I Never Knew, But It Has Always Been You.....
Chapter One (part one)
Crunch, crunch, crunch the leaves go as Ella’s feet step on the leaves on her way to school. It’s the first day of sophomore year, finally not a freshman anymore. Ella’s usual path to school consists of walking to the end of her street, cutting through the woods, and through the backyard of the school. It only takes her about fifteen minutes. She is usually early, so she spends her time sitting under the massive willow tree in the high school’s front yard writing lyrics to her latest tune.
She reaches the tree and stretches out her long legs as she thinks about the notes that her fingers press as she hits the keys of her grand piano. Ella reaches back and tucks her thick, curly, blonde hair behind her ear as she begins to write lyrics to her song titled “Invisible”.
After a couple minutes of brainstorming and writing she hears footsteps coming her way and glances up to see Kay and Jeanette. The two girls glide towards her and sink down next to Ella. Kay, Jeanette, and Ella, the three of them are best friends since pre-kindergarten. All three of them are gorgeous and well-known in their tiny high school, and unique in their own different ways. There is Ella, the artistic, musical, class president, with a girl-next-door personality. Then there is Kay, the caring, quiet when she is in public, and captain of the girls’ basketball team. Lastly there is Jeanette, the down-to-earth head cheerleader, and beautiful dancer.
“Are you ready for the first day of not being a freshman?” Ella asks with a twinkle in her dark amber eyes.
“Oh my goodness, yes. We finally aren’t the lowest on the totem pole.” Kay jokes. The three girls laugh greatly.
The girls chat for a little while longer and then the first bell rang. They went to their separate assigned homerooms. Ella’s homeroom teacher is a young man named Mr. Turner. He is quite good-looking according to Ella. As he went through the usual rules and expectations, attendance, and morning announcements Ella glanced over at Fletcher Simmons. Their last names are close together in the alphabet, they have been in the same classes and homeroom since kindergarten. Ella and Fletcher have been close friends; they have been through a lot together.
As predicted by Ella, Mr. Turner called for assigned seating so he could get to know the names of his students. After all, it is his first year teaching in their small town. Also as predicted, Ella and Fletcher sat right next to each other, again with the alphabetical last name thing. As the minute hand crept from minute to minute Fletcher and Ella discussed their schedule similarities. “Hey look! We have five out of seven classes together, not including lunch. Well, obviously we have homeroom first together. First period Algebra 2, second period Spanish 3, fourth period chemistry. Oh cool. That means for fifth period we have Health, Gym, and Study Hall together. Then lunch, then sixth period we both have English. We don’t have third period and seventh period together. Well that’s okay.” Fletcher explains. He looks at Ella with his vibrant green eyes and an outstretched smile revealing his straight white teeth.
Ella smiles back and responds, “Yeah, I have History third period and you have it seventh. I have theatre last and you have Art third period and History last. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll get sick of you soon enough”, Ella jokes. Fletcher lets out a laugh and shakes his shaggy, chocolate brown hair.
Soon enough the fifteen minutes pass and they both head to first period Algebra 2 with Mrs. Shepherd. The teacher explains the rules in a boring monotone voice and gives handouts of expectations in her class and a list of what the students will be covering this year.
Lunch was slowly arriving and throughout the day the friends discovered what classes they had together. Every class they each had a friend in. Ella, Jeanette, Kay, Fletcher, Carson, and Todd all entered the cafeteria and picked out their usual table near the left side of the lunch room. They all sat down and began sharing stories of their first day of school. They discussed which teachers the liked and disliked and their favorite classes and not favorite classes. “So guys, my mom said you could come to my house Friday night, for awhile. We can go swimming and stuff. It’s supposed to be the last hot day until next year.” Ella offered.
In response she got “okay’s” and “sure’s” from all of her friends. So it was set, Friday night is going to be great. The rest of the day went by fast and soon enough Ella arrived home.
Her mother was at work and wouldn’t be home until around seven. Ella’s mom is a house decorator. Mostly interior stuff, like designing the kitchen and stuff like that. There is an old mansion in the outskirts of their tiny town that is being remodeled and Heather was asked to design it. They work long hours sometimes because the producer wants it done by a certain day so he can move in. Heather is such a great mom to Ella. Even though Heather and Ella’s father just split up towards the beginning of summer, she is at peace with him and herself. She is very smart and intellectual, and lives a simple life. She is almost two months pregnant with her second child. Heather has that natural motherly sense about her, caring and absolutely loving. She is a very independent woman, but would love a man in her life, but she doesn’t need one. She fell out of love with her ex-husband, and now she is looking for a boyfriend. She is only thirty-four; she married her high school sweetheart, Keith, and had Ella when she was seventeen. Sometimes young love, doesn’t always last.