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Chapter One: Beautiful Blue Eyes

As I walk to the bus stop on the second day of eleventh grade, I think of everything that happened yesterday.

Why? Why me? Why did I have to get stuck with Ian O'Shea as a lab partner, for the rest of the semester?

Don't get me wrong, he is the most popular, most athletic jock in our school, but he is also the most obnoxious jerk you will ever meet.

I did used to like him, but that was years ago. That was before I realized who he really was.

I only figured that out because of that one incident. Two years ago to be exact, and I still remember exactly what happened.

But to tell you that story, I have to tell you this one...

We were in the seventh grade, and it was like any normal school day, until the new kid came in.

The first thing I noticed was his eyes-those beautiful, sparkling blue eyes.

Our teacher did tell us that there would be a new kid, but he didn't warn us that he would be this cute! And he was going to be sitting right next to me!

Melanie Stryder, my best friend since we were in diapers, looked at me from across the room and mouthed "Lucky!"

I grinned and continued to copy the notes on the board.

He slowly walked through the door, as if he was nervous to be here. It was his first day after all.

He hung up his bag, in the back of the classroom, and walked to the front.

"You have all been told about our new student, Ian O'Shea, and I want each and every one of you to treat him the same as you would the rest of the class," Mr. Riviera instructed. "Now, Ian, I want you to take a seat in the empty desk next to Wanda Bennett over there, and copy the science notes off the board. Everything you need is on your desk, and if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask."

"Thank you," Ian murmured while walking to his desk.

"Hey, Ian, I'm Wanda Bennett, but I guess you already knew that. It's nice to meet you." I greeted.

"Hi. Could you help with all this? I honestly don't know what to do, and our teacher seems a little scary." He laughed, and what a beautiful laugh it was.

"Sure." While I helped him get settled in, Mr. Riviera did attendance.

Without looking up from the paper, he started calling names.

"Damien?" "Here!"

"Lily?" "Here!"

"Wanda?" "Here!"

"Brandt?" "Here!"

"Steven?" "Present!"

"Jared?" "You rang?"

"You think you're funny Mr. Howe?"

"I think I'm adorable."

The whole class burst out laughing and Jared got a long lecture on why you shouldn't back talk.

While copying the notes, I suddenly became aware of Ian's hand almost touching mine. He looked at me, smiled, and then continued to copy notes.

I was the one who got to show Ian around the school. I ended up finding out that he moved from Chicago, when his parents both got jobs here in Detroit. He also has a brother that is four years older than him named Kyle.

After a week, Sharon, the most popular seventh grader, gave me a note that had Ian's name on it. I gave the note to Ian and he opened it on his desk. I snuck a peek at it.

The note read "Do you want to go out with me?" Well that was quick.

I was devastated when I saw him write "yes" on the paper.

He wasn't even here for a full week and he's already got a girlfriend.

I never liked Sharon and she never liked me. I always got this bad vibe from her or something like that. I never stopped liking him, though. I always hoped that one day he would dump her.

Unfortunately, that day didn't come until the end of ninth grade...

When I got to the bus stop, I saw Mel and Jared laughing about something. They secretly liked each other last year but neither one of them wanted to be the first to tell the other. That was until I sat them down and forced them to.

"Hey, why are you guys here?" I asked. Jared bought a Jeep last month with the money he made from being a lifeguard over the summer. He drove me and Mel to school yesterday which made me wonder why he wasn't driving it today.

"My mom took my keys last night because I was "back-talking'. I'll probably get it back by the end of the week," Jared answered.

"Of course you did. So, what did I miss?"

"Nothing. Jared was just telling me about how he and Brandt are planning on switching Steven's clothes in Gym today," she told me.

"Wow. Maybe you guys should stop picking on him one day. It's bad enough with all the nicknames you give him."

Steven was Jared and Brandt's best friend since grade two. They were always playing tricks on him, but he always got them back somehow. They also had all these nicknames for him like "Gingerbread" or "Flamer" or their personal favourite "Burns".

"Yeah, yeah but this is payback for when he put purple hair dye in our shampoo bottles," Jared defended.

"I remember that! I actually kind of miss your Barney hair," Mel teased.

Just then, I heard the sound of our bus coming from my left.

"Well you have fun with that. I think the bus is coming," I said.

Not five seconds later the bus pulled up.

"Here goes nothing. This should be fun," I thought sarcastically.

Hope you guys liked it. It was my first chapter of my first story after all. Thanks again to all the people that reviewed the summary and to all the people that favourited and story/author alerted. It really means a lot. Next chapter should be up sometime next week. Maybe even this weekend. You never know. ;)

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