Did I mention that once somebody knows something in Everwood, it's not a secret anymore? I probably have. By the next day, the entire town was buzzing about what happened between Brian, Trisha, and me at the Stargate nightclub in Superior. The only ones who could have possibly told anyone in this town were the three of us and Viktoria. I knew Viktoria wouldn't say anything because she hadn't spoken a word to me since. It couldn't be Brian because I'm sure he was confused by what had happened. So that only left Trisha.
She probably bitched about what happened to her friends and in turn they gossiped about it to everyone else. I now had my parents and my brothers on me about why I didn't tell them I was interested in Brian. Tyler was complaining to me that he had to shut his friend Bobby up just for it to get out that I had gone out on that date with Brian. Apparently, Bobby was the one who hadn't refrained from speaking because he was the one to originally tell Trisha about it. My family wanted entire details instead of hearing everybody else tell their version of what they heard.
I just wish I could get my hands around Trisha's neck so I could strangle her to death. It didn't matter about Brian. In fact, I was trying to avoid him at all costs. But no matter where I tried to hide he seemed to show up and I would have to duck behind whatever or whoever just so he wouldn't see me. I was still going through everything Ryan Smith had told me over the phone. Of course, I still hated Brian very much, but I knew deep down I had to give him a chance like Ryan said. Otherwise, I doubt that Brian's ever going to leave me alone.
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I can't seem to get Ashley's kiss out of my head. First she's totally cold towards me, then she's majorly hot and then right back to cold. I don't get it. I don't even know if I ever will. Right now, I demand answers that I couldn't even get from her because everywhere I look she disappears before I can reach her. Or I can't find her because she's purposely avoiding me.
Now everything is blown way out of proportion because everybody seems to know what had gone down at the Stargate nightclub in Superior. I had my suspicions that it was Trisha who told her friends who told others. I'm actually glad that Ashley socked Trisha. She definitely deserved to get a dose of her own medicine that she usually doled out to everybody else in this town. Plus Trisha was never going to understand me. Nobody really knew the real me except for Tony. I never wanted anybody to know other than Ashley and Tony.
If only Ashley could give me a chance, she'd see I'm not the all the person she makes me out to be. She has no clue about what goes on when I'm with my family and neither do anyone else. I'd like it not to be out in the open for everyone else just Ashley. Once she knew the real truth, she'd see and change her mind about the type of person I was. What really led me to be who I am back then and now?
“Don't you dare go there.” hissed my mom.
I pulled myself away from the park and looked at my mom. I longed to run around and play with kids my age. Only I knew better than to disobey my mom. She had a set of rules and I had to follow them. If I didn't follow the rules, I'd get punished. I winced just thinking about them.
“Sorry.” I whispered.
She grabbed my arm tightly. I grimaced from the tightness that caused the circulation in my arm to go numb and pain to slice through. She pulled me further away from everybody so that we were out of sight.
“Don't you sass me, young man! You should know better. If you try that again, so help me you will bleed.” she threatened.
I whimpered. At that age I feared what my mom could do to me. It was even worse when my dad had been around. I hung my head. I feared to look up to see my cold uncaring mother looking at me. I hated to see what she thought of me right this minute.
Then I looked up slowly. Before me stood a cold mother with brown hair and brown eyes. Her eyes were unfocused. Suddenly, she was dragging me back to the car.
“We're leaving and never coming back.”
“Where are we going?” I whispered again.
She just gave me a contrite look. My mom didn't bother to answer. We had hurried to pack a few supplies and then left my old home forever.
|Mila Kunis||as Ashley McCarthy|
|Zac Efron||as Brian McCarthur|
|Kellan Lutz||as Tony Everwood|
|Emma Stone||as Viktoria Masterson|