A/N: Hey guys! I know that I have two other stories that I just started, but this was a request and I just couldn't not do it. And sorry to Courtney and Mienkie, I know you guys have made a request too. But I was on a major writer's block and couldn't get the stories started. I will do them, eventually. And for my other two stories, I will continue to update them as well. I already have a system worked out when I will update each of them. Okay so I'll quit rambling about it so you can check out this new story!
Summary: This is AU. And Nathan and Haley are best friends, Nathan is a jerk, like in season 1, to everyone except Haley. It's the middle of senior year. Lucas and Nathan don't hate each other, but they don't really like each other.
Request for: My little sis Jaydee!
Disclaimer: I don't own One Tree Hill or any of the characters.
Rating: T (For Language)
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Haley James sat waiting in the tutor center, getting out necessary books for her study session. She was currently tutoring a fellow classmate who was behind in his classes for family problems.
She looked up when she heard books hit the table across from her. "Hey Jeremy ready to enter the world of Calculus?"
Jeremy looked down at her, his expression void of any emotion. Haley took notice of his attitude and knew exactly what his problem was. Ever since she began tutoring him two weeks ago, they quickly became friends. He was in a bad situation with his older brother, and didn't know how to get out of it.
"Do you want to talk about it?" She asked him with a sympathetic look. "We could study later."
"No, I have a quiz tomorrow that I need to pass." Jeremy replied while opening his book. "Besides it's nothing."
Haley knew that he was lying. She could feel the angst radiating off him. "No, we're going to talk about what it is that is bothering you first. You won't be able to concentrate fully until you do." She stated reaching across the table and closing his book.
Jeremy looked up at her with his dusky black eyes. "I really appreciate your concern Haley, but there is nothing you can do to help me."
"Well if you talk about it, you might feel better. Instead of letting your problems eat you alive." She expressed leaning back, and crossing her arms over her chest. She knew that she had gotten him to cave when he too, leaned back in his chair. "So what did Tony do this time?"
He tilts his head back and let's out a chuckle. He was really glad that Haley became his friend, even though he knew that it was only out of pity for him. She knew about his demented situation with his older brother. "Well let's see, where do I start?" He glanced around the room to make sure nobody could hear what he was about to say. "Okay so last night Tony came across this guy that had been talking $h*t about him. So him and the guys ganged up on him, and let's just say that it wasn't pretty. I tried to leave cause I didn't want to watch them beat some helpless guy, over some stupid bullshit. And then Tony flipped out on me." Jeremy looked up at Haley and she could see the fear in his eyes.
"Jeremy you need to do something about this. You can't keep living in fear." Haley said her voice full of sadness. She was extremely worried about his brother hurting him. Everyone in town knew of Tony Gonzalez and his 'gang'. They were dangerous, and everyone feared them.
"You don't think I know this Haley?" Jeremy exclaimed his voice becoming slightly higher. "You and I both know that Tony will never cut me loose."
"Well what about the police? I know he's your brother but if you think he will hurt you..."
"Hell even the police are scared of my brother! How do you think he gets away with all the $h*t he pulls?" Jeremy asks cutting her off.
"You could always move out. Look Nathan has his own apartment, I could talk to him for you." Haley offers, knowing that Nathan probably wouldn't go for it.
"Get real, Nathan hates me." Jeremy replied incredulously.
"He doesn't hate you." She stated trying to sound convincing. "He just puts up a wall with people he doesn't know."
"Even if he was to let me move in, Tony would eventually find me. And then Nathan would be at risk too, and I couldn't do that to him." He stated leaning forward, while looking down at his feet.
"Jeremy...I don't know," Haley said lost in thought as she brought a hand up to run through her long locks of hair. "There has to be someway you can get away from...Something so he will let you live your own life."
"Yeah I wish there was...Can we please just not talk about it right now?" He asked still looking down at his shoes.
"Fine. Did you the worksheet I gave you the other day?" Haley questioned opening her textbook back up.
Haley walked out of the tutor center an hour later, and headed for her locker. When she got to her destination, she found her best friend waiting for her. He was currently oblivious to her presence. She couldn't hide the smile that formed on her lips at the sight of him.
"Nathan what are you still doing here?" Haley asked startling him out of his reverie about god knows what.
"Jesus Haley when did you get all sneaky?!" Nathan stated causing a giggle to escape her lips. He leaned against the neighboring locker, with his forearm.
"Right. So which hoe bag were you daydreaming about?" She asked sarcastically with a bat of her eyelashes.
He smirked at her question, the same smirk that made her go weak in the knees. But that was something that she would never admit. "Wouldn't you like to know?" He replied in a teasing manner. "Is Haley jealous?"
"Get over yourself hot shot." She playfully bit back, giving him a light shove.
Nathan put his hands up in the air motioning to his body. "Don't kid yourself, you know you want me Hales."
Haley rolled her eyes as she shut her locker door. "You caught me Scott." She said getting closer to him.
He cocked his eyebrows at her admission, his patented smirk disappearing as his face turned into a stunned expression. "I did?" He was shocked, but wanted to keep the banter light-hearted.
It took everything in her to suppress the giggle that was trying to escape her throat. "Yeah. I want you, I need you, take me now." She replied with sarcasm dripping from her voice.
Nathan's smirk returned as quickly as it left. "See, now I told you that I was irresistible."
"Whatever, come on give me a ride home." Haley said laughing at his enormous ego.
That's how they always were around each other, bantering. They met about four months ago in January. Haley began tutoring him and at first she couldn't stand him. He was such a jerk to everyone back then. That was until she got him to open up to her, and they've been best friends ever since.
Nathan walked up next to her and draped his arm casually around her shoulders. "That's all I'm good for isn't it? A ride home." He asked putting his hand up to his heart, feigning hurt. "That hurts Haley."
Haley wrapped her arm around his waist, giving him a side hug. "That's where your wrong Scott. You're also good for..." She pretended to think for a minute, then glanced up at him. "No your right, that is all you're good for."
Nathan faked a shocked expression before rubbing his knuckles on the top of her head, giving her a 'nuggy'.
Jeremy walked into his house and headed straight for his room. He figured that avoiding his brother would be his best bet. No sooner than he sat down on his bed to start studying, Tony walked in.
"Where the hell have you been?" Tony yelled menacingly from the doorway.
"I was at the tutor center." Jeremy cautiously replies.
"Why the f**k do you need to be tutored?" Tony shot at him coldly.
"Because I'm failing my classes." He replied looking back down at his open calculus book.
"Who gives a $h*t about school! I dropped out, and look at me now." Tony stated motioning towards himself. When Jeremy didn't acknowledge him, he walked over and snatched the book off the bed.
"Come on Tony I have test tomorrow." Jeremy pleaded for him to give him the book back.
"Does this have to do with that little b**ch you've been hanging out with?" Tony asked holding the book up from his brother's reach. "She has been filling your head with bullshit!"
"It's not like that." Jeremy stated looking into his brother's jet black eyes.
"You better hope so, not just for your sake, but for her's too." Tony stated calmly.
Jeremy knew the meaning of his words, and feared for Haley's well-being. So he came up with the first thing that popped into his head. "Come on Tony, I'm only trying to get into her pants man." He said trying to sound casual.
Tony stared his younger brother down for a moment. Finally convinced that he was telling the truth, Tony began laughing. "Sorry bro...You should have just said so. She is fine piece of @$$, send her to me when your done with her."
Jeremy let out a sigh of relief. "Yeah...Well I didn't want to say anything, she's been playing hard to get."
"My favorite type. Bring her to the party this weekend and get her drunk, maybe me and gang could have a round too." Tony suggested, but came out more of a demand. He wiggled his eyebrows at Jeremy then left his room.
Jeremy cursed to himself, knowing that he had to bring Haley now. Or, else his brother and his gooneys would beat him like they did that guy the night before.
The next day Haley was putting her books away at her locker, getting ready to go to lunch. Nathan came walking up to her with a huge grin plastered on his face. And automatically her face broke out into a grin as well.
"Hey what are you grinning about?" She asked shutting her locker door, and turning to face him.
"Oh nothing...Except for the, A I got on my History test." He stated casually like it was an everyday thing for him.
"Shut up!" Haley exclaimed excitedly as she flung her arms around his neck. Nathan responded by wrapping his arms around her waist, bringing her body flush against his own. He would ace all his tests if it meant he could hold her this close.
"Thanks to you though" Nathan whispered into her ear causing chills to down her spine.
"I didn't even help you study" She stated pulling away from to look into his gorgeous blue eyes.
"No but you are the one that got me back on track in the first place. So it still is your doing." He pointed out. "How about we celebrate this..."
"Hey Haley!" Jeremy said walking up from behind Nathan cutting him off mid-sentence.
"Hey Jeremy, you seem happier today!" Haley said smiling at him. "How'd your test go?"
"I didn't get an A but I got a B plus!" Jeremy replied happily.
Nathan glared at him while Haley gave him a hug. He just came up and interrupted him right when we was finally going to ask Haley out.
"I knew you could do it." Haley said softly while pulling away from him.
"So you want to come to a party with me Saturday night, to celebrate?" Jeremy asked nervously.
Nathan shook his head out of annoyance, he didn't like Jeremy. Not one bit. And here he was asking Haley to go to a party. A party in which will probably have his brother's gang in attendance.
"Sure! Sounds like fun." Haley replied with a sweet smile.
Jeremy put on a fake smile, knowing that there was sure to be trouble. He then turned to Nathan. "You can come to if you want?"
"Yeah Nathan we can celebrate your A too!" Haley suggested putting a hand on his arm. Nathan looked down at her and knew he couldn't say no.
"Okay I'll be there" He knew that he couldn't let her go to the party by herself. All those gang bangers would be there, and they liked messing with innocent girls like Haley.
"So it's settled then. I'll see you guys later." Jeremy said while sending Haley a smile before walking off down the hall.
She smiled back and then turned her attention to Nathan. "What was it that you were going to ask?"
"Nothing, come on I'm starving"
Okay so there was the first chapter! Let me know what you guys think! This post has been edited by april23 on May 22 2008, 12:58 pm