I really try to behave for the other teachers because Mr. Rayburn informs me that he can't keep the head master off my back for much longer.
Mr. Rayburn pulled some strings so that I could be his teacher's aide. He figured that the more I was with the the calmer I stayed during the day.
During gym one day, Mr. Rayburn calls me into his office. My heart is fluttering as I shut the door. "Sydney, I have a job for you. This is Rhett. He's new here,and he's my nephew. I thought you could show him around. He's going to be playing basketball for the school." He smiles.
Really? That's the favor? Me..show a jock around? What the actual freak?
I look over and see the sweetest, baby-faced kid ever standing beside Mr. Rayburn. He looks like an almost exact copy of him. I gulp as my core begins to involuntarily tighten.
Smiling at Mr. Rayburn I speak softly. "Sure Mr. Rayburn."
I find out quickly that mine and Rhett's schedules are the same. I smile to myself knowing that Mr. Rayburn probably had a lot to do with that.
Rhett is very quiet, and I'm thankful for that. The day goes by slowly. lunch finally arrives, and we get inline together.
Walking through the tables we get close to the table with the other jocks. I turn slightly to face Rhett. "You can sit with them. It's not required that you sit with me."
Rhett smiles warmly at me. "I'd much rather sit with you. They get on my nerves."
I giggle to myself, but confusion spreads across my face. "Why?"
He runs a hand through his jt black hair a look of contemplation on his face. "Because I don't know them. I don't like jocks much even though I am one. Most of them are assholes."
I burst out laughing as we make our way to the back table. We sit in silence for a while before Rhett finally breaks the silence. "So Sydney, what's your story?" He smiles picking up the pizza on his tray, and taking a huge bite.
I don't know why, but I want to tell him everything. There's an air about Rhett. He made me feel comfortable, and I know that I can trust him.
"My story isn't really interesting. I'm just a weird girl with a lot of enemies." I frown holding up my broken arm for him to see.
He chuckles softly, but looking at the bruise on my other arm that still hasn't faded, he quickly frowns.
Looking down at my good arm, I see the remnants of the bruise and quickly pull my sleeve down to hide it.
"It doesn't hurt anymore." I don't know why, but I want to comfort him.
Flipping his overgrown locks out of his eyes, a small smile plays on his lips. He picks up his pizza and eats the rest in one bite.
WOW!!! This guy can really put it away!
We sit in comfortable silence for the rest of lunch. Rhett is quickly becoming my friend, and I'm actually ok with that.
After lunch, Rhett takes my tray and helps me with my books. The warmth that has come and gone several times in the last few weeks comes on quickly. We walk to our next class together chatting about nothing in particular.
As soon as we enter the History, everyone turns to stare. I can see the shock etched on their faces. I feel pride bubbling up inside me, and I'm really not sure why. This sweet, smart, athletic and funny guy is walking beside me carrying my books, and I feel like the luckiest girl alive.
"Hey Rhett!!! You slumming it on your first day?" Roger the captain of the football team yells across the room.
Damn!!! Well, there goes my new friend.
Hanging my head I feel my heart plunge into my stomach. I see Rhett stop dead in his tracks. He leans down to me and whispers in my ear. "Go sit down Sydney, I'll be there in a minute." He motions for me to take a seat.
My mind begins to reel. Yeah right...whatever you say.
He walks over to Roger anger radiating off of him in torrents. "Look Roger, I know that you think you're being all badass being disrespectful to Syd, but personally I think you're just jealous that she's hanging wiht me and not your sorry ass."
Roger stands up quickly. He and Rhett are toe-to-toe, and I feel the dread filling my soul.
|Steven R. McQueen||as Rhett Michaelson|
|Danielle Campbell||as Sydney Carver|
|Charlie Hunnam||as Chase Rayburn|
|Sasha Pieterse||as Monica|
|Phoebe Tonkin||as Toni|
|Kat Graham||as Amelia|
|Maia Mitchell||as Emily|
|Maddie Hasson||as Connie|
|Sam Robards||as Mr. Riley|
|Colton Haynes||as Roger|
|Cam Gigandet||as Officer Langley|
|Stephen Amell||as Demetri Carver|
|Jennifer Garner||as Vanessa Carver|
|Avan Jogia||as Paris Carver|
|Jake T. Austin||as Jayce Carver|
|Ian Somerhalder||as Daniel Michaelson|
|Drew Barrymore||as Isis Michaelson|
|Emma Stone||as Scarlett Michaelson|