There was something about the rain that fascinated me. I just couldn't put her finger on it. Maybe it was the way it smelled, like a fresh river, or a new beginning. Or maybe it was the noise it made. It calmed me down, and relaxed me. Either way, I was grateful when I woke up that morning to find it raining outside. I was delighted to start the day, and ran out the door as soon as I finished breakfast.

New York was my favorite place in the world. I was so grateful for being able to grow up in such a wonderful place. Everything about it reminded me of home. The big city lights, the music playing, the noise, the people. I loved my state, and could never find a reason to leave. I had visited California during one of my vacations, and didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed being in New York. Maybe it was because it was so different than what I was used to. All I knew was that I was grateful once I landed back home.

"Anna! Wait up!" There were loud footsteps making their way towards me. I laughed and rolled my eyes.

"Kathy, do you have to be so loud?"

Kathy gave me a look. "I'm known for being loud, what are you talking about? You can't just ask me to stop doing what I'm known for."

Kathy stopped dead in her tracks. "Is something the matter?" she asked me.

I shrugged. "My dad is acting up again. I just wish I knew what to do before this turns into another accident," I replied. I was tired of my dad's behavior ever since my mother "left." I knew better than to stick around, before my dad had another one of his episodes.

"You can stay at my place whenever you want, you know. I know this is a tough time for you." I smiled at Kathy and kept walking towards school. Kathy had been my best friend for about a year. We met in 10th grade, and I was really thankful to have her by my side.

On her first day of school, she stood up to Megan Carl, the bitchiest girl in school, and in that moment I knew we were destined to be best friends. I smiled at the memory. "Are you excited about summer?" I asked her.

Kathy shrugged. "I'm excited, but I'm going to miss being a junior. I heard that senior year is tough as hell." She picked at her cuticles and shrugged. "I just want to get high school over with, you know?"

"Yeah," I replied. I was tired of being around the same people every day. I wanted excitement in my life. I wanted to be free and happy, and new adventures every day. I knew better than to dream.

"You know what really sucks?" Kathy asked.

I rolled my eyes. I knew what was coming. "I don't know, care to enlighten me?"

She gave me a look. "Anyway. Getting rejected by the hottest guy in school. It frigging sucks. Not only did he humiliate me, but he went after the sluttiest girl in school right after I asked him out," she said. Her jaw tightened. "If only I could zap her out of this world and into hell, I'll be the happiest girl on earth."

There it is again. The thing with Kathy, that I noticed since we met, was that she had a thing for earth and hell. She always brought it up. Occasionally, she would ask me about my beliefs, and if I knew anything about angels. I realized that ignoring her would be best. Her questions left me wondering if she was hiding something.

"Just remember. You will never see Megan again. She's a senior, remember? This is her last year", I reminded her. I hoped that this would calm her down and she would change the subject. I was tired of talking about Megan Carl.

"You're right. This way-Holy Shit. Anna, look at that fine piece of ass."

I gave Kathy a look and looked at my surroundings. I didn't know who she was pointed to. I hadn't even realized that we were at school already. I guess I should start paying better attention.

For some reason, I knew who she was talking about. A few feet away from us stood a familiar looking boy. He looked about a year older, with brown messy hair and gray eyes. He leaned against a wall, talking to one of his friends. I admitted, sheepishly, that he was incredibly good looking. He was lean, but muscular, with long legs. I had to elbow Kathy in the ribs to stop her from drooling.

"James with be the death of me, I swear," she murmured. I turned towards her and narrowed my eyes.

"James? How do you know his name? He's new, I'm guessing."

Kathy shrugged. "He used to go to my old school. We kind of had a thing," she smiled while keeping her eyes on James. I rolled my eyes.

Just a second ago, we were on our way to the doubles doors, but suddenly, we were standing in front of James. I wanted to slap Kathy. Maybe I would, when I had the chance.

"James Collins. Nice to see you again," said Kathy. He stared at her with a smirk on his lips.

"I would say the same thing about you, dearest Katherine, but it is not good to see you again, considering the fact that you're stepping on my foot."

Kathy yelped and stepped back. I stifled back a laugh. James eyes moved lazily towards mine and I blushed. "Who's this?" he asked.

"I'm Annalise Green, and you are?" I responded.

"James. You haven't changed much," he said. I gave him a look. Last time I checked, this was the first time I had laid eyes on him. I looked at Kathy for help.

"What he means is, I showed him a picture of you on an email," said Kathy. She glared at James, but moved her as towards me quickly. I did catch her glare, however.

"Hmm. You showed him a picture of me. Why?"

Kathy shrugged. "I was live blogging about my time in California. Just thought it'd be nice for him to know who I was spending my time with."

James narrowed her eyes at Kathy, and proceeded to give her the fakest smile I've seen in my entire life. "Not that I care, of course. Anyway. I was just here to tell you that it's time, Katherine."

"Time? Time for what?" I asked. I looked between the two of them, expecting an answer. Of course, I didn't get one.

"Already? But it's been a year-"

"A year is too much. You were told to be as quick as possible. Have you explained things to her?" James asked while nodded towards me.

"Explain what?! I'm standing right here." I put my hands on my hips and glared at Kathy. She had a lot of explaining to do, it seems.

Kathy sighed. "Anna, we need to talk, but not here." She turned to James. "Do we have a ride or what?"

James nodded. "It's parked across the street."

Kathy grabbed my hand, turning us around, and walked towards the car. I yanked my arm back and faced her. "What do you think you're doing?! We have school! My parents will freak if they know I ditched!"

"Anna, your parents won't find out. Look, this is really important, we need to talk!"

I shook my head. "We could talk here. I'm not going anywhere with you and your creepy friend."

James snorted and smirked at me. "Creepy seems right. Hasn't changed at all."

I gritted my teeth. "Why does he act like he knows me?" I asked. Kathy sighed again.

"I'll explain if you would just come with me. Now." She yanked me by the arm, and we trotted towards the car. Without another choice, I opened the door and got in.

I don't know what I was expecting, but it sure wasn't this.