This is not part of Pain Comes in Many Forms, this is my idea for how to start my next project An Arbitrary Disaster. I am posting this teaser to see if anyone is interested and in the hopes of some feedback before I set in stone what I want to do. Thanks and enjoy.
"Now remember Spence, if you need anything at all today…"
"Remind me one more time and Glen I swear to give you a swift kick to the shins."
Clay smirks at his siblings, "Why don't we leave the office and get to class? I don't think being late is a good way to start off at a new school."
"Sounds like a plan," Spencer says relieved. Her brothers have not left her side since entering the building, and while understanding and appreciating, it still gets annoying.
Both Carlin boys step forward to hug their sister, and both Carlin boys stop when she tenses. They don't say anything, they just accept her apologetic smile and give smiles of their own. She doesn't say anymore, choosing to leave the office and get this day over with as quickly as possible. Glen and Clay fight the urge to follow her to her classroom door, instead going their separate ways as they start their first day at King High. As they truly start their lives in California. As they start trying to move on from Ohio.
"Ashley Davies. Why am I not surprised?" Mrs. Snyder asks as the brunette enters the office.
"Depends on what you are not surprised about," Ashley says with a cheeky grin.
"You are lucky I like you for some reason. And that Principal Bell doesn't leave his office very often," the secretary says while writing an excused tardy slip.
"I am aware of how lucky I am, and I promise not to abuse my luck. Too much."
"So what's the real reason this time?"
Ashley slips off her glasses and squints at the artificial lighting, "Mommy dearest and I had another fight last night."
Mrs. Snyder nods her head, needing no further explanation after knowing the Davies girl for three years. "Here's your slip, now get to class. This is your senior year, and I am not going to keep helping you slack off."
Ashley flashes her famous smile and walks backwards out of the office, "I'll see you later."