Chapter 1

Jade's POV

I run. I run as fast as I can from my terrible place I call home. It's freezing cold outside, but I couldn't care less. My unzipped leather jacket flaps through the wind as I keep going, daring not to look back. My father could be following me right now, just waiting to hurt me once again. I suddenly feel a drop of rain run down my face. I groan as I see a streak of lightening in the distance, followed by a rumble of thunder. I slow down my pace but my heart just beats faster since I have a fear of storms, especially like this. I don't even know where I'm going; I'm just determined to find a place to crash for the night.

"Jade?" I hear a familiar voice question from behind me. The rain begins to pelt harder on my head, causing me to wince.

"Jade." The voice calls again when I don't turn around. I finally stop walking and turn around and see Beck standing there, but not shivering to death like me. Except he has more layers of clothes on, unlike me.

"W-what?" My teeth chatter louder.

"Jade, what are you doing out here?" He sighs, walking closer to me. I step back, but every step I take it shoots pain all through my body.

"I-I could ask the s-same thing to y-you," I stutter.

"I was driving to Karaoke Dokie until I saw you running. Where are you going?" He presses on, causing me to give up my act. I let out a shaky breath.

"I don't even know," I drop my arms and stare at my feet.

"You want me to drive you home?" Beck steps closer to me, sending a little bit of body heat to me.

"No." My head suddenly shoots up as I glare at him. I begin walking away. "No, no, no. I don't want to go home. I don't need to go home. No one wants me home." I stumble as I walk, my knees eventually giving up on me. I collapse to the ground, wanting to just sit here and freeze to death forever. But of course that can happen with Beck here. I feel his strong, warm arms lock under my neck and knees as he carries me bridal-style to his car. My hand fists around his denim jacket as I shiver more furiously. I bury my face in his chest as we continue heading to his car. He puts me in the passenger seat, buckling my seat belt for me. I watch him crawl in next to me, turning his key in and putting the heat on full-blast.

"You gonna tell me why you were running down the sidewalk in the pouring rain?" Beck says as we drive to his RV.

"It's none of your business, Beck." I snap at him.

"You're my girlfriend. I think it is my business," he retorts smartly, smirking. I roll my eyes.

"Smart ass," I mutter loud enough for him to hear. "But it was my Dad again." My voice got quieter with every word.

"Didn't I tell you to come to me when that happens? Like, straight to my RV," he says.

"Well yeah, but I didn't wanna bother you becau-"

"Don't you dare say you didn't come to my RV because you think you would bother me," he cuts me off, taking his eyes off the road to stare straight into me.

"You were going to hanging out with the others and I didn't want to disturb you," I protest. "And he took my car keys."

"Then you could have called me and I would've come and gotten you," he says as we pull in his driveway.

"Whatever. I'm here now aren't I?" I question as I climb out of the car. He just rolls his eyes at me before unlocking his door to his RV. I walk in, immediately falling on his bed and cuddling a pillow. He begins to take his jacket off.

"Wait, you're still supposed to be going out with everyone else." I throw the pillow aside and sit up.

"Well, you're here and you don't wanna go so therefore, I'm not going." He comes over and sits next to me, but I shove him off.

"No, you're going. You promised them you'd go. This would be the third time you'd blown them off because of me," I protest, walking over and grabbing his jacket.

"Then you're coming with me." He takes my hand and drags back out to his car.

"I don't wanna go!" I stomp my foot as I get back in his car. He just ignores me and pulls up to Karaoke Dokie within minutes.

"I hate you," I mumble to Beck as we see the others already at a table with drinks.

"I love you," he smiles cheekily as we walk over to our seats.

"Jade!" Tori exclaims, putting a smile on her already smiley face. "I didn't know you were coming so we didn't-"

"Yeah, well I'm here now so shut up," I cut her off. I walk over and steal a chair from another table.

"Hey! My girlfriend was sitting there!" A guy protests from the table.

"Hey! Is she imaginary because I don't see her!" I say in the same tone and put the chair in between Beck and Cat. I smirk as I turn back to him, his face pale. As I sit down, Beck gives me a look. I just roll my eyes and see a blonde, slutty little waitress walk over to our table.

"Great," I mutter sarcastically as she shoves herself in between Beck and I, slamming her elbows on the table.

"So what can I get you?" She bats her eyelashes and smiles all flirty at Beck, turning her head towards him.

"He wants you to quit shoving your fake boobs in his face!" I yell at her, causing her to turn to me.

"He has a girlfriend, idiot!" I exclaim as she glares at me. "Now go get another a waiter because you clearly would be better off serving yourself instead of serving food." I can tell everyone at the table is suppressing laughs and smiles.

"And who do you think you're talking to?" She snaps, standing up. I get to the same height as her.

"A dumb blonde who doesn't know when to get out of people's faces," I sneer, not flinching at all. "In other words, you."

"Shut the hell up, you bitch," she suddenly snaps. Someone tugs lightly on my arm.

"Jade," Cat says calmly, but a smile is spread across her face. "She's not even worth it." I reluctantly sit back down and glare daggers at the waitress. She takes everyone else's orders sweetly until she turns to me.

"What do you want?" She spits at me, smacking her gum loudly.

"I want you to leave but that's clearly not happening. So I'll just have a Sprite," I snap at her. "And buffalo nuggets." She stomps away and I smile satisfyingly. Everyone bursts into laughter within seconds.

"So, who's gonna go tell the manager about her?" I ask once we all settle down.

"Robbie," we all say in unison.

"Why me?" He protests.

"Because you weren't the one to get on the manager's bad side like the rest of us," I tell him. "Just go up to him and tell him the girl was flirting with a customer's girlfriend and that she won't leave us alone." He mumbles a few things under his breath before walking up there with Rex. We all watch as Robbie talks to the manager until they both walk over to the table.

"What did you tell him?" I whisper to Robbie as he sits back down.

"That you needed to talk to him," he mumbles.

"Robbie!" I whisper-snap. "That was not the plan!"

"Well it is now!" He shoots back. I groan before turning to the manager.

"So, it's you guys again," he sighs loudly. "What's the problem now?"

"That crazy chick over there was flirting with my boyfriend!" I snap at him.

"And she wasn't friendly about it," Cat chimes in.

"So give us a new waiter," I demand.

"No!" The manager protests. "This is just payback for you humiliating my little girl!"

"She did that to herself!" I yell at him. "Look, you can't just let that girl shove her boobs into my boyfriend's face."

"If you keep complaining I'll let my daughter come over here and help her!" He yells back. But I already see Hayley and that other waitress walking back over with my drink.

"Hey Goth girl," Hayley smirks. "Wanna see if your tough shell will break?" Suddenly, a cold soda is being spilled on my head, dripping down my face and the ice sinking down in my shirt. Everybody gasps, including me.