Chapter 1 - Got to Start Somewhere

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(Annabelle's POV)

I ran down the stairs and into the kitchen, and threw my bag onto a chair. As quickly as I could I grabbed a bowl, cereal, milk and a spoon. I was running so late this morning for school. There's no way I'm going to be tardy. I've never been tardy, not once! I'm certainly not starting today. While I'm shoveling the cereal in my mouth, I noticed a paper on the fridge. I grab the note and read it as I finish eating my breakfast. It read as follows;

'Hey, Anna

I'm gonna be late coming home from work. There are leftovers in the fridge, that you can heat up or if you want, I left money on the counter for pizza.

Love, Mom.'

I laughed a little, I wasn't surprised she was going to be late again tonight. But hey at least I can get pizza. Once my bowl was empty I placed it in the sink, grabbed my bag and ran out the door. I started running down the sidewalk towards school. These are one of the moments I wished I had a car.

"Hey, Belle! Wait up!" Someone shouted and I knew exactly who it was without looking. I slowed my pace and turned around to see my best friend, Peter Parker running towards me. Now I know I said before everyone calls me Anna, but only Peter can call me Belle. He quickly caught up to me.

"You running late too?" I asked as Peter tried to catch his breath. He nodded.

"Overslept." He yawned as he answered. It seems Peter was still tired. "Why are you running late?"

"I may have slept through my alarm." I admitted a little slowly. Peter let out a loud gasp and placed his hand over his mouth.

"The great Belle, oversleeping on a school day?" Peter smirked as I lightly punched him.

"I don't have time for your sass, Peter Parker! We don't want to be late!" I warned him and started to run again. Peter quickly got the idea and ran next to me. He was definitely running slower on purpose just so he wouldn't leave me behind which I appreciated.

"We have fifteen minutes to make it to school on time." Peter commented stating the obvious.

"Thanks captain obvious." I answered. We came to a complete stop when a traffic light turned green and all the cars started to move. I started to jump up and down in place, being the impatient person I am. "C'mon c'mon." I said, under my breath. I looked down at my phone and gasped. "Ten minutes! We're never gonna make it!" A car pulled up next to us and honked their horn.

"You two look like you could use a ride to school." A familiar voice called over to us.

"Uncle Ben!" Peter cheered, his voice flooding with relief. We both hopped into the car. The moment we shut the doors Mr. Parker started to drive towards the school.

"Thank you so much, Mr. Parker." I said once I was buckled in.

"You're welcome and how many times have I told you, to just call me Ben?" He inquired.

"Too many times for me to remember." I said and laughed a little. I heard Peter chuckle.

"You're family Anna, there's no need to call me Mr. Parker." Ben informed me. I smiled at the fact that he considered me a part of the family. I had known the Parkers for a very long time now. I stared out the window and watched the passing buildings as Peter and his Uncle talked. I only vaguely heard the conversation, something about May sending Ben to give Peter and I a ride because she saw us both running. Or she heard Peter run out the door and then saw me running I guess. Thank God for May then otherwise we would've been late. Ben pulled up at the front of the school. "Alright here we are."

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