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Silently Falling: Chapter Nine
Wednesday

"Raine, come on! Alyse is already in the car, we're waiting for you!" Toby hollers up into my room.

I let out a groan and start brushing my hair even faster. My alarm didn't go off this morning, but by some miracle Toby's did. He assumed I was just getting ready in my room and didn't come in to wake me up until five minutes ago.

I glance at the clock in worry; 8:17. We usually leave at 8:05, and we have to be at school by 8:30. It takes ten minutes to drive there with all the morning traffic. That leaves me three minutes to run to my first block class that's at least five minutes from where we enter.

I look at my hair in the mirror and decide that I look fine before booking it down the stairs and into Toby's truck.

"About time. How is it Toby was ready before you?" Alyse asks.

I just send her a look and catch my breath.

"You good sis? You sound like you just had a fucking sex marathon." My brother grumbles from the front seat.

I wince at his metaphor and look out the window to my left as my breathing slows. I know he didn't mean anything by it, but once again I find myself pushing back the memories that are fighting to resurface. And it's no one's fault but Warren's.

"Toby..." Alyse says, sending him a look.

He catches her eye in the rear view mirror and his eyes widen as he realizes what he said and who he said it to. "Shit." He says, letting out a sigh. But before he can apologize, I wave it off.

"It's no big deal, Toby." I sign.

He watches me through the mirror and nods, "Still, I'm sorry Raine. It was out of line."

I give him a smile and dismiss his worry. I'm a big girl, I can handle a simple mention of sex without going all depressed.

At least I should be able to.

We get to school at 8:27 on the dot and each of us rush to our classes, Alyse running with me to music. We catch Tyler in the halls, talking to some popular sophomore girl.

Or should I say sophwhore.

I chuckle to myself at my own joke, and wave at him while Alyse and I turn the corner. He gives me an easy smile in return. The girl he's with glares at me for taking his attention away, but is soon back to smiling flirtatiously at him.

We enter music class just as the bell sounds and send Mr. C a breathy smile. He nods at the two of us as we squeeze through all of our classmates and hustle to our seats.

"You never texted me back last night," Alyse says, not needing to catch her breath. She's on the track team, so she runs all the time. Somehow she thinks it's fun.

"Sorry, I was working on my song for this class." I sign sheepishly, taking deep breaths to calm my racing heart.

I sort of just ran across the entire school and up a flight of stairs in less than five minutes. And to me, that's the equivalent of a marathon.

She smirks, "Sure you were. If that's code for gettin' it on with the bad boy." Alyse winks and nudges me, to which I scowl at.

"West left at six. And all we did was sign language." I say, giving her a look.

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