The phone rang four times, then just clicked off.

I felt a weight settle in my stomach.

What if they had gotten her?

What if they had Brooke?

Man, Marco would kill me if his girlfriend got killed before he could even ask her out.

I dialed Marco's number with a heavy heart.


"Marco. She didn't pick up"

He was silent.

"I'm going to go over to her house, her mom knows me"

"I-I'll meet you there"


I hopped onto my bike and rode the four blocks to her house. She lived in the grey house, partway down.

How did I know?

Marco and I walked her home a few times, when there was a rapist on the loose and girls weren't allowed to walk without any guys.

Of course, the dude was caught, so we didn't have to walk her home, but I think that Marco secretly did sometimes.

I ran up the walk and knocked on the door.

Her mom opened the door, smiling when she saw me.

"Brooke's in the Kitchen" She said, gesturing for me to come in.

I breathed a sigh of relief.

I followed her mom into the kitchen, where Brooke was sitting, staring into a bowl of cereal, looking more asleep than awake.

"Hey wake up, sleepyhead" He mom said, shaking her shoulder and walking out of the room.

"Oh hey Jake" She said, stifling a yawn.

I couldn't resist, I went over an hugged her.

"What was that for?" She asked, yawning again.

"For being alive" I mumbled, blushing a little.

She stared at me blankly.

"We tried calling you, but your phone just hung up. Marco's really worried"

To my surprise, she laughed.

"I'm sorry, but I had my phone on vibrate, and I kept wondering what that weird noise was, but couldn't figure it out"

A face-palmed.

"Hey don't do that! I stayed up all night morphing" She couldn't resist, she yawned again.

I grinned and stole a part of the muffin she had.

"We're going over to Cassie's, wanna come?" I asked, standing up.

"Yeah" She said, putting her bowl in the sink and going into the next room to change.

I went outside and sat on my bike, fiddling with the handle.

Brooke came out a minute later, grabbing her bike and helmet from the garage.

We took off to Cassie's.


When we got there, i went in the barn first, Brooke following behind.

Marco was up in a flash, striding over to Brooke.

"What happened?" He asked, eyes flashing.

"I had my phone off" She said, smiling sheepishly.

I thought Marco was going to hit her, but he did the unthinkable.

He kissed her.

Smack on the lips.

Tobias wolf-whistled.

They broke apart, slightly shocked, Marco rubbing the back of his head and Brooke blushing furiously.

"Never saw that coming" Rachel said, just staring at the pair.

Cassie looked at them with wide eyes.

"Marco kissed a girl?" She whispered in mock horror.

"Yeah, weirder things have happened" Marco said, looking at the ceiling with his hands in his pockets.

I fought the urge to giggle.

Tobias didn't.

He started laughing loudly.

I couldn't resist anymore, I let out a snort of laughter.

Immediately, Tobias sobered up.

"Shut up Jake, you shouldn't make fun of other people just because you're jealous"

That threw Cassie and Rachel into fits of giggles. Marco and Brooke just sort of stared at us.

Then, the sound of a Police siren came up the driveway, and we all quit laughing immediately.

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