Prologue: *13 years earlier.* I woke up to my alarm clock. It's piercing noise made my ears ring. My eyes were sewn shut by my sleepy-seeds. I rubbed them lazily to clear my vision. ᏴᎬᎬᏢᏴᎬᎬᏢᏴᎬᎬᏢ My older sister stormed in the room and yanked the cord to my alarm clock out of the outlet. "Don't you ever shut that thing off?!" I glared at her. "Don't you ever leave the house?" She shot daggers at me through her venomous eyes. "Shut up, Chloe. I go out more than you do. All you do is sit at home and do homework. That's all you think about. 24/7, is school! GET A LIFE!" She turned to storm out of my room. My life is school. She's right. But the truth hurts. I'm a social outcast. All of my friends ditched me, or I ditched them. They got too close and I got scared. There are just some things people just can't know about me. I quickly took a shower. Showers are a great time to think and reflect on your life. I take one everyday, sometimes two. When I got out of the shower, I heard my sister's car speeding away. She won't be back for a while. That's the way it works. Today is the first day of school. I'm not excited at all. School is just a lame excuse for a wasted day. 8 hours of hell. They have me taking college classes already. I guess it's because my school is so small, they don't know what to do with advanced students, like myself. I pulled on some random clothes an walked out the door. There's no need to check in the mirror to make sure I look good. Who cares? I don't wear any make-up and my hair is tied up back in a ponytail. I hate having hair in my face. That's the thing that bothers me most. School goes by pretty quickly, well, high school at least. I have to walk to the local college to take my classes there. It's extra, but worth it. I walk into my first class and hesitantly go to the professor's desk. "Ah, yes. Ms. Jennings! Such a pleasure to have you on class with us. You're a real treat. I've heard a lot about you." My cheeks flushed a deep shade of red. Everyone in the class laughed. "Your seat is right over there, next to Mr. Bennett." I nodded and said, "Thank you, sir." I kept my head down and walked over to my new seat. I could feel eyes burning a hole into the side of my head, waiting for my eyes to come up for air. I sheepishly looked up and I met the gaze of a pair of the most gorgeous brown eyes I have ever seen. He smiled at me, I turned into butter. Quickly, I broke our eye contact and looked back down at the table. "Don't worry about the professor. He likes to embarrass everyone on their first day. He stuck his hand out. "My name Zachary, or Zach. Whichever you prefer. I'm your partner for the year." Let me know what you think!