Chapter 1

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You know you have no life when you're trying to find reasons to go to school. I am that person who has no life. I've been living with Maria and the other kids for the past 3 years. They're great don't get me wrong, and I'm not ungrateful but sometimes I wonder how it would feel to live with a real family, my own family. I go through phases of identity crises every now and then because I don't really fit in. I don't get along with anyone.

My life isn't that exciting, I get up everyday at 5.30 to go to work at this little café about 15 minutes from school. At 7.15 I go to said school. I'm trying to save up enough money so that I can get a car, other than that I really wouldn't be working my ass off everyday.

To be honest, work isn't that bad. I get to hang out with one of my few friends Trish. She's in college but doesn't treat me like I'm below her on anything and I like that. Besides her I have two other friends, Mia and Adam.  Mia's the pretty one and Adams gay. Other than that I don't really interact with anyone else.

"Morning Sunshine, I'm totally digging the outfit" Trish says as I walk towards the counter. Unlike other people, I know that she really does like what I'm wearing. Today when I woke up I was in my sarcastic mood; I put on my black tutu and pink stripped leggings underneath, with my favorite pair of skull printed sneakers. I've just gotten to the point where I don't give a fuck what anyone thinks of me anymore.

"Thanks. Morning " I say 

"You know Aqua, I've told you millions of times before, I can cover your morning shift" she says. 

"I know, but I love coming here in the morning" 

"Yah, because of Jake" she says. By now, I'm sitting securely on one of the stools, had it been otherwise I would have fallen to the floor by the mention of his name.

Jake is the hottest guy in the world, and I'm not the only one who thinks so, the whole female student body seems to think so too. I've been in love with him for the past three years, and he barely notices me. He also happens to be Trish's little brother. I don't really mind admiring him from a distance. I mean if somehow the planets aligned and he noticed me what would I do with him?

Every morning he comes in with his group of friends. There's Chad the quiet one, Taylor the obnoxious and Regan the nice one. They come in every morning and I get them whatever they'll be drinking.

Being the day dreamer I am, I was completely in my own world and didn't notice a hand waving in front of me.

"Aqua..." 

I see Jake and his friends looking at me like I'm crazy. I apologize like the idiot I am and I get them their drinks. 

I feel so embarrassed!How can I just sit there staring into mid air while the love of me life was busy waving his nice hands in my face. 

As I hand Jake his drink, my fingers slightly brush against his fingertips and I immediately drop the cup.

"I'm so sorry" I say, reaching for a cloth to wipe away the mess on the floor. I'm panicking and calling myself all kinds of names. 

"It's ok Aqua" Jake says with his beautiful angel-like voice. Hearing him from such a close diameter isn't really a good idea. I quickly walk away before I start hyperventilating in front of the school's hottest guys.  He even knows my name.

But before I am at a safe distance, I hear one of the guys say,

"We better hope she doesn't go off into the corner and cut herself" and they all start laughing. Whatever I don't care, it's the most un-original line which has ever been used on me.

I seriously don't get people. Just because their lives are so much better than other peoples it doesn't mean they're better than every one else. Can't they just leave me the fuck alone. I swear someone has it in for me. While other people have smooth lives I have been given the shorter end of the stick. No one knows what happened to my parents. I was found on the doorstep of some orphanage and have lived in a string of house holds since. In my 17years of life I've lived in a total of 5 foster homes. The first one was burned down. The second one the lady who took care of us committed suicide, the third one was too overcrowded, the fourth one was closed down because the owners used to beat us until we nearly bled to death. The current foster home isn't actually that bad. Maria is nice, the only problem is that she's an alcoholic and when she gets drunk, she gets violent. And of course the fact that a different guy comes over every week and 'stays the night.' 

So far I've only been beaten three times, so it's not that bad.

Of course there are some good things in my life, every year on the twelfth of May, I get a gift from some mysterious person who is supposed to be a family member of mine or something. Last year I got an i-phone, the year before that I got a laptop. It's always these nice expensive gifts. So every year I look forward to the 12th of May. The 12th of May is exactly 3 weeks 4 days from now. It also happens to be the end of the semester. We have a one month break then we come back.

Back to my current situation, I wait for Jake and his friends to leave, then I walk back inside.

"What?" I ask, seeing the smile on Trish's face.

"You know, I could always talk to him if you want" Trish says. 

"I don't know what you're talking about" I say, trying to act dumb, and before Trish can say anything, my phone rings.

Me:"Hello" 

Mia: "Adam and I are coming over to pick you up k?" 

Me: "Sure" 

Mia: "Cool, we'll be there in 10" 

Me: "Later."  then hang up. 

Mia and Adam are so lucky they are practically neighbors. They pick me up almost everyday, or whenever Adam's brother doesn't have the car.

10mins later I hear loud speakers blasting outside. It must be Adam, he's the only person I know who would play  'The Used' album on full speaker at 7 in the morning.

'Hey babe' Adam says as I get into the back seat. 

"Hey guys" I say 

Mia's too busy on her phone I don't think she even noticed me.

Adam starts the car and e start singing along to the songs playing like the mad people we are.


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