Chapter 1

Disclaimer: I actually do own all the characters in this chapter, but I do not own NCIS.

Author's Note: This is the sequel to 1,050 Miles from Washington. Like the 1st one, the NCIS people aren't in this chapter and this will introduce you to a few people...but you actually already know them.

It is very short, but I just wanted to establish some things.

"The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step" – Lao Tzu

The letter arrived inconspicuously enough. It went to the manager of the hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

When he opened it, he didn't know whether to believe it or not.

He read and reread the letter. Progressively becoming more and more panicked.

He checked the envelope for a return address. There was an address scrawled on the outside of the envelope.

More shocking than the address, he found a name written with the address.

Petty Officer First Class Raymond Hopkins

He threw the letter on his desk and called the authorities.

"So, you're rooming with Mrs. Davis, huh? You and Stasha are rooming with the beautiful and charming Mrs. Davis, huh?" a tall, thin teenage boy asked, leaning against the frame of a hotel room door.

He had short, thick, almost maroon-colored hair; light blue eyes; and his face was pocked with acne scars. He smiled a gigawatt smile and he glowed with natural good-looks.

The person on the other side of the doorway that he was speaking to was a girl. Almost a head shorter than the boy, she had shoulder-length, perfectly straight, light-brown hair and green-gray eyes; which she was rolling at the boy.

"Is that Jack?" an adult's voice called from inside the room.

"Yeah," the girl called back.

"Go away," the adult said as she came to the door. She was tall and average-built with dark shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.

The boy, Jack, flashed another smile at the girl and the woman. "Come on, Mrs. Davis, you know you love me. Besides, I'm rooming with Geek-a-palooza. Geekerino."

"You shouldn't talk about Mr. Lee like that," Mrs. Davis said sarcastically, but with a perfectly straight face.

"Actually, I was talking about Cody, but you have to admit that Mr. Lee is very geeky," Jack said.

The girl nodded and Mrs. Davis gave a look and Jack could tell that she agreed.

About that time; a short, thin, pale, red-haired girl came up behind Jack.

"What are you doing?" she asked.

"Talking to Syd and Mrs. Davis. Why?"

"Oh, no reason," the girl huffed, walking away.

Jack looked at Syd and Mrs. Davis with an annoyed look on his face, "She's been like that a lot lately. I can't do anything without telling her and if she doesn't approve, she does that!"

Syd gave him an apathetic look and Mrs. Davis just smirked and walked back into the room.

Jack ran after the girl shouting, "Wait, Logan! Come on! Wait! Logan!"

Syd closed her eyes and sighed in frustration before shutting the hotel room door.

Six of the rooms on the third floor were being occupied by a gifted and talented group from Judson Hill High School in Judson Hill, Arkansas.

Completely oblivious to what was transpiring in the manager's office downstairs, these students and teachers wouldn't have ever expected what was to come.

A.N.: I know that it's short, but it's just the beginning. If you like it, I'll keep going...If not, I might still keep going, just to spite you (I'm joking, by the way).

The quote-thing is my new idea. I was inspired by this fanfic that I read ages ago when I was still addicted to CSI. Every chapter will begin in a quote that is relevant to the chapter.

As this was the beginning of a new journey for some people, I thought that this quote would be relevant. Do you like this idea?

Okay, thanks for sticking with me!

Please remember Aaron, the basis of Justin in the original story. He's drastically improved since when the last chapter of 1,050 Miles was posted, but its looking like he's going to have to make another risky decision very soon.

Please review!