1 kids A man took Dee by the neck masked by his hooded jacket she had no idea who, glaring

deep into her eyes he could see the fear swelling up. He forced Dee against the brick wall, his head moved to face her. He unzipped his jacket to unmask his identity. It was Scott Bonnington. He transferred his weight onto her breathing heavily with a cold harsh breath, m aking her unable to breathe. I m not telling you again Dee Scott said moving closer to her face Dee frightened, winced as she was helplessly pinned up against a wet brick wall in an alleyway. Shaking her head barely, she could not bear Scott and his friend hover ing in the background. It was not going to happen, not over her dead body. No she struggled to say Never Scott grinned; he had to admit he admired Dee for her bravery. The grin dropping from his face as he squeezed harder until Dee made a tiny choking noise You ll do a s you are told, I m not telling you again he said huskily. Tears filled Dee s eyes, closing them imaging what could become of them, the pain was unbearable. She wanted to say she would leave them alone, but she knew she would be lying I can t do that she breathed A 2 Scott wanted to know why Dee was not listening to him, what did not she understa nd? All Scott wanted Dee to do was leave him alone. Scott narrowed his eyes; so much Dee could not see his pupils Do you wanna repeat that? Dee began to shake a little No she breathed again before coughing You re mine Scott and that bitch is never going out with you Scott saw red and struck Dee across the face, she let out a slight scream as Sco tt let go of her, making her drop to the floor. Dee stared to cough and whimper. Scott just watched over her with disgust. Taking his left foot, he pressed hard on Dee s collarbone, wincing she managed to look at him in the face. Scott s eyes were now wide and he was breathing hard. Despite this, he spoke in a level tone Just remember what I said he said as Dee cried out in pain I m not in a habit of repeating myself he told her as he took his foot off her collarbone Dee relieved from the pain, looked up at Scott bleeding and slightly bruised in a compassionate manor. Almost crippled from the pain, Dee spat out some blood from her cut lip, before looking Scott deep in the eye And you remember what I said , sh e said breathlessly. 3 So come on, Dee said with a dirty grin you must be jealous that I m going to see them laughing a little to herself she reached inside her school blazer pocket and pulled out a hair scrunchie. Standing with both hands in her thick winter pockets of her jacket, Chris Anders on looked at her friend Dee for a moment. Sometimes she wondered if her close frien d smoked or snorted a class a drug, but she knew things were far worse than that. Dee

(real name Diana) West is far from the class beauty; a wearer of glasses having inherited her father s frail eyesight, long face, bad acne and generous overbite w hich she has been ridiculed for most of her teenage years. Tall, wafer thin and thick brown hair, Dee constant ridiculing for her appearance has lead to her silent misery. Unlike Chris who has spent her infant and junior years at Royal Bailey school, Dee join ed only 20 months ago after leaving a tough comprehensive school and has since developed a friendship with Chris and relationship with Jamie Parker. Chris shook her head No Dee, I m not, she said frankly and she was not, seeing a pop group in a concert was not something she found any cause to be jealous over. Dee touched her fringe, slowly pulling it strand by strand. Narrowing her eyes, she stopped grinning and looked at Chris with intense Okay fine she said quietly. Dee wanted Chris to be jealous, she wanted everyone to be jealous of her. 4 5 I can t believe we have chemistry! This really takes the mick Natasha Lane spat as she slammed her locker door shut I m pissed Natasha Lane is one of Chris oldest friends at Royal Bailey, they both joined whe n they were four and both have excelled into bright pupils and receive constant appraisal from the junior and senior staff. Natasha is smart and honest, but can be selfish and very spiteful at times (has been called a bitch on many occasions, but has never really taken offence). Sometimes Natasha shows no compassion for others, but still manages to fool a few with her over-concerned nature. Natasha does care about her friends, but if there is something, she wants her scheming (derived from her cunning nature) will allow h er to stop at nothing. Chris rolled her eyes; here we go again Natasha s Monday morning rant and curse Never mind Lane Natasha kissed her teeth as she fixed her padlock, letting it go it knocked into the door I don t think teachers know what they re doing she began, looking at Chris Chemistry before noon is serious business Chris rubbed her eye So is our GCSE S Tash Whatever Natasha got Chris s point as they began to walk to the lab she could sense something was wrong and she wanted to find out. What s with you this morning? Shaking her head Nothing Chris replied, she did not think Dee s petty behaviour this earlier on was a need for topic of conversation. Chris stared endlessly as the p upils of 6 Royal Bailey who passed back and forth to their lessons. As usual, the top corri dor is full with everyone trying to get to their lessons on time, carrying heavy bulky books, bags and folders. There were even a few new pupils struggling to carry their briefcases, smiling Chris saw one little boy carry it with both arms. Natasha was not convinced; she knew it had something to do with Dee. Where s Dee this morning? Dunno Chris shrugged In the lab? Scene Natasha said as they approached the lab seeing Dee and her boyfriend Jamie run in. Her stomach began to tighten at the thought of Jamie and Dee as a couple , up until this day she is still outraged and very jealous over Jamie s love for Dee. T

he very thought of Jamie and Dee together made Natasha s blood boil, she could not understand what Jamie saw in Dee what it was that made him love her so much. Natasha did not think it was fair that she and Jamie were not together for she k new her love for Jamie would be far stronger than Dee s. Natasha has often told hersel f that if Jamie knew really his girlfriend and why she was really going out with J amie, their relationship would be finished and promised her self that during her last year at Royal Bailey things were going to change. Chris nudged Natasha in the arm I see t he entertainment has arrived she joked Natasha did not laugh 7 It is very essential that you study the periodic table as it will be of use to yo u in your exams Mr Vermont began in his strong Mauritius accent A few eyes rolled while others huffed, but Mr Vermont did not care for he had hi s qualifications and was soon to be out of Royal Bailey. Make sure you carry around this handout that I will give you in moment he added tightly Looking at the clock Chris groaned, she could not believe that it was only ten m inutes into the lesson. She swore to herself that her lesson had been going on much lon ger, taking her pen; she began tapping her open textbook. Sitting on the backbench wi th Dee, Jamie, Natasha, and Chris sat closet to the wall leaning and tried her best to look attentive as Mr Vermont conducted the lesson. When you look at these tables, you will see the element numbers and how they are divided into segments, he continued as he eyed his pupils. He could see the ones who were listening just by the body language and the ones who were not by the eye ro lling and their faces looking in opposite direction. Natasha yawned, she hated science like a dose of poison ever since her first yea r when her test tube exploded by accident in a chemistry practical, in her defence she had told herself how was she to know not to hold the test tube too close to the heat. Rubbing her eyes she glanced at Jamie who sat next to her, inhaling his aftersha ve she suddenly felt warm inside. Natasha loved being near Jamie, every opportunity to talk or to touch him mattered to Natasha, and made everything she was doing 8 worthwhile. Glancing at the clock, it was nearly twenty past nine; Natasha leane d forward resting her palms placing her head on top. Twisting strands of her fringe with her fingers, Dee gazed at the blackboard, ro cking back and forth, Dee s mind began to wonder. She asked herself where Scott would be taking her on their first date, would it be the pictures. The park or even going shopping? Dee knew none of that mattered just as long as they were together, eve n

though they weren t officially Dee knew they would be soon. Still fiddling with he r fringe, Dee flexed her left hand a few times. Jamie looked worriedly at his girlfriend s strange behaviour Dee, are you alright? h e whispered Dee did not reply, instead she began to rock and back and forth Break time could not have come any quicker for Chris, despite having the unwante d pleasure of Monday morning prefect duty in the canteen she was glad for the brea k from lessons. Chris has been a prefect ever since she impressed the head of her schoolhouse Miss Falkirk at last years swimming gala. Walking into the school ca nteen, the smell of turkey burgers, hot chocolate and toast hit her like strong scented perfume. Feeling queasy Chris took a deep breath and stood by an empty table. Th ere were pupils already lined up against the wall and ready to buy and eat. Chris no dded at them and immediately a stampede of year 7 and 8 pupils ran in trying to overtake each other. Suddenly Chris stuck out her arm grinding the rest of the line to a halt. Please wait, she commanded 9 Unhappy with the command a small boy spoke up Why? You let him go Chris shrugged Too bad, you ll have to wait your turn The boy made a face as he crossed his arms This takes the mick he said giving Chri s a dirty look Yeah, you re well out of order, cried a ginger haired boy who stood behind him Chris looked at the ginger haired boy and it was Gerry Andrews. A year seven pup il whom she recognised from her house meetings, his high number of detentions and suspension cost the house the title of winning house for the term. Despite Gerry s bad behaviour, he is an excellent swimmer and football striker and often chosen for swimming and football teams. Chris did not care about anything Gerry or his friend had to say I ll tell you what I ll show you what out of order is when I make you go to the back of the line Silence Like I said Chris said through a smile Wait backing away slightly she checked to see if the queue had gone down, in that split second space of time Gerry and his companion showed Chris the v sign. Suddenly someone tapped Chris on her shoulder, turning it was Scott Bonnington. Hello Chris said giving him a blank look, turning away she sent fifteen pupils in, who ran in determined not to miss any food. Chris put her arm out again in front of a year eight-girl Wait 10 Scott stood with both hands in his trousers pockets and leaned against a table b ehind him I thought you need bringing back to the land of living Scott smiled Chris s stomach twisted, suddenly felt a bad taste in her mouth. Looking at Scott, Chris realised there was something about Scott that she did not like And you were gunna do that were you? she asked flatly With your presence Scott has smiled faded; frowning at Chris he both hands out his pockets, he did not like Chris tone and he wondered what the meaning behind Chris comment was.

Scott Bonnington is tall, handsome, and athletic and had many admirers in Royal Bailey. Scott has managed to keep his personal life private, allowing rumours to circula te which have all yet to be proved. Scott too has spent his infant and junior years at Royal Bailey and too is a grade A pupil in all subjects, gaining him offers from some of the borough s best colleges. Standing at just less than six feet, with dark brown hair, brown eyes and chiselled facial features, Scott has the potential to be a male m odel. He is charming, sexy and ambitious, but he is also be manipulative, callous and no matter what the consequences are Scott will stop at nothing to get what he wants . As Chris sent the remaining pupils into the canteen, she knew Scott was watching her. Meeting his gaze, Chris studied him for a moment. Chris could praise Scott on hi s good looks and did not question the fact he had countless girlfriends, but underneath his looks some thing has always made Chris feel uneasy. Growing up in school Chris h as never taken much notice of Scott as she had either passed him in corridors or on the 11 stairs, Scott has never been more than just a name to her, but now looking at hi m he was now a face. Wa gwan everybody Natasha said walking into the canteen, ignoring Scott she looked around Hey Tart Chris smiled pleased to see her Feeding time at the zoo going well is it she said looking around at the younger pu pils stuffing racing to finish their mid morning snack. Scott eyed up Natasha, surprised to notice how pretty she looked today. Scott noticed Natasha had cut her hair, it was now short sleek and shiny. She was wear ing mascara, clear lip-gloss and could smell her designer perfume. Coming from afroCaribbean background Natasha s skin glowed with health and her eyes were deep and yet bright. Petit, but yet athletic Scott had never paid much attention to Natas ha s looks in the past as they have never been civil to each other, but looking at he r today made him think of reconsidering. Natasha could see Scott looking at her from the corner of her eye, she wanted to look back, but she chose not to. Natasha wondered why Scott was on prefect duty today, because it was day off, instantly she knew Scott was up to something and had a fair idea what it was Yes, the animals come in by two by two Chris joked 12 Natasha laughed, Anyway, I know what I come in for pointing at Chris Miss Falkirk wants your homework, she says she wants to get all her marking done tonight. So, speed up Chris made a face Yeah, tell her I ll give it to her later Well hurry up, cos I don t want her hollering my name out in the corridor anymore Natasha said pointing to her self Yes mum Chris said trying to keep a straight face

Despite this. Clapping her hands. such as kicking doors and tapping the desks with his non-shatter ruler. which looked out onto the junior playground and sighed. His pupils are not impressed with his teaching skills due to his short temper and tantrums. Despite not appreciating his presence ignored. punctuation is very important is very crucial where the subj ect of creative writing is concerned. He wears glasses. Natasha. anyway see you in English Natasha said before turning on her heels and running down the steps Chris checked her watch. sighing with boredom he crossed his arms and leaned back in h is chair. Dee had not heard anything a bout Scott liking Chris and she hoped for Chris sake the situation was not visa versa . which has the correct use of punctuation Mr Powell stopped pacing and glanced out to the corridor Always a pleasure indeed he sighed as yet again he has lost the war against his year eleven pupils. Jamie yawned as he pulled himself up. and paid n o attention to poor Mr Powell who tried to conduct the day s lesson. You must gain knowledge of the importance of e ach piece use and use it correctly. slender. 13 Mr Powell is year eleven long suffering English teacher. he has proved the rumours true as wherever he goes the smell of nicotine lingers around him. chatted. Chris turned to the classroom window. for Mr Powell. tight trousers. Mr Powell said pacing in front of the blackboard 14 Natasha rolled her eyes and swore under her breath before she buried her head in her arms.Yeah yeah. Jamie. Dee crossed her arms as she watched Scott from the corner of her eye. Dee and Scott sat at the back row desks leaning across th eir open English textbooks. as usual this English lesson was another losing battle. dres ses in tweed jackets. former year eleven pupils have rated Mr Powell as a good teacher but it is now a matter of opinion. The rest of the class potted around. Unfortun ately. Not that it made much use as notes started to pass aroun d desks to desks. Scott was interested in Chris. and he could not wait to find out. He is a heavy smoker and smokes fifteen a day. Scott kept quiet looked at Chris. this has lead to r umours claiming he spends half an hour in the toilets every lunchtime smoking. he has been teaching at Royal Bailey for fifteen years. Mr Powell is tall. she could see he was looking at Chris and she wanted to know why. it was time to clear the canteen. It is forever a pleasure Mr Powell continued raising his voice a little to overrid e the chitchat in his lesson. together Chris informed everyone they had five minutes to eat and leave. To read a piece of writing. As we are all aware. which fastened together at the side with plasters. he wanted to know what Chris Anderson could do for him. Chris.

cars drive in and out of the school car p ark coming to collect lost property that waited anxiously to be collected from schoo l. Yeah right Dee Chris said holding out her palm to Natasha. she . she hoped Chris was not mocking her as it would only infuriat e her more He so does Chris! she snapped 16 Natasha wanted to laugh. reluctantly she put a p olo mint in her palm. but thought better of it Dee shut up Natasha said crunching a polo mint Yeah come on Dee. Lookin g at Chris Scott felt there was something about her that he liked but his interest in Chris is business and he intended to keep it that way. he had to admit to himself that she was very pretty and had a figure which most of his past girlfriends would have loved. I hardly know Scott and I don t like him Chris protested. she thought the idea of Scott Bonning ton liking her was ridiculous. Walking across t he road. her bright green eyes and saw that her skin was flawless. Scott thought Ch ris reminded him of the top less model in this mornings papers and further more woul d not object to having Chris s half naked picture stuck up inside his locker. it was the truth she did not in fact she found him infuriating. shivering a little Chris was careful to cho ose her words Dee. Chris laughed as they passed a small church hall on the corner for she had never heard something so ridiculous in her life. I don t think you know what you re talking about Dee stopped in the middle of the pavement and glared at Chris with intense. she wante d Chris to stay away from Scott I don t want you near him Chris Natasha shook her head and wondered if Dee has lost her mind a little more than she already had. Dee got irritable.. He liked Chris long m ousy hair. An icy breeze blew across Chris face. telling someone to stay away from something that did not belong to them seemed a bit rash. while others waited for the bus. Natasha rolled her tongue around in her mouth before crunching on polo. as she knew Scott s sudden interest in Chris would annoy Dee and that the next few weeks were to become very interesting. Dee narrowed her eyes she did not care whether Chris liked him or not. Scott watched Chris. Dee enjoyed Chris friendship but she was determined not to let anyone stop her from being with the boy she loves. Dee. Chris and Natasha looked at Dee and frowned Who? Dee tutted Scott Natasha smiled. Dee had been keeping a close eye on Chris for the past five minutes and it was starting to worry Chris for she knew Dee wanted to say something to her You know he fancies you don t you Dee said tightly wondering how it could be and what Chris had that she did not have. Chris and Natasha walked home. 15 It was great relief when school ended.

which stood behind the school. but none of which has proved successful. 17 Dee has had a constant battle with her life. Dee has felt unable to turn to anyone and has been consuming alcohol and her mot her s painkillers prescribed for her on going headaches. Natasha s eyes widened with surprise although she knew that Dee mean t every word she said. Passing rows houses. Scott and Chris are well aware of the extent of medical attention that Dee needs and how unstable she is without it. As she w alked ice crunched underneath her shoes. Natasha. a sharp b reeze cut across her face making her teeth chatter. As Chris walked. Dee has seen psychiatric help for the development of her violent nature and slight paranoia due to her trauma. but to no avail. Desp ite Scott telling her. crunching slowly on her polo mint she smiled as Dee wal ked past them and crossed the road diagonally. Dee refuses to give up. Dee insists that she has a future with Scott and will stop at nothing to live it. she has not stopped pursuing Scott for his affection. she walked slowly to let the ice crunch underneath her shoes. it was a waste of time and he would only go out with her if t he earth freezes over. poetry and even b ought Scott gifts to prove her undying love. not wanting to slip Chris made sure she took her time. since the age of nine years old as having watched her mother suffer severe depression due to an abusive marriage. so . bonnets were half covered in ice and bare trees stood alone against the pale grey sky. Ever since Dee bumped into Scott in the canteen that mornin g almost 18 months ago. Ever sin ce. Natasha knew Dee is crazy about Scott and that there would be no limit for her t o show her affections. b ut for a few of her close friends Dee s state of mind is a huge advantage. The grass and car windows glittered with frost. Natasha looked at Chris. she also knew Scott was desperately seeking any way to get rid of Dee and was willing to do whatever it took.knew Scott liked Chris and she hated it Just stay away from him Chris Dee said with conviction I don t want to have to get nasty with you Fucking hell. I don t even like the boy Tash Chris protested as she watched Dee That s what s gets me You and I both know that doesn t make a difference Natasha said shaking her head You know she d kill for Scott s affections or if she thought anyone was getting in he r way Chris started to walk I never asked for the boy to talk to me Natasha shrugged Sometimes in life we get what we don t ask for 18 19 The ice lay thinly on the ground as Chris walked up the road to school. she has written letters.

but it was too late. she saw someon e leaning on the fence it was Scott. ignoring him she went to walk past but he grabbed her arm. Her coat was buttoned to the top with the belt tied which emphasised her small waist .not to slip. you might wanna ask yourself that question again she said dryly Scott frowned And what s that supposed to mean? Do you want me to write it down for you? 21 Scott felt taken back by Chris comment. Chris pulled free of his grip Take your hands off me Scott she tutted 20 Scott did not like Chris attitude. I m no idiot Rolling her eyes Chris wondered if Scott smoked a class A drug or inhaled a high ly potent substance Scott. Chris looked at Scott in disbelief as she took her hands out if her pocket What makes you think I wanna go out with you? Scott sniggered Chris. Scott noticed Chris hair was tied back in a ponytail. showing off her face more. Scott s smile dropped from his face I was talking to you Looking at Scott. Chris cursed underneath her breath and asked herself out of anyone she could have met up with at school. why did it have to b e Scott. Chris wondered how someone who possessed good looks was so ove r confident it made her sick. he did not like what Chris said and certainly did no t consider himself dirty and scummy Chris was glad she had hit a nerve God only knows what I might catch she spat before walking off . she resented Scott s comment but chose not to say anything and instead walked past. Why are you such a miserable bitch? he asked tightly Just go away Scott Chris rolled her eyes wanting to go inside from the cold Not getting enough then? Scott said with a smile Chris eyes narrowed. seeing as you had no intention . Scott smirked Chris was not in the mood for Scott chitchat this morning. Chris decided to slow down her pace and hoped Scott had not seen her. but put it down to maybe Chris not being much fun in the mornings which he was prepared to over look. So Anderson. it was not often girls spoke to him like that I m sorry? Chris looked at him dead in the eye I m not the school cyclist who rides every dirt y and scummy bike that comes into my direction she said harshly Scott sucked in his breath. when are we going out? Stopping in her tracks. I suppose I d better say good morning. Turning the corner to walk into the school car park. looking into her eyes Scott realised how prett y Chris is and if under different circumstances he would enjoy getting to know her better. with the coat sitting just above her knee it looked like the coat was her only a ttire and despite Scott disliking her attitude he thought she looked great.

No. Scott wan ted to wave at her. Chris questioned herself into why s he was looking back. she tried to look away. Chris stomach began to twist I thought I told you to stay away from me she said. Chris was feeling slightly irritated with herself to why she was acting like a nervous infant chil d. which lead him to believe everything he was doing was worthwhile. Yawning she dropped her books and ba g on the bench before reluctantly sitting. Natasha giving an exaggerated coug h I can t breathe properly! she cried Jamie blew into the air Blimey.Some people just catch things love. despite Chris protesting that she did not like S cott Natasha somehow knew the tables would soon turn Yes Christina. so you are gunna have t o join us in our time of suffering Chris shook her head just as Scott entered. Chris did not like what Scott said. she could smell his aftershave and instantly recognised the scent. this room is gunna kill one of us these days he sa id making his way to the backbench. it was the last thing she wanted to do I take it you thought ab out what I said. You told me nothing like that. but found he rself watching him as he made his way towards her. 22 Alright hun Natasha said brightly as she opened her bag Fantastic Chris replied without any enthusiasm Natasha knew Chris was not looking forward to seeing Dee after yesterday and fou nd the entire situation hilarious. you re gunna learn that Scott called after Chris Dust lay thick on the benches in the physics lab. water spots stained the seats and windows were dirty. she would turn nasty. I think it already has babe Natasha coughed again Everyone scattered themselves in the lab finding themselves seats for the next ninety minutes of their Tuesday morning. Chris said tipping her head back slightly. Scott knew Dee did not like him talkin g to Chris. Scott said inches from her face 23 Well take a hint. Her stomach churne d with excitement for she knew if Dee found out Chris were talking to Scott. because leaving you alone would you be all too easy he whispered in her ear as he looked to the doorway of the classroom he saw Dee staring back at him. but thought better of it. The room was humid and smelled of damp. Natasha gave two dry coughs and waved the dust away from her face. Scott said as he sat down next to her Natasha listened closely as she bit her lip in concentration. you really sound i t pulling out an 4 pad of lined paper Chris buried her head in her arms I don t wanna be here she groaned Natasha patted Chris shoulder Neither does the rest of us. realising her hands were starting to feel clammy Don t know what I might catch remember She added darkly as she wiped them on her skirt. she felt even uneasy than before and felt Sc . Chris stood briefly in between Jamie an d Natasha leaving a seat either side of them.

what did they say to each other? D ee hoped for Chris s sake that they were not planning their next date. What about? Chris was not sure if she had did the energy for an argument. Natasha instantly noticed Dee too and slowly sat down Let the games begin she muttered. 24 I wanna talk to you Dee said stiffly Chris knew this was coming her stomach twisted with dread. Come on for fucks sake she muttered under her breath. she stared at Chris with intensity and anger. Chris touched her neck and she felt blood. but the more she pulled the tighter Dee s grip got Why? Don t lie to me Chris Dee knew Chris was lying and it irritated her It didn t look like nothing to me she said through clenched teeth Chris exhaled lightly. Dee wanted to know why they talki ng this morning. stay away from him she warned. so close they were eye level apart What were you and Scott talking about this mornin g before school? Chris shook her head Nothing she lied trying to pull away from Dee s grip. what was it about? In addition. nothing wa s said like I told you she protested nervously Suddenly Dee grabbed Chris by the neck and threw her against the wall. all she wanted to do was sit down in the prefect room and read her magazine until her next lesson. Squeezing hard Dee made Chris flinch with pain. Chris froze 25 I told you to stay away from him Chris and if you don t I swear on my life I ll kill you Dee said calmly although her eyes were eyes erect Chris gulped and stared back at her in horror. Looking at her fingers.ott was feeding off her. she wanted to tell her but she hated to have to justify h erself to Dee but she knew it would only make things worse It s nothing Dee she lied again Dee stepped closer I meant what I said Chris. standing back. she shuddered . Sighing with irritation as Dee watched crowds leave the canteen. Dee tapped her pen against her ring binder as she waited impatiently for Chris outside the canteen. Dee waited until Chris was near enough to he ar her. sitti ng . sucking in her breath. like prey. Chris took Dee s word for it. Dee rubbed her bloody fingers together Just remember what I said 26 Scott watched Chris as she made her way to the back of the school library. she w aited for Chris. she felt like she was walking into her schools prin cipal s office for skipping school. Pulling away from her grip Dee I told you. She had to talk to her. Suddenly Chris appeared behind a group of year eight girls. Chris followed Dee into the foyer. Dee let go of Chris neck. make her realise Scott belongs to h er and that is all she wanted to make clear to Chris. Dee grabbed Chris by the arm of her school blazer and yanked her towards her. Chris winced Dee s nails dug in her skin as the pain was starting to make her eyes water.

Scott lifted Chris blouse and placed his hand on her stoma ch. Moving even closer to Chris. so she gave me a few minutes looking at Natasha I take it you re meant to be in the toilet Natasha smiled Yeah. she could feel Scott watching her and it made her feel very uncomfortable What does it take for you to get the message? Chris snapped hoping Scott would disappear. lips apart Chris could feel Scott s breath on her lips. A swimme r and cricket player Jamie was slim but his broad shoulders earned him places on b oth school teams and wins first place every year in the school swimming galas. saw you so I thought I d take a detour 28 Jamie shook his head and gazed across the empty playground Typical Natasha crossed her arms they approached a bench Okay. she felt weak. Scott knew Chris was unable to keep up her hard to get act for long and inside h e was thrilled Not a lot Scott replied gazing into Chris s eyes Natasha ran up behind Jamie before shouting Boo! in his left ear. brown eyes wide but sad. but at that moment. she gasped dropping her pen on the table Scott smiled as he shut the door with his left foot Hello Chris sighed with irritation as feeling unsure whether she could cope with Scott s antics this morning. Pushing the door open quietly. Natas . Scott stepped inside and stood in the doorway. she jumped when she realised he was watching her. her body stiffened before she pulled his hand away I asked you a question Scott Chris said almost breathlessly. 27 Chris backed away as she felt unaware of what Scott was going to do next What do you want from me? she asked as her stomach began to twist and tighten Scott pulled Chris by the arm close. plus she felt dubious of Dee s whereabouts and felt Dee would appear at anytime. Scott put his folder on the table.opposite the study room Scott saw Chris go in one of the rooms and shut the door . Scott ran his finger down Chris chest. Scott stepped towards her. she finding it increasingly difficult to fight o f Scott s advances and she was desperate to gain control. jumping slightly with fright he spun around to see Natasha laughing in his face Ha ha. that d be too easy Chris picked up her textbook and threw it down How about I write it down for you she said harshly Seeing as you can t understand Scott was feeding off Chris uneasiness. he could smell it like strong scented per fume. His dark b rown hair gaining length around the front and back. got you Jamie. what s Dee West done to Jamie Parker now? looking at Jamie as she sat down Natasha s heart almost skipped a beat as she thought Jamie never looked so good in his school uniform. she laughed as she walked towards a bench in the senior pupi ls playground Funny Jamie said dryly with both hands in his pockets What are you doing out of lessons anyway? Tash asked Jamie shrugged Told Miss I had a headache and wanted fresh hair. after seeing Dee earlier she still felt quite shaky. she flinched she wanted to tell him not to touch her but she co uld not get the words out. Instantly he got up and swiftly walked over to the room. Chris acted oblivious to Scott s company at first. She wanted to pull away. he noticed tiny scratches on Chris s neck instantly he knew it was Dee Like I ve told you. Pickin g up her pen.

he demanded Sighing Natasha knew this was her chance to play a part in Scott s little game and benefit a little. I know something i s bothering her and she won t tell me Considering the girl is full of chemicals Jamie what do you expect? Natasha said bitterly Jamie shot Natasha a look. but he wanted to find out What are you talking about Tash? he barked Shaking her head Natasha took a deep breath For the past 2 years your girlfriend has been obsessed with Scott and I mean obsessed Jamie Natasha began Think of lock of hair tied to a bedpost and throwing your puppy out the window obsessed Jamie went pale I don t believe you 30 Ask her then. You and I both know how unstable s he is I don t fucking believe you Tash. what s going on? Natasha sniffed Nothing Jamie sensed whatever Natasha was holding back it was serious Just tell me Tash. I m telling you she never loved you. for years Natasha has been fighting for Jamie s affections and f inally she was going to win the battle You have no idea what the hell is going on around you Jamie did not like where this was going. its poetry. he said looking over to the football grounds Just tell me Jamie looked at Natasha for a moment. trying to work out if Natasha was telling the truth. but she knew Jamie s devastation was to be he r advantage and in the end. why she was desperate to keep Chris away from Scott and why was it now he was finding out Natasha could see this was going to take a while to sink in with Jamie. it s Scott she wanted. He wondered how and when Dee had fallen for Scott.ha yearned for Jamie and seeing him in so much pain in caused by Dee and she hated it. it was never you . you reall y haven t got a clue Jamie stared at Natasha. telling her if she goes near him she ll kill him sighing Natasha shook her head I feel sorry for you Jamie. Natasha continued Jamie. they re eyes met for second before Natasha broke the gaze with a blink She s just is so hostile these days. knowing everything was going to destroy him. his eyes hard and erect Don t ever mention talk like tha t again he said tightly Natasha rolled her eyes Like you were saying Jamie she said dismissively 29 Jamie did not show any signs of forgiveness for Natasha s comment and suddenly became a little dubious towards Natasha I m just worried that s all which is normal under the circumstances Natasha smiled There had never been any normal circumstances where your girlfriend has been concerned Jamie And what s supposed to mean Tash? Natasha rolled her eyes Forget it Jamie frowned at Natasha. You re lying! his voice echoed around the empty playground. or better still ask Chris Natasha choked with laughter Dee threatened her yesterday warning her off Scott. Jamie shook his head Forget it. for some reason he could sense Natasha was holding bac k something Ok Tash. you re lying! Jamie shouted. Jamie would be hers.

pushing aside the pain Dee di d not finish until she had written his name. glancing at her fingernails she licked her lips and reached for her pocket tin of Vaseline from her shirt pocket. she began to write Scott s name on her arm. and stopped before her wri st. Backing away. sighing with irritation he really did not have time to deal with her this afternoon. he could not get his head around it all and was not sure if he would be able to. du sting off her skirt she skipped back to her lesson. well maybe he decided to bunk off. he can t stand medical people Yea. accept you. Sighing with relief Dee looked down a t her arm. Taking a pair of scissors out of the opposite pocket Dee dug them in her arm. Jamie felt at his wits end 31 at times. she added uncrossing her arms Jamie did not want to hear anymore. she was certain Jamie would be drowning his sorrows in alcohol while trying to come to terms wit h the fact his relationship with Dee is over. but convinced himself Dee needed space and nothing between them change d She loves me Tash. puzzled at the sudden disappearan ce of a pupil Well. Natasha smiled as she stood up. he asked himself if what Natasha was telling him would explain Dee s behaviour and why Dee had not taken his calls for the past two month s. smiling she sat back and let her blood dry. didn t see him Miss green sat back in her chair for a moment.Jamie began to feel sick. Chris nudged Natasha Where s Jamie? Natasha shrugged Fuck knows Chris 32 Miss green looked up and then at Natasha Where s Jamie? she asked full of concern Natasha picked up her pen and clicked her lid Dunno miss. she would make excuses saying she had other things to do and say she would speak to him another time. Frowning at his absence. how can she love Scott? You re not making fucking sense! Don t mean shit Jamie Natasha paused as little looking at Jamie she could see his eyes were filling up with tears Unfortunately for you. Dee locked the cubicle of the toilet and at on the toilet. frowning she noticed Jamie was missing. he headed for school s exit. Scott hoped Dee would walk past. Scott rolled his eyes as she saw Dee coming towards him. Wincing. Jamie had not told anybody that it been difficult to get in touch with his own girlfriend as every time he spoke to her. but he knew Dee better than that for he could knew she was about to give h . Natasha knew whatever the consequences were. drew a line. Chris looked at her watch when Natasha returned. carefully she rolled back the left arm of her school blazer to her elbow. she was not going to take responsibility it was going to be Chris. Natasha sighed. he s turning over a new leaf Natasha crossed her legs and was definite she knew of Jamie s whereabouts. everyone knew she never lo ved you. where s he gone then? Natasha turned over the page of her textbook Could have gone to the school nurse miss Miss Green stood up I ll go check she pointed her finger at the class Get on with your work until I get back please year eleven Chris watched miss green leave the classroom and turned to Natasha Jamie never goes to see the nurse.

She knew it was not as effective as writing it across h er chest. which spelt out his name. As Dee became closer. eyes warm and smiled showing her brace I wanted to Scott. I wanted to show you how much you mean to me she replied It s important you know Scott Dee you re fucking nuts. I did it today Why the fuck did you write my name Dee? Scott asked finding it hard to look away. wondering if he wanted to see what Dee had to show him I really don t care . he just needs his stuff in an effort to get away from Chris Natasha ran on ahead speak to you later she called out. which made his realise how serious the situation was becoming. smiling she admired that fact she had Sco tt s name written on her arm. 34 Dee looked down at her arm once again. Scott noticed she was pulling up her sleeve 33 Scott Dee called out You need to see something Scott s eyes narrowed. Sc ott was not sure how effective his plan would be. you see. what does it take for me to tell you I m not interested in you Dee s eyes shifted from side to side and what does it take for to you to realise th at I am interested in you.im one of her undying love speeches. Scott shook his head. he needed to get away from Dee You re beginning to scare me Dee he said backing away Dee s smile faded Don t be scared Scott. he said trying not to sound curious Dee stopped and showed Scott her arm Look Scott s eyes widened slightly and questioned if he was seeing things It s your name Scott. she gave a sigh of relief Damn that was heavy she said aloud before ringing the bell . which is why I did this Scott fell silent for a moment. this plan would give Scott enough time to think of another where he wou ld take matters into his own hands. but it was a risk he was going to take. Chris called out to Natasha as she headed for the school gate Wait up Hey Chris. he left it behind Natasha replied wishing Chris would mi nd her own business Chris eyes widened Is he alright? What s happened? Natasha rolled her eyes Nothing. as he stared at the dried blood and split skin. Even so. if dating Chri s just to keep Dee away from him was what it took then he was willing to do so. never had he seen anything like it. I wanted to show you Dee said looking at her arm as i f it was a piece of artwork. I can t stop Natasha said hurriedly Where are you going with Jamie s blazer and bag? Chris asked noticing Jamie s blazer was under Natasha s arm Gotta drop it off to him. it s nothing to be scared of At that moment Scott knew everything he was doing was worthwhile. but she hoped Scott knew how she felt. 35 It was not long before Natasha reached Jamie s house as she dropped his back and blazer on the doorstep. he could see where Dee had dragged the instrument into her s kin. Scott was convinced Dee needed more than professional help for her mental problems Dee looked at him.

Natasha pointed to Jamie s belongings beside her Can you take this for me? It had just gone one o clock in the morning when Chris turned over. fear or insomnia. Natasha knew Scott got to Chris and knew that Chr is was walking on extremely thin ice. . Rubbing her stomach Chris could still feel his lips on her skin from earlier and his fingers on hers. Natasha was willing to place bets Scott would have Chris knickers in his hands by tomorrow lunchtime. 36 Jamie threw a glass bottle at his bedroom door. go out with him Natasha felt amazed to how fickle Chris was acting. Kicki ng his school bag across the room and pushing all his belongings off his dresser on to the floor. She did not why. Sighing Chris lay back down and dreaded her day at school. Almost sobbing Jamie screamed aloud How could you do this to me! Natasha smirked the next morning as she met Chris. Chr is spent most of last night thinking about him and even fantasying about what it wo uld 37 be like to go out with him. there was frost on the ground . Chris could not sleep. looking up at the front house windows she hoped someone was home as she was not prepared to carry Jamie s stuff all the way home. she had sworn to herself on numerous occasions that she had a dislike for him. staring at the clock she sighed. which decorated the streets with white ice and tiny specks of sleet from early t his morning. the smash was unheard to loud distorted sounds of heavy metal. Chris could not understand why she would want to get herself involved with Scott. she could not decide w hether it was guilt. but it was t rue she was starting to like him. she was surprised how quickly Chris declared her attrac tion for Scott she wondered if Chris ever disliked Scott at all. Late night? Natasha asked casually Chris shrugged Just couldn t sleep she yawned Are you thinking about what Dee said to you? Natasha asked carefully as they walked into school Chris glanced around for both Scott and Dee. someone open the door she said Suddenly the door opened. Chris wished she did not but she did. Jamie s eyes welled up with tears as he saw his reflection his bedroom mirr or. I know he is and it s frustrating because a week ago I stand to be in the same room as him Natasha shrugged If that s the case. Clutching her folder. despite not wanting to see them she wanted to know where they were How can I not? It s hardly something that I can wipe from my mind Well Chris Natasha sighed At the end of the day I know you like him Chris wanted so much to deny any attraction she felt towards Scott. but admitting to herself she was finding it hard as she thought about him non-stop. but that seemed to be irrelevant and she wanted to know w hy. Sighing Natasha rang the bell again Come on.Breathing a little heavily she waited. which boomed through his stereo speakers. After she was alone with Scott in the library. She knew she had to stay away from Scott.

she insisted Natasha knew Scott s sudden interest in Chris was not because of Chris beauty and brains. hanging on to her arm he did not want to let go 39 Dee shook free of Jamie s grip Just go away Jamie. she tried to avoid him by diverting up the stairs but trapped in between two year eight pupils. Yes. it s Scott. Well I wanna talk. We need to talk babe. it s over . even though she knew it already had I can t let Jamie find out about this looking at Natasha with worry Please don t tell him Tash. Just wait Dee he begged. but let me tell him in my own time Chris insisted. Her ey es erect and hard as she clutched her ring binder Jamie. almost tripping on the top step. Just stop. please Natasha wanted to laugh is Chris face and ask if she was smoking a class A drug Chris he is gunna find out sooner or later Natasha pointed out Nothing says secret forever I know. Jamie knew he and Dee was over and what Natasha told him was true. please Dee! I want t o sort this out babe he pleaded Dee sucked in her breath. who were more than alarmed as they were knocked into the wall. Natasha knew Scott wa s well aware of Dee s mental state and wondered if Scott knew what it would take kee p Dee away from him and whether he was willing to do it Dee isn t gunna see it like that and neither is Jamie. she knew Chris was bait for Scott s little plan for keeping Dee away but s he wondered what would Scott do if his little plan didn t work. it will destroy him Natasha said firmly. I don t wanna talk to you she said abruptly as she pushed past two senior members of staff. you and I both know that Suddenly all her guilt came flooding back Chris closed her eyes I forgot about ho w much Jamie is gunna be affected in all this Chris knew it was take Jamie months t o 38 accept the break down of his relationship with Dee.Chris felt a little relieved at Natasha s semi approval and did not feel as much g uilt It s not as easy as that though is it? Well all you have to do is stay away from Scott and you ll be fine Natasha pointed out. Just promise you won t say anything Smiling Natasha linked arms with Chris Don t worry. Jamie said lightly. He won t stay away from me. stood in the middle of the corridor and looked at Jamie. Please babe Dee spun around. did he get his stuff? Natasha nodded He s just fine Jamie pulled Dee by the arm as he caught up with her. but she knew that was more chance of the river Thames freezing over on the 4th of July. I won t Chris smiled a little Thanks Tash No worries babe Oh yeah how s Jamie. but he was desperate to speak to Dee in hope of him of proving him wrong. She wished Jamie would just leave her alone. Chris looked at Natasha It s not me. I want you to tell me something Dee Jamie followed her anxiousl y to the top step. He loved Dee too much to let their relationship die. she could not even begin to think how Jamie would react to her relationship with Scott.

all I have to say that this has to stop Scott stood up before Chris. but sh e was determined to make herself heard. you hassling me has got to stop Chris pointed out as she shifted. her attraction she felt grew stronger and she wondered is she would be able to stand up to Scott. the hitch dropped. Squeezing. Scott was right she was finding it hard to resist Scott s unwanted attention but she knew she had to. hands everywhere. he could not believe it was real at tha t moment his entire world was beginning to crumble But I love you Jamie whispered Dee shrugged I never loved you Jamie. rubbing Scott wanted t . Scott then moved his eyes to small gap in her blouse where he could see the centre of her bra. You know why Scott. I love Scott and we will be together. Chris felt her stomach tighten and the atmosphere suddenly become intense. Chris shut the door to the prefect room and stood before Scott. Scott smiled I d hardly call it hassling Chris when you find it hard to resist me Chris was silent for a moment. folding her arms she tried to make the least amount of eye contact as possible. 41 Chris knew Scott was going to make what she had to say difficult for her. she sa id calmly You have your proof No you can t. he said meekly as his eyes filled with tears Good bye Jamie Looking at Dee Jamie knew Dee meant every word she said. feeling Chris body tight en he pushed her against the wall. leaning forward I m afraid I cant to that he whispered in her face. Knowing his plan was improving by the day.Jamie shook his head in disbelief No. Scott. Tears fell down Jamie s cheeks as he watched Dee disappear in the crowds of the pupils of Royal Bailey School. he did not want to believe the girl he loved s o much did not love him anymore. Her heart was thumping against her chest and her hands were feeling clammy and damp with sweat . we are finished Why? I don t get it Dee rolled her eyes. suddenly Jamie wished t he ground would open up and swallow him. You can t do this to me Just accept it Jamie. He asked himself why this was happening to him and wha t he had done I want proof Dee he blurted out I don t believe you 40 Dee sighed as she pulled her sleeve back and showed Jamie her arm There s your proof Jamie Jamie felt sick as he stared at Dee s arm. but she could no t help thinking about him all the time and it made matters worse as Scott knew. Looking at Scott. sweat began to appear on her brow as she was finding it hard to keep everything under control. she did not have time for Jamie Do you want me to fucking wr ite it down for you Jamie? Jamie stared at Dee in disbelief. Chris hated being attracted to Scott. Chris took a deep breath We need to talk Scott tossed the latest edition of a car magazine aside And why is that? he asked trying not to stare at the hitch at the side of Chris school skirt. Scott slowly lifted her blouse and touched her stomach. Despite the attraction she felt for Scott she knew he had to stop things before they went too far.

lips and running his fingers down t he 42 crease of her breasts. but knew he had to regain it.o undress Chris but knew it was too risky. she did not blink Don t threaten me Dee eyes shifted. Looking around he liked the park. well you should remember to keep your mouth shut 43 Natasha laughed in Dee s face as she remembered what she saw yesterday afternoon Sorry? You heard me Natasha looked at Dee deep in the eye. In the far corner to the left. The benches and the picnic table almost covered in a thin layer of ice. she was angry with herself f or . 44 Scott smiled at the memory of his hands all over Chris Chris sighed a little and wished it never happened. she did not want to hear what Natasha thought of her or wha t anyone else thought of her for that matter Whatever And I suppose you didn t think your little drawing was going to send Jamie over the edge? Natasha barked Who cares Dee did not want to get nasty to Natasha. she had asked him at lunchtime to meet her here. noticing Dee s skirt was a little shorter than usual and wondered how Dee expected to gain Scott s attention with her bony legs. By the main entrance there was a huge grass area. not wanting to talk to Natas ha Dee tried to avoid eye contact with her. only very tiny ripples appeared showing life to the half frozen pond. which surrounded by a mini fence. it s unfortunate for him that he still cares about you Natasha sniped Dee s eyes widened What s going to be unfortunate is Chris not listening to me Natasha she whispered before walking down the stairs I suppose you have a point Natasha smirked before heading for the girl s toilets. also very unaware Natasha watched them through the window outside. but Natasha has already seen her. staring at her for a moment. but she could see she was going to be a problem In future don t send Jamie to me next time. the pine benches. Dee rolled her eyes Yes. I can do without his tears and woe in my face she said flatly I didn t. Scott stood by the flowerbeds in the local park patiently for waited for Chris t o arrive. it might help you Natasha sneered. Scott kept an eye out for Chris and wondered why she had asked him to met him here. Natasha widened her eyes as Dee walked towards her. You wanna remember to take your medication on time Dee. Chris made silent moans. picnic tables swings reminded Scott of a garden in BBC s garden show Ground Force . the pond was silent. u nable to resist him she let him kiss her on her neck. the flowers looked pretty in the half empty park as frost lightly sprinkled on them. breaking the stare I don t have time for this Dee sighed Natasha crossed her arms Oh yes you re busy chasing after Scott suddenly Natasha noticed her arm What the fuck is that? she gasped grabbing it Dee pulled away Mind your own fucking business she hissed Natasha shook her head Nutter Dee rolled her eyes. Tapping his finger on the railing. Inhaling Chris perfume Scott was finding himself losing control.

he said flatly. you re attracted to me and I m attracted to you it s not rocket science rolling his eyes Scott was surprised at his choice of words. Scott can still smell Chris perfume on his fingers and feel the touch of her skin against h is. she sighed glancing at the picnic tables. Chris cur sed herself for developing feelings towards Scott. she could not understand why h e was so calm. that shouldn t have happened Scott Scott moved closer Yeah well it did happen he whispered in her face 46 Chris sat in her father s study. Chris could hardly deny it. it was the last thing she wants a nd can . Chris knew Scott was right. not being able to concentrate she decided to take a break. for all he wanted was Dee off his back. she wants my head on a platter Chris said tight ly Scott had full understanding of it all. I t s not that simple Scott 45 Scott tutted Yes it is. he knew Dee was capable of slicing Chris neck and he did not care. I m listening. She was frantic and wondered if Scott knew what Dee was capable of Show a little understanding Scott. bu t she knew nothing was going to change and questioned whether she could live with it. but he wanted to see what C hris could do for him first. Digging her hands deep into her coat pockets Chris looked down at her school sho es. Chris wished things were different. she often did this when needed peace and quiet fr om the rest of her family. this time it s different Scott rolled his eyes. she contemplated ringing Dee. they were scuffed and dirty Chris was beginning to get frustrated with Scott. following closely behind her. it was ten to eleven at night and she was beginning to feel tired. but she knew it makes no use. phone/fax and a huge desk with a matching leather chair. she was attracted to Scott and wanted to go out with him but felt resistant against it due to Dee. Chris glanced at the telephone. Scott was beginning to wonder if he should take matters into his own hands. but he could not stop thinking about what happened between them. Scott felt his plan was goin g well. Yeah well. last night he was awake as recalled it repeatedly. Swinging from side to side in the chair Chris stared a t all her books and notes. he knew Chri s wanted him but questioned whether he felt the same. Chris knew she had to control her attraction f or Scott before it was too late. plus there was a flash laptop. I mean yesterday I had you in the prefect room Chris s stomach tightened I know. he swore if Chris was going to ramble on all afternoon he would have to cut the meeting short and go home.letting herself get carried away. a small br eeze blew flakes of frost of seats into the air I m just worried what s gunna happen Chris managed to say It s a bit too late for that.

What do you want? he managed to say trying not to sound as frail as he had been feeling Paul sat on the edge of Jamie s bed. Eyes red from cryin g and puffy. Jamie wanted to know why he was living his worst nightmare. picking up the receiver she answered it Hello she said nervously Hey beautiful Hi Scott Chris said trying to sound cheerful What s the matter? Chris rubbed her left temple Nothing. for the past 15 months both the ir parents have been abroad working which has left both brothers trying to enjoy th eir own company. clutching his Engl ish textbook. Give me a break will you? Scott did not care as long as Dee was not going to be a problem to him. She isn t anymore Scott said bluntly How can you be mates with someone who wants your head on their bedroom wall Chris rubbed her temple I know. Despite Jamie s good nature. feeling irritable and questioned herself asking if she knew she was doing and if prepared for what lay ahead. I m fine she lied picking up her pen I m going to ask you again. Suddenly the phone rang. it s a bit much Chris said quickly wishing Scott had not rung her.H. Can t you hear or something? he asked barging in Jamie quickly wiped his face with his left hand. but I can t help how I feel she snapped For gods sake Scott she muttered. Chris tutted as she threw her pen down on the table. leaned over and picked up the latest month s edition of F. the high pitched ring made Chris jump. Sniffing Jami e 48 could still hear Dee s voice his head it s over Jamie and still visualised Scott s name written on her arm. which leads to Jamie s heavy drinkin g. sensitive and caring Jamie loves Dee and has often proved that by proposing to her numerous times. well it s understandable Scott she was my best mate Chris said tightly wishing Scott showed a little compassion. he drummed his fingers on his left knee Not to be rude Chris. she was.M Just thought I d come and see my kid brother he replied before wolf whistling at the raven-haired model the front cover . Scott lo oked up at the clock in his living room and it was a minute to eleven.only protest in her defence her feelings are beyond her control. And plus you re worrying about Dee Scott added darkly 47 Yes. sitting in the armchair by the door. With his back facing his bedroom door. Exactly. polite. aggressive mood swings and often after drinking Jamie will lash out leaving late r to think about the repercussions. he was almost lifeless as tears ran down his face. Honest. Scott said lowering his tone Just all the exams and the revision that s to be done. Jamie ignored the lou d knock from his brother Paul. Jamie sat silently on his bed staring out the bedroom window. he did not want his brother to see he has been crying. but isn t it a little too late worrying about what gunna happ en? Jamie Parker lives with his oldest brother Paul. he feels he is a little misunderstood and alone.

but you. clearly he was not. That girl never gave a shit about you anyway J. He wanted to know why Scott? Did Scott know about i t? Had he seen what she did to her arm? Jamie wondered what possessed Dee to hurt him so much. snapping his head around h e glared at Paul Don t you ever talk about Dee like that Sorry Paul said. but was sure he would never understand. desperate for his brother to get out of his room Jamie. she wo uld be a very lucky woman. he thought Tash was the best looking female he had ever seen. Jamie said hardly believing it himself Paul looked up at Jamie and tried not to smile Sorry J. keep it to yourself then So what s going on with you and Tash ? Nothing Jamie replied with irritation. He did not care about Dee and had a common dislike for her from the day he had the misfortune to meet her. count yourself l ucky your rid of her mate Jamie s face darkened as the held his textbook tightly. so you d better leave he told Paul as he stared at row of houses across the road. as it would give Jamie a chance to sort things with Dee. Ever since Paul met Natasha last year at D ee s 15th birthday party (Paul had come to walk Jamie home). she s gorgeous! Paul cried. it s only you wh o didn t see that Jamie felt like he wanted to scream It s a miracle you two lasted this long anyway and just what happened between you and her anyway? Paul asked trying not to sound nosey Jamie s lip tightened. all he wanted was to be left alone Why? Paul asked Jamie in slight horror Paul. None of your business Jamie snapped turning back to the window 50 He knew Dee had told him something like she didn t love him and was chasing after someone else. shaking his head he told himself he had two minutes with the model. he remembered D ee telling him she always wanted a big house with a garden and a pond. I d give her more than the time of day I can tell you Paul wondered if his little brother had a brain default. Jamie would laugh and ask why a pond. just piss off! Jamie spat. Paul could not understand how his brother could have gone out a girl who to him resembled a fem ale cartoon character. Dee would reply So I don t have to take my dogs to the park you idiot What s with you now? I don t wanna talk about it Paul Paul flicked to the centre pages of the magazine and turned it vertical to get a better look. Jamie hoped Chris understoo d the situation and kept away from Scott. Paul sighed Fine. Me and Dee aren t together anymore. he was still trying to come to terms with what Dee told him and he was finding it very hard.Jamie cleared his throat I m not very good company at the moment. Why is that? Paul asked as he turned the page and gasping a t 49 the new model of the Audi car. tutting he told himself the entire car would need is a naked Mariah Carey on the bonnet with him behind the steering wheel. Paul was hooked and has a .

suddenly lost his temper. looking at Paul with an icy glare I ve just lost De e the girl I loved for 18 months! The girl I wanted to marry and spend the rest of my life with. I ve seen your arm Dee sucked in her breath. don t start crying J Jamie sucked in his breath Just get out Paul Paul got up and tossed the magazine on the floor. now can I like someone else! he barked. standing before Jamie he said. even more than the fact Jamie is unaware. pillow and duvet onto the floor. Dee rolled her eyes at Natasha What the fuck do you want? 52 Natasha sighed I m not about to start running you on your own doorstep Dee. bag. What the fuck is this! Paul laughed and wished that Jamie would get a grip on himself. he could feel his eyes filling up with tears Paul sniggered But she s always here I love Dee I know you like Tash Paul said. Jamie looked over to his chest of draws to a bottle of jack Daniel s whisky. he lunged it at the wall . Picking up a cup Jamie threw it at the wall and watched it smash to pieces. she was not in the mood for any of Natasha s antics tonight and she certainly did not want to hear ab out Jamie If you re here to tell me to go back to Jamie. just go away he said with his eyes closed Paul ignored his brother s plea No need to get yourself in a state J Suddenly Jamie lost his temper. she was beginning to lose her temper and was temped to knock Natasha to floor for the sake of a peaceful evening Look. We re friends Yeah but you must fancy the pants off her he asked carefully How can I when I ve been with Dee all this time Jamie croaked. breat hing hard. Paul knows Natasha has a h uge crush on Jamie and it bothers him. she could hardly see anything Forget to pay yo ur electricity bill? Dee slammed the front door behind her and glared at Natasha. she had hoped Dee would be a little nicer to her considering the news she had to tell her Do you wanna drop the attitude? Dee crossed her arms Don t start with me Tash she warned .secret collection of pictures to prove his addiction. You haven t got a clue have you? Jamie glared at Paul About what? Paul smiled thinly Exactly Jamie stared at the closed door for a moment wondering his brother meant by his last comment. Getting up he shoved his notes. Taking his textbook. he held his hands up in defence Okay. I don t wanna hear it she said through clenched teeth Natasha put both hands in her jeans pockets and laughed aloud You must be joking. despite sensing Jamie had no romantic interest in Natasha he had to be sure. so just let me pass she said pushing past Dee to go into her hallway. just say what you gotta say and go Natasha sighed with disappointment. 51 Jamie wanted to tear his hair out Paul I haven t got time for this. he stared at it. Walking in Natasha noticed how dark the hall way was. Closing the maga zine.

Natasha shifted in her seat. she wondered when Scott would . suddenly realising Natasha s visit was not neighbourl y. but decided not to respond. Chris nodded in agreement and exhaled I suppose Natasha gave Scott a look as if to say ha ha. Chris announced as she sat down joining Scott and Natasha in the canteen Natasha frowned as she ate her yoghurt What s with you? I can t be doing with this Chris rubbed her temples This damn place and these stupid exams Scott rolled his eyes Chris relax. but we a ll just gotta make the best of them and come out with good marks she said simply as she settled both her hands in her lap. but she knew Natasha was not convinced You really expect me to believe that she said flatly Chris felt taken back and wanted to know why Natasha was acting so self-righteou s all off a sudden Scott however was far from surprised at Natasha s common self. well can t be easy with you two going public Chris could not help but to feel that was a dig at her and Scott We re not public. Chris sat back Yeah well. so like I said drop th e attitude she said tightly Dee was silent for a moment. it s gunna be over soon Natasha choked a laugh You always know what to say don t you Bonnington Scott gave Natasha a look. she listens to me and not you . Chris looking at them both she shook her head. Yeah ok. we re just friends she protested Scott gave Chris a look of slight distain and questioned whether he misheard Chr is. he was in no mood for Natasha s sarcasm especially when it was at his expense I try my best he said tightly Sighing with slight frustration. anyone seen Parker? Natasha found it amusing how little Chris knew off her and Dee s conversation. We are Tash Chris said trying to sound firm. Natasha shrugged Yeah. I keep wondering how he is she replied feeling a pang of guilt. Chris shook her head No. What is all this about? 53 Natasha was savouring the moment before she spoke again You need to be filled in she said through a smile 54 I m going to scream very loud in a minute. Looki ng back at Chris Natasha wanted to start an argument or at least try to make Chris feel even more guilt. thinking to herself it was hardly the point and it made no difference to the situation whether or not she felt guilty. Scott tutted Who gives a toss about him? he muttered under his breath 55 Natasha heard what Scott said. but did not care I m just telling you ho w it looks she said tightly None of this is our fault Scott interjected darkly Natasha looked at both Scott and Chris in the eye. Natasha could see Chris was getting upset. I just wish these poxy exams would just disappear Natasha finished her yoghurt and put the empty pot aside Don t we all hun.righteous backlash. Anyway.Natasha stepped forward I m not scared of you like Chris is.

Natasha said through a smile And what part of this do you play in all this Tash? Let me see Scott pointed out Ever since you ve Jamie went out with Dee. I was only saying what should have been said about this whol e thing Scott stepped closer to Natasha. I m fine Chris said finally Scott rolled his eyes thinking it was a bit late for Chris to be having second t houghts. Natasha gasped and then tired to break free of him What the hell do you think you re doing! she barked Scott glared at her I should be asking you that very same question Natasha rolled her eyes as she yanked her arm out of Scott s grip If you re talking about this morning. you and I both know being self-righteous does not suit you Natasha tutted Too bad hun isn t it? How do you expect things to look? You re using Chris to keep Dee away and at the same time. despite feeling slig htly fed up with the whole situation he did not like the silence there was between th em . Just hold comments Tash. he also knew Chris is going to help him in a huge way with dealing Dee. she had hoped for a little suppo rt but deep down she knew was very alone in everything. slack just like how were acting when you had Chris in the pre fect room the other day Natasha sneered Scott rolled his eyes and asked himself of all the people to witness he and Chri s. 58 You re very quiet. chancing the face. it annoys me she said icily I don t give two hoots. I m telling you I don t appreciate you upsetting Chris with you r rar rar chant for your damaged goods friend Jamie Scott hissed Telling it like it is Natasha sneered Scott was not interested in what Natasha had to say. what s done is done Scott spoke. you ve been fucking waiting for a chance to ruin everything Natasha crossed her arms Well I learnt from the best sweetheart Scott stepped back Damn right and what else you re gunna learn is you have a lot to thank me for smiling Scott blew Natasha a kiss Don t thank me now he said before walking away. breathing heavily in her face Yeah well don t. Sounds li ke it Chris tutted as she crossed her arms and watched pupils leave Royal Bailey for a moment Chris will you just forget it. Chris shook her head slightly and was beginning to get tired of hearing snipes a nd sarcastic comments from both Scott and Natasha. cat got your tongue? Scott asked Chris as they stood at the bus stop later that afternoon.jump to Chris s defence. she will be a ro tting corpse before she s 21 Yeah so what 57 Yeah just like you. why did it have to be Natasha I d love to know what Dee would say. wha t I do it none of your business Natasha did not appreciate Scott throwing his weight around on her Don t tell me what to do Scott. Slightly startled. Then whose is it? 56 Scott grabbed Natasha by the arm and pulled her into the corner of the corridor.

you haven t got someone after your throat Chris said bitterly Scott frowned. Slightly irritated. very nice Chris said in admiration Scott could not see what was so special about his home It s alright he said pulling his door keys out of his pocket Chris looked at Scott as if he had spoken to her in a foreign language Just alrig ht? Your house is more than alright. you re a swot Chris you aint got s hit to do 60 Scott was right. he s most likely to be at home being an arse Chris almost smiled Like that is it? leaning back slightly she kept an eye out for the bus they were waiting for. I don t think it s a good idea Scott shrugged Don t see what s the problem is. you can meet him if you want Scott yawned A gentle breeze blew and brushed a strand of Chris hair across her forehead.It s easy for you to say. now she was going to lie on it. she knew Scott was right but it did not stop the guilt burning ins ide her Whatever she breathed Scott moved and stood before Chris Good. it s bloody nice Scott . studying Chris Scott just realised how flawless her skin was. will happen and you worrying isn t going to stop that Chris sighed. Chris had spent the last two free periods in the library comple ting tonight s and tomorrow nights homework and would spend her evenings watching television or sitting in her room listening to music. he knew she felt more towards him than friendship and he was not going to let her forget that Like hell we are Chris and you know it Chris gasped at Scott s home. a puff of dirt and engine smoke blew in h er face causing her eyes to water. what s done is done he said tightly Chris stared as a bus drove past them. tipping her at back she tried to get an overview of Castle Bonnington. Chris swore the house was the size of three houses put togeth er Nice. I ve got homework Chris lied Scott rolled his eyes Why are you fucking lying. I don t think so. despite knowing it was a bad idea Chris could no t help to take an interest in Scott. 59 Scott stared at Chris for a moment hoping she was alright Whatever happened now Chris. tick ling her slightly she shook it away. Chris tipped her head back slightly Are you an only child? she asked suddenly changing the subject Scott shook his head wondering why she had asked him such a question No. I m glad you suppose he said before touching her nose. Chris rubbed them before bei ng able to see properly. after all Chris we re only friends Well we are Chris protested. there was no way Chris was making him feel guilty as far as he wa s concerned Chris has made her bed. Yes it is. half wishing she had never said it Scott narrowed his eyes and wondered why Chris was lying. Like I said Chr is. I have a n older brother called Matt he replied dryly And? Chris urged sounding interested Scott shrugged And.

So what else impresses you about me Chris? Just then. suddenly gasped as she lo oked down at what she considered a nineteen feet passage. Chris thought Matt was fit. mind how you go now 61 Chris did a curtsy I m so honoured. has broader shoulders and wore glasses. it was Matt. Chris was sure girls were throwing themselves at them. Chris swore she had nev er seen lights so pretty. Chris said looking up at the ceiling Scott found himself staring at Chris. she could see the resemblance betw een both Matt and Scott. I just got carried away walking towards Scott Just being nosey Apology accepted It s a nice place Scott. Karen. looking down slightly she fell in love with the deep red wall to wall carpeting. his attraction to Chris was getting strong er but he was in control. especially Matt. Scott rolled his eyes as his brother s poor timing Matthew he sighed. Scott watched her closely. Chris almost lost her breath. Chris noticed M att and Scott shared the same facial features. he reminded him of the music al Annie when she first went to stay with the rich millionaire. I shall treasure this say for the rest of my li fe. . he would be lying if he did not find Chris admiration for his home a compliment but he did not want Chris to know that It s okay.Scott opened the door with one hand and held onto Chris with the other. Scott knew it was important that he maintained control of everything. rugs and paintwork. but Matt was slightly taller. you should be proud. C hris stared at the large lights above her head in admiration. I m in love with your house Scott Chris said walking ahead as she ran her fingers along the velvet wallpaper. Chris wondered if Dee knew about Matt and if she did what would happen. he did not care what his brother was up to o r who his latest bit of stuff was Mum and dad know you got company he said tersely Chris looked at Matt and felt very impressed. she said in a Texas accent Scott shook his head Just get inside Chris laughed before stepping inside into the passage. the front door opened. she had never seen someone so good looking up close. Chris read about houses such as Scott s in newspapers that were selling for the wages of a first division football player. Where are you going? 62 Chris spun around with her hand on her mouth Oh sorry. instantl y the door flew open Welcome to castle Bonnington he said as if he was an American tour guide Home to Drew. Matt tossed his keys up in the air. Matt and Scott Bonnington. Keep your hands inside and your head straight. she knew his girlfriend was a model with six different highlights in her hair and a figure like a supermodel. Spinning around like an infant in a huge toy store. it took mum ages to get it how she wanted Scott said It drove my dad nuts cos he just wanted everything to be finished Chris studied the soft deep red wallpaper and ran her fingers along the swirls i n the pattern I can imagine it did she said in almost a trance Scott smiled he found Chris behaviour quite amusing. Chris eyes widened as she glanced up at the ceiling.

64 Scott opened the fridge and took out a can of coke Matt took an apple from the fruit bowl on the kitchen table. As Chris hit the first step. so wh at if he was using Chris as long as it kept Dee away he was happy. Matt tossed the apple in the air and caught it You know Dee is a nutcase and will slit Chris throat if she goes near you Scott rolled his eyes. slamming the can of coke on the work surface he stepped closer to him You wanna be careful what you say Matt. she knew Scott was right about Matt being an arse. people might start believin g you he whispered in his brother s face Matt shook his head at Scott This must have something to do with Dee. let me gues s you re only with Chris to keep Dee away Scott did not answer. Scott pulled away from Chris Listen. whoever you are Matt said nodding in slight acknowledgment Chris took offence questioning if someone could be any more rude It s Chris and I m fine thank you she said trying to sound polite Matt shrugged Wonderful he said with disinterest Chris narrowed her eyes at Matt. Matt thought Chris was stunning. Matt shook his head at his brother How long is this one going to last Scott. Scott could not s ee why he had to justify himself to Matt who he thought was a little to self righte ous for his own good. seven minutes? Scott rolled his eyes before walking off into the kitchen You re becoming at real bore do you know that? Feeling resentment against Scott s comment Matt followed him into the kitchen. Matt put his keys into his jack et pocket. So . was tired of his brother s interrogation and he did not car . peeling off the lab el he stared at Scott with disgust Just admit it. what s innit for you? Scott tutted Mind your own business Matt he said dryly slamming the fridge door shut Flicking off the golden delicious label off his fingers. he popped the can of coke open. six. biting her lip she wanted very much to say something but thought better of it.63 Smiling a hello to Matt. Wait th ere Okay fine Chris agreed despite wanting to leave. Matt kicked the kitchen door shut For once in your life Scott be honest Scott shot Matt a look. she felt as if someone was watching her but not wanting to turn around carried on up the stairs. Alright. sucking in his breath he gazed at Chris for a moment. Mat t caught the door before it hit him in the face. Suddenly Matt broke his gaze and yawned. Scott did not care that Matt has worked out his motives. Looking at Matt in slight disgust. Chris crossed her arms. she knew it was a bad idea from start. instead. he coul d not take his eyes off Chris. he had never met a girl who was so beautiful and for a moment. you ve never cared about a girl yet. my room is up there and on the left.

he did not answer instead. lea ning over the sink spat blood. It s not nice to make accusations Matt Scott said calmly 65 Matt could not believe what has brother was up to. it aint going to work Scott and you know it Scott took a gulp of some coke and swallowed. she knew Scott belonged to Dee and if she went near him.e what he had to say. Paul quickly ran his eyes up and down Natas ha and felt his stomach tighten. he believed Scott was growing up and has stopped playing silly games. 66 Paul Parker rolled his eyes as he opened the front door to Natasha I should have known that it was going to be you he said with a mouthful of apple. pausing for a moment. she knew she would go behind her back. can t you see how disappointed I am Natasha tipped her head back in disgust as bits of apple flew out into her face I asked for the news Paul. not the weather tutting she waved her hand as if she was swotting flies Do you mind? Paul gave Natasha a dirty look he thought to himself how much of a rude cow Nata sha was. Dee wanted to know why Chris could not leave Scott alone. Dee turned on the tap and listened to the water run for a moment. Dee sucked in her breath as she stared at her reflection in her bathroom mirror. he knew Dee would kil l her. god I fancy her like mad he thought. her heart began to race as sweat appeared at the si de of her temples. she would kill her. Matt wanted to know what Scott expected to happen and did he really think Chris was going to keep Dee away from him. he pushed past Matt and left the kitchen. he belched. Looking at his brother. Dee c ould feel her adrenaline pumping. Looking at Natas ha Paul hoped that day would arrive soon. Paul hopes on e day Natasha will get over her infatuation with Jamie. It isn t any accusation though is it what happens if your little plan doesn t work? What th en? Matt wanted to know What are you gunna do when you find Chris hanging from a tree . Why can t she fancy me like she fancies my younger brother? . He wonders dai ly what he would do with Natasha if he were alone in a room with her. Still starin g at her refection. Scott had thought about if anything would happen to Chris. but it still did not excuse the fact he fancied her like crazy He s in his roo m he said not before swallowing his food. unexpectedly Dee grabbed hold of the sink as if it was her only means of living. Sorry I didn t come and see you Paul Yeah. white t/shirt which insinuated her curves and the latest Nike Trainers Natasha looked fresh and fit. Dee knew Chris would not listen to her. dressed in denim Capri s. because you know you will Scott rolled his eyes I can tell you this for now. he was tired of watching from the shadows while she wasted her affections on his younger brother. Wiping her mouth with her left hand.

in truth she did not want anything. she knew Paul wanted her ever since Dee s birthday party. a relationship with Paul would be interes ting but now she only had eyes for Jamie Nothing she said stepping past Paul as Natasha headed for the stairs and called out Thanks Not returning the gesture Paul watched Natasha walk up the stairs before walking back into the lounge. he had lost weight around his face and developed broade r shoulders. 68 Scott broke his stare and shook his head Nothing he replied abruptly as he began t o undo his tie. Look. in another lifetime.Natasha frowned at Paul. do you want anything? Scott asked turning towards the door Just a glass of water please Chris replied. slightly hitched at the side. Standing. Chris almost posed as she hung on the chair behind her. for a moment he gazed at her a s she stood before him. Scott could see Chris s body through her school blouse. she silently waited for the next thing to happen. Chris knew Scott did not want her around any more than she wanted to be around. Despite all. feeling uncomfortable Chris pulled out the chair and slowly sat down. Chris wanted to know what Matt said to Scott. its me I know Jamie said flatly from behind the door 69 . 67 Paul felt a little uneasy with Natasha s stare. Chris wished she had been born wi th a little more guts so she could ask Scott what Matt said and so she could tell Mat t what she exactly thought of him. do you want me to go? Chris suggested sensing today was not a good day to be at Scott s house. Look I m getting a drink. she watched Scott leave and feeling like a prisoner. She was well aware Paul was a fitness freak and spent hours in the gy m. Chris was hoping Scott would say yes as she was beginning to feel more and more uncomfortable by the second. Scott did not care what Chris did now No. skir t that hugged her hips and waist. hmm not bad Paul she thought. she knew it was about her. tossing his tie onto his bed Scott sighed. Pl acing both hands in her lap. I was starting to think you d left me all alone up here Chris said jokingly Scott held onto his bedroom door as he walked in. she began to feel like a complete stranger in Scott s presence the longer she stood before him. she also wondered if she has said the wrong thing as she could sense Scott was on edge. What? Chris asked noticing Scott was staring at her. Natasha tapped on Jamie s bedroom door pushing the door ajar Parker. but she wanted to stay. She had to admit. suddenly he began to feel suffocated. she knew going to Scott s home was wrong and at the moment she questioned her sanity to why she had acted so foolish. that she knew it was best for her to le ave. Mum and dad will be home any minute now so you might as well stay Scott replied sounding a little pre-occu pied. you can stay. Chris skirt hung above the knee. wondering if she was staring at hi mself What? Natasha shook her head. but she was has not noticed the results until now.

he did not appreciate Nata sha coming into his room and making judgment. Chris sat curled on Scott s bed and munched on a cheese sandwich while watching an episode of cable channel Nickelodeon s Sister . but Natasha knew it was time for Jamie to know what was really going on No. Natasha glanced over to Jamie s chest of draws and smiled at th e half empty of jack Daniels whisky. Closing the door behind her Natasha stood against the wall and could Dee Jamie looking at her. not really she replied Jamie sighed. Chris and Scott are worried about you Jamie Jamie gave Natasha a dirty look So what A smile crept on Natasha s face Well Chris especially. Making a face Natasha saw what Jamie was watching television Ick. he knew he should not have Dee wanted to be with Scott. Feeling a little more relaxes. Jamie knew he would never understand why Dee hurt him so much. she knew Jamie had been drowning his sorrows and she was glad as what she had to tell him was going to make everything worthwhile . by that time Scott had made Chris a sandwich. you haven t been in school for a while I ve been busy. Jamie s heart sank. What exactly do you want Tash? Jamie asked tightly Natasha narrowed her eyes at Jamie she had hoped for a better reception I came to see you. There were book s scattered all over the floor with papers and pens. suddenly he sat up and spun his whole body round to Natasha What did you just say? 71 Karen Bonnington arrived home at almost six o clock. can t stand that show Jamie lay on his bed with both hands behind his head. she knew this was her chance to get the ball finally rol ling. given her another glass of water and switched on the televisio n for her.Walking into Jamie s room. not so much her boyfriend Scott Jamie s eyes widened. he could n ot understand where everything has gone wrong between them. he had just lost the love of his life and everyone around him knew he ha d not yet begun to cope. glas ses and bowls which here stacked in the corner nest to open boxes of cereal and empty packets of crisps. he was beginning to realise that maybe be would not. he missed her and it hurt him so much. there was no turning back and despite her suspicions Natasha could not wait to see what the outcome was going to be. cups. Natasha gazed at Jamie. Jamie wanted to know how long Dee liked Scott and did he know about it. She knew once she told Jamie what was going on. Natasha noticed it was a complete mess. he would gi ve anything to hear Dee wanted him back in his life. but she did not care. There were plates. Jamie did not need to justify himself to anyone. he said without looking at Natasha I ve gathered Has Dee been in? Jamie asked quietly as he looked to Natasha for an answer 70 Natasha could see the hope in Jamie s eyes for her to reply yes and she wants to se e you to patch things up .

I thought she was nice. Chris slightly embar rassed she has had crumbs all over her mouth. He was beginning to feel this entire charade was more trouble than he worth. Chris felt disappointed as she thought Karen was a nice person and sharing a joke with her made her forget about her frosty reception from Matt. I d better be going Karen glanced at Scott. Chris hung her bag over her shoulder and walked beside Scott. I m so sorry Chris apologised as she dusted off crumbs onto the floor You must be wondering why I m in your house Karen laughed at Chris Don t be stupid. Karen took a deep breath to help her stop laughing Nothing she said touching Scott s cheek for reassurance. walking towards the door Chris could not wait to get home. but she knew Scott would either ignore her or snap back at her. gave a muffled hello and apologised for h er indecent manners. he was baffled to why his mother and Chris were laughing so much. nice meeting you Chris You too Karen Chris said and Karen was gone. frost lay thin on the pavement and t he sky was clear. Okay hun. Chris was beginning to wonder i f Scott had any good word to say about anyone. glad you re female and not male Chris cracked up. you hungry? Scott shook his head No thanks he replied tightly 72 Karen looked at Chris Chris? Chris wanted to say yes. I ve got work to do. The air was cold as Chris and Scott walked. with bo th hands in her pockets she listened with hate to the silence between them both. Scott headed for the door Give it rest Christina Chris narrowed her eyes in frustration as she watched the door slam in her face. mum s not usually nice to people he said darkly Chris thought Scott was being a little harsh on his mother as in the short time of meeting Karen. not acting too surprised Karen introduced herself. laughing so much her stomach ached It s not funny. there s no need to be rude she said calmly as he picked up her school bag 73 Rolling his eyes. he wished she would shut up. I m. that s my worst nightmare Karen said through laughter Chris shook her head Don t let Scott hear you so that Hear me say what? Scott asked cautiously walking in.Sister . . but she could sense Scott wanted her out of his home as soon as possible. he said tersely Chris felt taken back and wondered what Scott s problem was I was only saying Scott. Scott did not believe a word his mother said Karen opened the door to leave I m doing quiche tonight. Chris said picking up her coat. Scott switched off his television Sorry. she considered her a nice person. You don t know anything about my mother Chris. it seemed to Chris that Scott had something personal against everyone. Ch ris held up her hand No. Ch ris wanted to speak. she knew she and her son would be having some stern word s later. Scott was downstairs when his mother came into his room and found Chris o n his bed. turning around she put it on Scott gave Chris a filthy look. Scott wondered if dating Chr is was going to be worthwhile.

it was like walking no eggshe lls. Sighing u nder breath Chris longed for home Scott heard her sigh and it irritated him. Chris was silent. Chris also wondered why Scott has asked her out . I really don t he said tightly For a moment. now she was annoyed and she did not care what kind of moo d Scott was in tonight for she has enough No. it was not the brightest of things to do and she knew deep down nothing was going to work out. he did not have the time or the patience for thi s When have I done that? he asked trying to maintain a level tone You ve been doing it all day.Chris wondered what she agreed to go out with Scott. Chris admitte d to herself that everything seemed an uphill struggle. glaring at Scott she wondered why she had chosen to get herself involved with Scott. he wanted to keep his temper I said forget it Chris Chris tutted as she felt her adrenaline beginning to pump. she knew it was not w ise that she and Scott were heading for an argument. he stare d at Chris Problem? he asked darkly Chris stopped and turned to him on the dark pavement. stopping dead in his tracks. come on spit it out Chris encouraged a s she followed him Scott shook his head. you need rest he told her quietly Do I look tired to you!" Chris barked Scott began to breath heavily. he wondered what she expected him to say I think you re very tired Chris. it s like you put me on a bike and push the pedals! Chri s spat Scott shook his head Where is all this coming from? Chris could feel her temper rising Where do you think? Have you been awake for th e past few days? Chris swore if there was a wall near by she would have hit it 75 Scott stared at Chris. Chris was well aware of the dangers of going o ut with him and she knew it was time avoided them. No she lied 74 Scott sucked in his breath. ticking away as it waiting to explode. Chris could see Scott s bright eyes staring back at her. he prayed to himself to keep his temper. Why do you have to do that all t he time? Scott took a deep breath. she . now glaring at Chris he knew she was laying but he w as not sure how long he could keep his temper if he perused the conversation further. Scott reminded Chris of a bomb. Despite being attracted to Scott. Chris could hear Scott s footsteps against the frost. Crossing the road. despite the moon shedding only a little light. he knew if he stood any longer with Chris he woul d do something that he may regret I don t have time for your tantrums. He stopped an d faced Chris Do what? he said slowly Do that! Talk to me like I m an idiot she snapped Scott took another deep breath. Forget it he muttered and continued to walk Chris glared at Scott.

could Scott have told him? In addition. shoe heels against the wet ground. Jamie IYou what? Jamie interrupted as he took a step towards her Hope I don t get upset. He wondered how any o ne could do this to him. Jamie stared at Chris making her feel uncomfortable I bet you didn t Chris took a deep breath she knew from now nothing was going to be easy Look. but thanks to you she s gone! Jamie stood with both hands clenched by his side as both eyes filled with tears. she asked herself how could she have done this to Jamie and questioned how he found out. 77 Chris felt sick. he was feeling anger and despair so when were you gunna tell me Chris? Next week? Next YEAR? He shouted at that moment Jamie knew if he had a gun. it was dirt. sorI don t wanna hear your apologies. Chris wished the ground would open up and swallow her. as he stood motionless by the front gate of Chris home. Did you write that down or memorise it from a book! suddenly he threw something into Chris s face. For ages. she had hoped she would tell him herself or at least get a chan ce to tell Jamie that she and Scott were no over. she played a part in the entire affa ir. They were coming closer and closer. lose my temper because your relationship with Scott destroyed mine! he cried Jamie was not interested in anything Chris had to say as far as he was concerned the damage was done. Chris could not understand wh y Scott had told Jamie and questioned if Scott knew how much everything would effe ct him I was going to tell you Jamie. this is what he had been waiting for.knew it had something to with Dee and sure. 76 Jamie waited by the gate. You hoar! Chris screamed as the dirt went into her eyes and began to rub her eyes quickly. As Chris frantically tried to gain her vision Jamie stepped closer and grabbed her arm. especially one of his closest friends. still not gaining her vision properly Chris stumbled slightly. You and your boyfr iend have messed up everything! I have nothing and its all your fault! Jamie shouted i n . he was not sure how much more of Chris he could take. Suddenly he heard footste ps. Chris stopped dead in her tracks Jamie Her stomach tightened I didn t expect to see you at that moment. Scott. Jamie I m. he would have shot Chris. his eyes were wide and his stomach was tight with anxi ety. Jamie s eye s darted to the left and he drew both hands out his jacket pocket. Chris was stunned. I didn t know how. Chris heart sank. Dee and them himself. Now she realised how much of a mess everything had become. as she had never seen Jamie in such a mental state. they don t mean anything to me! Jamie spat The only thing that did was Dee. if so why? Jamie s eyes were red with tears. walking away left Chris standing alone on the pavement. Why have you taken a sudden interest in me Scott? she asked tightly Is it something to pass the time or did you just pick my name out of a hat Scott rolled his eyes and turned on his heels. I ve been agonising over it for a while she protested It only happened the one time Jamie Jamie stepped closer.

Chris eyes began to water Jamie stop! she pleaded as she started to open eyes . Natasha frowned. Looking into Jamie s eyes. but she was not going to let him forget th e fact he walked off and left her Whatever Scott. touching her lip she rubbed her fingers together and knew it was b lood. there were 79 a few moments before he spotted Chris. he was in no mood for another one of Chris tant rums I never said anything to him. What did Scott expect to achieve out of all this? Why did he tell him about what happened? Chris could not believe Jamie hit her. never in her life did she think Jamie would ever hurt her. Chris watched Jamie walk away. Taking her hairbrush out of her bag. Having rubbed away come of the dirt. I m sorry you had to find out like this 78 Jamie let go of Chris arm You make me sick! he then hit her across her face Chris gasped. why did you have to go and tell Jamie what happened? she demanded. as Jamie would have found out eventually. Looking at him with disgust Chris wondered what Scott has to say after last night. Scott felt he needed t o sort things out before anything went wrong. I was just trying t o help Natasha was desperate to burst out laughing. Later that day Scott waited outside the school for Chris. she saw the anger burning like flames. you need TCP for that Chris tutted I ll be fine Tash she said irritably If you say so hun Natasha said wanting to break out in a smile. you didn t wanna say much to me last night did you she replied sarcastically But let s see you said a lot to Jamie I m sorry. looking at Chris busted lip she knew Jamie had lost his temper after finding out about everything. Stunned.Chris face as she began to squeeze her arm tight. Just listen. Instantly he walked towards her. asking herself if it was not Scott then who was it. Swearing under her breath. S he was sure they were alone that day. Slowly Chris developed a gut feeling she knew Dee would find out. just stay away from me . Watching pupils leave school. I haven t even seen the boy Chris paused for a moment. Chris wanted to turn back inside. Was it to get back at me? Scott frowned You ve lost me Chris stamped her foot in frustration Why are you lying? Do you know what you hav e done? Scott rolled his eyes and sighed. she knew Scott was not as hon est as he makes out and she believed him. Natasha felt no need to feel any guilt. I think we need to talk Scott said easily as he followed Chris out to the main roa d Chris wanted to tell him to go away do you now? she asked bitterly Scott did not like her tone What s that supposed to mean? Chris shrugged Oh I don t know Scott. Chris stopped brushing her hair and instead of psyching herself up for Dee asked herself what Scott s motive was. Studying Scott. but it was too late. she knew it was not nothing That aint gunna do nothing love. Chris began brushing h er hair Suddenly she stopped and looked at Natasha through the mirror. to whom? You heard.

I said we need to talk Chris did not want to argue with Scott. despite knowing there was some truth to it Don t mess about Chris . but she knew it was not going to happen. Paul wondered what Jamie has done. but he knew it was something stupid Scott grabbed Natasha by the arm and swung her back hard Natasha nearly lost her balance. as he has never seen Jamie crack his knuckles. Nothing he replied breathing heavily Jamie? Paul was worried. Almost grabbing her by the chin he turned her head to th e left What the hell happened to your lip? he asked suspiciously Chris flinched. You really should learn to move on and leave the past behind you Ch ris. it would not help matters at all. Sighing Chri s hoped if she let Scott say what he had to say he would leave. what happened? he asked tightly Chris knew if she told Scott.80 Scott sighed. suddenly he realised but he wanted Chris to tell him Don t lie to me Chris. What s going on? he asked leaning on the door Still rocking back and forth Jamie began to crack his knuckles. She was not sure if she could handle anything else. her alone Just say what you have to say Scott and go away Scott narrowed his eyes as Chris was starting to irritate him. What the hell is wrong with you? Paul demanded Jamie looked away Paul looked at his brother suspiciously. as bits of glas s splattered everywhere Jamie sat on his bed and rocked back and forth. Turning his head to the side. Jamie s eyes shifted to the door as it opened. it was Paul. he saw Chris s lip. Suddenly there was a loud knock at the door. Chris wanted everything to blow over. Chris also won dered 81 why Scott was so concerned. she had almost forgotten about her lip and really wished he had not noticed. he was no mood to play games You what I mean Tash. Looking at Scott deep in the eye Chris slapped his h and away I said nothing she replied Jamie threw an empty glass at his bedroom wall in a fit of rage. what the hell happened to Chris? Why s her lip busted? Natasha shrugged as she rubbed her arm. grabbing her by the arm he pulled her close. it s not good for someone so young to be so bitter Chris gave Scott a filthy look and asked herself what she ever saw in Scott and ever possessed her to agree to go out with him You re such a bastard do you know that she said icily Scott did not appreciate Chris remark. Nothing she replied pulling back Scott did not believe her. he warned. as she was tired of the whole thing. sometimes she forgot how strong Scott wa . but managed to stop herself from staggering What the82 Scott held onto Natasha You re some piece of work do you know what? he whispered in her face Natasha yanked her arm out of Scott s reach Excuse me? Scott s face darkened. she just wanted to go home.

breathing heavily. Don t insult me. he said through clenched teeth Natasha smiled as she crossed her arms. Scott wanted to lash out at Natasha. Smiling Scott turned and kick ed the front door shut with his left foot. but he knew it would be the worst thing he could so Just tell me. he was not going to deny hi tting her.s I don t know. I m no idiot Natasha stepped closer So what if I do know something? What are you gunna do. he wondered if his thi rd glass of Jack Daniels was going to stay down in his stomach What do you think you r e doing! he spat 84 Scott stopped in his tracks and asked himself whether what he was going to do wa s going to be easier that he had anticipated. Jamie spun around his stomach began to tighten and twist. he d id not have to worry as his visit was going to be quick and effective. Jamie wanted to hit her and he would do it again Guess despite Jamie feeling light headed by the second he was determined to show Scott he still was in contr ol of himself. have you no fucking brains? Scott said through clenched teeth Natasha narrowed her eyes Only for you love. but Scott was hoping Natasha would tell him herself. you banging Chris is going to upset one person and one person on ly she said calmly Scott glared at Natasha Why did you tell him? He had a right to know Natasha replied proudly 83 What did you hope to achieve Tash? Scott tutted Why couldn t you keep your fucking trap shut! Why should I? Because it makes things easier. she found Scott s frustration very amusing . Scott asked. She thought it was a beautiful thing seeing Scott Bonnington squirm. Scott rolled his eyes thinking Jamie s performance was pathetic. despite wanting to strangle Chris at t imes . sighing Scott was not at all surprised Jamie had already began drinking I m surprised I didn t see you earlier Jamie said tightly Scott pushed past Jamie nearly knocking him aside. beat it out of me? At that moment. not for the rest of us Whatever he said dismissively Now that you ve opened your mouth you ve started the ball rolling and guess what? It wont be rolling in your direction Jamie stood in the doorway looking at Scott. he clenched both fists by his side. What happened between you and Chris? Jamie knew Chris was the only reason Scott was here. she tells me nothing she replied abruptly Scott did not believe a word Natasha said. You stink of alcohol watching Jamie he headed for the kitchen. Wrinkling hi s nose Scott could detect the smell of alcohol. Looking at Jamie for a moment. he knew Natasha told Jamie what happened and he had a good idea why. Work it out for yourself Scott. Scott was impressed with Jamie s bravery Do you make a habit of going around hitting females? Scott asked with disgust.

Anyway sorry you had to find out like that. he thought Jamie acting like an idiot as it made him feel slightly irri table I feel sorry for you Jamie. what he did was his b usiness and did not want to justify himself to him or any one else. he had no idea how stupid Jamie could be. Jamie stood back a little It s a new hobby I ve just started he replied sarcastically Jamie did not want Scott poking his nose into his affairs. Standing before Scott in the hallway of his home. I m gla d to see you ve taken it so well Jamie s eyes narrowed How do you expect me to take it? She was everything to me. you ve made things such a mess Why is that? Jamie asked trying not sound worried 85 Scott could smell Jamie s fear like petrol. Did she tell you? Come crying on your shoulder did she? Jamie asked bitterly Scott yawned No. Looking at Jami e deep in the eye. despite her part in Scott s game he did not appreciate Jamie insulting her. Stepping closer to Jamie. I guess I couldn t keep my hands to my self Jamie glared at Scott I didn t ask for the fucking details Scott shrugged You complain no one tells you anything and when we do. I worked it for myself Jamie clapped Well done Scott shook his head and wondered how he was managing to keep his temper under control. Scott knew if he made any slight movement Jamie would burst int o tears. Jamie glared at Scott. Scott wanted to know why he hit Chris and what he expected to achieve. he hated Scott so much. he said bitterly Scott sighed. He had never hated someone so much in his life. Too late Bonnington Jamie shrugged At that moment. he stared at Jamie with intense for a moment Don t call Chris a bitch he warned. he could see it in his eyes as well de spite Jamie s eye looking red and blotchy from alcohol.the thought of hitting her never crossed his mind. Scott shook his head in dismay. Jamie could not think straight. Scott wanted to grab Jamie and hit him. not hit Chris while you re throwing y our toys out your pram 86 Jamie wanted to hit Scott. it wasn t really wise was it? Jamie could feel the tension What do you care? You re the reason why me and Dee broke up he swallowed hard You parading around with that bitch just rubs everything in my face he said trying to keep a level tone Scott narrowed his eyes as Jamie. Why had they done this to him? What had he done to deserve it? What possessed them to take away something that mattered to home more than his life? Jamie hated Chris and he hated Scott. you say you don t want to here Scott shook his head Make up your mind Jamie was silent Scott put both hands in his pockets now. but he knew it would not be a good idea and Jamie was in enough pain already Tash told me she told you. he wanted to knock him out cold but he knew he would not have the guts to do it. like I told Tash today he began You ve . You shouldn t have hit her Jamie. as he was tired of hearing Jamie s sob story I expected you to take i t with a little more grace and use your brain.

As the raindrops fell harder on her face Chris begged Dee to put the knife way Please Dee. Scott smiled Glad to see you re listening Parker Jamie was silent again as he inhaled the smoke Putting the cigarette back in his mouth. it will be entirely your fault Dee zipped up her jacket. Paul stood at the top of the stairs. Dee decided to grab somethi ng to eat before she left. I told you never to go near Scott. it s a waste of time Scott looked at his cigarette before putting it his mouth Jamie did not like what Scott was saying. Chris could only think of the knife as she backed out of her pathway. Paul also noticed Jamie s forehead was sweaty as if he was suffering from a fever. he did not want to talk to anyone about anything It s nothing to do with you he said through clenched teeth Paul shook his head. He felt sick and began to breath heavily. Dee watched Chris walk up her path to her home before stepping out from behind t he bushes. I d kill you! Dee shouted through the rain 89 . I-I she stammered stepping back I told you to stay away from Scott! Dee spat as she walked towards Chris with the knife. as she was inches away from a knife.made things worse Scott pulled out a single cigarette I don t play games Jamie. If you did. put the knife away Chris teeth began to chatter due to the cold air Shut up! I warned you. Staring at his brother. her stomach rumbled. It was a cold and rainy evening. Are you gunna telling me what s going on? Jamie walked off towards the kitchen Just mind your own business he said curtly Paul ran down the stairs and followed his brother No. Jamie s eyes were blood shot and his skin was pale. lighting the cig arette he then blew out the smoke in Jamie s face This is it now he said taking the cigarette out of his mouth and looked at it 87 Looking at Jamie through the cigarette smoke. wrinkling his nose to the smell of tobacco. Paul did not like what he saw. Scott s smile dropped his face and he sto pped blinking Because whatever happens. rain drizzled against the darkness making it di fficult for Chris to focus on Dee. scared Chris screamed. I don t wanna talk abou t it Jamie said tightly as he held onto the kitchen sink. digging inside her pockets she pulled out her gloves. I wanna know what s going on with you Jamie he demanded Jamie took a deep breath. Taking a deep breath. he knew Scott was not bluffing. Scott reached inside his other pocket and pulled out a lighter. Jamie turned away from Paul and looked down in the sink. he put both hands in his back pockets. Dee spat in Chris face You didn t you listen to a word I said! she shouted Chris wiped the saliva from her cheek and stared at Dee in horror Dee. she put them on. Listen ing to him carefully Jamie tried to work out what Scott meant. he was not going to give up I m gunna ask you again little bro ther and you re gunna tell me he warned 88 Looking at Paul Jamie took a deep breath Just go away Paul.

so far your boyfriend has decided to take his anger out on Chris after your witch friend told him about me andDee stared at Scott Yes. Looking at him Dee loved him more than she has ever done. Okay. all you have to realise that I m never gunna stop. Tears of shock and pain filled Dee s eyes. Turning around the cor ner of the road and entered a dark ally. she had warned her countless times. as Dee made her way she felt for her knife. I warned you Dee stood back. pointing the knife to her throat Dee press ed the tip of the blade into her skin and turned the blade. Scott sighed. Chris cried out in pain as t he open wound bleed in the rain. Looking back at Dee. I m getting tired with having to repeat myself to you Dee Scott said through clenched teeth . Scott took his other hand squeezed her neck. there s a lot to settle here Dee narrowed her eyes Scott. I know about you and Chris she said quietly Tash told me Scott shook his head Quelle surprise She knew she had stay away from you Dee said stiffly She s brought all this on herself Scott took a deep breath. Suddenly Sco tt moved forward and shoved Dee up against the brick wall. Dee glared at Chris as the rain turned into a shower. Ignoring her cries Scott took her arm above her head with one hand. he could feel temper rising. Tears filled her eyes as she stood face to face with Dee. Chris winced as the blade t wisted her skin. she had never been so scared in her life. I m gunna keep going Scott rolled his eyes as he was tired of hearing that from Dee. Glancing up at the sky. as sh e was helpless Now. h e noticed it had stop raining. suddenly she tripped and fell on the rainy pavement. cut her lip. Scott said 90 Chris sobbed lightly as she looked at her cut in the bathroom mirror.Chris could feel her fear rising. wincing fr om the pain she cried. Scott had enough. she was too scared to move. See that s where you re wrong Dee. It s time to settle the score hun. hitting her head Dee cri ed in 91 pain. She hated Chris! She hated her so much. slash her face . wiping the blade on her jeans Next time I ll get closer Dee warned Dee has warned Chris. Scott belonged to her until the day she died. Dee wanted to sliced Chris neck. Attempting to get up Dee caught her breath There s nothing to settle Scott she managed to say as she stood before Scott. I HATE YOU! Dee shouted in her face Dee just let me explain! Chris cried Suddenly Dee took the knife and slashed Chris s neck. Quickly Dee moved forward and pushed Chris up against a brink wall. he had had enoug h of explaining everything to her Scott could not understand why Dee did not understa nd what was going on. soaking her fringe and fac e making it difficult to see Chris.

Paul quietly knocked on Jamie s bedroom door. she was never going to stop. Dee looked at Scott with fear but also with determination. Chris knew everything was a mess and could not see any way of working it all out . You re not listening Scott whispered Dee winced as her body shook. She could feel her eyes beginning to water. Glaring at Dee YOU RE NOT LISTENING! He shouted in Dee s face before repeatedly ramming her body back and forth into th e wall Dee cried out twice There s no use Dee. Paul slowly pushed the door open and to his dismay found. Chris thought they were using each other has pieces to this game as in desperati on to win. Scott could say all the words he liked to her. lettin g go of her neck Scott hit Dee across the face. What part of this don t you understand Dee? This isn t a game. I know she struggled to say. she fel t obliged to go to school and she did not want her parents getting suspicious. he called out to his little brother Jamie. but coughed and almost choked. Dee were playing a game. Dee was pushing Scott to the edge and he felt like he was about to lash out. She knew her involvement with Scott was a mess and wondered why she went ahead. Scott said in Dee s face as he tightened his grip Dee s face began to turn red as she could not breath. it was determination . she winced with pain. Ja mie was not there. despite wanting to stay at home. Dee blinked hard. Opening her eyes. Dee squeezed her eyes tight. she could just about shake her head. Jamie. Dee did not care what Scott had to say to her. Chri s was convinced that Tash. everything that s happening is brought on by you and EVERYONE ELSE! Chris left home early the next morning. Dee tried to swallow. This isn t a game Scott whispered again. Sucking in her breat h. Scott. It s all real and it s what I feel Scott pulled Dee towards him by her neck and rammed her body into the wall. a game of chance . but she was beginning to feel weak. his heart bega n to race and sweat appeared on his forehead. Her neck 93 was sore and she could feel the wind as an icy breeze blew. trying to shut out the sound as her f ace stung. Dee did not care. she tried to restrain agains t Scott. I m coming in There was no reply. she was in so much pain. givi ng Dee a head rush and blurred vision. Suddenly Scott lost his temper altogether. waiting for a second. 92 Scott was starting to lose his temper. she did not care and she was never going too stop. Chris did not think it was even matter of desperation. Scott s adrenaline was pumping. the words echoed around in Dee s head like church bells.

but she did not think it was at all surprising You didn t e xpect it to stay all quiet did you? It was bound to come out sooner hun Chris spun around and looked at Natasha What I expected is for you to keep your mouth shut. Jamie just managed caught sight of the chai n as it reflected against the hall way light. Keeping an eye out fo r anyone. he likes to keep fit and sees a run as the be st way. and Jamie s eyes widened in horror Oh my god! he cried Paul did not understand Jamie. what the hell is going on? he demanded Jamie looked at Paul with tears in his eyes. Paul shouted for his little brother as he stared at the chain. she could not believe how much of a nasty pie ce of work Natasha had become Thanks for your help Tash she said stiffly Natasha s smile faded Don t blame me for your beaten up face.on their part because they were all positive they were going to win. thirsty and was desperate to go toilet. any longer you d have been thrown out a window Chris shook her head is disbelief. Chris put both hands in her pocket and continued her journey to school. Natasha applied a small amount of Vaseline to her lips. Chris headed left towards the bus stop. Paul goes for a run every morning. his stomach filled with dread. Paul was hungry. scruffy as he held onto the banister. Suddenly Jamie began running down the stai rs. he stepped onto something. Clutc . Spotting her almost straigh t away. Jamie was half drunk and upset. Shutting the door. Crossing the road. face pale and wet with tears. rolling his eyes he shifted s ome of his weight onto his banister What do you want? Found this chain on the floor Paul said walking forward Recognise it? Struggling with his vision slightly. she waited Morning hun she called out putting her Vaseline away Chris did not know whether to answer or ignore her. After running for an hour. Opening the front door. but that was too hard for you wasn t it? she hissed at that moment she could have grabbed Natasha and shaken her Natasha laughed in Chris face I did you a favour love. where have I seen this before he asked himself. watching the crowds of p upils walk into school she kept a close eye out for Chris. Holding it in mid air Paul studied the gold 95 chain with a dolphin pendant trying to remember if he had seen it before. you brought all this on yourself. grabbing it. no one else Chris eyes welled up with tears. she wanted to scream at Natasha but she knew she was right. He decided to take up running after he saw Christian Bale in the film American Psycho. Dee warned you Natasha pointed out Everything that has happened to you are down to you. he bent to pick up what he could see was a chain. she looked at Natasha with disgust and wondered how much of a nasty piece of work her best friend had becom e Morning she said quietly Natasha saw Chris neck and showed no signs of concern Sorry about the neck Are you? Chris asked 94 Natasha knew Dee must have gone on her crazy rampage with the kitchen knife and tried to butcher Chris. Jamie appeared at the top of the stairs.

Suddenly she heard the sound of glass breaking again. Gasping in horror Chris heard the kitchen door open with a bang and fe lt something hit her on her head. Chris sat alone in her living room. Both of he r parents were at work. Feeling a little safer. Chris wondered whether she should call the police or confront the intruder herself. Stirring she opened her eyes. breathing hard. feeling anxious Chris stare d into the darkness leading towards her kitchen. Frightened Chris questioned whether the intruder had a weapo n and asked how she was going to defend herself if there was a weapon. he stepped over her body and threw his softball bat aside. Jamie took Chris by the arm and dragged her into the living room leaving her on the floor t wake up. It was ten minutes before Chris stirred. Suddenly the hallway light blew and Chris was in co mplete darkness. Shaking Chr is stood still to try to calm her down. sliding her arm upwards she switched o n the hall way light. Her vision blurred so she closed them again. swallowing heard she tired to think of what to do next. not sure where she was. Chr is could feel her heart in her throat at the thought of an intruder in her home. startled Chris stood up and went to the living room window What the hell was that? she asked aloud Carefully Chris pulled the curtain and looked outside. Chris tried to raise her head. this time it came from the kitchen. Wiping them away she sniffed telling her self crying was not going to help her and that there was nothing she could do. 96 Suddenly she heard the sound of glass smashing. plus she had drawn all curtains in the house. but it hurt so much she wanted to cry. Ed ging towards the kitchen Chris kept her back to the wall. Closing her eyes and giving herself a small prayer. Chris was in complete darkn ess. but saw nothing. waking up with headache and aching neck . Chris was still breathing and Jamie was glad. Chris stared at t he television as tears fell down her face. Jamie looked down at Chris body. scared she could not believ e someone was in her home after she locked herself in. Chris opened her ey es and edged closer to the kitchen.hing on the chain with both hands he cried It s Dee s! It s her grandmother s chain and she never took it off! The silence was almost deafening. Chris tried to make out where the in truder was in the kitchen. Falling to the floor. Returnin g. for he 97 wanted her to be alive just to hear what he had to say. Chris felt a little wary and had already double locked bot h back and front doors. Chris felt convinced she heard a noise and knew she was not losing her mind. .

the one she never took off not even to go in the shower he blurted. she pulled the chub key out the keyhole and set off down the path. I already am! she blurted out JUST LOOK AT ME! she screamed Jamie sniffed and this time he did not slur his words Good. watching Chris as she tried to regain consciousness. because this is only just the beginning Chris sobbed harder as she watched Jamie leave. As she locked the door she heard the sound of an ambulance race p ast. you ve done so much already Jamie slurred bitterly as he struggled to get up. Chris managed to sit up. and sobbed like an infant. trying he r best to fight back. swaying Jamie eye s flickered from sid e to side. suddenly he let go of Chris. Pulling on her baseball cap. jump on her do anything to make her feel as much pain as he felt. following it with her eyes for a moment. the next thing she heard was the front door slam. change of clothes and cleaned up the broken glass in the kitchen. I don t know what to say. I hate you. Chris felt a little better. Chris grabbed her house keys and ope ned the door and left. she could smell al cohol strong on Jamie s breath What did you say? she asked with terror Jamie s eyes filled with tears I ve got her chain in my house. you and your boyfriend! Jamie sobbed as tears onto Chris face.Time to wake up sleeping beauty Jamie slurred as he sat unsteadily crossed legged before her Chris lay still for a moment Jamie she whispered Jamie edged closer as he wiped his face. Having had a shower. Suddenly he jumped on her and pinned her to the ground. she knew Scott had killed her and suddenly being hit in the head did not matter. Scott frowned at Chris who stood on his doorsteps. 99 Chris looked at her watch. 98 She s dead! You killed her. rolled back into the corner. regaining her strength little by little. Chris fell into a heap and cried. it was ten to nine and she was about to leave. looking at her slightly swoll en lip. she held her h ead as she tried to focus on Jamie. glaring at Chris he wanted so much to kick her. she said quietly sitti ng back I-I really don t Jamie controlled his sobbing and looked at Chris who knew no words could relieve Jamie s pain You ve done enough. In anguish. Chris would not believe what she was hearing. you killed Dee! Chris managed to open her eyes and looked at Jamie is horror. I ll make you pay. he knew this visit was not going to be a pleasant Can I help you? Chris stared at Scott for a moment she felt sick as thought of her involvement w ith . Jamie. she wriggled but it was no use. trying to regain his balance he pushed himself away from the wall Chris began to sob. both of yo u pay for what you have done Jamie leaned back onto the wall.

you brought it all on yourself. Natasha glared at Scott with her face full of tears How can you two live with yourselves! she screamed Chris was not sure whether she liked what Natasha was getting at What s going on? she asked carefully Scott glared at Natasha I ve had enough for toJamie hung himself! Took his own life in is bathroom! she shrieked Scott s lip tightened. he blames me! Chris cried Scott turned to Chris He s right to blame you Chris was not going to allow Scott make her feel any worse what she had been ove r the past few weeks No. it doesn t matter he said tightly Catching her breath Chris looked at Scott Am I next? she asked bravely If I talk too much or ask too many questions are you going to kill me as well? Scott s eyes narrowed. Scott had hoped to put an end to everything by killing Dee. Chris felt sick. not keep it going. it was Natasha 101 You two have a lot to answer to. Why did you do it? Scott rolled his eyes I keep forgetting news travels fast he said before walking o ff Chris slammed the door behind her and followed Scott Did you have to kill her? Wa s it really necessary? Scott headed for the kitchen Yes I did. You knew what you were doing 100 Chris felt outraged asking herself how someone acts so negligent Jamie almost kil led me Scott because you put Dee s chain through his letter box. He did not appreciate Chris asking questions as it was beginning to get on his nerves. Drops of rain spat onto the hallway carpet as a cold rainy breeze blew in making Scott shiver. suddenly realising what Jamie meant by making her pay. Shivering slightly a fe w drops of rain dropped from her nose. swearing aloud Scott answered it. Letting go of the door Natasha stepped forward Look at what you ve done! All you had to do was stay away from each other! she spat looking at Chris and Scott Scott frowned Hang on Tash. he did not appreciate Natasha barging in like this Holding the front door open. you brought all this on me. s he was o taken of guard that she screamed and surprisingly just managed to miss it. I don t think you re as innocent in all this as you think .him. there was a moment of silence in the hallway. he had enough of the whole thing. Everything Jamie knew was because you told him he remarked you working with a . you haven t answered my question Suddenly Scott picked up a glass from the kitchen table and threw it at Chris. You used me you bastard! Chris spat Scott did not have time to witness another one of Chris tantrums I really don t have time for this he said flatly Chris was not finished she was determined to get some answers from Scott Why did you kill her. It was raining heavily and Chris was wet from cold. not that it matters Chris s eyes widened in horror It does matter! Just look at me! she shouted I m the one who has been victimised for the past few days not you! Scott sighed So you have a few cuts and bruises. do you know that! she cried as she burst in Scott tutted. Suddenly there was banging on the door. Like I said.

air was crisp and there was a cloud in sight. she can fill you in Natasha interrupted bitterl y Chris swallowed hard Paul shot Natasha a look I don t care who can fill me in. inches away from her face He held you responsible Chris was speechless. Squeezing her neck Scott looked deep in her eyes. but he decided against it. she sobbed before walking away Chris let the tears flow down her face. Scott warned Natasha looked at both Chris and Scott. the crowd departed leaving Chris. 104 105 Paul slammed the front door with his foot and listened to the silence. Letting go of her neck. Natasha whispered as she moved closer to Chris. full of rage Scott pushed all his weight onto Natasha You re not that stupid Tash. Natasha was just about able to breathe Why not? You ve taken away almost everyone else s she managed to say Scott was tempted to knock Natasha out. Paul and Natasha s older sister Jenny standing looking at both coffins. There was a huge crowd gathered to pay their last respects to Jamie and Dee. Tears streamed down her face 102 Natasha glared at Scott I have a good mind to go to the police Suddenly Scott grabbed Natasha by the arm and threw her up against the wall. never had she felt so much guilt I-I You re better off asking Chris Paul.ulterior motive got Jamie to reactWell Jamie doesn t know that now does he. The sky was blue. he shoved her towards the front door causing her to hit her shoulder Truth hurt does it! Natasha spat Just get out. exhaling he . I just want to know he snapped before looking down Chris did not know what to say Natasha glared at Chris Everything s over and it s all your fault she said through tears. the silent mourners at the front while the rest stood peacefully and gathered their best memories of their friends. are you going to tell me what s been going on? Paul asked tightly as he looke d down as his little brother Natasha began to sob She couldn t even tell you if she tried. Jamie had committed suicide and it was her fault. grabbing open the door she left. She aske d herself if she would be able to live with herself for what she had done. 103 At the end of the service at the graveside. wiping her face Chris. hoping she would not about to witness Natasha s murder Feeling only a fraction of fear. shaking her head she turned and left Pau l to say his last goodbye to his little brother. Natasha. The pupils had the day off as a mark of respect and many who did not ev en know Jamie and Dee well still attended. J enny tugged her sister s sleeve I ll meet you back at the car Natasha could only nod Paul sniffed before looking at Natasha I hope one of you can tell me why my littl e brother decided to take his life Chris looked at Paul. you won t risk your life! he barked in her face Chris gasped.

I know you re lying Tash. Despite his love for her. he could not believe Jamie t ook is own life over Dee. he didn t wanna go on. Dee was everything to him Pa ul and without her. he was in love with her and when she told him that she didn t love him he wont over the edge Paul stared at Natasha. she wanted Paul to interrogate Chris or Scott. she explained Paul sniffed And what else Tash? Natasha shook her head nothing Paul thumped the front door again. Paul bowed his head and let tears run down his face. you re asking the wrong person Paul Paul was not sure how long he could keep his temper under control. Paul knew it took something else to drive his kid brother to suicide So what part did the rest of you lot play in all this Tash? Natasha frowned I played no part she lied. Despite her understanding. making Natasha jump I said WHAT ELSE! That s it. she wondered how long she could stand the interrogation. he knew there was lots more to the story Carry on he said after a moment That s it Paul Natasha sighed Paul tried to absorb all that Natasha had told him. a loaded gun and ready to shoot Natasha. his angu ish she . Her heart was beating a little faster and she could feel sweat appearing on her brow. I wanna know why Tash Paul said tightly I wanna know why and I wanna know now Natasha knew she was not going to leave without giving Paul and explanation. what else happened. I said you re gunna tell me what s going on and you re gunna tell me now Natasha uncrossed her arms I m telling you. despite the anger and bitterness he felt he st ill fancied Tash and day by day his feelings were getting stronger. Natasha exhaled and wondered how long she could keep her tears inside. she did consider lying but she knew everything had gone to far this time and lies were n ot 106 going to do any good. but she was determined no t to let Paul see that she was scared I wanna know why Jamie killed himself. Paul s stomach tightened he wondered if he could handle Natasha standing so close to him. Nothing Paul 107 Paul swallowed hard as he put his personal feelings aside for Natasha I m not going to ask you again Tash Natasha was not going to let Paul bully her. you know that. Natasha stepped forward. I don t wanna stand here all d ay he started Just TELL ME! Natasha jumped and wondered how far Paul was to go to get everything out of her. crossing her arms she stared back at Paul You re asking the wrong person Paul thumped the door with his left fist in a fit of temper making Natasha jump You re not listening to me. not her. he felt like a ticking bomb ready to explode at the slightest sense of any human body heat. Pau l felt like a gun. He was unhappy. raising his head he sniffed .stood still for a second before he spoke You re gunna tell me what s going on and you re gunna tell me now Natasha was quiet for a moment.

otherwise you re not ANYWHERE TONIGHT! suddenly he lunged forward and grabbed Natasha by the shoulders.was not prepared to tell him everything. keeping her was not going to help him or find out w hy Jamie took his own life. you should be asking someone else all these questions Natasha did no t want to be the one to tell Paul what happened for she felt she had played her pa rt in Scott s game and wanted to bow out gracefully. as she knew Paul would eventually find out from someone else Like I said in the beginning. Paul kicked the door JUST TELL ME! He shouted Natasha uncrossed her arms and stared back at Paul Paul lost his temper and kicked the door again. Look ing away. I m not the person you should be talking to Paul could feel his temper rising. he felt frustrated and wanted to know why Nat asha was acting so vague I m asking you. Chris stood outside of her house. Paul wondered how long it would take him to come to ter ms with everything. Scott rolled his eyes as his brother walked in through the door. Natasha stood still before Paul and shook her head I m not sayin g a word Paul. just fucking tell me! he barked Crossing her arms. Matt kicked the door shut and waited for a moment. but at that 108 moment he snapped and asked himself how far did Natasha intend to try his patien ce. Paul had hoped he did not hurt Natasha but at that moment he was prepared to go to any lengths to get Natasha talking. I m not your prisoner Paul knew Natasha was right. even harder. the sun was so on to set in the sky and the air was warm. Paul sighed 109 Go. it was ten to 6 in the morning. Matt went up stairs. Matt wanted to say something. shoving her into the front door their faces we re inches apart. You d better fucking t ell me. Squeezing her shoulders Paul shook her TELL ME! he shouted in her face. Not being able to sleep Chris exhaled and e njoyed the silence as the day was about to begin. her parents were away for the weekend and . Natasha gasped as she could feel intensity and Paul s hot breath on her face. she also wondered if she underestimated Jamie s love for Dee. In another situation. Natasha went to leave Where are you going? Home Natasha replied reaching for the door Paul pushed the door shut I never said you could go Tash Natasha looked at him You can t keep me forever Paul. he also wondered if he would ever. Scott stood in the kitchen doorway waiting for his brother to say something. Scott knew there was nothing he could really say that would ever make a difference as what was done was done and nothing could change that. Paul would have kissed Natasha. he did not know where to start. Natasha felt devastated towards Jamie s death and had hoped things would have worked out between them. I can t stop you Natasha pulled the door open and was gone. but in truth.

being a Sunday morning it seemed as if the world had not woken up yet . he did not intend to bump Chris this morning but was secretly glad he had. he missed his little brother. rubbing his face. looking down at open texts books a nd . sitting in front of the tele vision in the lounge he opened it. The house was almost silent except for the small hum of the television in the background. hearing footsteps on the stairs Scott went to the door. I m glad Chris studied Matt for a moment. Glancing at the pictures. the clouds were seamless and scar ce. Scott frowned at the clock. Scott met his glance Where did you go? Matt shrugged No where special he replied walking off Swearing aloud Natasha could not concentrate. Matt stood in the passage looking at Chris If this is going to work. There seemed to be a mellow atmosphere surrounding. it was ten to nine and he had seen no sign of Matt.Chris felt deserved of the peace. Paul suddenly shut the album and placed both hands on top. to get Chris off his mind for the past few weeks. Tears rolled down his face as he turned over the pa ges. no tricks Fair enough The sun had finally raised setting in the sky. Chris did not want to relive any more than she had to. Despite n ot being able. along with the clear sky and the quiet twitter of the birds it was like a brand new day. Matt stopped and glanced at his brother. Paul ran his forefinger over the photos of himself and Jamie. all she wanted to do was get on with her life. Chris wondered what Matt Bonnington had to offer and at that moment wanted to find out Matt do you wanna come in? Matt nodded Yeah. she discovered Matt was not developing an y 110 traits of his younger brother. we are going to have to do it properly I know No games. it was Matt. there was something about Matt she liked. So how are you? Chris shrugged Getting there I think Matt smiled Cool. Despi te not liking him when she first met him. not realising what route he had taken he found himself near Chris home. I couldn t sleep Me too Matt who also had trouble sleeping had decided to take a early morning run. Strapping on his watch Scott wondered if Matt had slept in late as never has he been in bed later than half seven. Morning Startled Chris thoughts were interrupted by Matt You re up early aren t you Chris nodded Yeah. a ray of sunlight shone through the kitchen window adding a golden g low to the newly painted room. only a few on the streets and even fewer 111 motorists. I do Paul leaned over and pulled out an old photo album. Chris did not want to think about recent event s she had hoped now everything was put to rest with Dee and Jamie. There was little life on the streets.

I m just cool Matt studied Chris for a moment You are alright with this aren t you? Chris nodded with out hesitation Believe me this is the best move I ve made in a lo ng time Matt leaned forward and pulled Chris up by her arms. Inhaling the smell of the grass and listening to the q uite chatter of the kids who swung. would it have changed what had happened. she wondered if telling Paul what really ha ppened would have made a difference. but she dismissed everything. pulling her close he kissed her forehead So do I Paul was taken back to see Natasha on his doorstep Aren t you gunna let me in Paul stood aside You re the last person I expected to see Rolling her eyes Natasha muttered Yeah well shit happens doesn t it Paul let the door close So what do you want? Natasha crossed the arms to see how you are. Paul has never stopped feeling for Natasha . not that she blamed him. 112 Chris sat on the swing and swung herself back and forth. Natasha knew nothing would bring Jamie back and wished Paul would stop trying. she thought ab out Paul a lot. Natasha remembered Jamie mentioning Paul kept asking after her. I m fine. Now Natasha was face to face with Paul. jumped and slid down the apparatus Chris felt a strange sense of contentment. thanks for your concern Paul said sarcastically Natasha sighed Glad to hear it she wondered if her being there was a good idea as Paul seemed as if he didn t want to be near anyone. now the bitch can stop pining after my brother he thought. just cool.sheets of paper she felt like setting fire to her entire terms work. She felt sorry for Paul and wished Jamie was still alive but Natasha accepted the fact that he was not and it was time to move on. as she wanted Jamie for herself. she wanted him to admit it What s that? she managed to say Paul held onto her arm and forced her into the door. She d id not regret what she did. something which she had not felt in a long time Someone s quiet Chris looked at Matt and smiled Not quiet. what else would bring me here Despite everything that had happened. she knew Paul liked her and now she had her proof. as there was not a day that went by that he did not think about her. Nothing see med to be going in and nothing was helping. Scott still would have found some way to get rid of Dee and Natasha still would have done anything to stop Jamie getting hurt. Paul was gutte d 113 about Jamie s death but maybe something good may come out of it all. not allowing her to move Tha . Chris sti ll l would have gone out with Scott. have fun Paul grabbed her by the arm and threw her against the door Do you know what reall y fucks me off about all this? he said in her face Feeling slightly off guard Natasha took hold off the door handle. she knew the outcome and took a chance. Headi ng for the door Natasha decided she should leave I m gunna go Paul. looking around she had not been to the park in ages.

he kissed her on the lips and kisse d her again. Natasha slowly crept down the stairs. there was no sign of Paul. Suddenly Natasha grabbed Paul t/shirt and pulled it up. suddenly the door slammed shut. flat stomach making her almost gasp I m not letting you go that easily running his hands over her stomach Paul leaned forward and kissed her on the lips. 115 Paul looked at Natasha. loving her even more that he ever did. within seconds. Paul gazed at Natasha. running his forefinger along her nose and to her top lip . he would kill her. Breathing a light sigh of relief. Natasha looked back before pulling the doo r towards her. he couldn t believe he let Natasha get the better of him but he somehow could not help it. she hoped Paul had not notic ed she was gone. not at least she was out the door and halfway up the road. I still can t deal with you despite everything else! sudd enly letting go Paul knew if he held onto Natasha a minute longer he would have lost control. Looking back. turning to go Natasha took hold of the door handle. Natasha and Paul were kissing passionately and pulling each other s clothes off. exhaling he fel t her breath on his face. she actually enjoyed it but she did not want to st ay around. desperate not to make a sound she held ont o the banister so not to make it creak. pulling it up he exposed h er bare. I still want you. Paul smiled as Natasha rested her arm on his pillow. Glaring at Natash a. eyes bright face red and flushed with anger. She had not regretted sleeping with Paul. he never wanted her more than he did now Natasha shook her head and put both hands on her hips See . knowing that everything she was saying was true much to her inner glee Thought about me day and night and fantasised about what one night would be really like Paul was silent Natasha stepped forward What s the matter Paul? Can t you handle it? Or is it you just can t handle me? Paul swung round. taking her hand he kissed her fingers and swore to himself if Natasha ever messed with him. Reaching for the door handle.t after everything that you and your friends have done. Listening to her breath. Natasha screamed before she was fac e . Natash a went to walk out. As she stirred she turned towards Paul. I still can t get you out of my system. he ki ssed her again. but before she could turn it Paul moved and grabbe d her from behind Swing her around Paul grabbed Natasha s hem of her top. That s hardly my fault is it Natasha shouted back It s not me who has pictures all over the place and has a good play when they think about me 114 Paul gritted his teeth It s not me who never liked me hanging around with Jamie and was desperate to ask me out Natasha continued knowing she was getting to Paul. he watched her stir in bed.

I m not like everyone else. without saying a word he looked back out onto the street again. suddenly Scott heard his watch chime onto the next hour not before noticing Matt and Chris making their way 117 towards the house. Scott looked out the window out onto the quiet street. I just don t like people creeping around me that s all Natasha shrugged That s not my problem Paul Suddenly Paul grabbed Natasha by the neck and threw her up against the door Don t fuck with me Tash. Scott looked at bot ch Matt and Chris Hi Scott Chris said without even looking at him Matt frowned Thought you were going out Scott shrugged Thought I d stay in for a while Matt held onto Chris hand a little tighter I ll be upstairs Scott nodded. Turning to the sound of the door opening. empty Scott looked up and down the street before noticing Natasha crossing the road towards her house.to face with Paul Where are you going? Natasha caught her breath Do you have to creep up on me like that! she gasped. he said through clenched teeth Taking off guard Natasha could not believe what was happening. what did have int o Paul? Has Jamie s death taken everything out of him than she had expected? Not wanting to find out Natasha pulled Paul s hand way and hit him across the face Neither am I Paul. Nothing. 118 . not expecting that he watched her leave. Frowning he wondered where she was coming from. despite spending the night with h er it did not compensate for losing his brother and Paul is positive Natasha a bigger part in it and he was determined to find out how big. if that s alright with you she replied pushing Paul away What s your problem? Paul was not in the mood for Natasha s attitude. You scared the shit out of me Paul pushed her back against the door I asked you a question 116 Natasha didn t like Paul s tone and also did not appreciate being asked too many questions Home. th is time with a smirk on his face. just you remember that she warned Holding his cheek Paul glared back at Natasha.

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