The four of them stood in front of Magnolia High with anticipation. First day at a new school can be nerve-wrecking, but for Seraphina, Vito, Carly and Hallie, it was mainly an opportunity to turn a new leaf.
The promise of a fresh start put them all in a great mood, even Sera had a hint of a smile on her face as they walked in.
“You guys, this is a moment we’ll never forget,” Carly enthused. “The four of us entering high school for the first time!”
They all laughed.
“I do love your enthusiasm, sis,” Vito nodded to her. “I’m sure we’ll –“
He stopped mid-sentence, a huge smile spreading across his face. All of the others turned around to see what, or rather who he was looking at.
“Plummit,” Seraphina uttered.
Louis looked away as soon as his eyes met Vito’s.
“Louis! What are you doing here?”
“Oh err, hi. I’m just here for a year-long exchange programme, because I’m an idiot.” Louis mumbled, staring at his feet. “So anyway, good seeing you. I’ll be out of your way…”
“You’re here for a year, and you didn’t tell me?” Vito jumped with excitement.
“Ugh yeah, surprise, I guess… Anyway, I won’t bother you.”
Vito didn’t wait for an answer and wrapped his arms around Louis, pulling him in for a kiss. For a split second, everything around them ceased to exist.
“I thought you didn’t want to see me anymore. That it was just a summer fling to you…” Louis breathed out.
“What? If that was the case, why would I message you every day?”
“I don’t know… Sera said…”
Vito turned his head around slowly, glaring at his sister with hatred.
“You just never get enough, do you?” he spewed at Seraphina. “Being nasty to your family is one thing, but what the plum were you thinking lying to Louis? You just can’t stand anyone around you being happy, can you?”
“I was upset,” Seraphina said quietly.
Louis looked her in the eye, hurt apparent in his face. “Why did you lie to me, Sera? You swore that was what he said!”
“I didn’t lie, per say… he did say those words, just not necessarily about you.”
“I’ve had it with you!” Vito burst out. “I’m not gonna take your plum anymore. I can make your life hell, you…”
“Vito!” Carly yelled out, dashing towards the arguing group. “Don’t say things you don’t mean, please…”
“What makes you think I don’t mean them?” Vito said coldly.
“If you do mean them, then how are you different from Sera?” Carly asked.
Vito didn’t seem so sure of himself anymore. He looked at Louis.
“She does have a point,” Louis admitted. “Let it go… The class is about to start, let’s get going…”
“How did you get so nice, Carly?” Vito shook his head. “Two sisters, one practically a saint, the other a raging…”
“A saint huh?” Seraphina looked Carly up and down, her eyes narrow. “I bet you feel pretty good about yourself now! Well guess what, I don’t need saving! I don’t need anything from you, any of you! If anybody’s making anybody’s life hell, you bet I’ll be on the other end of that equation.”
“Speaking of which, you should get your plum to algebra. But don’t you worry your angelic little head. I’m not gonna do anything to you or your precious Vito and Louis. Why would I waste any of my time on you? I don’t need you. Not today, not ever!”
Carly just stared after her as Sera stormed away.
“What are you looking at!?”
“That was pretty intertaining to watch. I thought I was the troublemaker around here, but boy do we have trouble in the house now!”
“Yeah, like I have time for this bullplum. Entertaining to watch? Watch me not caring! Like so!” She stomped down the stairs, not giving him another look.
The boy, on the other hand, couldn’t stop looking…
Author’s note: The Magnolia High School build featured in this chapter (and probably a fair few chapters to come) was made by Jordan.