Whats up, Red? A skinny blond haired boy stopped his bike in front of the Tennyson house. His brown eyes glittered excitedly.
Shut up, Justin. Gwen snapped. She yanked the door of the mailbox open and grabbed the contents inside, crinkling some envelopes into a ball. On one she saw her parents names. Oh, well, she thought, theyll deal with it.
Feisty, are we? Justin reached into his satchel and grabbed a newspaper. He handed it to Gwen, who ripped it from his hands.
Just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, I guess. Gwen lied, trying to look indifferent.
Really? he drawled, Because I heard that you got in a pretty big fight with that criminal kid- whats his name? John? Rick?
Its Kevin. Gwen strained to hide the pang of anxiety she felt then. It happened whenever she mentioned his name. This was the first time shed said it in days.
Well dont expect me to remember. I dont watch Americas Most Wanted. Typical Justin.
Shut up, Justin. Gwen said for the second time, anger shaking her voice.
You know theres a rumor floating around about him and that new girl. People are talking, Gwen. Talking bout him and her going out. Like boyfriend and girlfriend-wise. Justin put a hand beside his mouth, meaning that the information he said was supposed to be secret.
Well good for them. Gwen muttered.
I dont get what he sees in that girl. I mean really, its like hes not even himself anymore. Just walks around with this blank stare. Justin sighed.
Its weird, I mean, I barely even knew him and I can see the difference. You sure youre okay? I mean, the way you always talked about him, Justin held up a hand on his heart and batted his eyelashes, His perfect hair, his perfect eyes, how funny he is, how irresistible he is.
JUSTIN! Gwen screamed and raised a fist.
And how youd cave my face in if I ever told him that. Justin held up a defensive arm until Gwen cooled down enough to lower her fist.
Anyway, I gotta get to the grocery store, run some errands. Later. The boy waved as he pedaled away. Gwen waved back, even though he didnt see. It didnt matter; nothing mattered anymore.
Kevin wasnt around anymore. Not even Ben saw him. It was a wonder Justin got a glimpse. Serena was as annoyingly pure as ever, but never left his side.
There was something new about Serena now almost every day. Monday, it was the green contacts. Tuesday, it was the new shoes. Wednesday, the new outfits. Today was Friday, more than a week later. Who knew what tricks she had up her sleeves today?
Ben lay on his bed, staring at the ceiling. Things were so boring today!
He rolled onto his stomach, just to change things up a little. His room seemed stuffy, too cramped. Maybe a nice run would help, he thought. Or a fly. A fly as Jetray! Or Big Chill!
The teen rolled into a sitting position and sighed. Where were all the DNAliens when he needed them?
Ben! I need you to run an errand for me! Sandra called from downstairs. Ben groaned, knowing that this was probably going to be the highlight of his day.
What is it? He jumped down the stairs. Sandra was in the kitchen, setting the table for dinner.
She continued to place the silverware and plates, and said, I need you to mail a letter. Its for your Uncle Jeff in Florida.
Ben smiled. Uncle Jeff had always been one of his favorite relatives. He loved to go to the big house down by the beach with his younger cousins. And he always did mail the best Christmas presents.
He took the white envelope from his mother and ran out the door. He didnt really want to call Kevin for a ride. Kevin and him had been slowly drifting apart as friends. But even that was better than what happened between him and Gwen.
Not only had they made that huge yelling match, they stopped talking to each other. They wouldnt be within fifty yards of each other. They wouldnt even say the other persons name.
The post office was just around the corner now. One of the best things about Bellwood was how closely packed everything was. He ran to the door and opened it, the bells ringing in his ears.
The man behind the counter took the letter without a word. Ben noticed the new stamps. These ones had clowns on them. He shuddered, remembering that horrible day at the circus. Clowns…
Ben turned to leave, but stopped. He stared at the billboard near the door. Normally, the billboard would be filled with town news and missing pet reports. Thats what was there today too.
But that wasnt what caught Bens eye. Right beside the missing pets section, there was an addition to the missing childrens reports. It was a girl.
The girl was named Tiffany. She had long black hair, shiny in the flash of the camera. Her eyes were bright blue. She wore a baby blue T-shirt in the photo. Just like Serenas.
Looks like Serena’s got some explaining to do! Well, this takes care of another story update. Be back soon! ;3