A/N: This story is set one month after the movie, but before the first episode.
Disclaimer: I don't own anything besides my OC and my plotlines.
Episode 0: Part 1
"Ethan! Wake up!" Jane yelled, as she jumped up and down on the edge of his bed.
Ethan sat straight up with a gasp. Taking in his surroundings – an extremely messy room, a mountain of papers and homework in the corner, a stray holy water grenade, and a crazy little bouncing girl – he tried to calm his ragged breathing as he checked his watch.
"7:45?! Jane, how could you let me sleep this long?" Ethan asked angrily. He quickly jumped out of bed, pushed Jane out of his room, and started to get ready for school. Normally, his mom would wake him up if he slept too late, but the Morgan parents had won an expense-free vacation while at one of the events they always attended on their Friday date nights. They would be gone for the next few days, leaving Ethan to care for Jane in the mornings, and Sarah to look after her in the afternoons.
"Because it's funny to watch you get all jumpy like this," Jane shouted from outside the door. Ethan burst from his room to the bathroom to quickly brush his teeth.
"By the way, your shirt's inside out," Jane said as he ran past. Ethan looked down at his outfit and realized that she was right, and quickly fixed his clothes.
"Well, now it looks like we are both going to be late. And neither of us are going to have time to eat breakfast!" Ethan said as he returned to his room, hurriedly packing up his backpack and scrambling to get his shoes on.
"Oh, don't worry about me," Jane said with a smirk. "I already ate the last of the cereal, so I'll be fine."
Ethan sighed; even though his parents thought that Jane was helpless without them or a babysitter, in reality she was very independent and devious.
"Okay, whatever, we need to go NOW! We only have seven minutes to get to school." Ethan pushed Jane down the stairs and out the door. Together, they sprinted to Jane's elementary school that (thankfully) was only three blocks away. However, after he dropped her off, Ethan still had to run another half mile to get to the high school.
Panting heavily, Ethan reached his first period Biology class 15 minutes late. Stammering an apology to his teacher Mr. Stapp, he hastily took his seat next to Benny.
"Alright everybody, today we are going to watch a video about the fascinating life of the amphibian," Mr. Stapp droned. He started the video, turned down the lights, sat down at his desk, and began reading his book, The History of the Frog. This was everyone else's cue to ignore the video and talk quietly with their friends.
"E!" Benny whispered anxiously. "What happened to you? You look like that old sheet that I tried to turn into a ghost… but instead transformed into compost."
It was true; Ethan definitely had seen better days. His hair was plastered to his face with sweat, his shoes were covered in mud, and a small branch was stuck in his backpack.
"Yeah, yeah, I look awful," Ethan said. "But I overslept and Jane didn't wake me up, so I had to run all the way here."
"Overslept? You never oversleep," Benny said.
"I know! I think it's because of this strange dream I keep having." Ethan said.
"Wait, strange as in you dreamt you saw Bigfoot, or strange as in you dreamt you were a jelly doughnut?" Benny asked. "Cause I've had that dream, and if being stuffed with delicious filling is strange, then I don't want to be normal!"
"Benny," Ethan sighed, "focus! What makes it weird is that I've had the exact same dream every night for the past week. It never changes, no matter what I do or when I go to sleep."
"Freaky…" Benny said. "So, what is it about? I mean, it can't be that bad, I've had plenty of dreams that I would want to have again. Like my Star Wars dream, where I get to meet Princess Leia!"
"Well, it starts off fine," Ethan explained. "At first, there's only this bright gold light, but I can't see where it's coming from. Then it fades, and I see this girl – "
"You're having a girl dream?!" Benny shouted excitedly, drawing strange looks from the other students. "Dude, that's awesome! That's almost as good as my Leia dream! What does she look like? Is she hot? Is she blonde? Do I know her? Could you set me up with her?!"
"Benny!" Ethan hissed. "Be quiet! It's not like that at all."
"Aw, c'mon E, at least tell me that she's hot. Even though I know she can't compare to Sarah," Benny teased.
"What? No! I don't know what you're talking about…" Ethan's protests trailed off when he saw Benny's knowing look. "Ok, fine! I guess I do like Sarah.'
"AHA! I knew it!" Benny exclaimed proudly. He grinned when he saw Ethan's face turn bright red, and decided to cut him some slack. "Anyway, finish telling me about your dream."
"Oh, right," Ethan said, grateful for the end of the embarrassment. "So I see this girl with long brown hair, bright blue eyes, and a white shirt, but the shirt has a big purple splotch in the middle. I've never seen her before in my life, and when I try to ask her a question in my dream, she doesn't say anything."
"Weird," Benny said. "Is that it though? Just a light and some mute girl?"
"No," Ethan responded. "This is where it gets really creepy; after I try to talk to the girl for a while, there's this white flash, like the kind that I get in my visions. The next thing I see is the girl unconscious and lying on the ground."
"Whoa, that's seriously messed up. Do you think she's… you know…" Benny closed his eyes and stuck out his tongue.
"I don't know," Ethan said grimly. "Every time I try to go help her, I wake up."
"Do you think you're having a new type of vision?" Benny asked. "Are you sure you haven't met this girl? Maybe she's on Team 'V' or something."
Ethan thought for a second, but then shook his head. "I don't think it was a vision, it felt different. And I'm positive that I don't know her. I would definitely have recognized her."
Benny shrugged. "Ah well, you'll figure it out. Right now, we have more important things to worry about. Namely, how many paper clips I can throw at Mr. Stapp before he notices."
45 minutes later, the bell rang to signal the end of class. Ethan left the classroom and waited outside while Benny stammered out an apology to Mr. Stapp who had finally realized that he was the source of the onslaught of paper clips. Together they started walking to their lockers to get their books for the next class. On the way, the pair met up with Sarah as she left her last class.
"H-h-hey Sarah," Ethan stuttered nervously, and was granted a smile in return.
"Hey Ethan, hi Benny. Ethan, did you get run over by a truck or something? You look awful."
"Oh, y-yeah, I sort of overslept. I had this weird dream where –"
"Sorry, I've gotta go. I volunteered to be the guide for this new girl on her first day, and I have to go meet her. I'll talk to you guys later!" And with that, Sarah left with a cheery wave.
"Sure, okay. B-b-bye!" Ethan mumbled. He leaned against his locker dejectedly while Benny smiled sadly at him.
"Dude, she is waaaaay out of your league," Benny said, patting Ethan on the shoulder. "However, she is definitely in my league…"
"Don't even think about it Benny!" Ethan cried. "She would drain you in a second if you tried to hit on her."
Benny smirked knowingly and coughed something that sounded like 'jealous much'. Ethan was about to snap back at him when the tardy bell rang, causing him instead to quickly grab his notebook from his locker and head toward his next class with Benny following after him.
Their English class moved by at a sluggish pace. Benny took the time to take a nap, while Ethan busied himself with some homework that would be due later in the week. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the class ended, and the boys went to lunch. As the left the room, the boys were assaulted by a speedy blonde, who jumped in front of them excitedly.
"Hey guys!" Rory yelled. "What's up? Anything you need a vampire ninja to take care of?"
"Um, no thanks Rory, we're good," Ethan said. "We're just heading to lunch."
"Cool! I'll come with you, even though I just stopped by the zoo to eat." Rory said as he followed them. The three of them got in the lunch line to get their food. Erica passed by them as they were waiting, but she ignored them (despite Rory frantically jumping up and down to get her attention) and went to go find Sarah.
As they neared the end of the line, the boys all selected a can of purple soda, their favorite type, and paid for their lunches. After paying, Ethan immediately began to search for wherever Sarah was sitting. He soon found her and Erica and headed in their direction.
"Hey Benny, want to come over this afternoon to play Knights of Ninjitsu?" Ethan asked as he opened his can of soda. "Since my parents are gone, we can at least get to level 5."
"Sounds like fun!" Rory said, completely missing Benny's groan of annoyance. "I'll be there. Hey, who's that girl sitting with Sarah?"
Sure enough, there was a tall brunette sitting at the table with Sarah. "Oh, that's probably just the new girl," Ethan explained, "Sarah said she would be showing her around."
They boys made it to the table, and Benny and Rory put down their trays and sat down. Ethan was about to sit down as well, when the girl abruptly stood up, empty water bottle in hand. As she turned around, she ran straight into Ethan, whose tray of food smashed into her.
The two collapsed amidst loud laughs from their peers, the ground wet and sticky from Ethan's spilt soda. The girl let out a moan, lamenting the large purple stain on her clean white t-shirt.
"Oh my god, I'm so sorry!" Ethan said. "This is totally my fault, I –" He stopped talking mid-sentence. The brunette had also stood up, and at their point their eyes met. They both inhaled sharply.
"You!" they both yelled at the exact same time. "It's you that I've seen in my dreams!"
A/N: So, I plan to finish up 'Episode 0', after which point I'll probably go through the rest of the episodes. Please review and let me know what you think!