Author's note: Hey guys! So this is my very first FanFic story here. I would really appreciate if you guys do go a bit easy on me. As for the characters, Mia is rightfully mine so please DO NOT take her or if you wish to use her in a story, please feel free to get my permission first. I do not own Princess Tiana or Prince Naveen. Hope you guys enjoy the first chapter! R&R!
Chapter 1: High School Life
"Mia! Mia, honey wake up! You're going to be late for school!" Mom's voice called from downstairs. I groaned and sat up on my bed and slapped my hand on the alarm clock. I was really dreading the fact that I had to go back to school.
I recently just started 9th grade, so this is my first year of high school, and I already hated it. Even though this is only the third week of school, you'd think I would've gotten a little used to it by now, but nope. I hated it.
I got out of bed and headed straight for the washroom to brush my teeth, wash my face, and brush my hair and to get changed. I decided to throw on my favourite navy blue kami shirt, a pair of skinny black leggings and my gray cardigan. I didn't want to do much with my hair so I decided to put it in a nice pony-tail and I threw on my golden sandals.
By the time I got downstairs, breakfast was already on the table. I decided I wasn't really hungry so instead I just took a couple bites of cereal and gulped down some orange juice straight from the carton.
"Mia, sweetie, you should really eat something more than just a couple bites of cereal" Tiana said with concern.
"I'm not really hungry mom" I told her. Then my phone started to buzz. I grabbed it from the table. It was a text from Lillie.
'Hey you, I'll be there in about 5 minutes'. I replied back by saying: 'Alrighty! See ya soon'.
"Who was that?" Mom asked.
"It was Lillie, she said she will be here in 5 minutes" I told her.
Lillie and I have been best friends for about ten years. I was four when we first met. She is three years older than me, so she was seven at the time. She lives at least three houses down from me. We both come from different worlds. Lillie comes from a place called Atlantica. I moved here, to Vancouver from New Orleans. I have to admit when I first met Lillie, I thought she was a bit strange. Most people think (and still do think) she is troubled. She often keeps to herself. I think there was one time where I was sleeping and it was the middle of the night and she was outside running to God knows where. What really scared me about her is that she often hums and rambles on to herself. It wasn't long until her parents forced to her to see a psychiatrist about her problems. But since she continues to go see her psychiatrist, she has gotten a bit better. As I got to know her a little more, I understood that the reason she is like that is because she is very adventurous and imaginative. This is one of the things I enjoy. From that day on, Lillie and I became inseparable. She is like my big sister. She is one of the people I can talk to or cry to about anything. The main thing we have in common with each other is the fact that we both like to keep to ourselves. We're not the type of girls that go around looking for attention or, in fact, tell everyone our business. Also we are both very shy around new people. But once the two of us are together, we are insane! Lillie may come across as shy and a bit naïve to other people, but to me, she is one of the toughest girls I know. Although we share the same personality, we have both had different interests. For example, I love sports and I love music, whereas Lillie loves science, language arts and school. I hated school, and Lillie hated sports, so we're both even. But at the end of the day, we always have each other's backs no matter what.
"Honey, are you alright?" Mom asked me.
"Yes mom, I'm fine" I told her as I shut my phone and stared down at the table. "Why do you always ask me this every morning?" I asked curiously.
"I don't know honey, I guess I'm just concerned" Mom told me.
"Concerned about what mom?" I asked.
"I don't know. It just seems as though ever since you started high school, you just haven't been 'yourself' lately. It just seems as though you've…changed" Mom emphasized the word change. It's something she always does when she's concerned about us.
I looked up at her and gave her a slight, reassuring smile. The kind of smile she's used to. "I'm fine mom, really. I'm just a little stressed from homework and stuff" I told her.
Tiana just started at her daughter. She looked very concerned, yet confused. She went over to her daughter and gave her a tight, reassuring hug. Mia looked surprised for a minute, but continued to hug her mother tightly.
"Baby cakes, are you sure everything is ok? If you want, I'll take a few days off from the restaurant and we can sit and talk about all this" Mom told me calmly. I could tell she was nervous too.
"Mom, relax. There's no need for you to do that. I promise everything is ok" I reassured her.
"No she's not, she probably has a secret boyfriend" Matt, my younger brother sneered.
"I do not! Shut up Matt!" I snapped at him.
"Now you two, knock it off!" Mom snapped.
My brother was such a bug. He always goes into my room without knocking, and he always takes my things without asking. He always taunts me about boys or about having a boyfriend or what not. Yup, that's what younger brothers do. You'd think that after he turned 12, he would grow up a little bit, but nope. Still the same old annoying brother he's always been.
"Matt, go get changed, you're going to be late for school" Mom told him. He opened his mouth to protest, but mom gave him the 'evil eye' and he immediately obeyed her orders and raced upstairs. Tiana turned back to face her daughter. She was about to say something when the doorbell rang.
"I've got it!" Matt yelled as his footsteps raced down the stairs.
"Hey Matt" I heard Lillie's voice come from the kitchen. I grabbed my bag, gave mom a hug and kiss goodbye and headed for the door. I gave Matt a pat on the back and left.
Once I stepped outside, Lillie and I greeted each other with a hug. We started walking and began chatting and laughing together like we always do. I took a good look at Lillie's choice in wardrobe. She was wearing a strapless, baby blue coloured, vintage dress with a pair of white flips flops. It had a black sash that was tied around the mid-section. It flowed down to her knees. The dress suited her figure and her frame perfectly, even though she's only 5'2, which makes me two inches taller than she is. I have to say, her new look is a lot better than her old Goth look. On top of that instead of always keeping her beautiful long, blak hair in a pony-tail, she decided to wear it out and let it flow down her back.
"I have to say, I really like the 'new' Lillie better than the 'old' Lillie" I grinned.
Lillie laughed. "Yeah I'm actually glad that I decided to take your advice and change up my look" She said.
"I'm glad you took my advice Lils, and the by the way, the dress is very cute" I said.
"Thanks. You really think it looks nice?" She asked with a sheepish smile.
"Totally" I told her.
We walked in silence for a little while. Finally, Lillie spoke.
"My mom has been acting weird lately. She keeps asking me if there's anything wrong. She claims that ever since school started back, she says that I have been acting…different" Lillie told me.
"You too, huh? I thought it was just me" I said. "I mean, I don't want to tell her that I hate high school".
"I don't understand why you hate school so much, you get the opportunity to learn new things" Lillie said. Then she began to ramble on and on about how much she loves science, or how science is useful in life, or the importance of learning science. I just laughed and rolled my eyes as she continued.
"Well not everyone loves and understands science as easily as you do, Lils" I rolled my eyes and chuckled a bit.
"Hey! Well at least you don't suck at sports like I do" Lillie said and laughed.
I laughed. "Oh come on Lils, sports aren't that bad, they're actually pretty fun" I told her.
Lillie looked at me, as if I was crazy. "I'm not athletic like you Mia. I can't swim, I'm no good at soccer and instead of catching the ball, I scream and run if the ball even comes towards me when we play flag football".
I sighed and looked at her. "Well I feel the same way too Lils. I may not be the smartest kid in school, especially when I'm compared to you. I suck at science and I don't understand how you manage to stay steady on your feet when dissecting a dead animal!" I shuddered at the thought of that.
Lillie laughed. We continued to walk and chat as we entered the school.
We made it to school pretty early. School doesn't start until 8:30am. We got there at around 8:05am so we had some time before classes start. We headed toward our lockers to gather our books for class. Lucky for Lillie, her first class was science, which was her favourite subject. To my dismay, my first class was math. I absolutely hated math. But on the bright side, it would be done and over with throughout the day. We decided to head to the library for a bit since we had some time left.
We entered the library and grabbed a table, which was far from where everyone else sat.
"Hey Mia" a low familiar voice came from behind me. I turned around and saw Chris, my other best friend, standing right behind me. He smiled with his warm, sweet smile that I loved. I couldn't help but smile sheepishly at him.
"Hi Chris" I said warmly.
He opened up his arms for a hug. I smiled and closed the distance between us. I hugged him tight. I missed him all summer and the first few weeks of school. We haven't seen each other since he went off to boxing camp that lasted the whole summer. It was hard because Lillie was away for a month during summer break too, so it was hard for me because I had no one to talk to or to hang out with. But thank god Lillie was only gone for a month. I have to admit, Chris looked more muscular ever since he joined boxing, and the way how his honey colored hair fell into his eyes, I couldn't help but melt.
We held each other close for a few more minutes and finally let go of each other. Lillie cleared her throat, as if we forgot she was there. We both turned quickly towards her and I started blushing.
"Hey Lillie" Chris said.
"Hey Chris, how have you been? I haven't seen you all summer." Lille told him as she got up from the table to give him a hug.
"Pretty good, just been doing a lot of boxing lately" He told her.
"Cool, Mia and I missed you" Lillie told him. I blushed even harder.
Lillie's eyes darted from Chris to me. I looked back at her. I knew she could tell that I wanted some time alone with Chris for a bit. She got the hint and nodded.
"Umm…I'm just gonna head to the washroom really quickly. Be right back!" Lillie grinned at me and quickly ran passed me toward the library doors. I turned back toward Chris and smiled sheepishly. He smiled back.
"How was boxing camp?" I asked him.
"It was pretty good, I learned a lot of new interesting techniques" He said.
"I see. And I see you finally got biceps" I joked.
He laughed. "Yeah well I see you lost more weight over the summer" he said impressed.
"Yeah" I replied sheepishly. "I have been playing soccer over a lot over the summer"
"I can tell" He said as he nudged me in the elbow. I couldn't help but laugh and blush at the same time.
"So…how are you enjoying your first year of high school so far?" He asked me.
I sighed and looked down at my feet. "I hate it, to tell you the honest truth" I told him.
"Why?" He asked me with concern. I looked up at him and I could tell he looked sad and worried after what I just told him.
I sighed again. "It just isn't what I expected it to be. I've been really stressed out with all this homework, my sports and having to deal with horrible teachers and stuck-up, snobby girls who just love to make my life a living hell" I said.
Chris gave me another reassuring hug. I've missed Chris so much. I missed having him there to talk to and to give me some advice on how to deal with people. Chris and I had a deep friendship. We have been best friends since I was seven. He was eight at the time, he is a year older than me. I could tell Chris about anything, and he is the only guy that I can cry to when I really need him the most. My parents, especially my dad, don't like me hanging around Chris. They think he's a dangerous kid. Well, you can't really blame them because let's face it, the guy has gotten into numerous fights back in elementary school, but he never intended to start the fight. I remember one time back in elementary school where I witnessed Chris getting into a huge fight with this one kid. His name was James. There were times when James and his gang would pick on Chris' younger brother, Michael. I remember seeing Michael crying his eyes out because James threatened to beat him up if he didn't tell anyone that he was bullying him. Finally, Chris confronted James and the two started fighting. I myself was scared to death because of the way I witnessed Chris punching this kid numerous times until his nose was all bloody and broken. In the end, Micahel was better, James transferred to a different school and Chris was suspended for a month. His parents had to end up putting him in boxing classes. They thought that was the best thing for him, especially where he can express his anger. At first when I met him, I feared for my life, especially when he was assigned my reading buddy. But ever since then, he was such a nice guy. But for a fifteen year old, he sure has a lot of anger issues, but he is very protective of me and he always has my back no matter what. Although he does boxing, he is also an excellent artist. He can probably sketch the whole planet if he wanted to. But his main interest is boxing. The funny thing is that once I turned fourteen, I started developing deep feelings for Chris. I could tell he also developed deep feelings for me too. But we didn't want to make it obvious to anyone, especially my parents.
I hugged him back, tightly, as a few tears began to spill down my cheeks.
"Mia, you know I'm always here for you, right?" He put his finger underneath my chin and titled my head to look up at him. He saw the tears in my eyes and began to wipe them away with his thumb.
I sniffled a bit, but I managed to smile. He did too. Chris always knew how to make me feel better.
"I know" I whispered.
Just then, the bell rang for class. I let go of him and wiped away the rest of my tears. I gathered all my books as Lillie came running through the library, panting, out of breath.
"Are you ready to go?" I asked her.
She put her hand up, signalling to give her a few seconds to catch her breath. She finally caught her breath, and gathered her things. Lillie looked me over, she could tell something was wrong right off the bat.
"Is everything ok?" She asked.
"Yeah" I told her quickly. I turned back to Chris and gave him a quick hug. "I'll see you at lunch" I told him. He nodded and hurried to class.
Lillie and I left the library and hurried off to class. Lillie looked at me closely. I knew she could tell that I had been crying, but I just wasn't in the mood to explain things to her right now. She automatically asked me what was wrong. I told her that we would talk about it at lunch. I'm glad she decided to let it go and not try to put up some sort of argument. Lillie walked me to my math class and she gave me big hug.
"See you at lunch" She said. I just nodded and Lillie left. I didn't go into class right away. Instead I just stood there for a good 5 minutes. After 5 minutes passed, the final bell rang for class. I sighed as I dragged my feet into class. 'This is going to be a long day' I thought to myself.
Thankfully, it was 11:00am, which meant it was lunch time. I went to my locker to put my books away. I looked in my bag to see what mom had packed me for lunch. A turkey sand which. 'Ugh' I thought to myself. I closed my locker shut. Just then, I saw Lillie, skipping down the hallway as she hummed to herself. She skipped to her locker, which was right next to mine.
"Hey you, how did your classes go?" She asked me.
I managed to laugh a bit, typical Lillie. She was always so cheery after every class. But I loved Lillie and no one could ever replace her.
"Blah…" I replied unenthusiastically.
Lillie chuckled. "As usual" She said. "What do you have for lunch?"
"Turkey sand which" I said with a look of disgust.
Lillie laughed. "Come on, turkey isn't that bad. I bet you my mom packed me a tuna salad for me, again!" She rolled her eyes. She slammed her locker door shut and we both headed toward the cafeteria.
The cafeteria seemed really busy today. It wasn't usually this crowded, but Lillie and I managed to make it out to our usual table, which was in the far corner. Lillie and I pretty much isolate ourselves from everything. In the cafeteria, there a bunch of different cliques. You have the nerds sitting at one table, the drama club at another, the Goths, the religious people, math geeks and science geeks, and finally the popular group, the one with the jocks and cheerleaders. The two girls that run this cafeteria, well technically they run the whole school (or so they think), Victoria and Heidi. Victoria, who happens to be captain of the cheerleading squad, long, dark hair, completely gorgeous and she happens to be the richest girl in school. She loves to make my life a living hell. She's hated me since elementary school, when I got the solo part on the piano in band class. And then, there's Heidi-Second head of the cheerleading squad. Long, blonde hair, is also gorgeous and her father owns one largest casinos. It seems as if Heidi has always hated Lillie. I think that was due to the fact that Lillie was chosen for a major part in the school news-paper over Heidi. Ever since then, Victoria and Heidi have been down our throats since the first day of school.
Lillie and I took our seats at our table. My phone buzzed. I pulled it out of my bag. It was a message from Chris.
'Hey sorry, running a bit late, I'll be there in 10 minutes'
I managed to smile a bit and I replied back
'Don't worry, Lillie and I are just eating, see ya soon!'
I closed my phone shut and started on my sand which. I wasn't hungry. I simply just nibbled on my sand which, while Lillie picked through her salad.
"Who was that?" She asked me.
"It was Chris. He said he will be here in 10 minutes" I replied back.
Lillie grinned, a wide grin. I simply blushed and chuckled a bit.
"Speaking of Chris, what happened with you two in the library?" She asked.
"Nothing" I answered as I continued to nibble on my sand which.
"Mia, I'm not stupid. You were crying so obviously something is wrong" She told me.
I looked at her with slight, reassuring smile, just like I had done with my mom earlier this morning. "I'm fine Lils, really" I told her. But I knew Lillie wasn't buying it. She could read me like an open book. It seems as if Lillie knew me way more than my own mother does.
"Mia, stop lying to me" Lillie begged. "I know when something is wrong and right now, there is definitely something that is really bothering you. Please tell me" She begged again. I sighed and continued to nibble on my sand which.
"Mia, you know you can talk to me about anything" Lillie told me. I loved Lillie and I trusted her a lot. But there are just some things that I can't tell her.
"Oh look! It's the school's famous losers!" I heard a voice sneer behind me. Lillie and I both turned. 'Of course' I thought. It was Victoria and Heidi, along with the rest of their cheerleading squad. They walked towards us. Lillie and I both groaned and rolled our eyes.
"So losers, what do you have for lunch today? A bowl of ugly?" Victoria sneered as she chewed her bubble gum. Heidi and the other cheerleaders laughed.
"None of your business, Victoria" I told her firmly. I wasn't in the mood to deal with her or Heidi for that matter.
"Hey Lillie whatcha got there? A bowl of salad huh? Aren't we being a bit hasty" Heidi sneered at Lillie. Lillie stood up from the table and looked Heidi right in the eye.
"What is that supposed to mean, blondie?" Lillie snapped.
"Hey look, Vicky, nature girl actually thinks she has the guts to stand up to me!" Heidi laughed
"Oh no! We're so scared!" Victoria laughed, along with the rest of her followers. I lost it.
"Look!" I jumped from my seat. "One day! Can we just have one freaking day without you and the rest of your bimbos over there harassing us every single day?" I screamed at Victoria. She simply just laughed in my face.
"Hey Mia, have ya lost any weight since that diet plan you decided to go on?" She sneered. I just looked at her. I was taken aback by what she said. Everyone in the cafeteria turned and stared.
"H-How did you k-know about that….?" I stuttered, my voice shaking.
"Hey Lillie! Remember that time on Friday, when Mia refused to eat lunch that day because her excuse was that 'she had a really big breakfast?' She was lying, she never did EAT anything that day" Victoria said to Lillie.
"No that's not true…Mia would never do such a thing…right Mia?" Lillie asked me, hoping what Victoria said was not true.
"Lillie….I-I-I…" I couldn't even manage to get my words out.
The look on Lillie's face tore me apart. She had a look of sadness, betrayal and disappointment. "Mia…..are you lying to me?" She asked.
"N-no! I-I-I…" I stuttered. My voice was shaking. I couldn't look at Lillie any longer.
"Can you believe it Lillie? Looks like you two aren't so close after all. I mean, you and Mia tell each other everything! But I guess Mia has been keeping some other secrets from you that you don't know" Heidi sneered.
I glared at her. I turned back to Victoria. I looked her straight in the eye.
"You're such an idiot!" I snapped at her, fighting back the tears.
"Ya well, at least I'm not anorexic like you!" She said loudly for everyone to hear. I looked around, as a rush of humiliation washed over me. I felt the tears stinging from my eyes. Victoria just smiled, a devilish smile. Lillie looked the most shocked out of everyone. She continued to look at me.
I looked at Victoria. "I'm not anorexic!" I snapped back.
"Really? Then why have you been refusing to eat?" She sneered back at me, her devilish smile spreading wider.
"Because it's…it's really none of your damn business weather I eat or not!" I snapped.
"Ya well, now it is, and it's also everyone else's business too" She sneered. She just stared at me. I looked away.
"Mia….?" Lillie managed to say my name weakly.
This was it. My nightmare was just beginning.
I shook my head, grabbed and my stuff and ran out of the cafeteria.
I really hope you guys enjoyed the first chapter. Also, one more thing. I would like to thank Galimatias and Kambanjo for letting me use their OC's in this story. It really means a lot. Just for the record, Lillie, rightfully belongs to Galimatias and Chris rightfully belongs to Kambanjo. So please don't steal their characters. As for the rest (Matt, Victoria and Heidi) rightfully belong to me as well. But anyways, please feel free to R&R! Thanks guys!