Cause nothing stays the same, maybe it's time to change.

Chapter One: The past is back to haunt us

Maybe I'm a dreamer

Rachel Kinski stared out the car window as her step-mother pulled up at Erinsborough High. Just seeing the school brought back memories, some good, some not so good.

It had been a year since Rachel had seen Erinsborough High and she didn't quite know how to feel. She stepped out of the car, dragging her old tattered school bag behind her.

"Good luck Rach" her brother Zeke said as he slid out of the car, he patted her on the shoulder as he passed "something tells me you're gonna need it"

Zeke head off into the crowds off students heading into the school leaving Rachel standing on the sidewalk in front of the front gate alone.

Someone turned and smiled at her. It was Rose David they used to have math together before Rachel moved. She looked different; her hair was longer, her face softer and she definitely taller. How many other things had changed in the year that she'd been gone?

...

Declan was surprised to see Rachel standing at his locker bank fiddling with the door on the locker next to his. He hadn't seen Rachel in a year, they talked on the phone and emailed as much as possible and he'd never once mentioned coming home. He quickly covered his surprised and walked towards her. "So you're back to slumming it with us are you?" Declan asked opening his locker. She shrugged as she shoved her Chemistry textbook into the small locker "I guess so"

"Wow" Declan drawled sarcastically "could you be any more excited?"

"I've missed you too Dec" she said grinning and pulling him into a tight hug. She really had, she really, really did.

...

"So, I'm thinking Charlie's, Friday at seven?" Donna was saying as she and Ringo walked down their hall to their first class, she paused expectantly waiting for his answer. Upon noticing that Ringo wasn't listening she added "and I'm thinking of joining the circus, maybe as a clown, I've always had a thing for big red fake noses"

"Mmm...that's good" Donna groaned and stepped in front of him gaining his attention.

"What is with you?" she asked placing a hand on his shoulder.

"Nothing" he argued.

"Don't you dare lie to me Ringo Brown" she told him "is this about Rachel?" as if she knew Donna was talking about her Rachel herself appeared in the hallway laughing at something Declan had just said.

"Speak of the devil" Donna mumbled under her breath. The last time either Donna or Ringo had seen Rachel was when she'd left for her fancy English boarding school last year.

Ringo pulled away from Donna and headed towards Rachel "Hey Rach!" Rachel looked up looking like a deer caught in the headlights. She quickly regained composure and jumped into action pulling Declan down another hall with her, leaving Ringo standing alone in the middle of the hallway.

Ringo sighed, yep she definitely avoiding him. He thought maybe last night when she claimed that she was really tiered and disappeared into her bedroom almost as soon as she got home that maybe she really was after all she had just flown in from England but now, yep now he definitely knew she was avoiding him.

...

"Please do not make this a repeat of last year" Declan pleaded as Rachel looked over her shoulder to see if Ringo was following. "I can't be stuck in the middle again"

"It's not going to be" she assured him "I deal with him tomorrow, it's my first day back, I just want to spend it having fun with you and not dealing with Ringo"

"Good plan, milkshakes on me after school?" he asked. She nodded smiling.

"Sounds good"

...

Donna caught up with Rachel at the lockers as she gathering her things after the last class of the day.

"So you're back" she could have come up with a better opener but for now anyway this one would have to do.

"Yes I am" Rachel replied.

"Well, it's good to see you again"

"You too"

"Want to go grab a coffee or something?" Donna asked leaning against the nearby banks of graffiti lockers.

"Can't, sorry" Rachel replied pulling a stack of books from her locker and holding them up to show Donna "I've got a stack of homework" Rachel wasn't quite sure why she lied to Donna or why she just didn't invite her to join Declan and herself at Harold's store, she just didn't. It wouldn't have felt right anyway.

"Oh well, bye then"

"Bye"

...

"What's with Mr Redon anyway, he was one of the nice teachers when I left?" Rachel asked as the two of them found a table inside Harold's store.

"Justin Hunter's in a lot of his classes" Declan told her. Rachel laughed. Justin Hunter was probably the most annoying boy she'd ever met.

"That explains it" she said just as her phone vibrated in her pocket with an incoming message. She fished it out of her backpack and opened it. The text came from a private number and read:

So still not talking to Ringo are you? Shame I always like you two together.

B x.

"Who's B?" Declan asked reading over her shoulder.

"Probably just that strange girl from school" Rachel replied hurriedly closing her phone "nothing to worry about"

...

"So things still awkward between you and Rach?" Zeke asked. Donna nodded. Things were very awkward, long gone were the days when they could talk about anything and everything. Everything changed when Bridget Parker disappeared a year ago. Bridget was sort of the glue that had held them all together, she had brought them together in the first place.

"It's not like I expected us to be best friends or anything, but it's like I barely know her anymore" she replied playing with the straw in her milkshake.

"Well that's what happens when you haven't seen someone for a year" Zeke replied. He was not worried about his sister and good friend and their lack of a friendship. It was only Rachel's first day back, if things hadn't changed by the end of the month then maybe he'd have something to worry about.