Books By Ashlea


Expect the unexpected- Chapter 1: Troubled Youth

Posted by Ashlea Burns on September 15, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Chapter 1: Troubled Youth

I woke up as the sun was shinning through my window. I laid in

bed staring at the ceiling, thinking about the recurring dream I have

had every night for the past five years. I keep thinking about that day

when my best friend and the only boy I have ever liked moved away.


I hated it, I hated the fact that I would never see him again. Well I

decided to get up instead of keeping those images in my mind. I went

and got ready for school, and walked downstairs where my mom had

made waffles. I could smell them all the way upstairs.


"Hi mom." I said as I sat down at the table.

"Morning Chloe, how are you today?" my mom replied.

"I'm alright." I said as I started eating.

My mom sat down at the table looking at the paper while she

drank her coffee. After I ate, I put my dishes in the sink and gave my

mom a kiss on the cheek.

"Bye mom." I said.

"Bye honey," she replied. "Have a good day."

I went out the door and headed to school. It was only a five

block walk and since it was really warm today I just walked. When I

got to school I went to class. Mr. Johnson is my teacher, and he was

such a boring teacher I sat there listening to my CD player through

my headphones and chewing gum, then I felt a tap on my shoulder. It

was Mr. Johnson. I took the headphones off.

"Ms. Anderson, either spit that gum out and leave those

headphones off or report to the principal's office!" he shouted at me.

I looked up at him and then stood up "See you later then." I said.

Then I walked out of class and headed to Mr. Parks office. Mr.

Parks was the school principal. He was a short, fat, and bald man. I

walked in and sat down.

"Ah, Ms. Anderson, you're here again I see." he said.

"Yep, I might as well stay here." I replied with a slight chuckle.

"This isn't a funny thing, Ms. Anderson, this is the 3rd time this

week that you have been in here for not behaving in class".

I just looked at him, then the bell rang and I got up and walked

out. Well I started walking down the hallway when I ran into my two

friends Mandy and Jessy.

"Hey" Mandy said as I walked up to them.

"Hey" I replied.

"Why do you always insist on misbehaving in class Chloe?"

Jessy asked.

"Because," I replied, "I just do".

"But why?" Jessy asked.

"Yeah, Chloe" Mandy said, "What happened to you, you used to

be a great student up until a few years ago."

We walked out of the school and headed towards my house,

since Jessy and Mandy both lived down the street from me we

always walked home together.

"Yeah I know." I said. "The past five years have been hard for


"What changed you?" Mandy asked.

I just kind of looked at the ground as we walked and I didn't say

anything. When we got to my house we walked in and my mom was

fixing dinner.

"Hi mom" I said.

"Hi Mrs. Anderson" both Jessy and Mandy said as we walked

through the living room.

"Hi Chloe," my mom said. Then she turned to Jessy and Mandy,

"Girls, please call me Beverly."

The girls looked at me then back at my mom and said "All right.

Hi Beverly."

"Now that's better" my mom said, as she continued making


"We are going to go to my room. All right mom?" I said.

"All right girls." she replied.

We went upstairs to my room and I laid on my bed on my

stomach while Jessy sat on the edge of the bed and Mandy sat in the

chair next to the bed.

"So Chloe" Mandy said, "Tell us what changed you."

I held my head up with my hands then said, "It all started when I

was twelve, and my best friend and only boyfriend Sam moved


"Is that it?" Mandy asked.

"Yeah," Jessy said, "Why did that change you?"

I looked up at them. "Because we had been friends since we

were three, he was like my soul mate or something. We did

everything together, he lived next door. We always seen each other,

then we started becoming more then friends when we were about ten

and then the day after I turned twelve he moved away. It crushed

me." I sat there just staring at the wall.

"Well, let me ask you this then." Jessy asked "If he wouldn't

have left or would come back, would you go back to the same girl

you use to be or do you think you would have changed either way?"

I looked at her and sighed. "I don't know, guess I will never

know." I replied.

"Well, it's six we got to go Jessy" Mandy said "We will see you

tomorrow Chloe."

"Okay." I said. I got up and both girls gave me a hug then went

out the door.

I laid back down on my bed, staring at the ceiling thinking. I

wondered what would have happened if he never left or if he did

came back.

I guess I fell asleep, because when I woke up it was morning,

and the sun was shinning through my window again. I laid there for a

minute, then got up, got dressed and went downstairs for breakfast. It

was another nice day and I walked to school. When I got there I sat

down at my desk. All through class I thought to myself, would I

change if Sam came back, would I still have the same feelings? It

really didn't matter since I wouldn't be seeing him anytime soon.

As I sat there thinking, Mr. Johnson announced that there was a

dance next week, he urged all of us to attend. A little later the bell

rang and I got up and walked out into the hallway. As I walked

through the hall Jessy and Mandy caught up to me.

"So Chloe, are you going to the dance?" Mandy asked

"I don't know." I replied. "Are you going Jessy?"

"Oh yeah, I wouldn't miss it for anything." Jessy said.

"Well, I guess I will go too then." I said.

As we walked home I thought to myself 'What's the worst that

could happen?' Jessy and Mandy went on home as I walked into my


"Is that you Chloe?" my mom asked.

"Yeah mom," I replied, "It's me, what are you doing?"

"I'm making dinner." she replied.

I sat down on a stool at the bar. "It smells good, what are we

having?" I asked.

My mom was standing at the counter tossing a salad. "It's your

favorite, lasagna." she said

"WOW," I said, "You haven't made that in a long time, what's

the special occasion?"

My mom looked at me. "I have a surprise for you." she said

"Really?" I asked "What is it?"

My mom looked down at the salad she was still tossing. "Well,"

she said, hesitating, "Someone you know is coming to town."

I took an apple from the bowl on the counter in front of me.

"Really?" I said taking a bite of the apple. "Well who is it?" I asked

"It's someone you knew well," she said, still not giving me a

straight answer.

"So who is it, Mom?" I asked again.

"All right," she said, "This might come as a shock to you."

"Come on mom," I said, "It's not like it's my old boyfriend or

something like that right?"

My mom didn't answer, she just started peeling potatoes.

"Right, mom?" I asked as I looked at her.

My mom was still looking at the potatoes she was peeling. "You

guessed it" she said "Sam is coming back to town."

My mom looked at me with a smile. I was in shock, and when I

was finally able to talk again, I asked, "Why is he coming back?"

"His dad got transferred back to town." she said

"How did you find this out?" I asked.

"Well," she replied, "I showed his dad a house on the next street


"Oh," I said. "When are they moving back?"

"I think they are moving next week." she replied.

"The dance is next week!" I said, jumping up off the stool.

"Well honey," my mom said, "He will probably be too busy

unpacking to go."

"Yeah," I said, "Maybe he will be."

"So do you still like him?" she asked.

"MOM!" I said.

"What?" she asked. "I was just curious."

I sat back down, still eating my apple.

She looked at me and said "Well do you?"

"I don't know'" I said. "It's been like five years since I seen him, I

mean I don't even know what he looks like now."

My mom walked over to me and handed me a picture and said,

"Here honey this is for you."

"What is it?" I asked.

"Look at it," she replied.

I flipped the picture over. It was of a cute guy with short

reddish, brown hair and green eyes "Wow, is that him?" I asked.

"Yep," my mom said. "Cute isn't he?"

"Yeah," I replied still looking at the picture. "How did you get

this mom?" I asked.

"His dad gave it to me to give to you, he said he knew Sam

would like you to have it." mom replied.

"Really?" I asked. "Well that was nice of him."

Mom had finished making dinner while we were talking and

had it on the table, she looked at me and said, "Dinner is ready


I went and sat at the table beside my mom and laid the picture

on the table beside me and we both ate.

After we ate I asked, "Mom, may I be excused?"

"Of course dear," she replied.

I got up from the table, taking the picture with me. "I'm going to

go work on my homework." I said. "Jessy may come over to study


"All right honey," mom replied. "I will let you know when she is


So I went up stairs to my room. I laid down on my bed, looking

at the picture and thinking to myself. He did get kind of cute, I told

myself. After a few minutes, I sat up and slammed the picture on the

table beside my bed.

"I don't care how cute he is, he left and broke my heart, and I

won't forget that!" I shouted to myself.

As I sat there, still fuming, my mom walked in and said, "Are

you all right dear?"

I turned around to face her and replied, "Yeah mom, I'm fine."

"All right," she said, quickly moving to another subject. "I'm


going to the store do you need anything?"

"Yeah," I replied. "Would you get me some shampoo and some

chips please?"

"Sure honey." she said as she left the room and went back down


As I got my books out of my bag and laid them on my bed, I

heard the doorbell ring. Mom yelled up the stairs and said, "Chloe,

Jessy is here!"

"All right mom," I replied. "Can you send her up?

A few seconds later Jessy walked into my room and sat in the

chair beside my bed. She looked at me all excited and said, "Guess


"What?" I replied, looking at her curiously.

"I got asked to the dance!" she said.

"Really?" I replied, getting excited now. "By who?"

"Tom Jenkins." she answered.

I looked at her kind of funny then said "Who?"

She laughed, then replied, "You know, Mandy's brother."

"Oh, didn't he already graduate." I said.

"Yeah." she said still laughing slightly. "He was home when we

got to Mandy's house and he asked me. Said he would love to take


"That's cool." I said. She laughed again and said, "Yeah it's

pretty cool, so do you have a date yet?"

"No" I replied. "I plan to go alone." Then I looked down at my

books and said, "That is if I even go."

Jessy looked at me kind of shocked, then said, "What do you

mean? I thought you were going, what happened?"

"Nothing," I replied as I opened my book up to start my

homework. "I just don't know if I want to go or not that's all."

Jessy had a funny look on her face then she noticed the picture

of Sam that was laying on the table and asked, "Who's that??"

I grabbed the picture up and said "It's no one."

She came over and sat on the bed beside me then said, "Come

on Chloe, tell me who it is, Please?"

I looked at the picture, then handed it to her, and said, "You

remember the guy I was telling you about?"

"Yeah," she replied.

"Well, that's him." I said as I pointed to the picture.

As she looked at it she said, "He is really cute."

"Yeah, I know." I replied.

She looked up at me, and handing the picture back.

"So, how did you get this picture?" she asked.

I took the picture then replied, "My mom showed his dad a

house on the next street, and he gave it to her."

"Oh," she said. "So he is moving back?"

"Yeah," I replied looking at the picture again.

"When is he moving?" she asked.

"Next week." I said.

She looked at me and said, "Well, the dance is next week too."

My eyes started to water as I was still looking at the picture, "I

know." I replied.

She looked at me and said, "Why are you crying? He might

want to go."

"That's why." I replied as I wiped the tears from my eyes.

"So is that why you decided that you don't know if you're going

to go now or not?" she asked.

"Yes," I replied as I laid the picture on the table. "I mean, what if

he doesn't recognize me or like me anymore? He probably doesn't

even remember me."

She gave me a big hug and said "There, there, I'm sure he will

remember you."

I sat there hugging her and still crying, then said, "I don't know

what to do, I mean I still like him, but he hurt me."

She pulled me away from her and said, "Moving away wasn't his

fault you know, he had to go with his parents right?"

"Yeah," I replied as I wiped more tears from my eyes, "But he

promised to call and write but he never did."

She started laughing then said, "Oh Chloe, guys are like that

they say they will call but they never do."

I looked at her slightly laughing, then said, "Yeah I know, but

Sam was different, he never broke a promise to me until then."

"Well maybe this is your chance to ask him why he never called,

and maybe get back with him or something." she said

"Yeah maybe." I said.

"Just think about it." she said. "I got to get going, but I will see

you tomorrow all right?"

"All right." I replied. "See you tomorrow"

"Meet me at the mall, we can go shopping for a dress

tomorrow." She said.

"I will be there." I replied.

Jessy left and I laid on the bed staring at the ceiling, thinking.

Maybe Jessy is right, maybe this is my chance to make things

different. As I laid there thinking, I heard my mom come home.

She brought me up my shampoo and chips, then told me good

night. I got ready for bed then went to sleep.

Categories: Expect The Unexpected

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In