AU Stories → What if Zig never volunteered to be the mascot for Tori?
Tori shuffled towards the bus door, dreading the next couple hours of embarrassment she’ll have to endure.
“Wow, for a cheerleader, you sure know how to bring my mood down.” A voice said from behind her.
She turned around to see a mess of dark hair giving her a tiny half smirk. She hadn’t noticed how miserable she looked on the outside until a complete stranger was kind enough to point it out.
“Yeah well, when the giant Degrassi panther costume is waiting for you on that bus, there’s not too much to be ‘peppy’ about.” Pausing for a moment, Tori narrowed her eyes and crossed her arms.
“I don’t even know why I told you that. It’s not like it matters to you. My own boyfriend doesn’t even care….” With those words, she turned on her heels and attempted to continue her journey onto the bus.
“Hey, wait!” A hand gripped her shoulder, causing her body to rotate the opposite way once more.
“Usually, I couldn’t care less about a stranger’s problems, but you seem…..” He stopped to find a proper adjective. “Nice.” He finally settled with.
“Fine. Since you seem to be the only person interested in my feelings, I might as well." Tori exhaled quite audibly before continuing. ”
I was late for Power Squad practice because I had to record some video for Zig’s stupid skateboarding competition. Zig is my boyfriend, by the way.“
"I figured. Go on.” He encouraged.
“Since I was late, Marisol made me be the mascot, and I’ve been going around in this stinky costume shaking my tail for a Power Squad fundraiser. I mean, I wanna be on the Power Squad, I want the attention that they get, but I don’t want it in that outfit. You’d think that the least Zig could do was support me through this, but nope. He doesn’t want to ditch 'the guys’ to hang out with me, and thinks it’s a waste of time to go to the game.” She finished, patiently waiting for a response from the curious boy.
Unexpectedly, he let out a laugh, causing Tori to become a bit annoyed. “I don’t find anything funny.” She muttered.
“Well, I know how it feels to have unwanted spotlight. Due to a few psychotic mistakes last year, I’m just labeled as the 'brooding boy’. Also, your boyfriend is just like every other grade nine boy. Immature. If he doesn’t treat you how you want to be treated, then dump him.” He simply stated, his laughter gradually dying out.
“It’s not that easy. I already lost him once, and I don’t wanna lose him again.”
“Who’s going to be at a real loss though? You or him? Think about it. If you know you deserve better, then go out there and find better.”
He was right, and Tori knew that. “Well, you’re not so bad for a 'brooding boy’” She smiled. Eli let out a breathy laugh, and opened his mouth to speak his next string of words, but was cut off by an annoyed high pitched voice.
“Everybody on the bus! That means you, Mascot.” Marisol sneered, taking a quick peak at her clipboard.
“That’s my cue. Thanks, for your…..words of wisdom.” Tori smirked. “By the way, what’s your name?”
“Eli.” He confirmed.
“Tori.” She replied.
Looking back one last time, she grinned at pair of green eyes. “Oh yeah, good luck, Mascot.” He teased, finally allowing her to enter the vehicle.
I’ve kept myself busy these past few hours by completing reading assignments, but that in itself was an unsuccessful attempt. Fortunately, there’s still one trick I have yet to try, and it’s one that I can always fall back on: counting sheep.
they were inseparable, high off one another and slowly falling deeper for one another. there was something different about tori than any other girl, he found himself wanting to be with her every moment, wanting to be with her through it all, and even though everyone claimed their young hearts would drift in no time, eli never wanted to see the negativity in the fact of loosing tori. they were some opposite, her music choice, her group of friends, even the way she described things, yet eli found himself infatuated with her deeply, something he was so shocked about. they had been together for a short time, he was reminded often by tori, the one who kept track, but he knew their time together had already accumulated to 4 months, although eli was nearly 14 years old, he knew he was in love with tori, although he hadn’t shared with her the words, he knew it to be true.
breakfast was something of their tradition, they found themselves opening up more and more through the tradition, something they couldn’t bare to let go. they had spent that morning together, three hours together, his obsession with the brunette was something new to him, as he invited her to the fair grounds with him for the night. “i can’t wait until i can drive myself bullfrog” he shook his head, as he sat in the backseat of the car, as they made their way over to tori’s. “i don’t want to be late.” he tapped the arm of the door, as they neared tori’s house, as he hoped out, making his way up to the door, knocking as he waited for her to answer.
1. Angels Among Us- Alabama(And ain’t it kind of funny that at the dark end of the road. Someone lights the way with just a single ray of hope.) // 2. Lean On Me- Bill Withers(Lean on me, when you’re not strong, And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on, For it won’t be long, 'Til I’m gonna need, Somebody to lean on) // 3. I’ll Be- Reba McEntire(And when you feel your faith is running low, I`ll be there to believe in you) // 4. You’re My Best Friend- Queen(You’re the best friend, that I ever had, I’ve been with you such a long time, You’re my sunshine) // 5. You’ve Got a Friend- Carole King & James Taylor(You just call out my name, And you know wherever I am, I’ll come running to see you again) // 6. Friends Will Be Friends- Queen(Friends will be friends, When you’re in need of love they give you care and attention) // 7. I’ll Be There- Jackson 5(Just call my name and I’ll be there) // 8. Good Friends and a Glass of Wine- LeAnn Rimes(That kind of therapy, money can’t buy, Every now and then, every now and then, Every girl needs, A good friend and a glass of wine) // 9. A Friend to Me- Garth Brooks(You’ve always been, Time and again, The one to take my hand) // 10. One Friend- Dan Seals(If I had only one friend left, I’d want it to be you) // 11. Thank You For Being a Friend- Andrew Gold(I’m not ashamed to say, I hope it always will stay this way)