Ugh, he was right. I hate it when Ben and I argue, and he's right. It makes everything worse.

Especially when we didn't argue, and he was right, anyhow. Like right now.

Kara lowered her gaze as she pushed the door of the school open. People lowered their voices. Oh, God, she thought. People are whispering about me.

She kept walking, and eventually ended up at her locker. She brushed the hair out of her face, and twisted the lock back and forth, opening it and retrieving books. As she slammed the locker shut, she found Ben leaning against the locker about a foot from her face. She jumped about a foot.

"What was that for?" she asked, as she began to stalk off in the direction of her first class.

"We need to talk, Kara," he said, grabbing onto her arm and pulling her to a halt in the bustle of the crowded hallway. About five people bumped into her before the movement began to flow around them.

She glanced around awkwardly, avoiding his gaze. Eventually, she murmured, "You make us sound like a married couple,"

He kept his gaze on her, steady and unmoving. Kara kept her eyes in constant motion, trying to avoid looking into his.

He reached his hand out, and moved her chin so that she was making complete eye-contact with her. She blushed, and tried to look away, but found it futile.

"Tell me what happened. I know what has been on the grapevine, but I want to hear what really happened."

She took a deep breath, and told him everything. He told her what he'd heard. She was shocked that people could be so cruel as to think that she took advantage of him. He was shocked that he hadn't been able to help her.

By the end of it all, the halls were empty, and she was crying into Ben's shoulder, while he tried to sooth her.

He put her face in his hands, and gazed into her eyes with a passion she'd never seen before.

"I'm so sorry, Kara."

"He stole my first kiss," she whispered, tears brimming her eyes.

"I know," he kissed her forehead, and let her fall back onto her shoulder.

They stood there for all of the first period, and then decided to leave and find consolation in the city.

She climbed into his car, and he closed the door. He turned on her favorite CD, and she fell asleep.

When he stopped the car, he reached over and kissed her, then woke her up. She smiled at him, and said, "Thank you, Ben,"

He smiled back, and said, "You know I'd do anything for you."