The Other Way Around: Part One
Rucas multichapter fic. Riley moves to New York from Philly her junior year of high school. Maya, Lucas, and Farkle have been the three best friends since forever. Maya wants to ask Lucas out, but the minute he sees Riley, all bets are off.
Junior year was just about to start. Maya, Lucas, and Farkle still couldn’t believe how strong their friendship was. The three of them had been inseparable since middle school. Farkle had gone to a science camp that took all summer, so Maya and Lucas the majority of the summer alone, together.
When Farkle got back, Maya regaled him with stories. She would not stop talking about Lucas. Farkle told Lucas about this, and urged him that maybe it was time the two of them got together. Lucas never really looked at Maya like that, but after this summer, he could see it.
They had heard something about getting a new teacher. All of them had signed up for a civics class, to at least have one elective together, so they were bummed when they heard one of their favorite teachers had retired.
It was the first day of junior year. Lucas and Farkle always got to school early. Maya had texted Lucas to wait for her near their lockers, she had something important she wanted to talk to him about.
“What do you think she wants to talk to you about?” Farkle asked Lucas as they walked into the school.
“Oh please, she already told you. She tells you everything first. So why don’t you tell me what she wants to talk about?”
“It’s not my place.”
“Does she want together?”
“What that be awful?”
“No…but I wouldn’t want to ruin the…holy shit.”
The two are in the middle of the hall when they see a long legged brunette walk by and fiddle with her locker. She had long, flowing hair. She was wearing a turquoise crop top, with black jeans and booties.
“Farkle, who is that?”
“I have no idea. Maybe she’s new. This is a pretty big school, you know?”
“It looks like she can’t get her locker open. She’s definitely new. I’m gonna go see if she needs help.”
Before Farkle could convince him to do otherwise, he was already by her side.
“Uh, hi there, need some help?”
The girl flipped her hair away from her face, in what seemed like slow motion, and looked at Lucas. There stood before him was one of the most beautiful girls he had ever seen.
“What would ever give you that idea?” She said sarcastically.
“The lockers here are pretty tricky. What’s your combo?”
“I can’t tell you that. If I tell you then you’ll be able to get into my locker anytime you want.” She says coyly, a slight smile going across her face.
“It’s either that or you’ll be carrying around a lot of heavy stuff all day everyday.”
“Four-twenty one- eighteen.”
Lucas did the combination, and it unlocked instantly.
“Wow, guess I missed how to do that at my special orientation.”
“The trick is to pass zero twice on the first number.”
“Hm, they said t only do it once on the paper.”
“Do you always believe everything you read.”
“No, actually, I don’t.”
She starting putting a bunch of different things in her locker. She hung up a little mirror, and put up some pictures of friends. She sighed when she looked at them.
“I’m Lucas by the way.”
“Riley!” A man said from down the hall, suddenly approaching. She rolled her eyes. “Didn’t your mother and I tell you to stop wearing those shirts when school started?”
“Dad,” She takes a deep breath, “You and mom both got new jobs out of the blue, causing us to uproot our lives. You ripped Auggie and I out of school, and away from all of our close friends. I think my rebelliousness is understandable right now, don’t you think?”
“How long are you going to keep throwing this in our faces?”
“Until I’m not angry anymore.” She slams her locker door shut.
The man shakes his head, and walks away.
“Your dad is the new teacher?”
“Yup. He’s actually a really good teacher, I’m just annoyed right now.”
“That’s fair. Is your mom a teacher too?”
“No, she’s a lawyer.”
Maya walked up to Farkle with a big smile on her face.
“Morning Maya, you seem happy.”
“Today is the big day. I told Lucas I wanted to talk to him. I’m gonna ask him out. There was a spark this summer, and I know he felt it too. Who, who is talking too?”
“I’m not sure.”
“Oh, well, I’m about to end this.”
The two walk over to Lucas and Riley.
“Hi Lucas.” Maya says annoyed.
“Hey Maya.” He says, still looking at Riley.
“Um, we need to talk remember?”
“Oh, right,” He says turning to her a little, “What’s up?”
“Maya, I’m sort of talking to-”
“It’s okay, one of my friends is calling me. See you around.”
He watched the beauty walk away. How could someone make walking look like an art.
“Damn, I didn’t get to ask her what her schedule was.”
“What’s her name anyways?” Asks Farkle.
“Riley. Her dad is the new teacher.”
The bell rings.
“We’ll talk later, okay?” Lucas says to Maya as he rushes to his first class.
“Do I look okay? I don’t know who that girl is, but it looks like she’s going to be a problem. I’ve waited too long for this, I’m not going to let him slip away.”