I do not own Never Back Down. No matter how much I wish I did. =( sad.

"Ready?" I asked Jake as I walked into the kitchen.

He looked up from his eggo waffles and smiled. "Yeah, hold on a sec."

I smiled to myself and walked to the living room to grab my bag/purse. Jake was going back to school today. It's been a couple days. Apparently when I was gone at detention Max came and talked to him, he also gave him some sort of DVD, when I asked Jake about it he hid it and told me it wasn't important. I left it alone.

Picking up my bag I went back into the kitchen. I looked to Jake and he nodded. Standing up, he followed me to the door. "Later Charlie!" I called over my shoulder.

"Bye Mar!" I heard him call back from somewhere in the apartment.

I smiled and walked out the door with Jake behind me. We made it to the bus earlier than normal. "Are you okay, Jake?" I asked.

He looked over at me and smiled. "Yeah, I'm good Mar. Thanks for helping me get my ass back in gear." I could tell that he wasn't though. He was just trying to make me feel good, he should know that I would recognize it by now.

"Look Jake, I know you don't want to do this, but, it does mean a lot to me that you are. Seriously. Thank you." I smiled at him.

He looked over at me and grinned. "You're going soft on me Mar." He pulled me to his side and tucked me under his arm.

"I know I know!" I cried jokingly slapping him in the gut. During our little confession fest the bus pulled up and honked the horn. "Crap!" I laughed running to the door.

Jake laughed and ran after me. We got on the bus and took an empty seat in the middle. There were all kinds of people looking at us. Some didn't even try to hide it, like the ones in front of us. They turned around in their seats and openly stared at Jake.

I looked over to see Jake looking down at his shoes slightly embarrassed. I reached over and put my hand on his arm. "Just ignore them. They're assholes." I mumbled to him.

He laughed and nodded his head before giving me a mock glare. "Watch your language."

I shook my head and rolled my eyes.

When we got to the school the staring got worse, ten fold. There were all these people openly watching Jake and it sort of made me mad. "Just ignore them. They're assholes." Jake said mocking my earlier statement.

"Ha ha, very funny." I grumbled under my breath.

He smiled and pulled me under his arm again. "Seriously, you act like you're the one they're all starting at."

We continued walking. "I think I'm gonna skip out on breakfast this morning Jake."

He nodded and went to walk away. "I take that as an 'Okay Mary. I'll see you later. I love you." I said rolling my eyes at him back.

He slowly turned around and walked back to me. "Okay Mary. I'll see you later. I love you." He mocked again pulling me into a hug.

I pulled away from him and rolled my eyes. "Doesn't' count now Jake. I had to remind you."

He shook his head and laughed. "Okay, I'll see you later though."

"Alright, bye Jake. Love you." I smiled and turned around walking the opposite way.

I had almost gotten to my locker when I heard someone. "Well, well, well. If it isn't Mary, just plain Mary." I smiled and turned around to see Christopher leaning against a locker.

"Hey Christopher." I grinned walking closer to him. "Isn't it a little too early for you to be to school. I mean, it hasn't even started yet. I took you as the, ten minute late guy."

He smirked and crossed his arms. "I decided to check it out. See what the big deal is about being on time."

I rolled my eyes. "Well I for one, like to be to class on time, all the time. I've actually got to get to my locker. So-" I trailed off and started walking backwards.

He followed. "I'll come with you."

"Um, okay?" I questioned and turned around walking to my locker. When I got there I opened it and put away the books I no longer needed and took out the ones I would need.

Christopher was looking over my shoulder and laughed. "Exactly how I pictured it."

I turned around and faced him. "What?" I asked confused.

He grinned and nodded at my locker. "Your locker. I pictured it to be neat, just like that."

I scrunched up my nose and gave him a funny look. "You pictured what my locker would look like?"

He looked like he finally noticed how weird that sounded and made a weird face himself. "I guess that does sound a little weird doesn't it?"

I laughed lightly and nodded with him. "Yeah, it sort of does. Just a little." I turned around and shut my locker. "I've got to be getting to my class. So, I'll see you later, Christopher?" I asked raising an eyebrow.

He smirked. "Yeah, and didn't I tell you that you earned the right to call me Chris?" He asked with a mock glare. I blushed lightly and nodded. He laughed and looked around. "So, want to eat lunch with me and my friends today?" He asked and I could tell he felt a little awkward about it.

"Yeah. That'd be cool." I said nodding and backing up slowly. "I seriously have to get to class though.

He nodded. "Okay, that's cool. I'll just meet up with you after fourth."

I smiled and turned around before realizing he didn't know my fourth period class. "Wait. You don't know my class."

He smirked and gave me a wink. "I've got my ways." I blushed and his smirk widened. Then he looked over my shoulder and gave a curt head nod before giving me one last smirk and walking away.

I turned around and rolled my eyes at who I saw. Couldn't the guy just take a damn hint and get that I do not want him near me. At all.

To get to my class I had to go that way though. So sucking up that feeling I had I went straight toward him. "Hey little Mary. How's my favorite girl today?"

Rolling my eyes I tried to ignore him and kept walking, he wasn't having that, being right on my tail and all. "Look Ryan. Just leave me alone."

"Come on Mar. I'm trying here."

"As if." I scoffed and kept on my way. His footsteps could still be heard behind me. "Ryan! Stop." Spinning on the spot I looked up at him with a scowl. "Go to class."

"I'm walking you to yours first." Was his quick reply,

"Super." I did my best and it was pretty well done. Every time he would say something I would completely ignore him and not egg him on. That was, until we reached my first period classroom.

"Do you want to have lunch with me?"

That was definitely not expected. "You're kidding right?" I scoffed looked at the tall muscled man in front of me. He wasn't. "You are mental if you seriously think that I would eat lunch with you. Just give it up, this is just wasting your precious time."

"Why not?" Of course he would completely ignore everything I said except for that. Ridiculous.

"You seriously should not have to ask me that. Not like I would ever want to have lunch with you ever in the first place, but, I'm already having lunch with someone else anyways."

"Right. Tyler's back." Just hearing him say that made my insides tighten and make me want to strangle him. Apparently he noticed. "Shit."

"Right." Looking around I saw more and more people filling up the once deserted hallways. "I have to go to class." I dismissed and walked into the room. When I took my seat he was still standing at the doorway looking in. It was almost creepy, the rest of the girls around didn't seem to think the same thing as for they were practically drooling all over their school books. Idiots.

The first four periods of the day went by so slow I thought I was going to die of starvation. I quickly ditched my books in my locker and raced to the cafeteria praying I got there before the line was ridiculously long.

Turns out to be, lady luck hated me. Just as I was going to get in the line I heard my name being yelled. My short frame couldn't see over the burly jocks in front of me. I peeked around them and saw Chris towards the front of the line waving at me like a lunatic. I smiled and he waved me over to him, I looked around nervously and walked over. I didn't feel right cutting.

"I don't like cutting these people. Besides now they're giving me nasty looks." I whispered to him pointing out a particularly vicious looking jock according to his letterman and burly figure.

"Oh they can suck it." Chris said waving it off. "Besides, if they got there before you there'd be no food left."

We got our food and he led me to a table with a few people around it. As my favorite person, lady luck would have it, they were all guys. Thank you lady luck, really. What have I ever done to you?

Chris sat down and patted the seat next to him. "Take a seat." I did as was told and he grinned before turning to the rest of the guys who were looking at me with quite a bit of interest. "Guys this is Mary. You know. The one I told you about."

Great. He told them about me. I felt the blush spread across my face. "No shit. This scrawny girl was the one that punched McCarthy in the face!" Exclaimed the guy who was sitting on my left. Chris nodded with a proud smile on his face. "I am very glad to meet you." He said taking my hand and shaking it. "The name's Cary."

"Mary." I replied and then grinned. That rhymed.

"What's up? I'm Oliver." Said a blonde boy with brown eyes. He was one of those cocky suckers. So full of themselves, think that women will trip over themselves for them. I could just tell by the way he said those few words and his look.

"Well now that you've met the dipshits. I'm Sean." This guy was pretty cute. He had brown hair with natural highlights, and his eyes were a gorgeous blue. "Nice to meet you."

My blush was back and I could feel it spread over my face and I looked down to my tray. "You too."

Sean let out a laugh and Chris groaned. "Come on Sean. I bring a girl back and you say a few words and she fawns over you. That's bullshit."

I looked up and my mouth dropped open. "Hey!" Sean held up his hands defensively. "I didn't do anything."

Deciding to ignore all of this I went back to eating my food.

Lunch was over pretty quick. Sean and Chris were having a little playful banter about me and how I was off limits because I was a friend. And then Sean would counter with "I didn't even do anything" which Chris would reply with "You did too!" and it didn't stop at that. It was an entertaining lunch to say the least.

"Alright alright. You weren't trying anything on her. I got it." By now I was rolling my eyes at the two idiots. I could definitely get along with this crowd.

"I'll see you later. It was nice meeting you guys." I said directing the last bit to Chris' friends.

Sean grinned and stepped forward. "You too Mar. I'll just say now, you'll never be bored when you're with us." I grinned knowing that was the truth.

"I'll walk you to your class."

Chris and I walked to my locker so I could get my books before we went to my fifth period. "You've better go before you're late for your class."

He just scoffed and raised an eyebrow. "Does it look like I care?"

I rolled my eyes in response. "You should."

"Alright. I'm going to go before you give me the whole education speech." He said with a grin. "I'll see you tomorrow. Lunch?" He asked.

"Only if Sean'll be there." Scoffing he flipped me off and walked down the hallway. As soon as I was in my seat the bell rang. That was close.

Seems as if Lady Luck was making up for her hateful ways from earlier. The last two periods were over crazy fast and I was happy.

After putting my things away in my locker and grabbing my bag I went and found Jake in front of the school. "Hey."

He turned around and smiled. "Hey. How was your day?"

"Pretty good. I got to meet Chris' friends today. They were cool, I think you'd like them. They hate Ryan." I grinned. "Oh, and I only ran into him once."

He frowned lightly. "Yeah, me too. He said sorry."

My eyebrows shot up into my hairline. "He said what?"

"Yeah. I was thinking the same thing. Think he's trying something?" I really didn't know what to think. It was… Mind boggling.

"I don't know. That's just-"

"Weird?" He suggested and I nodded. "Hey. I've got something to do. So I'll see you at home tonight. I'll text you later alright?"

"Alright. I'll see you later." He pulled me into a one armed hug and took off walking down the road in the opposite direction of our house.

Looks like I'll be riding the bus alone today. I slowly started making my way to the bus and took a seat in the front. I brought my bag up to take out the textbook I had procrastinated in reading but it wasn't there. Ah shit.

I grabbed my bag and jumped off the bus running as fast as I could to the building. I slid into my locker and quickly put in the code taking deep breaths. Damn was I out of shape.

Grabbing the book I stuffed it into my bag and took off running down the hall not even zipping up my bag first. I was at the corner to the entrance doors when I ran smack dab into someone and was sent to the floor. Everything in my bag was dumped out except for a freaking pencil.

"Whoa. Slow down there tiger."

Ugh. I hated that voice. I quickly started shoving my things into my bag ignoring him.

He bent down and started helping me. "What's the rush?"

Still ignoring him I continued shoving things into my bag, apparently wrong because it wouldn't zip up. "Damn it."

"Here let m-"

"Shut up!" I snapped pulling the zipper and it broke. "Shit." I looked up and through the double door window I saw the buses pulling out of the parking area. "No!" I jumped up and took off running after them with things falling out of my bag on the way. The bus kept going and I stopped at the edge of the sidewalk.

Damn. "Need a ride." That damned voice again. I turned around and there was Ryan with the few books and papers that fell out on my mad dash.

Lady luck was definitely not on my side today.

Author's Notes: Okay. To all of you out there that are still reading my story even though I'm horrible to you and haven't updated forever. I am terribly sorry. It's not all that great. But I hope you'll forgive. Thanks! Love much. Please review. Love the feedback!