The crisp night air started to get through her heavy sweater. She shivered but she couldn't stand going inside on such a clear night. The stars shining so bright, she was so in love with the sky. The sky was to be her first and only love according to her family. She wasn't allowed friends or boyfriends. She was to focus on her studies and that was it. That's what taught her resentment towards her parents. She avoided them at all costs and to be truthful they did the same. She went to school, came home, went to her room and did her homework. That was her day-to-day schedule. How was she supposed to breath if she didn't come outside to look at the stars? They were so mesmerizing.

She sighed. What was she going to do with herself? How will she survive university? No interaction, no practice in communicating with people. She's never had more than a five-minute conversation with anyone except her teachers.

Suddenly she heard a cough. She turned and saw someone she saw daily, her neighbour Josh. He talked to her everyday, even if it was only a 'hello'.

'Hi.' She said quietly. 'What are you doing here?' It was strange for her to see someone outside of school, or in this case not in the morning waiting for the bus.

'I saw you out here from my bedroom window and decided you shouldn't be out here alone, looking at these beautiful stars.' He explained quite smoothly.

'If my parents see you this would end up being the last time you see me.' He looked at her perplexed.

'Why?' He asked.

'Focus, focus, focus. All work no play. We do not accept failure in this house. A 85 is not acceptable, work harder.' She mocked her parents.

'Is that what it's really like?' She nodded.

'All you know is that they're you're good ol'neighbours next door. The Kellerman's.' She explained. He nodded in interest. '…and that's all you need to know.' She turned and started to walk away before he could respond.

She heard quick footsteps, that were crackling the leaves, running after her. Before she could get to the door and inside he had caught up to her, and turned her around.

'Where are you going?' She looked at the door and then back at him.

'I was heading to my room, I still have some homework to do.' He looked at her in awe. She turned again, while he was still shocked, and had her hand on the knob. He pulled at her again and pecked her lightly on the lips.

All of a sudden the front door flung open and there her dad was standing there staring at the two of them. She ran up the stairs before he could say anything. But, soon after shutting her door she heard her dad pounding up the stairs.

'Ashley, open this door.' He sounded so angry, and she was scared. She didn't move, which was a bad mistake.

The door burst open and her father can barging in and yelled, and yelled, and yelled until he was blue in the face. After he finished yelling he slapped her and walked out of the room.

'NO BOYFRIENDS!' That was the last thing he said before he slammed his bedroom door.

A few minutes later she heard a tapping noise. She looked at her window and saw tiny pebbles, and thought 'that is so cliché'. She opened her window and looked down and saw Josh.

'What?' She stared at him angrily. She knew it wasn't his fault, but he shouldn't have kissed her.

'Are you okay?' She looked away. No one's ever cared whether or not she was okay. She shook her head slowly and closed her window.

There was nothing he could do.


A/N: This is a one-shot and will not be continued.