AN: OK, so yeah, I have like twenty stories to work on. This is just a one-shot though. It's probably OOC for Rani, but I'm sure most people would have these thoughts if they had her life.
A pointless one, that's been beating me up for what seems like forever.
Things were getting out of hand. Seriously out of hand. My grades were dropping, I was tired all the time and my social life was practically non-existent. And the source? Alien hunting, of course. It had been fun at first. The adrenaline, the feeling of triumph when we would save the world, the chasing, I loved every second of it. Now, I couldn't stand any of it. After a while, I noticed that it was so much pressure and it was stressing me out. I started to yell all the time, even when the smallest thing happened.
I'd had enough. I was running out of time to do homework, see other friends, do fun hobbies and do all the vital things, like eat and sleep. I couldn't do it anymore. It was getting in the way of my life I wasn't me anymore. Everyone was beginning to notice. Mum and Dad were even speaking about taking me to see someone! I had gotten fed up with it, a teenager like me, needs time to herself and since I'd started to help Sarah Jane, I hadn't gotten any.
Nothing like this was happening to Clyde or Luke, so I assumed that it was me. I wasn't the right person to help them, after all, all of them except me had done something alone to save the world. I never had, there was no point in me hanging around with them. I was just the sad, follower like there is in every gang.
I decided to stop seeing them altogether. I wouldn't answer their calls or texts, I wouldn't sit next to Clyde or Luke at lunch. I'd blank them out of my life; it'd be easier that way. I wouldn't explain myself. After all, I doubt they'll even notice! I wouldn't say goodbye, I'd just cut them off. It sounded harsh, but it seemed like the best thing to do. Maybe it wouldn't hurt them to say goodbye, but it would certainly hurt me; though I was certain I wanted to stop alien hunting, it would be hard to say goodbye to such good friends.
I grabbed my phone, which was sitting on the top of my drawers, and blocked and deleted their numbers. I'd have no way of contacting them and they'd have no way of contacting me. If they came to me face-to-face, I'd just ignore them. It was the only option.
The next day at school, I didn't sit next to Luke and Clyde in registration and on the way to my first lesson, Maths, I walked quickly so they wouldn't catch up with me. They didn't always have the same lessons as me, and Wednesday mornings I was pretty sure they had Science, which was the opposite direction to my class, anyway. That didn't mean they couldn't ditch the first minute to try and talk with me though (well, Luke wouldn't, Clyde would). Then again, they might not have picked up that I'm ignoring them.
At break, I didn't see them at all. I stayed with a group of girls, which was a good change. Spending all your life with two teenage boys and a middle-aged woman really isn't good for you, if you're a teenage girl. Either they couldn't find me, figured I was in a detention (being the head teachers daughter doesn't immunise you from detentions) or didn't bother to find me.
Lunch, was a different matter.
All three of us had art before lunch, so it was pretty hard to stay away from them when class ended. I even tried acting up to get a detention during lunch to get away from them; it didn't work, I guess I'm not 'bad'. As I left the classroom, headed for the dining hall, Clyde and Luke caught up with me.
"Hey, Rani! I haven't seen you all day, what's up?" Clyde asked, sounding like he was on some type of sugar high. His charisma would be one of the things I'd miss the most.
"Hi," I said, flatly.
Luke gave me an odd look, then exchanged glances with Clyde. Clyde shrugged. I looked forward and kept a straight face.
"What's wrong Rani?" Luke asked.
"Nothing," I replied, as emotionless as my poker face.
"Are you sure?" Clyde pushed.
"Sure," I assured.
Then walked off, into the girls toilets. A sad place to hang out, but if it meant staying away from them, it's what I'd do. It hurt me off course, I didn't want to not hang around with them, but it was for the best. If I stopped hunting aliens, but still hung out with them at school... Then I'd just be the pathetic follower, which I'd felt I had been, for a very long time, anyway.
Luke and me stepped up into the attic and found Sarah Jane at her laptop typing- as usual. She looked up at us, took off her glasses and stood up. She gave me a strange look, probably because my t-shirt was covered in mud.
"Do I even want to ask?" Sarah Jane asked.
"Well, that depends. Would you like me to tell you a ten second long story involving a dog and a baseball bat?" I queried.
"Cricket bat," Luke corrected.
"What's the difference?" I asked.
"One's for cricket, one's for baseball," Luke explained, sitting down on the orange sofa.
Sarah Jane chuckled, either forgetting or not bothering to ask about the dog and the baseball bat.
"Anyway, where's Rani?" Sarah Jane asked.
"We don't know, but she's been acting funny all day," I explained.
Luke nodded in agreement.
"What do you mean?" Sarah Jane asked.
"Well, she didn't sit with us at registration, meet us up at break and at lunch, we saw her walking down the corridor and she was all... I don't know, how to describe it, but she acted like she didn't want to talk," Luke explained.
"Yeah, and she went of to the toilets and we waited for her, but she didn't come out," I added.
"Really?" Sarah Jane asked, he eye brows raised," Maybe she wasn't feeling well."
"No, she looked fine," Luke contradicted.
"Maybe we've done something to offend her," Sarah Jane suggested.
"Like what?" I asked.
Sarah Jane shrugged, "I honestly have no idea."
"What are we going to do then?" I asked.
"Why don't you just ring her and see what's wrong," Luke said," She ignored us the whole day, so maybe she'll answer us on phone?"
"Worth a try," Sarah Jane muttered, pulling out her mobile from the pocket of her jeans and calling Rani. She held it to her ear for a while, before closing it and putting it back in her pocket," No answer," Sarah Jane announced.
I lay on my front, on my bed, reading 'Lord of the Flies' for an English assessment next week. I was far behind on homework and even though I didn't want to do it, it felt good to know I had the time and didn't have to worry about thinking up an excuse for not doing it. My mobile began to vibrate (it was still on silence from school) and I looked at it. Sarah Jane was calling. Without hesitation, I pressed the red 'hang-up' button, turned my phone off and then threw it across the room.
Why had I just done that? The phone was already off, I was resisting the temptation to call. Why had I thrown it across the room?
Quickly, I ran over to the other side of the room and picked up the phone. It wasn't broken; the edge had chipped, but that was all.
For the next few days, I managed to stay out of Clyde, Luke and Sarah Jane's way. I never left the house unless it was necessary, I only answered my mobile if I knew it wasn't any of the people I was trying to avoid and at school, I found some other girls to hang out with and come on! If the guys haven't gotten the message yet, then they seriously need to get their heads out of that hole!
Everything was going well, until day ten.
Mum and Dad were out, so I was home alone. I was watching the soaps on the TV, when there was a knock at the door. I was about to open it, until I walked past the kitchen window, on the way to the door, and saw Clyde.
Crap, I thought, as I walked away and back to the living room, No, it's okay. Just pretend you're not in.
"Rani! I know you're in there!" Clyde shouted form outside,"Rani, open the damn door!"
You're not in, you're not in.
"Rani!" Clyde yelled again," Fine, don't open the door, but at least listen to me!"
Reluctantly, I put the TV on mute.
"What the hell is up with you, Rani?" Clyde asked," Why all of a sudden is it like you don't know us?! What've we done to you? Have we upset you? 'Coz we have no bloody idea! Look Rani, if you don't want to hang around with you, then fine just..."
His voice had gone quieter, he was still shouting, but he wasn't angry. He sounded more fed up and desperate.
"Look, Rani," Clyde sighed," Just please, come back. We all miss you. Luke misses you, Sarah Jane misses you, Mr. Smith and K-9 miss you... For god sake Rani, I miss you."
Tears began falling from my eyes.
"Nothing's the same without you, Rani, everything... It's just fallen apart since you left... We need you back, Rani. I need you back," Clyde said.
Everything was silent for a few seconds. And I thought. Clyde wanted me back, they all did. I'd never expected that they would miss me... I was just a follower wasn't I? There's a sad, pathetic follower in every group and in that group, it was me. I was tempted to go back, but no... I couldn't. My life had improved so much since I had stopped hunting Aliens. Now, I was getting enough sleep, able to see friends and my grades were nearly back up to what they were supposed to be.
I wanted to get up, I did. I just didn't.
"Rani!" Clyde shouted, angry again," Just open the fucking door!"
I didn't. I stayed curled up on the sofa, clutching onto the cushion.
"Fine, fine, ignore me. Just never speak to me again!" Clyde forbid.
Tears began to flow faster, I felt like I should regret not answering the door, but I didn't. I shouldn't, I had to get on with a normal life. And the others had to adjust to not having me around, they'd find someone to replace me, like I was used to replace Maria.
I jumped, when I heard a strong, sharp, screech and a muffled shout of 'Look out!'
Quickly, I darted to the window and looked around to see what had happened.
There was a car.
There was blood.
There was Clyde.
Clyde was lying in a puddle of his own blood, as still as a corpse.
To Be Continued
AN: Will try and update soon! Was going to be a one shot, but it was too much, so it will be done in two parts!
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