Hey you guys! Sorry it took me a while to update, I've had a bit of a block and I've been overwhelmed with school and my other fanfics for the Darren Shan, Infernal Devices, and InuYasha fandoms. I realize I haven't updated in over a year, so sorry, but let's see if I can't tie up this loose end, eh? ;)

Enjoy!

Vanessa P.O.V.

The rest of my weekend was nice. Asa and I went to the library with Charlie and Paton and we went to the park and saw a movie, very couple like. It was Monday morning when the dread seeped in. "It's okay, he won't hurt you." Asa murmured as we took our seats on the bus for music kids. I still felt out of place what with me being in drama. I sighed, my dread overwhelming my out of place-ness.

"It's not me I'm worried about, Asa." I replied. He wrapped his arms around me and kissed the top of my head. "It'll be fine, Vanessa, I promise." He said. I shrugged.

Soon, we arrived at the school. I walked out of the bus silently as Asa, Charlie, and Fidelio whispered to each other. I frowned when I saw a figure staring down at me from my bedroom window. James. I sighed and walked quietly up to my room after entering the main hall.

I walked into my room to find James leaning against the wall, still peering through the window. "My room is off limits, James." I said. He looked up at me silently. We sat like that for awhile. Finally, he stood upright and bowed low. "My apologies." He muttered. I frowned. "Since when are you polite?" I huffed. He frowned at me. "Vanessa, I have lost. At least let me leave with what left of my dignity I have." He said angrily. I blinked, surprised.

"What, you're done?" I asked. He stared. "I don't know. I'm taking a step back." He muttered. He walked towards the door and stopped right in front of me. I felt my face turn pink against my will. He smiled softy. "But don't be mistaken, I will get what I came here for, love." He whispered in my ear. And with that, he walked out the door.

The morning went by in a blur and the next thing I knew, I was in my fourth period Theatre class with Asa. I sighed and leaned against him as we watched kids perform monologues from a Mid Summer's Night Dream. He rubbed my arm. "Hey babe, you okay?" he murmured into my ear. I shrugged. He opened his mouth to reply when the intercom came on. "Asa Pike, please report to Headmaster Bloor's office immediately." We frowned. "I'll be back, see you later babe." He said, kissing me lightly on the lips. I smiled and watched as he left.

I turned back to the play, getting lost in Shakespeare, when I felt someone's arm brush against mine. I looked to my left to see no one there. I turned and sighed.

"Hey Ollie." I murmured to the Invisible Boy.

"Hey…" he trailed off awkwardly. I frowned. "Ollie, is something wrong?" I whispered. I heard him take a deep breath in, about to reply, when the door opened and Asa came back in. I felt Ollie brush against my knees as he shuffled to the seat on my right so Asa wouldn't sit on him.

Asa sighed and sat where Ollie had previously been sitting." I smiled at him. "I didn't expect you to be back so soon." I murmured, curling into his side. He sighed and put an arm around my shoulders. "Yeah, well I didn't expect James to be there." He muttered.

I shot up straight and looked at him in shock. "What? James was there?" I asked. He nodded, his brows furrowing. "I really wish that guy would have stayed dead." He muttered. I sighed and leaned back into him. "Yes, I suppose so." I felt Ollie poking me and frowned.

"Excuse me Asa, I have to pee." I said, slipping out of the auditorium without my teacher noticing. I walked down the hallway a bit and then stopped. I heard Ollie shuffling and then heard his voice.

"Vanessa, it's about James…" he trailed off. I looked where I thought he would be. "What about James?" I asked quietly.

"Yes, what about me?" I whirled around to find James leaning against the wall next to me. I reached out behind me, felt Ollie's arm, and pushed at him, silently urging him to runaway.

"What do you want James?" I asked. He looked me up and down, scrutinizing my glossy black pumps, leather pants, and beige sweater. He looked up at me. "Who were you talking to, Vanessa?" he asked. I frowned, and took a step back. "That's none of your concern." I said. He took another step towards me.

He reached his hand up to touch my face and fingered my lip piercing. "Why ever would you destroy your natural beauty by sticking metal in your face like a savage?" he asked with a frown on his face. I swatted his hand from my face and took another few steps back, trying to get back to the auditorium.

"Because I wanted to and I like it." I said defiantly. He took another few steps towards me. "It's stupid." He retorted. I took another step back. Almost there… "Asa doesn't have a problem with it." I countered. He stepped forward, looking slightly angry. "Yes, and that ingrate also has metal in his ears." I glared and took a step back, bumping into the auditorium doors.

"He's not an ingrate." I hissed. I turned, ready to open the door, when James grabbed me, turned me around, and threw me over his shoulder. I shrieked. "James put me down right now or I swear to all that is good and holy that I will—"

"You'll what? Kill me?" he laughed. I started pounding on his chest as he walked away before rational thoughts hit me. I took in a good breath of air and screamed the first name that came to mind.

"ASA!"

Asa P.O.V.

I tensed when I heard my name being screamed…Vanessa was in trouble. I and the rest of the class rushed out of the auditorium and into the main hall where other students were also starting to gather, to find Vanessa slung over James shoulder, kicking and screaming. She looked up and our eyes met.

"Asa!" she shouted, pounding harder on James back. He simply turned and met my glare. He smirked. "I thought you'd come running, filthy mutt." I glared at him as I slowly approached him. The hall went silent, except for Vanessa's occasional swear words and pounding on James.

"James, put Vanessa down." I growled. He smirked at me. "Or else what? Remember what happened last time?" he sneered. I glared. "Yeah, I killed your sorry ass. Now put Vanessa down before I make you." I growled out, feeling my body shaking, getting ready to phase. It scared me a bit, I'd never been able to phase when the lights out, but I suppose love changes a lot of things.

James smirked and literally let Vanessa drop to the ground. She yelped as she hit the ground and landed on her arm. She started whimpering slightly. I growled and raced towards him.

No one hurts Vanessa and gets away with it. No one.