Chapter surprise!

It was fairly uncommon for the school to have an assembly, but no one thought anything of it. Honestly, they were all pretty happy when they heard that there was an actual band at the school. It was shaping up to be an excellent day. That was, until the curtain opened. Henry and Jasper were smiling in the happiness of getting out of class. But Henry's smile faded when Apollo's hand fell out of his and he began to clench his fists. Henry grabbed his hand and pulled it apart when he noticed a drop of blood drip from the palm. "What's wrong?" He asked.

Apollo's teeth were clenched and he could barely force out an answer. "It's him. That rat bastard." Henry's eyes flickered to the stage and noticed that the singer was looking right in their direction. Staring no, glaring more like. Henry's eyes moved back to Artemis and saw that there were a few tears slowly making their way down his cheeks. Henry wanted to take the twins out of here, but Uncle Bryan said that the assembly was mandatory. 'Speak of the devil' Henry thought as his uncle walked up on stage.

"Now, I know that this is a surprise."

Apollo tensed next to Henry. "You're damn right it is." He whispered furiously.

"My old friend Principal Jacobs has come to visit this week, and he brought his son's band for you guys to enjoy." He pointed to the band and they began to play.

I'm not a perfect person
There's many things I wish I didn't do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

I've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you

I'm sorry that I hurt you
It's something I must live with every day
And all the pain I put you through
I wish that I could take it all away
And be the one who catches all your tears
That's why I need you to hear

I've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you

And the reason is you
And the reason is you
And the reason is you

I'm not a perfect person
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

I've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you

I've found a reason to show
A side of me you didn't know
A reason for all that I do
And the reason is you

When the song ended and the auditorium began to empty, Jasper finally noticed the tears on Artemis' face. He felt really bad about that. "What's wrong?" He asked.

Artemis pulled away and walked fast into the hallway. "It's nothing. Hey, head to the cafeteria, I'll meet you there." Jasper's hand fell from his shoulder and he walked away toward the bathroom.

He was walking alone in an empty hallway, which was his first mistake. His second was not paying attention. So when he was grabbed, it wasn't a surprise to anyone but him. "Can we talk?" Bradley asked quietly.

"I have nothing to talk to you about." Artemis continued to walk before he was pressed against the locker.

"Now that isn't very polite." He pressed chaste kisses along Artemis' jaw. Artemis lunged sideways and began to run, but he wasn't fast enough and was soon on the ground with a pained cheek.

It wasn't long before Jasper went looking. When he walked into the hallway, he saw Artemis pushed against the lockers. That was when everything drained from his mind. Everything he could've hoped to use against whoever was hurting Artemis. And of course, any common sense. He ran down the hall yelling and planted his fist on the guy's cheek. And of course, the yell attracted a crowd as Bradley began to stand up.

"This isn't any of your business." He said angrily.

"It became my business when you came anywhere near him." Jasper replied.

"Oh, I see what this is." Bradley smiled deviously. "You think he's perfect, you think he's nice. But he's completely fucked up on the inside. And you know what?"

"What?" Jasper spat angrily. It took all of his self control not to charge this guy.

"I'm the one who made him like that." Bradley charged him and Jasper quickly dodged out of the way before his elbow came into contact with the other boy's lower back.

"I screwed him up. I tied him down to a bed and I whipped him, I bit him. I'm sure you've seen the scars, all of them, all from me."

That was when he noticed that everyone was crowding around to watch the two principal's sons duke it out.

Apollo and Henry were cheering for Jasper until Maggie gave them the death glare. And Jasper's dad was just standing there with a strange look of mixed pride and shame on his face.

"I fucked him up, because if I can't have him, I'll kill him on the inside."

Jasper noticed tears on Artemis' face.

Bradley got back up slowly. "I found his soul; pure and innocent; and I corrupted it. Covered it with the filth until all that was left was the stench of decay."

"Shut the fuck up pig." Jasper charged at him but missed and he only ended up on the other side.

"Your little friend. He's damaged. Worse for wear. Completely and utterly devoid of any little emotion he can hardly understand. I've destroyed him." Jasper glared at him. "He's in Hell, and you're just a fallen angel to him. Get the picture?"

And then he decided to make a jab for Jasper. Unfortunately, his fist connected with Jasper's stomach but he wasn't down long and he soon jabbed the heel of his foot up into the bastard's crotch. "Stay." Jasper yelled.

Bradley got back up and stumbled before Jasper spun behind him and chopped his neck. "Away!"

He picked him up by the throat and pushed him against the lockers to keep him from falling down. "From!"

He pushed him into the middle of the hallway. He smiled at the small tinge of fear in Bradley's eyes. Then he lunged forward and his fist connected with the other boy's sternum and he heard a rib or two crack. "My!"

By that time Bradley was on his knees. And now, Jasper used one of Henry's moves. He crouched before launching his foot into the already cracked ribs ahead of him. "Boyfriend!"

And with that last kick, Bradley was pushed against the lockers on the other side of the hall. "Did you get that fucking picture? Or do I need a new motherfucking camera?"

The other boy looked up with tear filled eyes and a stream of blood trickling from his mouth before he fell unconscious.

The entire crowd fell silent except for Jasper's dad. He pointed at Jasper and Artemis. "You two, my office, now." He didn't use his principal voice, he used his dad voice; the one that didn't hold elected authority, the one that held resistance; and that was what really scared Jasper. As they followed his dad, Jasper could feel all of the looks he was getting. Approval from Henry and Apollo, disgust from a lot of people, surprise from even more. And as Jasper's dad closed the door, he got one more surprise. "Jasper. Although that wasn't the best way to settle that argument, I'm impressed. Obviously you'll both be getting detention, but seeing as this wasn't exactly your fault, it'll only be a week's worth of detention. Now Jasper, can you wait outside for a moment?"

"Um sure Dad." He gave Artemis a small smile before exiting.

"Mr. Krest, I'm well aware of the circumstances of which you moved here, however let me express my apologies for." But Artemis interrupted him.

"Sir, it's okay. You couldn't have known that that was the specific principal and person. The chances are astronomical." He said quietly.

"It's good that you feel that way, but I'm still going to apologize whether you like it or not. So I'm sorry." He looked down at his desk. And as Artemis exited the room, he heard Dean Bartlett grumble. "And," He paused, "its okay with me." Artemis let out a small sigh as he shut the door.

"Jasper, I." But Jasper put his finger on Artemis' lips.

"You'll tell me when you're ready, for now let's just try to enjoy the rest of the day." Jasper said quietly.

And as they exited the door hand in hand in front of the crowd of people waiting for them, Artemis turned to Jasper and pulled their lips together for the first time. It was without hesitation or fear. It was without remorse or regret. It was soft and sweet and longing. And most of the girls in the crowd actually started a group "Aww."

So as they parted ways to head to class, they were both mercilessly interrogated by their friends. But that wasn't a bother to them. They were both floating blissfully on Cloud Nine. And not because of how all the guys were telling Jasper how awesome that was that he just beat that dude down. And not because of how all the girls were telling Artemis how amazing that kiss looked and how they wished they could be Jasper.

It was because of the couple of seconds that their lips had fit together perfectly.

With symmetry one in a thousand.

With passion one in a million.

With love once in a lifetime.

Molto bene. Stupefacente. Perfetto. Bello.

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