Chapter Six

Disclaimer: I do not own Silent Hill or any of the characters used. I own only the story itself.

This is a high school AU. None of the events of Silent Hill have occurred, and some facts about the characters and the setting have been changed to match this AU. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please feel free to PM me. No flames, please.

Warning: Eventual slash

~Friday afternoon~

Sewell was waiting impatiently by the school entrance for Walter and PH. The minute the bell had rung he was gone, but apparently Walter had stopped to get something from the room. And PH liked to take his sweet time walking. Supposedly it clears his mind, but Sewell liked to think that he just enjoyed seeing the freshman scurry away from him as he went by.

After what seemed like forever, Walter had finally walked down the stairs and was heading towards him. In his hands was a piece of paper that he was reading, scowling occasionally. Sewell didn't have much time to wonder about what he was reading before PH had joined them.

"Finally, you two are done. C'mon, it's a Friday afternoon, we should already be out of here!" Sewell complained as the trio began to walk towards the parking lot. Walter was still concentrating on the piece of paper and PH didn't seem to care. This only made Sewell more annoyed than he was before.

"What are your guys' problems?" Sewell asked before snatching the paper out of Walter's hand. Glancing down at it, he was surprised to see that it was the note that New Kid and Walter's boy toy had been passing back and forth. It was pretty plain, nothing too juicy, until-

Before he could read it, the note was again snatched up, this time by PH. "Let's wait until we get to Walter's apartment to read it." He said in a low, rough voice before once again assuming his quiet and observing status. PH didn't talk much, but when he did he was serious. Sewell couldn't help but wonder what that was all about.

"Okay, fine, who cares? Let's just head on out!"

~In Henry's Room~

Murphy, James, Heather and Alex were currently lounging around in Henry's bedroom while he was downstairs getting drinks and snacks. The three of them saw Alex before leaving the front doors as well as Heather and were invited to hang out. All of them wanted to see what Murphy's house was like, but he denied them on account of his belongings still being mostly packed up in boxes. They booed but didn't press the matter. For that Murphy was glad- his room looked like a hurricane that hit it and he couldn't recall where he had hid his porno magazines. It wouldn't be good for him to lose his new friends should they find those.

While waiting for Henry the four of the them made small chat, mostly talking about how the first week was going and plans for what to do that year, etc. Murphy was attentive and contributed to the conversation, but he was also focused on Henry's room. It was clean but not too decorated. A few photographs hung on the walls- all of them pretty artistic- and he had a neat bookshelf. Murphy wondered why Henry didn't have too much.

"I bet you were shocked, huh, new kid?"

Murphy was pulled from his thoughts by Alex; unfortunately he hadn't the slightest clue as to what the other boy had said. "Pardon?"

"I said I bet you were shocked to find yourself living next to Henry, huh?" Alex repeated.

"Oh, that's what you were saying. Yeah, I guess so. I mean, I should've expected to live close to one of you guys," Murphy replied, "but to be honest I wasn't even thinking about who the neighbors would be. I'm glad, though. Now I won't have just the company of my little brother and sister."

Everyone laughed at that before the door opened and Henry came in, cautiously carrying a tray of snacks and drinks. Murphy quickly got to his feet to help him. "Easy there, tiger, I got it. Go ahead and sit down."

Henry nodded gratefully and went to sit on his bed, opposite of his friends on the small sofa he had. Murphy put the snacks on the coffee table between them and went to sit next to Henry. All of them snacked for a little bit while Heather filled in Henry on what the previous conversations were.

The rest of the afternoon proceeded on without a fault, all of the teens having fun and Murphy feeling more at ease with his new companions. It actually made him pretty happy, knowing that he wasn't going to be alone in his new town. He knew that he wasn't actually going to be, but he was pleased to find that gaining friends was much easier than he anticipated.

The afternoon turned to nighttime and one by one the friends left, leaving just Henry and Murphy.

"Are you heading home now, too, Murphy?" Henry had asked as Alex was leaving.

"Nah, I can stay a bit. I mean I live right next door, it's not like my parents don't know where I am," Murphy replied.

"Okay, good. I wanted to talk to you about what I wrote on the note."

"What note?"

Henry stared at Murphy. "You know, the note we were passing back and forth in math. Don't tell me…"

Murphy stared at him in horror. "Fuck, dude, I left it at school! Because the fire alarm rang before I could read it!"

Henry didn't say anything and guilt started to overpower Murphy. After a few minutes of silence, Henry spoke.

"It's okay… as long as no one took it."

"What if a janitor threw it away?"

"Even better. Like I said, as long as no one took it." Henry seemed a bit disappointed, and for good reason.

Murphy sighed. "Look, man, I'm really sorry. I didn't mean to leave it, we were just all in a hurry to get out-"

"No, no, it's fine, really. I'm just worried about it falling into the wrong hands, you know?" Henry cut him off. "It's okay, don't feel bad. I suppose it's a good thing- much better to talk about in person. That is, if you're okay with listening."

Murphy smiled. "Of course, man. What are friends for?"

Henry returned his smile as they walked back to his room. Murphy was happy for that reaction- he really was settling in very nicely with his new community. But he still had his doubts…

"So are you sure that it's okay that I left the note?"

Henry rolled his eyes. "Yes, it's fine. If no one reads it we should be fine."

"Okay, then. So what exactly was it that you wrote?"

Henry sat down on his bed, nervously wringing his hands. "I hope you don't find me too forward, as we just became friends, but I feel… I feel like I can trust you. I feel like I know you from somewhere… but that doesn't really matter. I just know that I can tell you everything. I well…"

He faltered. Murphy was curious-and rather pleased at the declaration of trust- so he prompted Henry to continue. "Go on. I'm here to listen. I won't judge, if that's what you are worried about." He said quickly.

Henry took a deep breathe. "Well…I have a crush. A-a pretty big one. And well…I was just wondering, if…if you would…"

Cliffhanger! I really shouldn't do that, since I've keep you waiting for so long, but it was the best way to end the chapter. I cannot express how sorry I am! My excuse: senior year is the most hectic school year. And somewhere through the acceptance into college and the plays and filling out scholarships, my computer lost my file that held my outline for this fan fiction. All of my thoughts were gone, so essentially I had to go back to the very beginning and see where I was going with this. I've decided to change some things, so please bear with me! But I'm determined to finish this story! Thank you to those who have stayed around through my hiatus.

In other news, I've decided to take up fan fiction commissions as a way to earn money for my new lolita fashion lifestyle, as all the money I earn IRL is towards college. Feel free to message me with questions regarding what I will/will not write and pricings. I also have a post on Tumblr, so if you'd me to link you to that, please PM me!

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