………………….. Sometimes life seems to pass you by.
One minute you're standing in the kindergarten class looking
round at all the kids and wondering how the hell you're going to
remember all of their names and then the next time you blink
you're in senior year, or at least that's how my life
"Hey Charlie" Lina called out as she wound her
way through the locker room to where I was sitting flicking
through what should have been my homework for math. "Come on you
have to come see this" she grabbed my hand.
"See what" I laughed as she pulled me out of
the doors into the warm late summer sun, "I was almost done with
"Oh this is way better than homework" She
grinned her long brown hair streaming out behind her as she
pulled my over the parking lot to the bleachers at the side of
the football field.
"If you're bringing me here to point out that
you think Ty is hot then I'm heading back to finish my home work"
"Well that was one part of it" she laughed "But
you have to see him" I looked to where she was pointing to a guy
that was stood with his hands in pockets. His dark hair cut short
Ty was leaning on his shoulder laughing.
"Cute" I admitted "who is he"
"Who cares, imagine that in a football uniform"
she sighed I shook my head and turned away.
"I swear you'll skid in the pool of drool at
your feet" I started to walk back toward school.
"Charlie" Lina ran to catch up with me. "You're
still waiting for him to get in touch aren't you"?
"I don't know who you mean" I pulled open the
door and grabbed my things.
"Yes you do" she narrowed her eyes at me "What
did my big brother do to get you hooked"
"I'm not waiting for him" I groaned "I'm not
interested in anyone right now" I looked at her "How is Josh by
the way" she shook her head as we headed for class.
"He's fine" she shrugged "He's leaving for a
tour on the 15th"
"Well that's what being in the Army means I
guess" I smiled at her.
"Charlie he's a jerk where women are concerned"
she pushed open the classroom door 'I love him he's my brother
but I love you as a friend and I don't want him hurting
"I'm fine I was only asking how he was" I
chuckled trying to sound convincing "So we had a fun few dates
but that was it" I sat down and pulled out my book "can we just
stop talking about guys" Lina sighed and studied my expression
for a while before she sat down the row in front of
"You're a lousy liar" she muttered as the
teacher walked in I smirked and picked up my pen.
Fun few dates was an understatement, Linas'
older brother Josh had joined the Army right out of leaving
school 3 years ago and this past summer he'd come home for a
couple of weeks to see friends and he'd brought Lina over to mine
one day so she could help my little sister with her dance
costume, leaving me and josh to talk, the only thing was talking
turned into kissing which turned into a date and then we became
inseparable for the next 3 weeks. But he'd had to go back to base
I knew he wasn't the boyfriend girlfriend type but for a while I
'Charlotte" I jumped as the teacher slammed her
book on the desk "Daydreaming again won't get you to graduation"
she shouted, It didn't matter I was a straight A student this
teacher had it in for my since freshman year. She walked by me
and began droning on again about Romeo and Juliet. Lina looked at
me and grinned as the door knocked. "Come in" the door opened and
Ty walked in with the guy we'd been looking at before on the
"Miss Watson sorry we're late" Ty said smoothly
I smiled as Miss Watson turned red and flustered when he
Ty Jackson was the type of guy that made women
fall at his feet and do whatever he wanted them to. I'd known him
since starting middle school and Lina had drooled over him for as
long, his messy chestnut hair falling above his almost copper
"Yes Ty" Miss Watson stuttered.
"This is Caleb, he's transferred in this week"
Ty smiled flashing her a perfect view of his teeth; I swear Lina
almost slid off her seat.
'Okay boys take a seat" Miss Watson said
pointing to the two empty seats behind me. 'Caleb have you worked
on Romeo and Juliet in your old school"
"We did it in sophomore year" he nodded walking
past me and smiling his baby blue eyes twinkling.
"Yeah so did we" I muttered under my
"Charlotte I won't tell you again today" Miss
Watson stormed her eyes trying to burn a hole right through me.
Ty kicked the leg of my chair.
"Annoying the teacher Charlotte as per usual"
he chuckled under his breath I glanced round at
"When don't I" he laughed out a long loud laugh
and whispered something to Caleb how looked at me and shook his
head I turned back round and picked up the book. Finally the end
of class bell rang I grabbed my things and stopped by Lina's
desk. "I'm going to go running can you ask one of the others to
give you a ride home.
"I'll wait My mom is out for a business thing
tonight so I'd be home alone" she shrugged as she pushed her
things into her school bag "I'll try and get my head round this
damn story" she pulled her face at the book.
'Charlotte you know Miss Watson doesn't like
you interrupting" Ty laughed as he and Caleb walked
"Oh stop with the Charlotte" I groaned. "It's
because of that old witch I'm in need of a run"
"You should try out for the soccer team" Caleb
said sting on the edge of Lina's desk her eyes were almost on
"I'll leave the soccer to her" I kicked Lina's
chair I dumped my bag on top of hers "Take that for me so I can
go get changed"
"Fine" she grumbled as I headed for the door I
"I'm sure there's a couple of jocks that
wouldn't mind helping you" I giggled pulling the door closed
leaving the three of them in the classroom.
I rubbed my neck as I ran down the stairs to
the hallway where the locker rooms were. Romeo and Juliet I
scoffed in my own head. Miss Watson was obsessed with it I knew
what would be coming, she'd pair all the guys up with a girl and
get us to act out her favorite parts like always for some reason
I always ended up with the worst actor in the whole class to make
me look bad mind you it could be fun if I did it in the blonde
bimbo voice like sophomore year, it was worth the month of
Saturday detentions to see everyone laughing and Miss Watson
about to burst like an over inflated balloon. I got changed and
made my way out to the track running the only way to clear my