Chapter 1: Social Love

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

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A/N these are some pictures of the characters in the book of what I think they look like.
Ava Ryder (except her hair is longer and she’s more tanned)
Ryan Channing
Emily Walker
Jake Grimshawe (Ava’s boyfriend)
Chapter One
My school has a social system. A very high social system, and if that system is broken…all hell breaks loose. At the very top you have the Alphas, I’m in that group, I am the Queen of St. Andrews College.
I know that that makes me sound obnoxious and stuck-up but it’s the truth. I don’t even know how I got to the top, I just know that I did. Being at the top of the social ladder at St. Andrews is every girls dream. We even have a crown that is passed down whenever a new Queen is announced we throw them a coronation party and pass then down the crown.
The ladder goes something like this: at the top is the Queen (which is me) then you have your second in command (which is my ‘best friend’ Emily Walker) after the second is the third in command (Olivia Weston) and lastly you have fourth in command (Lucy Jakobs) and right at the bottom of the list are the soon-to-be’s. The soon-to-be’s are the girls who are jockeying for the fourth in command title, I used to be one of them.
It takes a hell of a lot to be able to get to the top of the social ladder at St. Andrews. There are ways that you have to go about trying to get there. First off, you have to take out all of the other soon-to-be’s using varying methods of defeat (most of the girls go by Sun Tzu’s Act of War), the main method ‘keep your friends close, but your enemies closer’ I know that all of this makes us sound like some elite special forces group, but we’re not. We couldn’t throw a punch to save our lives.
Once you have taken out the STBs (soon-to-be’s, not to be mistaken with STD) you work your way towards the fourth in command, taking out the STBs and the fourth is easy. They’re not as smart as the others, which is why they’re so low on the social ladder. Trying to get through the third in command is hard, they’re smart and they know your tricks. The only way to get through them is to use something that they’ve never seen before. When you’ve gotten through them, you have to work your way towards second. The second in command is usually very smart and they’re still jockeying towards the top of the ladder, so they’re usually very competitive and very hard to break down.
When and if you manage to get through them, you then have to take on the Queen. She is the top, like the Queen Bee of the school and she knows all of the tricks of the trade.
It was hard trying to get through her, but I made it, and once I did, I was crowned Queen and was given the sacred St. Andrews Queen Crown. Now that I’m at the top, I have girls trying to make their way to my position (most of which fail miserably) but one came close. She got to second in command before the original second in command knocked her back down.
So while I sit on my throne and waltz around the school I don’t have to worry about anything…until now.
“I just don’t get it Ava!’ Emily wailed on the other end of the phone.
I rolled my eyes and sighed softly so she couldn’t hear. I applied another coat of my shiny lip-gloss and let some sympathy ooze into my words.
“Honey, he’ll come back,” I reassured her. Her long-time boyfriend Charles Harrington was moving back to England after living here for almost two years. We all knew that he wasn’t staying any longer than that, in fact he had said himself that he was leaving in two years. I was pretty sure that he had been sneaking around with the STBs but I wasn’t going to look into that too much. Emily’s love life held no appeal to me.
“No he won’t,” she sniffled and I imagined her running a tanned hand across her dark chocolate eyes to stop the tears. “Well, its his loss, there are plenty of fish in the sea.”
“Exactly, now I have to go sweets, but I’ll see you tomorrow. Kay?”
“Kay, ciao,” she said as a parting and hung up.
I pressed END on the phone and threw it behind me. I was sitting on my colossal double bed and there was a tray of different fruits and chocolates next to me. I picked up one of the melting chocolates and dropped it into my mouth, there was nothing better than chocolate on a rainy day.
As my television played Breakfast At Tiffany’s, which I had seen over a thousand times, I grabbed my nail-kit and started applying a light pink shade to my hands and feet. I was almost done when my phone began to ring again.
I grumbled and picked the phone up. Cradling it between my shoulder and my ear I continued to paint my nails.
“Hello?” I said into the phone.
“Hey babe,” a deep masculine voice said on the other end. I recognised it immediately, it was Jake, my long-time boyfriend.
“Hey, how’s it going?” I asked, my voice going slightly breathy.
“Good, you want me to pick you up tomorrow morning?” he asked, I heard someone in the background yell “Yes!” followed by a few hoots and slaps. I was guessing that he had his friends over and they were all playing their stupid games.
“Sure honey, I’ll talk to you soon!” I said and dropped the phone from my shoulder. With my still-wet nail I pressed end and started blowing on the light pink shade.
It looks good, I thought. I jumped off the bed and walked towards my walk-in-wardrobe, waddling like a duck because I was trying to keep my toes off the ground. I opened the door and grabbed the garment bag that was hanging off of one of the long pole that ran down the length of the wall. It contained my new navy Chanel dress. It was absolutely gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to see Emily’s face. She always tried to outdo me with her clothes, that was what you got when you were Queen and your so called ‘best friend’, who was second in command and wanted to be Queen.
I ran my hands over the fabric and with a smile put it back on its hanger. There were some new shoes as well, a pair of dark blue stilettos with fabric that tied halfway up my calves. They looked fantastic with the dress and I couldn’t wait to wear them tomorrow.
As I left the walk-in I noticed the time, it wasn’t that late, but I didn’t really have anything better to do. So satisfied that my toes and hands were properly dried I jumped into my warm bed, snugged under the covers and fell into a dreamless sleep.
Beep, beep, beep, beep.
I groaned and rolled over. My alarm clock was buzzing and I really didn’t want to wake up. I slapped the top of the clock and was rewarded by a sweet silence that didn’t last too long before the buzzing started up again.
I sat up and turned the clock off. My curtains were drawn but I could see the sun pouring through from outside. The smell of bacon and eggs wafted up to my room and made my empty stomach growl. I padded downstairs and was met by my Mum, Dad and Brother all eating their breakfasts.
“Morning,” I said as I walked past my brother.
“Mrnin” he mumbled as some of his cereal spilled out of his mouth.
“Ew, Jason, don’t talk with your mouth full,” I scolded him with a frown on my face.
Jason was only two years older than me, but he might as well be five years younger than me. At my tender age of seventeen, he was nineteen and still living at home. He didn’t even go to university, instead he stayed here and insisted that he didn’t need schooling.
He swallowed his food and turned to me again, his spoon poised in front of him mouth.
“If you don’t want me to talk with my mouth full, don’t talk to me when I’ve got my mouth full,” he said and took about spoonful of whatever he was eating.
“Whatever,” I rolled my eyes and grabbed a pancake from the middle of the table, some bacon and one egg. Jason stared pointedly at my food with a look that said is-that-all-you’re-eating?
When I had cleared my entire plate I ran upstairs to my bedroom, jumped in the shower, brushed my hair and teeth, grabbed the dress and shoes and finished off the whole look with a quick blow-dry of my long mahogany hair that was – thankfully – straight enough to not have to do much with it.
I heard a horn outside and – grabbing my bag – walked downstairs, said a quick goodbye to my family and headed for Jake’s car.
When I slipped into the passenger seat he planted a passionate kiss on my lips.
“You look absolutely beautiful,” he murmured in my ear.
“Thank you,” I said and blushed slightly.
When he pulled into the school most of the students turned to look at me – their Queen – arriving with Jake – their King. The guys didn’t really go on the ‘social ladder’ as much as the girls did, but they knew who was top and who was bottom.
I took Jake’s hand in mine and we started for the school. As we were walking someone knocked into the side of Jake causing us to break apart and for my bag to fall to the floor.
“Hey man, what’s wrong with you?” Jake asked.
I put my hand on his arm to tell him that it was alright and started bending down to collect my stuff. I should’ve made the idiot who knocked it all over do it, but I didn’t want some stranger touching my stuff. I reached for my phone just a tanned hand did. I grabbed it and the hand pulled back. I was crouched down on the floor so when I raised my head and looked into the bluest eyes I had ever seen I was a bit shocked.
The face that the eyes belonged too was really hot as well. He had a chiselled jaw, full lips and thick dark lashes that should’ve made him look feminine, but only made him that much more gorgeous. His eyes were a piercing blue and…they were staring right into mine.
I swallowed and stood up, he followed suit and stood in front of us. I rearranged my bag on my shoulder and looked at the strange (hot) guy who had knocked it over in the first place.
“Sorry about that, I wasn’t really watching where I was going,” he said with a smile. He had a slight dimple on the side of his cheek and his smile was just so cute that my lips lifted up slightly themselves.
“Its fine,” I said and suddenly remembering where we were, and who I was added in an icy voice, “Just don’t do it again.”
He blinked for a second and thrust his hand out.
“I’m Ryan Channing, I’m also new,” he said. I gingerly reached forward and shook his hand. I knew that the entire student body was watching the commotion and probably saw this as their Queen welcoming a new student.
“Ava Ryder,” I said and dropped his hand. His hand dropped to his side and I had a quick chance to check out his clothes (and body).
He was wearing dark blue jeans, a tight white T-shirt with a V neck that showed off the top of his chest, a leather jacket and biker boots. The whole looked spelled bad boy, and bad for my position as Queen. His hair was a dark brown as was messed around as though he had just woken up. All in all, it was a bad-boy meets sexy-boy kind of look and I found myself getting slightly flustered, which was stupid. I was Queen, I didn’t get flustered at hot new boys.
“Sorry about that Ava,” he said in a low voice. There was something about the way he said my name that made me want to hear him say it again. When he turned to walk away many of the students stepped aside, as though they didn’t want to get caught standing too close to him.
“You alright?” Jake as he grabbed my hand again.
Reality washed over me and I remembered that Jake was my boyfriend, I was Queen of St. Andrews. Everything was perfect, and so help me I wasn’t going to let anything ruin that, not even a ridiculously hot boy who wore a leather jacket and had unruly dark hair. Especially not him.

Submitted: March 01, 2010

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sorry everyone, Booksie took the pictures off for some reason but there are meant to be pictures there :) for the next chapter ill try and put them on :D

Mon, March 1st, 2010 1:15am


Wow, you're a great writer! haha, I already love this story! And I like how long the chapter was. Keep me updated? Great job! :)

Mon, March 1st, 2010 2:29am


thank you :)
Of course i'll keep you updated :D

Sun, February 28th, 2010 7:28pm


you can't have any skipped lines for the pictures. As in no extra lines from when you hit 'Enter'
That should help with the pictures! :D

BTW I love it so far!!
Update soon :D

Mon, March 1st, 2010 2:41am


okay, thank you!! It was the first time that i had actually tried to upload any pictures to my stories so i wasnt really sure what i was doing lol :)
But thank you so much :D

Sun, February 28th, 2010 7:29pm


Oooh so far I love it!!! Can't wait to read more, update me if you can!! ? L.

Mon, March 1st, 2010 3:01am


thank you :D
I will

Sun, February 28th, 2010 7:29pm

Phoebe Gardens

I love it! The opening sentence of your blurb got me and I literally raced through to read the chapter and I was not dissappointed! I am SUCH a sucker for unruly curly hair, honestly, it's soooo hot! She will not hold up for long! Haha! I can't wait for more!
Please update soon!! :D

Mon, March 1st, 2010 2:43pm


lol :) thanks
i tried to make the blurb seem appealing to people so that they would read it, and you saying that means a lot so thanks :D

Mon, March 1st, 2010 2:56pm

Joey Zach and Liam are my BFFs

Odd. Not your story but something elsse. I'm not telling becasue it is a personal deatail.

Mon, March 1st, 2010 3:51pm


o...kay! hope you liked it anyway :D

Mon, March 1st, 2010 2:57pm


hmm... intersting start update me!

Mon, March 1st, 2010 6:53pm


thanks you, and i will :D

Mon, March 1st, 2010 2:57pm


Wow this is really interesting.
It has caught my attention(:
I am so gonna keep reading!
consider me your reader.
Till the next chapter!

Tue, March 2nd, 2010 12:06am


thank you :D
that really means a lot that you enjoy the book :D

Mon, March 1st, 2010 7:05pm


Wow.. Ryan sounds so handsome.
Awesome way to start off the chapter, keep up the good work!
Keep me updated?

Fri, March 12th, 2010 8:28am


thanks :D
Sure will :D

Fri, March 12th, 2010 6:17pm


keep me update please? thanks x)

Wed, March 24th, 2010 10:10am


sure thing :)

Fri, March 26th, 2010 3:12pm


please continue with this story , it sounds really good ! but it seems like you stopped :( but if you do , which is hopefully soon , keep me updated !

Sun, April 4th, 2010 4:14am


lol :) no i havent stopped, just a case of writers block, i know that the last time i posted was forever ago but hopefully some new ideas will spring to mind very scon :)

Sat, April 3rd, 2010 9:43pm

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