So I was planning on posting this sooner but the internet at my mom's house went off for a good week. -_-

I'll try to post a collection of all the characters by the next chapter.

Sorry for the sucky chapter. 

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[Lauren’s POV]
“Lauren! Door!” my mom shouted from the living room.

I looked up from my book and turned to my book.

It was barely eleven in the morning and I knew Jessie wouldn’t be this early unless it involved school or something really important.

“Going!” I shouted as I reached for a t-shirt, placed it over my tank top and headed to the living room. 

I stopped halfway to the living room when I heard a familiar voice.

It was Alex’s voice.

“What are you doing here?” I asked as I got myself together and went to the door.
“Be nice.” My mom giggled as she smacked the back of my head and walked off.

I rolled my eyes as Alex chuckled.

“Well?” I asked once he stopped chuckled.
“Well what?”
“What are you doing here, at my house, at this time?”
He chuckled again, “You said we could hang out today.”
“I also said to come at noon. This isn’t noon.”
He shrugged his shoulders, “I woke up early and I decided to come earlier.”
“You could have called.”
“I could have but I don’t have your number.”

I was about to say something but then I realized that he was right.

“No one likes a smartas.s.”
He chuckled again, “So can I come in or you’re going to make me wait outside for you?”
“Option B sounds so tempting but I wouldn’t want you to think I’m this mean person so come on in.” I stepped aside.

He smirked as he walked in and we headed to my room.

He threw himself on my bed as I sat down next to him.

“So why are you here so early?” I asked as I crossed my legs.
“I woke up early and I decided to come here.”
I ran my fingers through my hair, “Well umm I really didn’t think you were gonna come so my plans were to stay in and watch movies.”
“We can watch movies then. I’ll bring us some junk food and we can watch them here at my house.” He smiled as he stared at me.
“Dude,” I covered his face, “Stop staring at me. That’s just creepy. Anyways why did you really come here? And don’t say because we were supposed to hang out.”
“Because I don’t know,” he moved my hand, locking our fingers together as he placed it on his chest, “I just felt like we should become friends because our best friends are dat,” I cut him off.
“Don’t say it.” 

He laughed as he held my hand tighter.

I felt a sudden urge to pull away from him but the look in his eyes stopped me.

Sure, I hated the kid but I had a soft spot for me. Something about him made me not hate him completely and want to give this friendship a try.

“What happened with Cameron and you?” Alex asked out of nowhere.
I shook my head, “We didn’t work out.”

He was about to say something but stopped as he gave my hand another tight squeeze.

“Well get your up and go buy us junk food while I get my room for our movie day.” I smacked him playfully with my free hand.
He chuckled, “Fine, no need for violence.”

I rolled my eyes as he laughed.

Alex left right after and I headed to the kitchen.

My mom was making breakfast while my dad read the newspaper.

“Who was that?” my mom asked as she turned to face me.
“Some guy from school.” I answered as I opened the fridge.
She giggled, “Oh, just someone guy from school?”
“Whoa,” I turned to her, “No, I don’t even like him like that. Damnit, I don’t even like him at all.”
“Then why did he come over?” my dad asked this time.
I shrugged my shoulders, “He wants to be friends since Jessie and his best friends are dating and it won’t make things awkward when all four of us hang out.”

They both gave each other unconvinced looks.

“Fine, don’t believe me,” I sighed as I reached for the orange juice, “I don’t get why I’d have to lie about this.”

My dad chuckled.

“Oh,” I turned to them again, “He’s supposed to come back with junk food so when he does send him to my room.”
“Your room?” my dad put down his newspaper, “Why?”
“We’re watching movies, duh.” I shook my head as I ‘duh’ him.
“Well I don’t,” my mom quickly cut him off.
“Do you guys want sandwiches? Popcorn? Pizza?” she offered.
I shook my head, “No, we’re fine.”

She was about to say something else when I grabbed my cup of juice and walked away.

I placed the cup on top of my dresser and laid back down.

As I stared at the ceiling, I raised both my hands and looked at the one Alex had been holding. I locked my fingers together, remembering how his hand felt so warm against mine and how nervous I had gotten when he didn’t let go of it.

I shook my head as I let go of my hand and smacked my forehead.

“No, Lauren, no.” I repeated as I hit my forehead.

About half an hour passed by when Alex finally showed up.

“Sorry I took long.” He passed as he placed the bags on my bed.
“What did you bring?” I sat up and reached for one of the bags.
“Food.” He laughed as I looked at him seriously.
“Really? I thought you were bringing me puppies.” I rolled my eyes as he laughed harder.

I opened the bag and pulled a box of Twinkies, ding dongs and chocolate covered donut.

“You don’t mess around Gaskarth.” I said as I opened the donuts.
“Well I just grabbed the first things I could.”
“Oh okay. So what movie do you want to see first?” I asked as I got up and walked over to my closet, “I have ‘The Goonies’, ‘The Nightmare before Christmas’, ‘The Fifth Element’,” he cut me off.
“The Fifth Element!” he shouted as he grinned.
“We’ll watch that one then.”

He grinned as he laid down on my bed and I went to put the movie on.

I pressed play and went back to my bed as Alex stuffed his face with food.

“Hey,” he stopped as he sat up, “Can I tell you something?”
“Umm sure.”
“Well, it’s just that,” he paused for a second, “Never mind.”
“Just tell me.”
He shook his head, “It doesn’t matter.”
“Umm okay.”

He gave me a small smile before he went back to his food.

[Alex’s POV]
“Where were you all day?” Kristen asked as I walked into her room.
I shrugged my shoulders, “With my friends.”
“I called Jack and he said he hadn’t seen you since last night.” She crossed her arms as she sat on her bed.
“I have other friends.”

She sighed as she got off her bed and walked towards me.

“Baby,” she wrapped her arms around me as she looked up at me, “I’m your only one, right? You’re not cheating on me, right?”
I felt a knot form inside me, “Of course not.”
“You love me, right?” she asked as she looked at me with her puppy eyes.
“Of course I do.” I nodded my head.

She smiled as she got on her toes and pressed her lips against mine.

“What’s wrong?” she asked as she pulled away.
“Nothing,” I shook my head, “I’m just tired.”
“Let’s take a nap then.” She smirked as she grabbed my hand and pulled me to her bed.

I woke up once I felt my phone vibrate next to my head.

I lazily reached for it as I tried to open my eyes.

“Hello?” I whispered when I realized Kristen was asleep next to me.
“Are you busy?” Lauren whispered back.

I quickly sat up as I noticed something was wrong with her voice.

“What’s wrong? Why are you crying?” I whispered, trying my best not to wake up Kristen.
“Pl-please come over.” She mumbled through her crying.
“Yea, yea,” I nodded my head as I got off the bed, “I’ll be there as fast as I can.”
“Thanks.” She hung up.

I quickly changed into my clothes as I tried not to make a noise.

Of course, that didn’t work out.

“Where are you going?” she asked as she sat up.
“My parents called and I need to go right now.” I lied as I put on my shoes.
“Are they okay? Do you want me to go with you?”
“No, it’s fine,” I went over to her, “I’ll call you in morning.” I kissed her forehead.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes baby. I’ll call you in morning.”

She gave me a small kiss and I felt her smile against my lips.

I quickly drove over to Lauren’s house and she was sitting outside on her front stairs.

She had her head down as she covered her face, probably still crying.

I turned off my car and dashed to her as quickly as I could.

“What’s wrong?” I asked as I sat down next to her.
She looked up at me, “Everything’s wrong. I don’t want to be here anymore, Alex. There’s no more point to being here if no one cares about you.”
“I care about you.”
She shook her head, “No, you don’t. You hate me, just like my mom does and my real dad does. No one care about me.”
“Hey,” I cupped her chin and turned her to face me, “I do care you, okay. I care about you more than you’ll ever know.”

She looked at me as if she was trying to figure out if I was lying or not.

Truth be told, I had been in love with this girl since day one. 

She was the first girl I had met when I started public school and she was the first girl I ever hurt. I let peer pressure get to me and I lost her, which explained why she hated me so much. I tried being with other girls to get her out of my mind but it never worked. I always realized something was wrong with the girl and usually was the fact that she wasn’t Lauren.

“Wanna see the sunrise?” I asked as I wiped her tears.
“It’s like three in the morning, Alex.”
“So? We can talk and stuff while we wait.” I shrugged my shoulders.
“And stuff?” she looked at me seriously.
I chuckled, “Not that kind of stuff, unless you want too.” I smirked.

She smacked my face playfully as she laughed.

“Come on.” I stood up, pulling her up with me.
“Where are we going?” she asked.
I placed my finger on her lips, “It’s a secret.”

She was about to say something but I covered her mouth.

“It’s a secret.” I repeated.

She groaned as I pulled her towards my car.

I drove towards the beach as she fell asleep on the passenger seat and mumbled quietly to herself.

I felt myself smile as she said my name once and her lips formed into a small smile.

“We’re here.” I gently shook her as I parked.

She mumbled as she shook her head.

“Wake up sleepyhead.” I laughed as I shook her again.
“Five more minutes.” She mumbled.
“Lauren, I will tickle you.”

She slowly opened her eyes and turned to face me.

I felt myself grin like an idiot as she looked at me as if she wanted to smack me.

“Where are we?” she asked.

I pointed in front of us.

She put the seat straight up to get a better view.

“The beach?” she asked.
“Where else will you get a better sunrise?”

She smiled again.

“Come on.” I said as I started getting off.

I waited for her to get to my side and I grabbed her hand, praying that she wouldn’t pull away.

She didn’t.

We walked onto the sand and I took us near the shore to sit down.

“So why did you call me?” I asked.
She looked down as she played with the sand, “I felt like you would be the only person that would help me. Jessie’s answer to all problems is getting high and that just makes things worse for me. I really don’t have any other friends too.”
“I’m glad you called me.”
“What did you mean back at my house? That care about me more than I know?” she asked as she looked at me.

I didn’t say anything as I looked at the water.

I couldn’t tell her how I felt about her because I wasn’t good enough for her. She was the perfect girl and I didn’t deserve her.

“Alex, if you don’t want to tell me it’s fine. Can you at least tell me if you meant it?” she whispered.
“I meant every word.” I whispered back as I turned to look at her.
She smiled, “Thanks.” 

She wrapped her arms around my waist as she leaned on my shoulder.

This was when I wanted to kiss her but I was scared.

I was scared that she would push me away and I would lose my only chance with her.

Instead I kissed her forehead as I wrapped my arms around her, pulling her closer to me.

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