South of Nowhere is a property of The-N and Viacom. I'm not a crack monkey therefore I do not work for the writers of South of Nowhere. I just borrow their characters for my own pleasure.

Author's Note: This is going to be a short story. Four maybe five chapters. I'm not sure. I've just been itching to write another fic. Oh and Casey and Sally from my other fic, Take Two, make another appearance in this fic. I'm sorry. I can't help it. I love them too much.

Chapter One

It was hot. Really hot. So hot that Ashley was convinced that she could pop kernels on the pavement and make popcorn. She was very close to taking off all clothes and walk around naked for the rest of the day but Ashley figured that wouldn't be the best of ideas.

At least it was lunch time and Ashley only had to endure three more periods of class before she can go home and jump in her very cold pool. She leaned against her friend's locker, banging her head repeatedly against it, as she waited for her arrival. She was hot and starving. Not a very good combination.

When she finally saw her best friend looking like she just ran marathon from the way she was all flushed and sweaty, Ashley stood up straight and glared at her.

"About fricking time," Ashley snapped when Sally approached her. "What took you so long?"

Sally just rolled her eyes and opened her locker door. "There's a little thing called class I had to attend. The bell just rang, dumbass, we don't all skip like you." She started putting her books and way and wiped her sweaty forehead with her arm. "You know schools close when there's snow. Why can't they close when there's a heat wave?"

Ashley would've agreed if she wasn't so hungry and cranky from the heat. "I don't fucking know, can we go now?" she asked impatiently.

Sally slammed the locker door and quirked up her eyebrow. "Oh my God, what crawled up your ass?"

"I don't know, Sally, but it wants lunch, too." Ashley didn't bother waiting for her and proceeded to make her way to the parking lot. She loved the fact that now she was a Junior, she was allowed to have off campus lunch. She didn't think she could stomach the cafeteria food for another year.

Hopping into her convertible, Ashley put the top down and waited for Sally to get in the passenger seat.

"What the hell were you doing during fourth period?" Sally asked as Ashley pulled out of the parking lot.

"I took a nap in the shade," Ashley answered and turned down a street. "Of course by the time I woke up, the sun had shifted so I wasn't in the shade anymore. I got burnt." She pointed to her right shoulder where skin had turned shiny and red.

Sally grimaced. "Ouch. Well, that's what you get for skipping class," she chastised.

"Please, it was art class. I only took it because I needed the credit to graduate. I honestly don't give a shit."

"You could've taken music class instead considering you actually like doing that," Sally pointed out rationally.

Ashley scoffed. "Please, and be labeled a band geek? Ashley Davies is not a band geek."

Sally just rolled her eyes. "Damnit, it seems like the entire upperclassmen are here." Ashley had just pulled up to a restaurant where every King High Junior and Senior went to during lunch. It seemed like everyone wanted to get away today. "We're never going to find a table," Sally complained as they made their way inside.

"Sally, are you forgetting who owns this restaurant?" Ashley reminded her.

Sally hit her head as Ashley made her way to the back. "Uncle Terry!" she exclaimed when she saw a man come out from the kitchen doors.

"Ashley! About time you showed your ass here." He enveloped her in a hug.

"Yeah, sorry," Ashley said once they pulled apart. "I got into some trouble and my off campus lunch privileges were revoked."

Terry laughed. "Likely story. Go have a seat over there." He pointed towards an empty table in the back. "Reserved only for the special people." He winked at her before disappearing back in the kitchen.

Ashley and Sally made their way to the table and sat down. They welcomed the air conditioning. Even thought the place was crowed with hungry teenagers, Ashley was pleasantly comfortable. She grabbed a menu and resisted the urge to order the entire right side.

"Exactly what kind of trouble did you get into?" Sally asked and opened up a menu as well.

"Oh you know, the usual."

Sally rolled her eyes again. "Who was it this time?"

"Laura…something," Ashley said and furrowed her eyebrows in confusion. "Or was it Natalie?"

"You don't even remember?"

Ashley gave her a cheeky smile. "I remember lots of other things besides her name. Like the way she-"

Sally held up her hands to stop her friend from proceeding. "Okay, don't need to know the details. God, Ash, you're such a whore."

"Hey!" she stated defensively but couldn't help the grin on her face. "She pulled me into the janitor's closet. I was just going to class. It's not my fault that I'm so irresistible." Ashley gave smiled smugly. "Lisa! Her name was definitely Lisa."

Sally just shook her head.

It was no secret that Ashley was quite popular with the ladies. She was attractive, very funny, and very charming. She could practically get any girl she wanted if she really tried. Although Ashley didn't have to try. Girls seem to fall for her wherever she went. Even the so called straight ones couldn't resist her charm. Nobody dared to call her a slut because that was one thing she was not. In fact, Ashley was one of the classiest people in King High School. But with the class comes the ego. Ashley's ego was probably bigger than any person alive but it was what some girls were attracted to. Her overconfidence seemed to be a turn on.

Ashley and Sally ordered and ate their lunch and proceeded back to campus. Ashley groaned when she pulled up to her spot and killed the engine.

"Want to skip the rest of day?" she asked Sally hopefully.

"I have a huge test in chemistry, and you know I'd like to graduate with our class." Sally exited the car and started making it way back to the building before the bell rang.

Ashley followed her and whined again. "You are no fun. God, it's so hot. Why can't the damn school get some damn A/C? How is anyone supposed to concentrate in this weather?"

"When have you ever concentrated in class?"


"Well, here's something that might cheer you up," Sally said with amusement. "Your girlfriend is heading this way."

Ashley immediately perked up and stood up straighter. She grinned as she watched a very attractive blonde walk towards her direction. Ashley bit her lip when she saw how the girl was dressed. Because of the very hot weather, she had chose to wear ripped jean shorts accentuating her nice tanned legs and a nice tank top that did wonders for Ashley's imagination. She had thrown her hair back in a messy bun and Ashley's eyes averted to the girl's exposed neck where sweat was glistening off it.

"Hey sexy," Ashley said when the girl walked by. "Missed you at lunch."

Spencer didn't even bother with a response when Ashley addressed her. She continued walking towards her class praying that she wouldn't be followed.

Sally laughed at the blatant brush off but Ashley just grinned. Bidding her friend a goodbye, Ashley went off to chase Spencer. She had finally caught up and fell into step with her.

"You're looking mighty fine today," Ashley said. She tried to keep up with Spencer's fast pace.

Once again, Spencer didn't answer and kept her eyes front.

"Although," Ashley continued, not at all bothered by being ignored. "You do look really hot. Why don't you take off that tank top?"

Spencer bit back a response and just clutched the books she was holding tighter. The cocky tone is Ashley's voice was enough to drive her completely insane. She was so tempted just to hit Ashley over the head with her heavy math book. She had finally reached her next class and was about to go in when Ashley blocked her path. Spencer desperately wanted to wipe the smug off her face with a baseball bat.

"Will you please move?" Spencer finally said.

Ashley just smiled. "I will under one condition."

Spencer rolled her eyes. "And what is that?" she asked exasperated.

"Go out with me this Friday?"

"No," Spencer said immediately and tried to push her way through Ashley which proved to be a bad idea.

"I knew you couldn't resist feeling me up," Ashley said when Spencer's hand accidentally brushed against Ashley's chest.

Spencer face flared with anger. She roughly pushed pass her and finally entered the classroom. Ashley laughed as she rubbed the spot where Spencer had shoulder checked her. "Damn, that one is feisty," she said out loud.

"Don't you have anything else better to do than pathetically throw yourself at girls who clearly have no interest in you?"

Ashley smiled at Spencer's best friend who looked like she was standing by watching the whole exchange. "Nope, and Casey, we both you know that Spencer wants me. It's only a matter of time before she gives in."

Casey shook her head and proceeded to into the classroom Spencer had just entered. "Ashley, it's been nearly three years. I really don't think Spencer is going to give in anytime soon."

"Oh, ye of little faith, my dear Casey. You'll see," she winked at her and Casey rolled her eyes.

"By the way, hope you enjoy detention."

Ashley looked at her confused. "What? I don't have detention." It had to be record, going through an entire day without one.

Casey pointed up and the bell suddenly rang. "Now you do."

"Fuck." Ashley quickly dashed down the hall and tried to make it to her class. It really didn't matter anymore since she was already late and would get a detention. She didn't care though. It was totally worth seeing Spencer even though she wasn't receptive. She's never receptive to Ashley but it never stopped her from hitting on her.

Spencer Carlin was the one girl Ashley couldn't get. Try as she might, Ashley failed to win Spencer's affection. And she's been trying for years. Ever since Spencer transferred to King High half way through their Freshmen year, Ashley had been pursuing her. But every attempt was turned down. Spencer seemed to despise Ashley but Ashley refused to see it that way.

Maybe it was her oversized ego but Ashley looked at Spencer's rejections as playing hard to get. She was quite sure that Spencer wanted her just as much she wanted Spencer. It was only a matter of time before she gave into Ashley's irresistible charm.

Although the time seemed to go by very slow. Ashley wanted Spencer and even though she may never admit it out loud, it absolutely killed Ashley that she didn't have her still.