As the alarm clock blared a girl moaned from under her covers before she hit it and with a slight click it stopped. The girl looked at the clock and her eyes widened when she saw what time it was. "Crap!" It was seven in the morning on a Wednesday; the girl was rushing through her daily routine of taking a shower, brushing her hair and teeth, and then she put on a black hoodie with short sleeves and then some black denim jeans that had holes worn in them just below the knees. She ran out the door of her house and rushed through the crowded sidewalk to meet her friends at the school's gate.

When she got there, there was a boy with short, messy, blonde hair and a fair complexion, with emerald green eyes watching her as she walked towards him. He was wearing a green t-shirt and light blue denim jeans. His name was Garfield Logan, Gar for short. He was the schools very own class clown and was sure to tell one of his horrible jokes given even half a chance. "Hey there Garfield. Did you get your homework done last night," the girl asked. His eyes widened with shock.

"WHAT? We had homework? Awww man!" Garfield shouted. There was some snickering and they turned to see their other friends. Victor Stone was a very tall, well-built boy. He had on a light blue football jersey that had a number one on it and a pair of gray shorts. He was dark skinned and had a shaved head, with hazy gray eyes. He was the star quarterback of the school football team, but he wasn't the type of person to let it go to his head.

Next to him was smaller boy with jet-black hair that was spiked up with a ton of hair gel and icy blue eyes. He was a slightly tanned boy, wearing a white sleeveless muscle shirt with a red and black letter jacket and American Eagle jean pants, his name was Richard Grayson or Rich, he was the school martial arts club's best fighter and every girl wanted to go out with him.

The girl standing next to him had long red hair that went down to the middle of her back. She had on a pink blouse and a light purple skirt that went down to her knees. Her name was Kori Anders and she was the school's foreign exchange student. Her English wasn't perfect but you could understand her all the same. She had dark green eyes that were always full of excitement. She had a tanned complexion and all the boys at Jump City High School could, and most likely would, drool over her for hours.

"What did he do this time Rachel?" Vic asked. The girl's name was Rachel Roth. She was a fair skinned girl with dark raven hair, and piercing dark blue eyes. She didn't talk much except to make a sarcastic remark or to critisize someone when they were being an idiot, mainly Gar. She looked up at Victor

"It's more like what he didn't do, which would be his homework. And now Mr. Mod… "

"...is going to bury me alive!" Gar finished. The group looked at him trying to hold back a snicker except for Rachel who just shook her head. Gar looked at her and said, "You got to help me please!" Rachel stared at him.

"Fine, but stop looking at me like that," she replied with a look of annoyance at Gar's pleading eyes.

"YES! Oh thank you Rae!" he exclaimed, giving Rachel the biggest hug he could, but it was nothing compared to the bone breaking hug you would get from Kori. When he finally let go he noticed a pink tinge on her face. "Rae, are you blushing? Oh my gosh, no way!" Gar smiled a smile that went ear to ear and just made Rachel look uncomfortable.

"I'm not blushing Gar, so stop grinning before I knock it off your face!" Rae exclaimed while putting her hood over her head.

"Aw come on Rae, I was just playing around. Will you still help me with my homework?" Gar asked almost pleading while on his knees. Vic, Rich, and Kori were watching the show trying really hard not to burst out laughing. Before Rae could respond the bell rang signaling for first period to start. Four of the five friends ran to their classes, except for Gar who was in no hurry to get to English class and face Mr. Mod. When he finally got to class he was five minutes late, and Mr. Mod was not happy.

"Oy! Alright my little snot! Why are you late this time?" Mr. Mod was literally an English teacher and didn't like Garfield all that much; he always wore a British shirt with the British flags pattern on it and long white pants. He had short red hair and was one of the school's meanest teachers. Most people called him Mad Mod behind his back.

"Ummmm…I...uh...uh…" was all Gar could get out. He knew he was toast.

**** After fifth period the gang met in the cafeteria at their usual table. Kori was the first to break the silence. "So how did Mr. Mod take it that you didn't do your homework?" she asked.

"Ugh, he totally didn't even give me a chance to explain! And what's worse he gave me a detention!" complained Gar. Victor grinned and said,

"Well that's a shame. So are you were gonna ask the new girl out tonight." Rachel looked up skeptically at that statement.

"What did you just say?" she asked, curiosity in her voice. Gar blushed.

"Yeah, but I guess I'll have to wait till tomorrow." Rich looked at Rae and saw the look on her face.

"What's wrong with Gar having a date or wanting to ask someone out?" Rae quickly shook her head.

"Nothing I just think it's going to blow up in his face." Vic looked at her and gave a sly grin.

"Jealous much?" Rae's eyes flicked toward the football player to give him a glare but there was a subtle blush on her face.

"I dont like that clown," she defended, maintaining her composure. Rae looked at Gar and saw his smile widen and a teasing glint shine in his eye. But then his eyes spooted something behind Rachel.

"Well, well, well, what do we have here? If it isn't the misfit witch and her bunch of loser friends," said a voice behind the dark haired girl. Rachel didn't have to turn around to know it was the Jenny and her snobby posse. Rachel'd had a run in with the group once before and it didnt turn out so well. Said group consisted of three spoiled girls and a boy who didn't talk much.

"What do you want Jenny?" asked Rachel with an acid sting to her words. Jenny Hex was a medium height girl with blonde hair that she had dyed the ends of pink. She had hazel eyes that many people feared to look directly into incase she decided to unleash a barrage of ridicule. Rachel wasnt one of these people.

"Oh don't be like that lil' Rae-Rae," said the girl to the right of Jenny. Her name was Cami Anders; she had dark eyes, and straight black hair that reached to the middle of her back. She was just as bad as Jenny but she directed most of her torments toward Kori. After all she was Kori's big sister.

"Good one Cami," said the blonde to the left of Jenny..Her eyes then flicked over to Richard. "OH HI RICHIE-POO," she yelled in flirtatious excitement. Her name was Katherine Moth. She had light blue eyes, and blonde hair that only went a centimeter past her shoulder. For some unknown reason everyone called her Kitten. She had this major crush on Richard and every chance she got she would try to get him to go out with her. And just like Cami she didn't like Kori. Richard groaned in response and hit his head on the table.

Kori stood up with a growl. "Go away Kitten, and leave Richard alone." Everyone knew that Richard and Kori liked each other, but they were both too stubborn to admit it. Kitten glared at Kori but didnt retort.

The only person who didn't speak throughout this entire conversation was the boy standing behind the three girls, staring at Rachel with a bored look on his face. He had a slightly muscled body and was the slightly taller than Richard. He always wore a pair of jeans that had holes worn in them, and some sort of t-shirt that had some smart aleck saying on it. He had piercing ocean blue eyes with green flakes in them, that were staring intently at Rachel at the moment. He also had messy dark hair. His name was Kyle Riley. He sighed and looked out at the rest of the cafeteria.

"Man I wish these three girls would just shut up, they're giving me a headache," he thought. Jenny looked over at Garfield who was glaring at her just like everyone else at the table. That's when she got an idea.

"So Rae, I see you still havent gathered the courage to ask Gar out yet. What's wrong? Scared?" Jenny was well aware that Rachel had a small crush on the group's jokester, and loved to push her buttons. Rachel calmly stood up and turned around to face Jenny, speaking with thinly veiled acid dripping in her usual monotone.

"I dont do fear, Jenny. Now, why dont you go find someone else who actually wants to listen to your rambling." Rachel noticed Kyle crack a small smile at that. Before Jenny could reply, the bell finally rang, dismissing the students to go to class. "Just in the nick of time. Never thought I'd be so happy for sixth period," Rachel thought.

***** After school, Rachel was waiting for her friends, when she spotted Garfield talking to a girl. This girl had flowing blonde hair that reached her waist. She had deep blue eyes and a white complexion. Her name was Tara Maverick and she was wearing a white button shirt with a blue plaid skirt. "So Tara, do you maybe, sorta wanna go out with me tomorrow night?" Gar asked nervously. Tara smiled.

"Gar, I'd love to go out with you," she replied, a small smile on her face.

"You will? Awesome! Then I'll see you at seven then?" Tara smiled.

"Sounds good. See ya then," she called over her shoulder as she walked away smiling. Gar turned only to come face to face with Rachel, and stumbled back a step.

"Oh hey Rae. How long you been standing there?" he asked with a grin. Rachel smirked.

"Long enough. So you and her going out tomorrow?" she asked. Gar's grin grew.

"Yeah, and Im so excited!" That much Rachel could see; he was practically flying as he walked. "So you coming to Vic's tonight?"

"Hmm…I guess," she replied in her normal monotone.

"Great! Then we better get going," said Gar happily as he walked down the street, Rachel following close behind.

**** It was the routine that the five friends would usually meet at Vic's house after school since it was only a couple of blocks away. They hung out and talked about the events of the day. Richard was talking about how the martial arts club was getting tougher, especially with the new teacher, Mr. Wilson.

Kori talked about how she had already completed her homework. Victor was saying he could improve his car's speed and velocity with a few simple modifications that nobody seemed to understand. Gar was bragging about how he had got a date with Tara and was so excited. Rachel was the only one who remained quiet. She was sitting in her usual seat, in the corner of the room. Listening to the conversations being held. She preferred to listen to her friend's talk.

**** When it was finally time for the teens to depart, Kori and Rich went in one direction leaving Gar and Rachel to go the other. They walked mostly in dead silence. That is, until Gar spoke. "Hey Rae…want to hear a joke?" Rachel snapped her head up. She had been in deep thought that had now been interrupted.

"Um, no thanks," she replied.

"Aw come on Rae, it's a good one! Please," Garfield pleaded. She thought about it for a second.

"Fine…I'm listening." Gar's eyes lit up.

"Ok, ok, um here we go." When he was done with the joke Rachel had a small smirk on her face.

"That has got to be the worst joke I have ever heard," she finally said.

"Then why are you smiling?" Gar asked slyly.

"To be polite. I figured I might as well endure it," she retorted. Gar just shrugged as he dropped Rachel off at her place and kept walking. Rachel shook her head at the boy's antics as she called to Laura that she was home.