Bodyguard and Epiphany

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Nick's POV

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"Dad, why are you doing this to me?" I heard Serenity yell from where I stood outside her front door. "Do you want me to be charged with murder? Because that is what's going to happen if he is with me non-stop." I heard her dad mumble something back to her and she let out an exasperated breath. I saw her and her father appear through the glass of her door. I flashed her a smirk. She rolled her eyes and continued to argue with her dad.

"Can't I go with Luna and Amelia like I normally do?" she asked as a last attempt to get away from me.

Since I had come with my dad to talk about Mr. Holmes book, Mr. Holmes had asked me to "keep an eye out" for Serenity so I volunteered to drive her to school everyday. Might as well try and figure out what was up with that girl. She was hiding something. And that whole story about her brother, what was that about? I hadn't really paid attention when our dads talked. I had wandered around their house, looking at photos and going through their book shelf. 

Christmas Break had ended and I had showed up bright and early to pick the princess up. Unfortunately for me, her dad decided to wait and tell her about my new job this morning. And, living up to her name, she was acting like a spoiled princess.

"Serenity! He is taking you to school and that is final! Now go," her dad said firmly. Serenity let out a groan and grabbed her bag, whispering one last thing to her dad. He gave her a sad smile and opened the door. Serenity glowered at me and I smiled as sarcastically as I could. Her dad gave her a push out the door and she shoved past me to where my car was. Mr. Holmes sighed and pushed his glasses up his nose.

"Thanks again, Nick. And sorry if she abuses you in any way. I would say to tell me about it, but I'm not sure I could stop her," her dad said with a shake of his head. He turned away mumbling to himself. I closed the door behind him and followed Serenity to where she stood with her arms crossed by my car. I reached to open the door for her but she shoved me out of the way and got in by herself.

I rolled my eyes and walked to the driver's side. I took and deep breath before climbing in. How was I going to manage being with her everyday for the next year? I sent a silent prayer to any god with their ears on. The car ride was excruciatingly silent. Serenity didn't say a word and I could feel her death glares. It was like sitting in a furnace. Rage was coming off her in waves. If I had dared to look over, I bet I would have seen a dark aura radiating from her. I would never admit it to anyone, especially not her, but she freaked me out sometimes.

Serenity didn't say anything as she got out of the car and stormed off. I grabbed my bag and followed her at a slower pace. I knew where she would go without even needing to look for her. I walked through the not so crowded halls of River High School to where Luna, Jess, and Jason were. The twins and Luna were standing around Luna's locker, like normal. Luna was running her hands through her blonde hair while Jason attempted to sneak a Cheez-it out of the box Jess was holding. Serenity was fuming when I caught up with her.

"Oh god! Do you have to follow me now? Isn't taking me to school enough for you? I'm surrounded by people here and there's no trees! I'm not going to get abducted or fall," she yelled, waving her hands in the air. She had gotten her cast off yesterday and now had a large black boot on that went up to her knee. After the tree incident, her dad had confined her to her house.

"Actually, most abductions happen in broad daylight in the midst of a crowd," I responded as I leaned against the lockers. Serenity opened her mouth to respond but was cut off by Luna.

"You're actually going to be her bodyguard?" she asked with a laugh. I cocked my head to the side.

"I guess that's one word for it," I said with a shrug. Luna laughed even harder while Serenity growled and stomped away again. I sighed and pushed off from the lockers, put my hands in my pockets, and went after her at a leisurely stroll.

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