The Lange Girl

By: Jenny Lange

Authors Note:

Story starts off the very beginning of Noelle's sophomore year at Easton.

She is dating Thomas. Ariana is dating Dash. Lots of drama will ensue.

Things will be shaky as I get the story going, but enjoy the prequel and if you have any plot ideas later for me they would be much appreciated. I will try to get in more characters ASAP! Read and Review!

EHFAR (Everything Happens For A Reason) 3 JennyLange

Chapter 1

"Ariana! Can you please hurry up we're going to be late!"

"Yeah hold on Noelle give me a sec to straighten my hair."

"If I get a late slip and detention it's all on you Osgood," I retorted half serious half playing. I sat down on our caramel colored La-Z-Boy microfiber sofa and took out my new white iPhone.

One New Email

From: tpearson

To: nlange

Tonight. You. Me. Dinner with my parents. Pick you up at 7.

3

I sighed. I didn't know how much longer I could take this. I had been dating Thomas Pearson for a while (even with his crazy drug problems and drunken days) and I wasn't sure if I felt the same love and romance as I did back when I caught his spiral football first day of school. I guess I just wanted some fresh meat. Some meat that wasn't as douche-y. And our double date with Ariana and Dash McCafferty last weekend proved that he was more into himself than us. I wanted out, but I didn't want to be the one to dump a Pearson. No one. And I mean no one dumped a Pearson. I guess I'd have to sit through another boring political dinner with him and his family. I was so NOT looking forward to this!

"Noelle. Earth to Noelle."

"Yeah?" I said snapping out of it.

"I said let's go. You okay?"

"Yes I'm fine," I lied. I could tell Ariana wasn't buying it.

"Mhmmm?" She said looking right at me. I felt transparent.

I stood up and picked up my book bag and Mac Book Pro laptop and walked out of Billings. Billings. The most elite dorm on campus. And I was the president. As we walked across the quad I looked over by the big oak tree and saw Kiran Hayes, one of my best friends in Billings, kissing some boy. I had to squint my eyes to see that it was Joshua Hollis.

"Ari? Kiran and Josh?"

"Yep where have you been Lange?"

"Apparently not keeping up with this. I've had a lot on my mind."

"Anything you want to talk about?"

"No its ok Ari. Thanks!"

I tried not to worry Ariana with my boy drama because I knew that she was already having issues with Dash .I didn't want her thinking that all guys were assholes, but really they are. I stopped and took one big breath of air before stepping into Cabrillo Hall for their 20th Century American Issues class. Taught by none other than the handsome Mr. Collins. I walked into the classroom and sat down at my desk and looked back and saw that Thomas' desk was empty. As I rolled my eyes I caught Dash's eye as well. It was almost romantic and I was tempted to flirt back as the bell rang and Mr. Collins walked in, but I knew I couldn't. God. Why couldn't I have someone like Dash? Smart. Cute. Sensitive. Funny. Sweet. Bright enough not to miss class. Not high on drugs and wasted half the day. Someone perfect?

"Hello class today we are going to be talking about the Civil Rights Movement 1950's to 1960's. So please take our your Eyes on the Prize textbook and let's begin reading about the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycotts."

I took that as my cue to go off into dreamland. I loved history, but right now I had my own history to deal with. Kiran Hayes and Josh Hollis were together and making out in public and I hadn't even noticed. Ari and Dash were together, but apparently were having problems. Taylor Bell was always MIA when I needed to vent. I was stuck with a stoner douche bag boyfriend. I had to plan the Back To School Year Bash for next weekend. And on top of this my dad and Headmaster Cromwell had become really good friends lately and people at this school could take that as flat out bribery or really suspicious behavior. I didn't want that to get spread around campus. Who knows what kind of shit they would make up this time?

"Noelle would you please read page 120 for us?"

"Uhm sure," I answered half out of it, " Pressure increased across the country and on June 4, 1956, the federal district court ruled that Alabama's racial segregation laws for buses were unconstitutional. However, an appeal kept the segregation intact, and the boycott continued. On November 13, 1956, the Supreme Court upheld the district court's ruling, leading to a city ordinance that allowed black bus passengers to sit virtually anywhere they wanted."

There was another couple paragraphs that I read having to do with Martin Luther King Junior's rise to fame in the nonviolent fight again segregation. Honestly I was a little more worried about dinner with Thomas tonight than the bus boycotts and sit ins.

As the bell rang Mr. Collins gave us our assignment and the day was finally over. I loved having one class right after lunch! I walked with Ariana and Dash out the building to grab some snacks at the cafeteria and hang out in the quad. We met up with Gage Coolidge and Trey Prescott and some of the other Billings girls. And of course Thomas was nowhere to be found.

Just then as we rounded the corner I heard Josh yell: "Dude Thomas shut the fuck up?"

I shot Ariana a quick worried glance.

"What is going on?" I said stopping suddenly.

"Hollis here won't leave me alone."

"I won't leave you alone because of what happened last night."

"Shut up Josh you have no idea what you are talking about!"

"Wait slow down what happened Thomas?"

"I'll tell you what happened," Josh interjected seeming pissed as hell. "He was so wasted last night that he came home with two random girls and this morning when I woke up there were beer bottles and condoms strewn all over the room."

"WHAT?" I asked with hesitation. "Really?"

"That's not what happened babe."

"Then tell me what did happen!"

"I came home with those girls but they left at midnight Noelle I swear." I could tell he was lying straight through the yellow-drug-stained teeth of his.

I shook my head in disbelief. This was all too much.

"Pearson. You are a fucking jerk for doing this to Noelle." I heard Ariana interject. "She has given you chance after chance and this is how you saw you love her? No wonder people hate you!"

"Bitch take that back right now!" Thomas said, his voice raspy, angry, and slurred.

"Over my dead body." I saw Ariana go over to Thomas and slap him across his face. I cringed and gulped back sour tasting saliva. I was so embarrassed. Here I was standing with all the guys and girls from Billings and Ketlar with my drunk boyfriend telling me how he cheated on me. Talk about mortified? I felt Dash's strong hand on my should reassuring me everything would be alright. The last thing I heard before Ariana whipped me around and dragged me towards the library was "I'm surprised she didn't dump your ass a long time ago."

Ariana kept dragging me as we half ran the rest of the way to the library. When we got there I was out of breath and sat down under one of the trees on the cold bench. My mind was spinning and my chest was heaving trying to catch my breath.

"Noelle. What is going on?" Ariana was standing over me with a look that could kill.

"Nothing Ariana I'm fine."

"You say that you are fine one more time Lange and I swear I..."

"It's nothing," I said standing up and turning to go back to Billings. I so didn't want to have this conversation right now. I felt Ariana grab my wrist and spin me around. The next thing I felt was her hand coming in contact with my face. Ariana had slapped me before but nothing like this. I groaned in pain as my face stung.

"What the hell Ariana?"

"You wanna know what hell is Lange. I can arrange that. But right now you need to tell me what's going on with you?"

"Ari, I said I'm ok..." I regretted the words the minute I said them. I saw Ariana's eyes go from ocean blue to coal black.

"You wanna try that again NOELLE?"

"Fine. Ok. I don't even know...Thomas and I have been having issues. Drugs. Alcohol. Other girls. I want to be strong, but he's being a straight up dick and I just can't handle it anymore."

"Why don't you just break up with him?"

"Ari I couldn't!"

"Why not?"

"I'm supposed to be the one to dump a Pearson?"

"Noelle! Stop bitching about being so strong and mighty here."

"Excuse me!"

"He's Thomas. You can dump him anytime. You don't have to put up with his shit for the sake of your reputation."

"God I know, but I don't want to be known as the chick who dumped Thomas."

"If you don't want to hurt your huge ass ego of yours Noelle than don't. But DO NOT come crying to me the next time Thomas comes wasted after fucking every girl in the club BUT you!"

It took me a minute to register what Ari had just said. I stood there speechless. I knew she was right. And I hated when other people were right.

"Besides Noelle there is something you should know about him."

"Uhhh what is it?" I said flatly trying to sort through my emotions.

"You know what you've dealt with enough let's just go back to Billings and have a relaxing night."

"Ok?" I said eyeing her knowing that she had something to say.

We finally got back to Billings and poured ourselves tall glasses of Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon. I then actually bunkered down and got some of my homework done. After three hours of Biology worksheet and factoring polynomials I looked up and saw that Ariana had left. Thank God I needed some time to myself. I had had enough drama for today. I was getting pretty hungry so I pulled on my Ralph Lauren blazer and headed out with my ID Meal Card to the cafeteria. They better have something better than undercooked lasagna tonight. Just as I was getting to the doors of the cafeteria my phone beeped so I took it out, unlocked it, and saw two messages. One was from Thomas saying sorry for earlier which I immediately deleted and the other was a picture sent from a random number. I clicked to view picture and stopped dead in my tracks. Five more pictures came in after that. All of Ariana. It would have been fine if it was JUST Ariana in the pictures. But it wasn't. In each picture Ariana was in a comprising picture with some guy who wasn't Dash. One she was almost stark naked with him. Whoever was sending these to me had a sick mind. As I zoomed in I noticed the necklace the guy was wearing. My breath hitched. The world around me stood still, but I felt like I was spinning out of control.

This wasn't just some random guy.

It was Pearson.

Thomas Pearson.