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Last Chances - Chapter 1

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*Cameron's POV*

Sighing, I looks down at the sidewalk, kicking a loose pebble along with me. First day of school. I'm so not looking forward to being the school outcast.

Why did I let Josh and Mom talk me into this?

But I wouldn't have lasted another year at my old school. I wouldn't be able to stand the pitiful looks directed at Cameron, former-hottest-most-popular-girl, who'd lost it one night. It was horrible at the beginning, rumors were flying, people were giving me funny looks at all times. Eventually people stopped caring as much and I started fading away into the background.

Popularity is so superficial. People turn their backs on you so quickly. Not one of my so-called friends bothered to help, find out what was wrong. Not that it mattered, once the deed was done, there was no going back.

Taking in a deep breath, I push open the school door, walking through the crowds of kids, I follow the signs towards the administration.

"Good morning." I smile at the woman seated on the other side of the desk.

She looks up from her computer and smiles back. "Good morning. How can I help you?"
"I'm here for my schedule and papers."
"Ah, yes." She reaches for a folder. "Your name sweetheart?"
"Cameron Lane."
"Cameron Lane." She flips through the papers and I see my student application info. "Moved here from New York." She looks up. "Now why would you do that?"
I shrug, "Family."
"Hm, yes. That must be awful." She clicks on her computer and the printer comes to life.

Retrieving the papers, she hands them to me, smiling. "Well then, welcome to Fortridge High. Hope you have a great year."
"Thank you."

Highly unlikely though. Pulling my backpack onto my shoulder, I make my way out. Walking into my homeroom, I keep from making eye contact and head over to an empty seat.

"You don't want to sit there."
I look up at a girl sitting in the opposite bench.
"Excuse me?"
"You don't want to sit there."
"Why?"
She shrugs. "Trust me."
"Okay." I glance around the classroom. There's a seat. Pulling my bag over my shoulder, I start to move towards it but a boy slides into it.
Damn.
"Come, sit with me."
The girl slides over, making room and shrugging, I head over.
"Thanks."
"Sure thing."

As I look up, three girls walk in. The one in the middle is literally shining. As she nears I realize why.

She didn't have any more makeup to lather onto her face? I'm pretty sure she could have borrowed some from her clique. That is if she already hasn't.

She flips her hair over her shoulder and sits down on the seat I was going to. Her two friends sit on either sides of her. She snaps her fingers and the one at the back hands her a notebook.

I stare at her.
Yeah, I was popular but I never treated people like my slaves.

"That's Raven Sanders. Beauty Queen of Fortridge. Don't mess with her because she's also mess-up-people's-lives Queen."
"She doesn't even know me." I say, turning to the girl.
"Yeah, and she's great at getting out the dirt on everyone."
"A digger, huh?"
She laughs. "Exactly." She holds out her hand. "I'm Anna."
"Cameron." I shake her hand.
"You're new right?"
"Yeah." I shoot her a smile and turn to the front as the teacher walks in.

The day goes by without any blips. I have Anna in three other classes but we don't talk since our seats are far apart. I have lunch by myself, buying my lunch and sitting beneath a tree, watching everyone.

I wait for Josh in the parking lot after the last bell. He comes out five minutes later, twirling a football on his finger, talking to a blond guy. They walk towards me and sighing, I lean against the car, pretending to be busy on my phone.

"Cameron!"
I look up and genuinely smile for the first time all day. "Josh!"

Josh is the only person in the world who can make me smile no matter what situation. Probably the only guy in the world who actually has a heart.

"How are you?" Standing beside me, he leans over and kisses my forehead.
"Good. You?"
"Great!" He grins and I sigh inwardly, relieved he's not upset with the move. "Cam, this is Kyle. Kyle, my sister Cameron."

I turn to look at the guy and stare into the most beautiful blue eyes ever. Not a bright blue, more of a dull ocean blue.

Wow.

I shoot him a small smile. "Hey."
"Hi!" He grins and I turn to my brother.
"We have to give Kyle a lift. You don't mind right?"
I shrug, reaching for the backseat door. "No. It's your car."

Josh tosses me the ball and I duck inside his car. I watch through the tinted windows as Kyle rubs the back of his neck hesitating before sitting up front. Josh slides into his seat and guns the engine.

"You never told me you had a sister." Kyle says, turning in his seat.
Josh shrugs. "It didn't come up."
Kyle looks back. "Junior year?"
"Sophomore."
"Oh wow. How are you liking Fortridge?"
I nod slowly. "It's alright."
He chuckles. "I can imagine! Must be a little dry after New York."

"What was the coach talking about before we left?" Josh asks, interrupting our one-sided conversation.
Kyle turns back and answers him and I bury my nose in my phone for the rest of the drive.
"Thanks for the ride."
"Sure thing." Josh shrugs.
"Bye Cameron. It was nice to meet you."

Looking up at him I see him smiling at me and I smile. "Same here. Bye."

Once he's walking up his driveway, I get out and slide into the seat next to Josh.
"So baby sis, how was your first day?" He smiles at me and I lean back into the seat, relaxing.
"Good. You?"
He nods. "Great."
"Lemme guess. You made the team?"
"Yeah.." He grins. "Team captain."
"Shut UP! On the first day?"
He shrugs. "Looks like the coach has seen me play before."
"Ah okay."
"Yeah." He nods, "Did you make any friends?"
"Nope." I don't move my eyes away from his face, and Josh remains expressionless, his eyes trained on the road.

"There's always tomorrow." He says at last, shooting me a small smile.
Yup. My brother, always the optimist.
"Sure."
Josh pulls into the driveway, turning to me. "Cammy.."
"Josh, please."

He studies my expression before continuing. "Give people a chance, let them in. Not everyone's out to ruin other's lives and we all make mistakes."
"That wasn't a mistake."

"No, it wasn't and I'm not saying that you're wrong the way... you look at people now. But Cam please. Promise you'll try. That's all I need, for you to try."

I sigh, turning my face away and looking up at the garage door. "Okay."
Josh turns my face back to his. "You know I love you right?"
I smile. "More than you love yourself I know."

He chuckles and leans over and kisses my forehead. "Come on! Let's go tell Mom all about our day!"

Great. Now I need to act like I had the time of my life. Thanks for the hint big brother. Sighing, I drag myself out of his car and follow him to the front door.

Mom pulls the door open, smiling. "Hey!"
"Hi Mom." Josh leans in and drops a kiss on her forehead, walking inside.
"Hey Mom!" I grin and turn to her as she closes the door.
"So how was your first day of school?" She asks, smiling hopefully at me.

I nod, making sure my smile's intact. "It was good. I found all my classes and my teachers are nice."
"How about you?" She looks up at Josh, leading us into the kitchen.
"It was great! Guess who made the team?"
"On the first day?"
"Yup."

Plopping myself on the stool by the breakfast bar I smile, really happy for my brother. "And guess who's the captain of that team?"

Mom pulls out a tray of sandwiches and sets it down in front of us. Josh as usual digs in, swallowing down one sandwich and reaching for the next even as I take my first bite.

Boys will always hog when it comes to food.
"Who?" Mom asks, glancing between the two of us.
"Josh."

She gasps. "Congratulations! I can't believe this!" Walking around the island, she pulls Josh into a hug, messing up his hair. From over her shoulder, Josh shoots me a dirty look but I can tell he's enjoying the fuss.

"It's nothing Mom."
"Nothing? My baby boy's the team captain. Might be nothing to you since you've done it before but I'm really proud."
He blushes, smiling. "Thank you."
"You know what this means? Girls are going to be hanging off his arms." I pluck the sandwich out of his fingers. "And they're going to be bothering me! Let's pretend we don't know each other, eh?"
Josh grins, triumphantly. "Aw come on sissy. It's going to be so much fun."
"What? People asking how the school's going to be football star slash hottie is related to the loner brunette creep? Yup, tons of fun. Nothing better than people trying to figure you out." Sliding off, I grab my bag and give my Mom a quick hug. "I'm going to take a shower."

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