A/N: I had wanted to wait on this story, because I have two other stories in progress. But the story kept shouting,"Write me. Type me. Post me!" at the top of it's lungs (do stories have lungs?). So, here it is. And as always, don't expect quick updates, because my other stories come first. Though if I find the time, I'll see what I can do to update them all more quickly.
Chapter 1 Random acts of Unkindness
The halls of Hollywood Arts teemed with students as they got ready for the day's activities. Jade slinked through an open door, coffee in hand, a devilish smirk on her face. Her line of sight caught Beck, who leaned against his locker.
As she walked toward him, a small, black, furry creature ran in just as the door closed. The cat ran forward, then skidded to a halt in the middle of the hallway. Jade was trading sweet talk with Beck as the cat ran in her direction. Before Jade or the cat could do anything, it ran into her. Jade looked down to find that the cat was clawing its way up her leg in an attempt to get back on its paws.
"What is that thing doing in here?" Beck shook his head at Jade's outburst.
"It's just a cat, probably a stray," he said as Jade bent down to pick it up. The cat took off before Jade could grab it.
"Hold my coffee,"She said as she shoved the cup into Beck's hands. Jade followed the cat, narrowly missing Robbie and Rex as they wheeled a sheet-covered object down the hallway.
"Uh, Jade almost crashed into my science project," Robbie said as he pushed it the project towards his locker.
Rex laughed."It's not like you're going to win anything for it, Rob."
Robbie sighed and stopped near his locker.
"Oh, I'm going to win, you'll see."
Tori arrived moments later, a look of wonder on her face at the sight of Robbie's contraption.
"Hey, why does Robbie have a thing in the hallway?" Tori asked as she came to stand next to Beck. Jade strode up seconds later with a scowl on her face.
"I lost that fur-ball in the Black Box theater," Jade said, then gave a curt nod in Tori's direction.
"Don't worry about the cat, Jade. Someone will find it eventually," Beck said as he handed Jade her coffee.
"Um, Robbie's thing?"
Jade's scowl deepened as she said,"It's for the Science Fair, genius."
Tori frowned."What Science Fair?"
"The school thought that a Science Fair would help the students of Hollywood Arts be more well-rounded," Beck said."What I'd like to know is why you're just hearing about it now."
"I've been sick for the past week. And before that, I was on vacation."
"I'm sure someone was supposed to tell you about it." Tori and Beck looked at Jade, who had a devious grin on her face.
Tori sighed and said,"Don't tell me, you were supposed to let me know about the Science Fair, weren't you Jade?"
"I'm told to do a lot of things, it must have slipped my mind."
Before Tori could say anything more, the bell rang and Jade took off down the hallway.
Tori shook her head and said,"I don't know how you put up with her sometimes."
Beck smiled."I manage."