Ok folks here it is the story I previewed in Take What Comes. It's called No Escape From Reality. It's gonna be different from what I normally write. It's probably gonna be a little dark and angsty. It will be Kogan though. Anyway read and let me know what you think.

No Escape From Reality

Chapter 1: How It Began

Logan sighed as he looked out across the water. He saw the floating masses that he knew could very well be the bodies of his friends. He felt a tear fall down his cheek knowing he was the reason they were out there possibly dead. Logan then looked down at the water's surface and saw his reflection in the moonlight. He hardly recognized himself anymore. It wasn't that he changed physically, his eyes were different. They were hard and cold and held no more fear. He was no longer the innocent boy he once was. He had said goodbye to that boy months ago. He swung his arm down and disrupted the water's surface and looked away. He didn't want to look at himself anymore. He couldn't look at himself anymore.

Logan turned and saw the path that led back to the main road. He could walk away and no one would know he was involved in this at all. It would be so easy to leave and not look back. He just had to stand up and walk back along the dock and leave. He would go back home and then to school. He would graduate and get the hell out of here and never look back. No one would ever have to know a thing. He didn't have to tell a soul. He could just get out of here. It was Texas all over again.

This last year wasn't what he had wanted it to be at all. Life has a funny way of working though. He never wanted any of this. All he had wanted was to get through his senior year of high school. He had wanted to get by with out any drama. High school just seemed like a distant memory now. Everything seemed so messed up to him now. Logan couldn't help but think about how he had gotten here.

Nine months ago…

Logan Mitchell sighed as he walked up to his new school. He did not want to be here. He wanted to be back in Texas. He had loved it there. He hadn't been popular, or a nerd. He hadn't been hated there. He wanted to get by unnoticed. That was a lot of kids dreams, to just get through high school unnoticed. Logan had somehow managed to do that back in Texas. He had managed to slip through the cracks and get good grade and stay invisible. That wasn't going to be the case here. He was going to be able to do that here.

He was now living in a small town called Sherwood in Minnesota. Every body knew everybody here. Logan was going to be the new freak that nobody wanted to be friends with. He was going to get picked on because he liked to do his homework. Logan was going to have everything happen to him that he had managed to avoid back in Texas. Logan was scared of this place. He didn't want to even be here. He had to be though. He and his mother couldn't stay in Texas. They had to get out. This was where they ran to. It was the middle of nowhere. The only reason they were here was because they had family here. Logan had a cousin his age that was supposed to help him.

Logan slowly walked inside the small school building. He saw students moving about and talking to one another. Logan had gotten a tour yesterday from a teacher by the name of Kelly Wainwright of all the classrooms he would need to know for his schedule. He had his schedule in his hand as he walked down the hall. People were stopping what they were doing to look at him. He didn't like it at all. He wanted to be invisible and blend into the background. Logan eventually found his locker and then started looking for his homeroom class. He couldn't remember which room Ms. Wainwright had told him to go to.

"You look lost," a voice said from behind him. Logan stopped walking and turned around. He saw a short dark haired Latino boy standing behind him. He looked harmless so Logan took the bait. He knew he would need help finding his homeroom class.

"I'm looking for a classroom," Logan said.

"Which one?" the boy asked.

"Ms. Collins," Logan said looking down at his schedule to get the name again. He wanted to make sure he was going to the right classroom.

"I have that homeroom I can take you there," the boy offered.

"That would be great," Logan said nodding his head, "I'm Logan by the way," he said.

"Carlos," the Latino boy said. "Come with me," he said. He led Logan down the hall and around the corner to a classroom. "Here we are," Carlos said before he walked off to join his friends on the other side of the room.

"You must be Logan," a female voice said. Logan looked up and saw a blonde woman standing in front of him.

"Yes," Logan said nodding his head.

"Well, welcome to Sherwood High, I am Ms. Collins," she said smiling at Logan. "You can take a seat over there next to Kendall," she said pointing to a blonde boy sitting in a desk with his head down. Next to him was Carlos, who was talking to a guy and a girl. The guy was tall and brunette like Logan. He had green eyes and seemed to be about the same height as Logan. The girl had brunette hair as well, only she had red streaks in it. Logan nodded and walked over to the desk next to the blonde and sat down. The other three didn't seem to notice him.

"You must be the new kid," Kendall said turning his head to look at Logan.

"Is it that obvious?" Logan asked looking at the blonde.

"Yep," Kendall said, "that and I know everyone in this school," he added sitting up and turning to face Logan completely. Logan then saw Kendall's eyes which were a deep emerald green. They were the most beautiful eyes he had ever seen. He had to stop himself from drooling. "I'm Kendall Knight," Kendall said smiling at Logan.

"Logan Mitchell," Logan said nodding his head. He didn't know what it was about this boy, but he was instantly drawn to him. He wanted to know more about this boy and they had only just met.

"You are going to be eaten alive here," Kendall warned.

"Thanks for the warning," Logan said.

"Unless," Kendall said quickly.

"Unless what?" Logan asked curiously.

"Unless you make the right friends," Kendall said.

"Let me guess you're one of those right friends to make?" Logan asked.

"Nope," Kendall said, "I mean sure I'm on the hockey team, I'm popular, and everyone loves me. Actually, you know what, hanging out with me is like social suicide," he said smiling. Logan looked at Kendall for a second before replying.

"I'm sensing sarcasm," Logan said smiling softly.

"You should I am laying it on pretty thick," Kendall said laughing. "So where you from new kid?" he asked.

"I told you my name is Logan and I am from Dallas Texas," Logan said, "I've never been to a school this small," he added.

"I figured as much," Kendall said, "as soon as you said Dallas," he added. The sat in silence for a second before Kendall spoke again. "Why did you move up here to the middle of nowhere?" he asked.

"Personal reasons," Logan said.

"Enough said," Kendall said. He turned to Carlos and the other two. They were still talking oblivious to the other two. "Guys," Kendall said getting their attention. They all turned to look at Kendall. "Logan I saw you walk in with Litos, so this is Dak Zevon, and Lucy Stone," he said pointing to the other two.

"Hi," Lucy said.

"Hey," Dak said.

"Guys this is Logan and he's new and we're going to make him feel welcomed," Kendall said looking at them.

"Sure thing boss," Dak said saluting Kendall. That earned him a glare and a kick from the blonde.

"Dak knock it off," Lucy said giving Dak a slap across the back of his head. "Remember you were new once too," she scolded him.

"I know that," Dak said glaring at her as he held his head. He then turned to Logan and smiled. "I know what it's like being new and it sucks," he said.

"So, why did you move up here to the middle of nowhere?" Lucy asked.

"My mom has family here," Logan said, "a sister and I have a cousin who was supposed to show me around but I haven't seen him since the night I arrived," Logan said shaking his head.

"Who's you're cousin?" Kendall asked.

"Logan you were supposed to wait outside for me," a voice behind them said.

"I didn't want to be late," Logan said turning around to face his cousin James Diamond.

"You didn't tell us Jamie here was you're cousin," Dak said smiling and standing up.

"Watch it Zevon," James said as he walked over to him. "Or I'll dump you're ass faster than you can say Jamie," he said as took Dak's vacated seat and Dak sat down on his desk.

"You wouldn't do that," Dak said smiling at sweetly James.

"Why wouldn't I?" James asked looking up at Dak.

"Because you love me," Dak said smugly.

"Unfortunately," James said causing the others around him to laugh. Dak pouted and crossed his arms over his chest.

"Hey now," Dak said, "careful James or you won't be getting anything from me," he threatened.

"Dak we all know that is an empty threat," Carlos said for James who was only smiling.

"So Logan, what's you first class?" Kendall asked turning to Logan. Logan grabbed his schedule and looked at it.

"I have AP Chem. first," Logan said.

"Kendall here has that," James said, "he can show you the way," he said.

"I got a tour yesterday," Logan said.

"Ok do you remember where the Chem. Lab is then?" James asked. Logan thought for a moment. He honestly couldn't really remember. He shook his head.

"I'll show you," Kendall said.

"Thanks," Logan said.

"No problem," Kendall said smiling at him. The bell rang singling homeroom was over. Kendall stood up and held his hand out to Logan. "Come on I don't bite," he said. Logan took his hand and allowed Kendall to pull him from the room. Kendall let go of Logan's hand and walked down the hall ahead of Logan. Logan followed after him.

Logan felt like he was being watched, but he knew that was because he was new. People were staring at him because he was new. That had to be it. Logan just stared ahead and followed Kendall to the chemistry lab. Logan walked up to the teacher and introduced himself. The teacher gave him his book and told him to take a seat next to Kendall.

"Looks like we're lab partners," Kendall said smiling.

"Looks like it," Logan said smiling in return.


Joanna Mitchell sighed as she walked through another open house with her sister Brooke Diamond. She was looking for a house to buy. Her and her son Logan had been staying in a motel for the last few nights. They had been in such a hurry to get out of Texas they had come up here un announced.

"You know Joanna you can stay with me," Brooke said looking at her sister.

"I know, but I want my own place," Joanna said.

"Yes, and I understand that," Brooke said, "but until then you can stay with me and James," she said.

"I don't want to impose," Joanna said as they walked through the small three bedroom house.

"Joanna, you and Logan are family," Brooke said.

"Fine," Joanna sighed, "it's probably cheaper than the motel," she said.

"That's true," Brooke said, "now we can pick the boys up after school and let them know," she said.

"They won't mind," Joanna said, "Logan loves James," she said.

"I know," Brooke said, "James was excited about showing Logan around school today," she said with a smile on her face.

"This house is nice," Joanna said as they walked into yet another room.

"Not in your price range though," Brooke said.

"I know," Joanna said, "we're just looking today," she said. Them met with the realtor and talked about the house. Joanna asked about the price and past residence. After that they left. It was getting close to three thirty and they wanted to pick up the boys from school.


Logan was sitting in his last class of the day with Kendall, James, Dak, and Carlos. James and Dak were sitting with their desks pushed together and talking. Carlos was on his phone texting.

"So, how was you're first day?" Kendall asked turning to Logan.

"It was ok," Logan said, "I can't believe we have six classes together," he added turning to the blonde.

"I know I was shocked," Kendall said, "I didn't think you were the smart type," he said.

"I could say the same about you," Logan said looking at Kendall. Kendall only laughed and shook his head.

"I maybe a jock, but I'm not dumb," he said.

"I can see that," Logan said as his cell phone vibrated in his pocket. He pulled his cell phone out and looked at it. He had gotten a text from his mother. He opened it and read it. She was coming to pick him up with his aunt Brooke. He looked up and saw James had his cell phone out as well. James turned to look at him. Logan just nodded his head and James returned his attention to Dak.

"So Logan if you're James' cousin how come we've never met?" Kendall asked, "I've known James almost my whole life," he said.

"I don't know," Logan said, "I came up here almost every summer until I turned fourteen, and then James and his mom started coming down to Texas," Logan said trying to hide the uneasy tone in his voice.

"Ah, see my mom takes me and my sister away for the summer," Kendall said.

"I think James may have mentioned you a few times," Logan said, "he was always talking about Ken-dahlia or something like that," he said shaking his head. "I thought he was talking about a girl," he said.

"Logan," James said.

"I will murder you later," Kendall said glaring at James.

"Please don't, I really don't want to have to find another boyfriend," Dak said, "I like this one too much," he said pulling James into a hug earning a chuckle from James.

"Fine, but only because I don't want to put Dak through the trouble of finding a new boyfriend," Kendall said.

"Yay," Dak said hugging James even tighter. James laughed and pushed Dak off him. Dak pouted and James pecked him on the cheek. Logan turned away from James and Dak. He had nothing against them being together. He just didn't like couples that were showy about their relationship. He knew he was never going to be like that. If he was dating sure he'd hold hands and kiss, but not do it in the obnoxious way some couples did.

"Logie is your mom coming to pick you up too?" James asked.

"Yeah," Logan said, "maybe your mom finally talked her into staying with you guys," he said.

"Where are you guys staying now?" James asked.

"A cheap motel," Logan said shrugging, "you know we didn't bring much with us," he said.

"Right I knew that," James said nodding his head.