Author's Note: Didn't I say coming soon? Exhaustion kept me in last night and I worked on this. I'm liking where it's going so far and I hope you guys do too. There are new pictures for the teenage versions of the kids up, plus short write ups for Eva, Mikey, and David. Check them out!
Summary: Eva Riley spent her whole life with certain expectations, but when she heads to high school and encounters two boys she's known since childhood, she realizes that they'll probably have to change. Mikey Gaffney is finding that his rebellious behavior is catching up to him, and David Portman just wants to get through his senior year and move on to what's next.
Disclaimer: I own neither the Ducks, the Varsity, or Eden Hall. There was a time when I owned their siblings and progeny, but they've kind of taken on a life of their own.
Chapter 1: Eva
Eva Riley ran quickly out of her dorm, pulling her hair into a pony tail, she wasn't paying attention (as was kind of usual with her) and so she barely noticed when she rammed right into someone.
"Sorry!" She said. She looked up and noticed the boy who was standing there. He was sort of small, had blond hair that was in natural sloppy disarray and she realized who he was right away. "Hi."
"Hi," he smiled. "I'm sorry I…"
"David?" She said, realizing he didn't recognize her. "David Portman?"
"Yeah," he nodded, "I'm really sorry, I should know you but I can't…"
"It's me," she said softly. "Eva." He looked at her. "Eva Riley."
"No way," he blinked. She nodded. "Oh my God! The last time I saw you," he stopped. "Well, you were different."
"I was ten," she nodded. He laughed. "You were different too." He smiled. "I should go, first day of freshman year."
"Yeah," he said. "Look, I'm a senior so, if you need anything." She nodded. "OK, great, I'll see you around."
"Sure," she nodded. "It was really good to see you again. Say hi to your Mom for me, and Lizzie and Dean."
"Yeah, um, same to TJ and Bella." He nodded. She smiled and walked away. He shook his head trying not to stare. Eva had always been beautiful, it's just she'd always been little girl beautiful. Now she was kind of hot. But she still only fourteen, he had to remember that.
"Yo! Portman!" He groaned hearing the voice behind him.
"What do you want Gaffney?" David said. Mike Gaffney laughed running up to catch him. David and Mike were friends, although most people couldn't quite figure out why. David was known for being quiet, contemplative and hardworking. Mike, now a junior, was kind of an asshole, always making noise and drawing attention to himself. But the two boys had bonded over hockey and their family's mutual screwed up-ness, and since Mike had been a too confident trouble making freshman they'd been inseparable.
"I can't just say hi to my best friend?" Mike smirked. David rolled his eyes.
"Oh, I just ran into your cousin," David said. "I didn't realize she was a freshman."
"Eva?" Mike said. David nodded. "She's not my cousin."
"She's Jimmy's niece," David shrugged.
"Yeah," he nodded. "Jimmy's not my father." David rolled his eyes. "Look, just cause you call the guy who raised you but isn't your dad, 'Dad' doesn't mean I have to. Plus I think it would royally mess with his head if I called him that anyway." He stopped. "Huh, I might start calling him Dad."
"God, you're a good guy," David rolled his eyes. "Anyway, when'd she get hot?"
"I dunno," Mike shrugged. "I haven't seen her in like a year. We spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with Julie's mom last year, not the Rileys, and I spent spring break in Colorado with you."
"You didn't see her this summer?" He asked. Mike shook his head. "The only reason I didn't see her this summer was because she spent the whole thing in New York with Tammy and Steve."
"Whatever," Mikey shrugged. "I didn't see her OK, and she's not my cousin."
"OK," David said, wondering what he was so defensive about.
Later on her way from lunch to her history class, Eva sighed feeling herself get pulled around a hall corner.
"Mikey," she said softly. He kissed her. "Mm, hi," she said.
"Hi," he smiled. "How's your first day going?" He asked, brushing a piece of hair behind her shoulder.
"Good," she smiled. She looked up at Mikey. He was tall, well muscled, with dark short cropped hair. His eyes were an intense brown and he smiled a lot. She'd known Mikey since she was about eight, and he was nine, when his parents died and his older sister, her Aunt Julie had become his legal guardian. The kissing had started this summer, when she'd been visiting her Aunt Tammy and Uncle Steve in New York and he'd come to visit. They'd gone for a walk along the river and one thing had lead to another and he'd kissed her. They knew they couldn't tell anyone, since they were practically cousins. But it was fun none the less.
"I hear you ran into David," he said. She nodded. "So are you still crushing on him?"
"Stop," she blushed. It amazed her how one minute he could be kissing her and the next he could be teasing her like a big brother. It didn't make any sense. "I was ten." He nodded.
"Right," he said. "I just wanted to say hi." She giggled as he kissed her again. "I'll see you soon."
"Right," she smiled. "Mikey," she said as he started to walk away. "How does this work, here?"
"I'm not sure yet," he shrugged. "I mean, I'm not sure what it is yet, you know Evie?"
"OK," she nodded. "And you're sure you don't just like me because, you know, it would make Uncle Jimmy's head explode?"
"Evie," he shook his head walking back over and lifting her chin as she tried to avoid eye contact. "Believe it or not I don't spend all of my time coming up with ways to make Jimmy's head explode."
"You fooled me," she said. He laughed. "Will you come over today?"
"I'll try," he nodded and kissed her again. "See you around, Riley."
"Bye," she said as he walked away.
"Oh and Evie," he turned around. She looked at him. "Please don't tell your dad. He scares me."
"OK," Eva nodded.
After school Eva wandered quietly around the various tables set up for school activities and clubs. She noticed a bunch of cheerleaders sitting at their table. She noticed them whispering to each other about each girl that was brave enough to sign up for try outs. She laughed. She knew that that had been her mother, Cassie and her godmother Allie, when they went here.
"Thinking of becoming a cheerleader?" She jumped and turned seeing David. "Did I scare you?"
"Kinda," she said. "And no, I'm not going to be a cheerleader. I'll let Bella follow in Mommy dearest's footsteps." He laughed. She walked over to the art club table and signed up.
"You're an artist?" He said.
"I paint," she nodded. "My Aunt Tammy's been teaching me for the past few years. She's an amazing artist."
"Tammy Duncan?" He said. She nodded. "Yeah, I've seen her early work." She looked at him. "My mom's best friend is married to her ex boyfriend."
"Right," she nodded. "I knew that."
"Hey," Mike walked over. "Evie, hey! It's good to see you."
"You too," she said and hugged him. He smelled her hair. "Um do you know David?"
"We've met," both boys said and laughed.
"Oh," she said. "Um, anyway, I should go, I told my dad I'd meet him." She bounced away. Both boys watched her leave and she looked over her shoulder and smiled, not sure which one she was smiling at.
So that's the start, what do you think? Review please!