Hi all, I'm back. As promised this is the Jack and Destiny story. A couple of things -I changed the order of some events. Matthew confessed to Destiny and only Destiny about the Eddie Ford stuff. She did not tell Dani and Blanca Morales never found out. Matthew and Destiny continued their "relationship" and he did not go into a coma. Neela came to town in the summer of 2011 and did not fall head over heels for Jack. Instead, she was pretty disgusted by his behavior when she learned about the way he tormented Shane. This story will feature Jack as a redeemable bad boy and Matthew as a bad boy as well. I hope you enjoy.
The Plan- Chapter 1
Destiny Evans looked at herself in the full-length mirror on her bedroom wall. What she saw pleased her. Maybe she didn't look like all of the girls on the fashion magazine covers, but she was a pretty girl. And, she had a good life. She had good friends like Daniella Rayeburn and Shane Morasco. Not to mention, she was sort of in a relationship with her best friend, Matthew Buchanan.
Lately, it seemed that the relationship with Matthew was more complicated than good. The two had begun sleeping together about four months ago on the night he confessed that he killed Eddie Ford. Even still, he never told her that he wanted her to be his girlfriend and he wasn't very affectionate when they were together in public.
Worst of all, whenever they were alone together there seemed to be only one thing on Matthew's mind: sex. They rarely talked for very long before Matthew made his desires known. Sometimes Destiny would make an excuse and leave and sometimes she would cave to Matthew's wants. When she did, she usually left feeling strangely alone. If something didn't change soon, she and Matthew were going to have to have a serious talk.
A half hour later, she was at Dani's house for a pool party and she was still thinking about things with Matthew. She rang the doorbell and was surprised when Dani's brother, Jack Manning answered the door. Although Jack wasn't her favorite person due to the way he had tormented Shane, Destiny looked up at him and gave him a half smile. She had to look up because Jack was close to six feet tall and she was only a smidgeon over five feet tall. Destiny often wondered what made Jack so angry when he seemingly had everything. In addition to being tall and pretty buff, he was handsome with the thickest, sandy-brown hair she had ever seen.
"Hey." Jack looked at her and admired the way she could fill out a sweater and a pair of jeans. She was definitely cute, but she was a bit self-righteous for his tastes. Plus, she had gone after him pretty hard during the Shane stuff, even if she had remained oddly quiet after learning he was at least partly responsible for Shane's mother, Gigi's death.
"Dani!" He turned and yelled toward the stairs. "Destiny's here."
Destiny remembered when she first met Jack. It was shortly after she met Dani. He was a cute kid with a smart mouth, but he was ultimately pretty sweet. She wondered what changed him. In an effort to encourage the once-sweet boy to return, she decided to offer him a little advice. "Jack, I know what happened to Ms. Morasco was an accident, even if all the stuff with Shane wasn't. School is going to start in a few days and I want you to know that you don't have to be that guy this year. You can be the sweet kid I met a couple years ago."
For a minute, Jack considered telling Destiny where she could shove her words of wisdom, but he respected the fact that she even spoke to him given her relationship with Shane. So, he simply shrugged and mumbled, "Yeah, thanks."
Dani bounced down the stairs and she and Destiny disappeared out back by the pool. For a moment, Jack thought of Destiny's words. A small part of him truly felt guilty about tormenting Shane. He wasn't even sure why he had done it. All he knew was that a little of his own pain, that of being the son of his town's most notorious resident, disappeared when he was going after Shane…until things went too far.
A moment later, the doorbell rang and when he opened the door, every ounce of guilt was erased. In the doorway stood Shane Morasco and his girlfriend, Neela Patel. The problem was that before Neela was Shane's girlfriend, she was Jack's girlfriend. At least, she pretended to be Jack's girlfriend until she coaxed Jack into confessing what he had done to Shane's mother. Shane recorded the confession and they took it to the police. Now, Nora Buchanan had filed charges against him and his stepmother, Tea was doing her best to negotiate a deal to keep him out of prison.
Part of him wanted to lash out at Shane and Neela and he probably would have if Shane's cousin, Matthew Buchanan hadn't walked up. Matthew was a spoiled rich kid who had just as much attitude as he did.
"Jack, what are you doing here?" Matthew stared at him. "Shouldn't you be at your own house?"
Jack assumed Matthew was referring to his mother's house, instead of his dad and his stepmother's house. Jack didn't like Matthew. Matthew dated his sister, Dani, briefly and he had announced to the whole basketball team that Dani had asked him to have sex. She'd cried about it for more than a couple hourS when she got home. Matthew had a lot of nerve walking into his house and suggesting Jack somehow didn't belong. "Let me explain something to you Buchanan. I have divorced parents, which means I have more than one residence. The big question is why are you here?"
"I invited him," Dani called out from behind him as Destiny looked on. "I invited both of them."
Dani walked around him and took Shane and Neela by the hand. Destiny took Matthew by the hand as he continued to stare at Jack . Matthew, Destiny, Shane and Neela followed her to the pool. Destiny continued to glance back at Jack who wore a scowl on his face.
After seeing the way that Jack looked at Shane and Neela, Destiny was worried. "Dani, are you sure it was a good idea for Jack and Shane to be here at the same time?"
"Yes," Dani sighed. "Jack has to learn how to get along with Shane. The best place for him to do that is here where we can keep an eye on him."
"We?" Destiny frowned. Destiny couldn't disagree with Dani's reasoning, but it didn't stop her from worrying. The last thing she wanted was a major confrontation with Jack at what was supposed to be a fun party. She continued to worry until she saw Matthew's eyes nearly popping out at the sight of Giselle-look-a-like, Taylor Benson, in a teeny tiny bikini.
"I'm going to get us some punch." Matthew announced before heading in Taylor's direction.
Destiny felt a burning in the pit of her stomach as Matthew walked toward Taylor and she hated it. Based on previous experience, Destiny knew Taylor was exactly Matthew's type. Still, she was a little surprised that the fact that she and he now had an intimate connection brought her no comfort. However, she vowed that she would never be the kind of girl who jealously chased behind her man. So, she decided to shift her attention to the other side of the pool where Jack was now standing with his friend Chase Madigan…a boy with even fewer redeeming qualities than Jack.
Chase Madigan was the quarterback of the football team and Jack's new wingman. He'd risen in popularity when Llanview High's previous quarterback transferred to Peterson, their rival high school. Chase had a terrible mean streak and a flair for drama. He liked causing trouble and he didn't waste anytime starting trouble that afternoon.
After eyeing Shane and Neela, he yelled to Jack, "I can't believe you let Morasco walk into your house with your ex-girlfriend. The same girl who sold you out."
Jack walked over to where Chase stood and spoke quietly, "I don't have much choice. My stepmother says I have to be on my best behavior for the next few months." Tea had actually commanded him to stay out of trouble until she could work out a plea agreement of some sort.
Jack was only half paying attention to Chase because he noticed that Destiny was looking in his direction and her mood had become somewhat solemn. When she noticed him looking back, she looked away and began looking in the direction of Matthew and some blonde girl. It was then that he noticed Shane walk to Destiny's side and give her a hug, which really annoyed him. He turned his attention to Chase.
"What did you say?"
"I said, "It sucks that Morasco gets to be at your house with your ex-girlfriend. Too bad he doesn't have an ex you can start dating.""
Once more, Jack glanced at Shane and Destiny who were now joined by Neela. Maybe he could get payback on Shane and shut that punk Buchanan up at the same time. "Actually Chase, I may know just the girl to use to get Shane back."
Jack smiled like the cat that ate the canary. "How about his best friend in the world, Destiny Evans?"