A/N: After a four year break I'm back! This will be my first of hopefully many ANT Farm stories and it is a FOLIVE story. I hope you enjoy. Read and review. Also feel free to follow me on twitter Paul_Matthews13. I follow back and love to talk all things Folive, ANT Farm, and Disney.
I do not own ANT Farm. That belongs to Disney.
"The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer." - Edward R. Murrow
Chapter 1: Oblivious
Olive was hard at work writing her next installment of her memoirs. Having an eidetic memory meant she was very thorough. She had given copies of her first book to her friends (small copies of course, not the comically large copy she had made before). She knew that none of them had read more than a few pages at most, but she had expected as much. In Fletcher's case that was probably for the best as there were many amusing stories about him included.
Most people didn't know that the book had one glaring omission, which was her true feelings for Fletcher. For awhile now she had feelings for him that she kept secret. The reason for her secrecy was that ever since Chyna had arrived, Fletcher had become obsessed with her. He was completely oblivious to the fact that Olive had feelings for him. Olive was dead set against revealing her feelings to him when he not only didn't feel the same, but was also in love with someone else. She did not blame Chyna in any way, as Chyna knew the truth and did her best to tell Fletcher she wasn't interested.
"Why don't you just tell him the truth?" Chyna asked one day.
"Why bother? He obviously doesn't feel the same. You see how he reacts to the idea of us dating," Olive replied.
"To be fair, you react the same way Olive," Chyna pointed out.
"Yeah, but when I do it, it's just an act! I don't want him to know the truth if he doesn't feel the same! I almost let the cat out of the bag when we were stuck in the Outback!"
"But if you just..." Chyna started to say.
"Look Chyna, no offense, but I'm not going to put myself out there just to have him break my heart. I just have to accept that my feelings are unrequited, much like Fletcher's feelings for you," Olive replied, while trying to avoid Chyna's eyes so she wouldn't see her tears.
Since that day Chyna had not broached the subject again, but it pained her to know that Olive was holding it all inside. Olive kept up the appearance that everything was alright, but Chyna knew better. Olive masked her feelings by teasing Fletcher almost relentlessly. Chyna couldn't sit idly by, so she started suggesting that Olive spend more time with Fletcher, just the two of them. They had tried going to dinner together at IHOW, but got caught up in trying to taunt Lexi, so Olive never got the nerve to tell him how she feels.
She had almost just moved on. She had almost resolved not to waste brain capacity on love or romance until Graham came along and all of the sudden the fire inside her had rekindled. After the Graham fiasco she realized love was not so far out of her reach. If she had landed a boyfriend once she could do it again. So she decided to try Chyna's advice again and ask Fletcher to spend time with her.
Fletcher was sitting at his easel painting a mountain landscape, which was a relief to Olive as it wasn't a Chyna painting. When she approached he greeted her with a smile.
"Hey Olive," he said.
"Hey Fletcher, want to go to IHOW after school?" Olive asked.
"Could I get a rain check? I was hoping Chyna would want to go get ice cream with me after school," Fletcher replied without looking up from his painting.
"You could get ice cream with me."
"No offense Olive, but I was hoping for Chyna."
"Fletcher, don't you think it's time you moved on from Chyna? I just don't think it's going to happen," Olive said, but Fletcher ignored her as Chyna had just entered the ANT Farm.
"Hey Chyna, do you wanna get some ice cream with me after school?" Fletcher asked anxiously.
"Sorry Fletcher, but I told my Dad that I would come straight home after school. You should take Olive instead," Chyna said gently and then went to sit down.
"Oh okay," Fletcher replied disappointedly.
"So, do you want ice cream or IHOW?" Olive asked when Chyna left.
"Neither, I'm just gonna go home," Fletcher replied grumpily.
"Well fine! I didn't want to hang out with you anyway!" Olive yelled and then walked away.
As she walked away, she heard Fletcher mutter the word, "girls," disgruntily under his breath. She bit back a retort, because she was on the verge of tears.
The next day Fletcher was trying to focus on his painting, but he was annoyed by how cold Olive was acting towards him and his failure with Chyna. He kept making noises of disgust and frustration until Angus, who was at his desk, had enough.
"Do you mind!? I'm trying to hack the school website to fix this grading error my history teacher made!" Angus yelled.
"Sorry Angus. I'm just frustrated with the girls around here. When will Chyna realize we're perfect for each other?" Fletcher replied.
"I feel the same about Olive!" Angus said.
"I wish I could make Chyna see what she's missing out on."
"Make her jealous," Angus said as if it were the most obvious thing.
"How am I supposed to do that Angus?" Fletcher asked in annoyance.
"Get a girlfriend or someone to pretend to be your girlfriend."
"Wait...haven't we been down that road before? Remember how that turned out?"
"That's because you tried to pass your babysitter off as your girlfriend. Get someone better this time," Angus said with a roll of his eyes.
"I don't know, that's your problem!"
"Thanks Angus, you're a real help," Fletcher replied sarcastically.
Meanwhile, Olive was in the hallway, listening in on the conversation. She couldn't help but roll her eyes at Fletcher's scheme, but then an idea came to her. A grin appeared on her face as a plan formed.
"So, Fletcher wants to play the jealousy game does he? Two can play that game," Olive said to herself.