front of some scrawny kid—knowing full well the twerp wouldn't say anything to him—and walked back to the table with a plate in his hand. As soon as Haley saw what it was, a huge smile formed on her face.
"Macaroni and cheese?" Ryan questioned. "What, are you five years old?" Nathan just ignored him. From one of their previous conversations, Nathan remembered Haley telling him how mac and cheese was her favorite food.
"Hey, it's food of the gods," Haley defended. As she reached for the plate, Nathan pulled it back. She went for it again but he teasingly moved it farther away from her. Despite trying to appear mad, Haley felt another smile forming on her face.
"Are you actually going to give it to me or am I going to starve to death?" she questioned folding her arms.
"Why don't you come sit over here and find out?" Nathan said playfully while nodding to the empty chair next to him.
"I think she's comfortable right where she is," Ryan retorted.
"That's not what it looks like from here," Nathan shot back. Haley looked between the two in shock. She originally thought that Nathan and Ryan were friends. But the way they were acting right now, it certainly didn't seem like it. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that they're fighting over me.
"Just what are you implying?"
"I think you know…"
"Ok, guys. Why don't we all just settle down," Haley intervened. She didn't want any problems. Not to mention, the other people at the table were starting to notice.
"Did we miss something?" Kat asked kinking an eyebrow.
"Nope. Everything is fine. Right, boys?" Haley prodded. She gave them both looks to behave.
"Yeah, it's cool," Ryan stated while still glaring at Nathan.
"Just a misunderstanding," Nathan added. If it wasn't for Haley, he probably would have let Ryan have it.
"You sure?" Peyton questioned.
"Yup," Ryan answered as he put his arm around Haley's shoulders. Now Nathan was livid. The bastard is all over her. He was literally two seconds away from jumping over the table and beating Ryan's ass. He'd also like to wipe that smug look off his face while he was at it.
"There you are!" Brooke exclaimed walking up to the table. Haley was beyond thankful for Brooke's interruption. Things were starting to get too intense. Haley was now looking for any excuse to leave. She didn't particularly like Ryan touching her—especially since he only seemed to be doing it to get a rise out of Nathan.
"I have almost everything we need except…" the brunette trailed off now noticing Ryan's arm around Haley. "Oh my God, what is going on here?"
"Nothing," Haley answered. She tried moving out of Ryan's embrace but his grip tightened on her. "Ryan, do you mind letting go?" she asked annoyed. This is getting absolutely ridiculous.
"I knew it!" Brooke declared ignoring the situation at hand. "I just knew the two of you would look cute together!"
"Brooke," Haley tried to interrupt.
"I totally have a sixth sense about these things," she continued.
"Uh, Brooke," Peyton also tried to get her attention once Haley threw her a pleading look.
"Tutor Girl, why didn't you tell me that you guys were dating?" Brooke asked.
"We're not," Haley answered as she still tried to pull away from Ryan. This guy won't freaking budge.
"I think you should let go of her now," Nathan gritted out. His fists were starting to clench.
"She's fine," Ryan replied.
"What do you mean you're not?" Brooke questioned Haley while ignoring the two guys.
"She obviously doesn't want you touching her," Nathan pointed out now standing up.
"Since when are you her keeper?" he shot back mirroring Nathan's actions.
"What the hell is going on?" Jake asked to no one in particular. Apparently, everyone at the table was now getting really confused. Haley felt like her head was swirling. She had about three different conversations going on around her. As if it wasn't bad enough, they were now attracting attention from nearby tables.
"Tutor Girl, will you please answer me?"
"Stop molesting her and let her go," Nathan ordered.
"You wanna settle this outside?" Ryan challenged.
"Lead the way, punk," Nathan fired back.
"Go, Nate!" Tim rooted.
"Don't encourage them," Kat scolded. Oh my God, will the madness never end!? With each second, things seemed to get louder and more chaotic. Between Brooke's questions, Nathan and Ryan's argument, the other boys taking sides, Kat and Peyton yelling at them to knock it off, and the rest of the people in the room watching with anticipation, Haley couldn't take it anymore.
"Will everyone just SHUT UP!" she shouted in the loudest and most authoritative voice she could muster. Immediately, they all stopped talking. The whole mess hall seemed to quiet down, also. Ok, maybe I said that a little too loud.
"Whoa, no need to get your panties in a bunch, Tutor Girl," Brooke mumbled a minute later.
"We are not together," Haley said ignoring Brooke's comment.
"Then what in the hell is going on?" some random person shouted nearby.
"Haley's right. We're not together," Ryan clarified loudly.
"No?" Brooke asked disappointed.
"No," Ryan answered shaking his head. "It's more than that."
"Exactly. Wait….what?" Haley questioned confused.
"Jacobs, I think you've taken one too many basketballs to the head. You're delusional," Nathan stated. He didn't know what Ryan was trying to pull but he could tell it wasn't going to be good.
"Anyway, as I was saying, it's more than that."
"No, it's not. What are you even talking about?" Haley demanded now getting really angry. She hated playing games.
"Come on, Haley. We can't keep pretending," Ryan said winking at her. "We need to tell them all the truth." Oh my God, he is certifiably insane. He's lost it.
"What truth?" Brooke inquired.
"I wish I knew," Haley replied sarcastically.
"Haley James and I are officially a couple," he announced.
"We are not," Haley whispered to him harshly. "What in the living hell are you doing?!"
"Just go along with it. We've got the whole camp eating out of our hands. Plus, I'm trying to piss off Nathan." The next thing Haley knew, Ryan's lips were on hers. She tried to push him away but he was too strong. Haley could also hear the whistles and catcalls in the background. That's it. His ass is toast, Nathan thought seething. That bastard has definitely crossed the line. Not only had the guy created a total spectacle, but now he was taking advantage of Haley. And there was no way in hell that Nathan was going to let him get away with that. However, just as he was about to teach the asshole a lesson, Haley beat him to it. Haley was absolutely infuriated. So she did the first thing that came to her mind—she kneed Ryan in the groin. Instantly, he let go of her.
"That's for being a complete pervert and kissing me," she proclaimed as he clutched his now damaged member. She then took the opportunity to slap him hard on the face.
"That's for trying to spread lies," she continued. And for extra good measure, she picked up Kat's smoothie and made sure to dump the whole glass all over the top of his head.
"And that's just for being a self-absorbed asshole. And if you ever try that again, I'll make sure that I kick you so hard that your balls will become a permanent part of your throat," she warned. "Got it?" Ryan—still in pain—nodded like a scared little boy. Along with everyone else, it appeared that he was in total shock. Even Brooke and Peyton were speechless.
"Good. I'm glad we understand each other," Haley smiled sweetly before heading for the door. Nathan looked after her in awe. He knew she was a strong person but he never anticipated that. In a way, he found himself turned on by the fact that she totally just kicked the crap out of Ryan. She was definitely sexy when she was mad. Although, the part where she got Ryan in the groin was unnerving. Nathan was positive that almost every guy in the room felt that one.
"That was scary," Tim muttered.
"Are you kidding? That was freaking awesome!" Peyton exclaimed.
"Who knew Tutor Girl had it in her?" Brooke mentioned.
"Is he ok?" Jake inquired while pointing to Ryan. He was now on the floor groaning in pain. The whole group turned to look at him.
"I'm sure he'll be alright—eventually," Kat added. The whole room suddenly became loud. They were now all gossiping and talking about what had just happened. Nathan, however, just tuned them all out. His eyes remained completely transfixed on the door Haley had just left through. That had to be the best ass kicking he had ever seen a girl give someone in his whole entire life. God is she amazing…