My new fanfic. Enjoy! Here goes...
Chapter 1 (Sorry about any glitches with the question marks!)
Jade slammed the car door closed and stormed into school. "Hey, Jade! I was wondering about-"
"Buzz off, Vega." Jade replied flatly, and kept walking. "I was wondering about the new play? I heard the auditions were soon? when are they?? Tori continued. Sigh. ?They?re this Friday after school. Now leave.? Jade responded, and was just about to enter Sikowitz?s classroom when Sikowitz himself stopped her. ?Jade?? he started. ?Can you do me a favor??
?You have to.?
?Ugh, fine. What do you want??
?I need you to help a new girl around school. She?s already in the classroom, but here?s her schedule and her school photo from last year so you know what she looks like. She?s in all the same classes as you. Just help her around, will you?? He handed Jade a folded piece of paper and ran back into the room. Sighing, she sat down and unfolded the paper. Then she gasped. That face was familiar. She remembered now. The same curly blonde hair. The sparkling blue eyes. The signature sloping nose. Oh, yes, she remembered it well now. The arguments. The jealousy. The betrayal.
This was the face of her worst enemy.
Chapter 15 (I changed my mind. Chapter 14 won't have two parts!)
Jade was thinking of revenge, and nothing else. Well, almost nothing.
Abby deserves this, she told herself.
But what did she ever do to you? asked another voice in her head.
She completely forgot about our friendship. She was always smarter than me, more talented, prettier.
But she was nice to you. And you believed Payton when she said Abby was a back-stabbing liar.
She blinked and looked around. Abby and Beck were chatting excitedly about something. Meagan was on her phone, as were Lia and Izzy, while Terra doodled absentmindedly on what looked like typed-up lyrics for a song. And Cami, the subsitute, was on the phone (The classroom one) in the corner. Suddenly, she hung up and turned towards the class.
"QUIET!" she yelled, and every single person in there jumped and turned around. "Jade, you have an early dismissal. He's waiting for you outside."
Jade's eyebrows knit in confusion. Who was "he"? And why was some guy taking her out of school? Next to her, however, Abby was grinning in a satisfied, "told you so" sort of way.
"Abby, go with her." Cami nodded, as if there was some secret code they shared. Probably, since they were related. Abby and Jade ran out the door.
"Abby, what the heck is going on?" she asked as soon as they left the classroom. Abby sighed.
"Seriously, Jade. Did you not even open the envelope?" she said.
Jade dug through her bag and pulled out an envelope. To her suprise, it was open. She had completely forgotten about Abby and the whole "audition" thing that she had given Jade... right before Jade had dumped soda all over Abby. Her stomach lurched. She still felt sorry.
Jade quickly read over the paper. It sounded as if she had an audition... for today... at eleven. Jade checked a clock on the wall. Sure enough, it was ten-thirty. The studio must be far away.
"Ah, you must be Jade." A man in a black suit was walking towards her. Abby seemed to have disappeared.
"Oh, that's right!" Jade blurted out before she could stop herself. "You're Abby's dad?"
The man nodded. "Right, Miss West." He took off his dark sunglasses to reveal piercingly green eyes. Looking at him closely, he looked about twenty years younger than he probably was, with shiny dark hair, unwrinkled, pale skin, and a broad smile. "If you read the letter, which you probably did, I'm taking you to an important audition at Northtail Studios that could probably decide your career. Here's what you'll do." At this point, they got to a large limo parked in front. The driver, an elderly-looking man with a mustache in a black suit, opened the door for her, and she stepped in.
"By the way, call me Mr. Feldings, or David, or whatever you like." the man told her. "Anyways, here's what you'll do. You'll wait in the lobby, they'll call your name, the director will tell you about the scene, and then you'll act it out. Simple as that."
A few minutes later, they arrived at the studio. It was a five-story, shiny silver building with the Northtail logo (a shooting star under the words "NORTHTAIL") on a cement sign near the door. Mr. Feldings ushered her through the glass doors and into the reception area. It was completely empty.
The secretary looked up as Jade and Mr. Feldings approached.
"Names?" she asked quietly, pushing her glasses up her nose as she stared at them with watery brown eyes.
"David Feldings, representing Jade West." Mr. Feldings replied, and the secretary typed the names in.
"Ah, an audition?" she grinned. "Cool. Just go down the hall on the right, the door marked 1A, Mr. Belmonte. And if anyone asks, tell them Fawn gave you permission. Have a nice day."
They hurried down the hall and arrived at said door. Jade pushed it open, bursting with excitement.
But that was before she saw the giant crowd of hopeful teenage girls.
This would be harder than she thought.
Chapter 14, Part 1
"Tell me again," Tori asked, confused. "Your sister... what?"
Abby sighed. "She's a teacher. Subsitute. Sikowitz is out. Now, enough said, or we'll be late."
They hurried inside the room just as the bell rang. Abby scanned the room, looking for one person in particular. Her heart lurched as she found her target.
But something was wrong. Abby gasped.
Jade... was with Meagan. And three other girls. They all fit together like the perfect popular group.
"Jade's a girly popular person now? Thought I'd never see that." Abby muttered, and Tori nodded consent.
Cam jumped up on the stage, dressed casually in a blue knitted sweater, loose black jeans, and converse sneakers.
"Hey guys!" Cami chirped happily, then decided to give up the act. Her smile faded. "My name is Cami Feldings. Yes, Feldings," she grinned as a few people in the class, including Jade, gasped. "Call me Cami, Miss Feldings, or whatever you want." She hopped off the stage, but before she did, Abby thought she caught a wink meant just for her. No wonder Cami had gotten a job at a place like this. She was a pro at acting.
"Jade, Terra, Meagan, Beck... Abby, come on the stage. Now." Cami said with a serious face now. The readhead sitting next to Jade got up, as well as Jade and Meagan. Beck frowned, being the only guy in the group, but he half-smiled as Abby raised her eyebrows, asking the silent question, "Are you okay?" He nodded back. Unfortunately, Jade did the same, except she chose to bat her eyelashes and smile elusively.
"Terra, you start with A. Go!" Cami shouted.
"Actually, I'm new here..." Terra whispered, obviously confused.
"But you'll learn, Terra." Jade replied with boredom.
"Come on, Terra! Why are you so needy?" was Meagan's irritated reply.
"Don't be so mean!" Abby glared at Meagan, wanting to comfort Terra but feeling too awkward to talk to a popular girl.
"Even I think so." Beck replied flatly.
"For now, I want to know..." Terra hesitated. "Why do you hate Abby?" she asked Jade.
"Good, now I can say how evil she is." Jade answered smugly.
"How can you ever be friends with that loser?" Meagan had a look of disgust on her face.
"I don't think that's true. I mean, look at yourself!" Abby scoffed with fake confidence.
"Just calm down, will you?" Beck broke in warily.
"Can I leave now? This is confusing!" Terra conplained.
"Terra, out!" Cami interrupted, as Terra gratefully ran back to her seat. "Jade, with L!" she contunued.
"Lousy Abby told my secrets and wasn't cool anymore!" Jade cried.
"Maybe..." Meagan tapped her chin thoughtfully. "You need revenge!" she finished.
"No!" Abby snapped. "She's the evil one!"
"Okay, tell us!" Beck prompted.
"Probably just a lie." Jade assured everyone.
"Quit lying, Crabby." Meagan smirked.
"Really, I'm not Crabby, and I'm not lying!"
"Seriously, Jade, why so mean! Just tell the truth."
"Talk about jealous, Beck!" Jade blurted.
"You know what, I'm done. Bye!" Meagan interjected, then jumped away. And before Cami could say anything, Jade started again.
"Very clever, Abby, but there's something you all should know!" Jade announced. "Abby is more than a liar! She's... she's heartless... and..." Jade trailed off, unsure of what to say. Everyone else was shocked. The unwavering silence was broken only by Meagan's confident laugh.
"Oh, this will be good!" she jeered. And nothing was more true than that.
Yes, it is long, but... whatever! Read and comment, please! More comments means more chapters!
Jade had barely walked into school before she felt a poke in the arm.
"What?" she grumbled, angry from her fight with Abby.
"Jeez, fine." said a girl's voice. Jade turned her head and saw a girl with sleek blonde hair who stood with cool but casual confidence.
"Meagan?" Jade couldn't believe it. After Abby had run out of the classroom that unfortunate day, Jade hadn't ever seen Meagan again.
"Yeah, who do you think?" she whispered, seemingly bored. "I want to talk to you." she said, and stepped back. Only then did Jade notice the three girls behind her.
"Oh, yeah..." Meagan smirked. "I almost forgot. These girls are my crew. This is Tara-" She pointed to a tall, willowy girl with bright orangey-red hair. "Izzy-" A girl with wavy, light brown hair waved in Jade's general direction. "And Lia."
"Hey!" piped an energetic-looking girl with curly, dark hair and electric blue eyes. She reminded Jade of both Cat and Abby, which made her sad.
"So what do you want?" asked Jade, trying to match Meagan's bored tone.
"Okay, so..." Meagan tapped her perfect chin thoughtfully. "So, I have an offer for you. Join my crew, and never have to see that horrible blonde disaster again. Abby, is it?"
"Crabby!" Lia giggled.
"Nice one, Lia." Meagan high-fived her briefly, then turned to Jade again. "So, you can be popular, awesome, pretty, cool... or you can be a wreck and lonely. So what's it gonna be?" she finished, crossing her arms like the answer was obvious. And it was.
"Of course I will." Jade replied. They all squealed and enveloped her in a hug. Jade suddenly felt an odd feeling. Something she hadn't experienced in a long time. True happiness. But no, there was something under that too. A feeling of foreboding. A feeling of dread, like calm before a storm. But Jade waved it away. Who ever said that all she would experience in her life was dread and sadness?
Yeah, kinda short, but I'm gonna do another one right after it, like a marathon.
Abby decided she was now Jade's enemy again.
Jade had apologized.
For the date. For the things she did in eighth grade. But it all wasn't real.
"Hey, it's okay," Beck whispered as he gently rubbed her wet shoulders. In the cool fall air she started to shake, part from crying, part from the cold. "You cold?" he asked, then wrapped his black jacket around her shoulders. If her brain had been functioning properly, she would have smiled, or even let out a muted "Awww." But now wasn't the time for her mind to be on other things. Now... all she thought about was how mean Jade was, and would ever be.
As if sensing her thoughts, Beck gripped her tighter. "You have me," he whispered, then Abby's mind abandoned all pretenses and went into full-out happy mode. For a minute, at least.
"You sure you don't need anything else?" Beck asked as he helped her out of his car.
"Yeah, thanks." Abby responded, blushing, then gave him a hug. "Bye!" She ran into her house.
Once her sister saw her soaking wet, she ran towards Abby, seemingly holding back tears. Lily was seven, but the sweetest kid that anyone could ever meet. She cried whenever someone else cried even if she didn't know why. She would do anything to help Abby.
"What happened?" she said, her green eyes wide. Those big green eyes had come from her dad's side.
Lily would be crushed if she knew how mean Jade could be. So she held it back. For Lily.
"Nothing, I guess. Just a bit wet..." Abby muttered.
"Okay!" Lily said happily, then went back to playing with her doll. Who just happened to look like Abby, with sandy blonde curls and blue eyes.
She raced up the stairs to change, barely holding back a new wave of sobs. Once she was safe in her room, she let it out quietly. Once she had changed into worn green sweatpants and a loose t-shirt that said, "Lowley Forests High" from when she lived in L.A.
A knock sounded on her door, making her jump. Then her sister stepped in. Her other sister.
Cami was twenty-three, visiting fresh from college while she tried to get a job.
"Hey hey! How'd the date go?" Then she caught sight of Abby's soaked dress. "Not well?" Abby shook her head. "Oh, well... That's how people are!" Cami gave one of her sarcastic, crooked grins that Abby loved. "Was it the boy?" she asked. Abby shook her head. "Jealous girl?" Abby nodded.
"In a sort," she said sheepishly. Then Cami's phone beeped.
"Gotta take this." she said, then stepped out for a minute. Then she came back in. "Does this girl... go to Hollywood Arts?" she grinned. Abby nodded. She liked where this was going.
Sorry if it is bad. It is mostly just filling a lot of space. But comment and enjoy! More comments equals more chapters!
Jade stumbled blindly. Oh, she was just so sorry. For everything, really. She never wanted to be mean to Abby in the first place, but she came to believe Payton. Abby was a cheater. A liar. She deserted them and told all their secrets. But now... she saw it in a different way. What if Abby hadn't done anything wrong? Jade shook her head, clearing the fog, and ran up to Cat.
"Hey, hey!" Cat giggled.
"Cat, can you help me?" Jade asked.
"Sure!" Cat said happily. But then her voice got serious. "As long as it doesn't involve a goat. One time, my brother went to a petting zoo, and I-."
"You know, I really don't care." Jade snapped. Cat whimpered, and Jade's tone sofened. "Sorry, Cat. It doesn't involve goats. But..." she whispered. "You know Abby. Abby Feldings? Curly blonde hair? Blue eyes?" Cat nodded. "I kinda... got into an argument with her, and I want to say sorry. What can I do for her?"
Cat suddenly brightened. "I know her! I got just the thing!" she exclaimed, and Jade relaxed. Cat would take care of it. Wierd brother stories and stuffed animals aside, Cat was a pretty supportive person.
Jade slumped down in her chair and breathed a sigh of both relief and anxiety. She was happy that Cat was working something out, but what if she messed it up and made Abby even more mad?
"Jade. Sit up, please." said her mother in an exasperated huff. "You know that it's very important to have posture."
"Mom... like I care! I'm not a stupid ballerina!" Jade replied angrily. Her mother sighed, then returned to reading some article in the newspaper.
Jade's phone beeped, and she answered it eagerly.
"'Hey! It's Cat,'" she read. "'Come to Wesley's Fancy Diner at seven, and I will be there. I did something to make Abby happy! Yay! I feel so good! Bye! P.S. Wear something nice.'" Jade grinned.
"Mom, I'm going to meet a friend!" she yelled as she ran upstairs to change.
"Have fun, and be back by eleven!" her mom replied.
When Jade got to the restaurant, Cat was sitting at a table in the corner. She motioned her over.
"Hey. You got something?" Jade asked, sliding into the chair.
"Yup!" Cat exclaimed, then pointed to a table near them. Sitting at the table was a handsome teenager with olive skin, dark eyes, and... Jade's heart almost stopped. Beck.
But who was he with? Jade thought. She glanced at the seat in front of him. Sitting there, sipping a glass of soda and laughing, was Abby. She looked very happy, as did Beck. She was wearing an amazing blue dress that shimmered in the light, and her curls were swept to the side of her head.
Jade could barely think. A powerful wave of emotion washed over her. Strange things like betrayl. Anger. Hurt. She shouldn't feel that way. She didn't like Beck anymore... right?
"Jade?" Cat asked. For the first time, she sounded worried. "Don't do anything..." Her sentence stopped as, in a fit of anger, Jade stormed up to Beck and Abby's table, took Abby's plate of tomato soup, and dumped it all over her head. Before either could react, Jade finished her act by taking her cherry soda and pouring that too all over her hair and dress.
"Jade? What-?" Abby asked. But Beck interrupted her.
"How could you?" he said in amazement and anger. "You're jealous, aren't you? You just don't like her! And you do this?" He gestured to Abby, once again sopping wet for the third time in two days. "Let's go." he offered a comforting hand to Abby, and they stormed out, followed by Cat, who ran after them waving her hands, and the manager, who shot Jade a very angry glare while hurrying towards the door.
"Wait!" she shouted. But there was no one there to hear her.
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"So what is the genius idea that you had?" asked Abby, awkwardly standing in the kitchen while Tori was in her room grabbing some clothes.
"I'll tell you in a second!" Tori yelled as she ran down the stairs. Abby sighed. She had been hearing that since Tori had told her that she had an idea. Tori shoved her a pair of jeans and a loose blue t-shirt that said "Hollywood Arts Marching Band".
Abby raised her eyebrows. "You're in the marching band?" she asked questioningly.
"Was," Tori corrected. "When I first came. But I didn't like it." She shrugged. "Now go change." she said.
When Abby came out of the bathroom, Tori raced to the couch and patted the seat next to her. "Come sit." she exclaimed.
"Now can you tell me what your brilliant idea is?" Abby asked anxiously.
"Yeah I can!" Tori nodded happily. "Okay, so... here's the thing. You used to be friends with Jade, right?" Abby nodded. "Well, that means that she probably still wants to be friends a little bit. So, do something nice, and she can't resist!" Tori finished. She looked at Abby. Abby half-smiled.
"Well, can't be too horrible to try." she said quietly.
The next day at school, Abby couldn't stop grinning. She had the perfect thing to tell Jade. Finally, she caught her by her locker.
"Hey, Jade!" she waved.
"What?" Jade whispered angrily, slamming her locker.
"I just want to say I'm sorry. And here's something for you." She handed her a white envelope.
"What's this?" Jade asked suspiciously.
Abby grinned ruefully. "Oh, has it been so long that you don't even remember? My dad has connections. That," she pointed to the envelope, "is your invitation to audition for a very special role in an upcoming movie that's sure to be a hit!" She grinned again. "See, it's a peace offering. I just want to be friends again." Abby held out her arms. Jade sniffled a bit, then returned the gesture.
Jade adjusted her sweater. When she did, her hand brushed against a small remote in her pocket, and more red soda came pouring out of a vat that Jade had positioned above her locker, knowing that Abby would come there.
"Oh... no. No. Abby, I'm..." Jade mumbled, but Abby had already rushed off.
"I can't believe you did that to me!" Abby shouted at her.
"It was an accident! I didn't know!" Jade replied. But at that moment, it could be an accident no more, because Sinjin ran out out the janitor's closed and captured a photo of Abby, tear-streaked and sopping wet, standing on the stairs.
Abby gave one last sob, then ran in the direction of the girls' bathroom.
"Abby, wait!" Jade called to her. "I'm..." She trailed off as Abby disappeared. "Sorry." she finished mournfully.
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