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Chapter 45

September 18th 2013 01:40
The next morning, I was feeling good, optimistic even. Wearing Channing's jersey was really starting to feel normal, and I even had a little pep in my step. I said hi to my friends and turned my attention to my locker, shoving some notebooks away.

"27 sure looks good on you, sure you can't switch to the best number ever?" Channing said as he came up behind me.

"Thanks, but 34 is a much better number." I said with a smile before I gave him a light kiss.

"We'll have to agree to disagree" he said as he headed to his locker.

The rest of the morning was fairly uneventful. Mark had waited for me in the hall after History class, just long enough to set up a study session for Sunday afternoon.

Channing was leaning against my locker as I strolled up, texting on his phone. He didn't see me so I tugged on his jersey and missing him on his cheek. He straightened up, wrapped his arms around my lower back to pull me in for a deep kiss.

"Hey" he said as I scooted him out of the way of my locker to grab my lunch and books. "So, Jenny's party after the game tonight?"

I took a minute. Mark's words from yesterday really sunk in last night and I haven't hung with my friends in what felt like forever.

I must have taken too long cause Channing asked, "What, you don't want to go?"

"Not really, is that bad?" I asked, but he kind of just looked at me without saying anything, so I kept going. "I kind of want to keep it low key, go to the diner with my friends..."

"Jeremy told me that Andrea was going to meet him there, so I just assumed you'd want to go too." He said as we walked up to the cafeteria.

I scrunched up my nose.

"What?" He asked, looking confused.

"It's just... I don't know, parties aren't really my scene." I stumbled over the words.

"So you're saying you never wanted to go to any party?" He asked, not really believing that.

I wanted to answer yes, I never wanted to go to any party, but instead I replied "It's not that, it's just that I haven't hung out with my friends in awhile, and I kind of just wanted to do something with them. Would you want to go to a diner, just hang out after the game?"

He opened the cafeteria door for me, as he just answered, "yeah, yeah we can do that if that's what you want to do."


Chapter 44

September 13th 2013 23:08
After last night's study session with Becky, I knew I was in trouble. I showed up at school early in hopes to talk to Mrs. Smith, and was glad that she was at her desk when I got to her classroom.

"Kristi, how'd it go with Becky?" she said barely looking away from her computer.

"Not so good actually, that's why I'm here." I replied sheepishly. That had Mrs. Smith attention, so I kept going. "Becky needs a lot of help, she wasn't really retaining any of the information we went over yesterday. At my current schedule, i don't think I'll be able to make a substantial difference in her grades. I think she needs daily help to go over each lesson, and I just can't commit to that kind of schedule right now.

Mrs. Smith just looked at me a moment , then replied, "I have to say Kristi, I'm really disappointed by this. I'm trying to help you here, but I feel you're taking advantage of my generosity. Tutoring isn't easy, and you're basically asking me to try and find you another student. It doesn't give me much confidence in pairing someone else with you, nor is it helping me write what I thought would be an easy and exemplary reference letter."

"I'm sorry Mrs. Smith, I don't mean to be difficult. I'm just trying to be honest..." I said, reaching for words.

"Okay, here's my suggestion. You either stick with Becky and do your best, work things out with Mark, or forget about tutoring until the winter, and we can pick up the discussion about the possibility of a scholarship then." she stated.

"Do you think I have a chance at the scholarship if I bail this fall?" I asked.

"To be honest with you, Kristi, no I don't."She stated.

I just stood there thinking. I really needed Mrs. Smith's recommendation letter in order to give me the best shot at this scholarship. And that means i have to show real results from my tutoring. There's no way I could help Becky get her grades up with only two study sessions a week, she was a complete airhead. So my only choice was try and mend things with Mark, enough to get me that scholarship.

"I trust your assessment with Becky, as I, too, thought she would need a lot of help, but gave her to you because I know you're the best. And I appreciate you recognizing that you may not be able to help her this fall. I'd really hate to see you lose this opportunity over some foolish argument you had with Mark. You were obviously making an impact there, as he even managed a C on the last exam. When I talked to him about it, he had said about half the material was covered in your last session. He could easily be a B student in my class with your help. Think about it. I haven't been able to find him a new tutor yet, so you could be paired with him again." She said turning back to her computer.

"I'll figure something out." I said walking out her door.

"Let me know by the end of the day please." She raised her voice after me.

"Okay..." I said, my mind racing. I ran up to homeroom, begged Mr. Koch for a hall pass to see my dad before 1st period.

"Dad" I said rushing into the gym.

Surprised to see me, "Kristi, what's up?" He asked.

I told him of my conversation with Mrs. Smith. "Do you think what you said to Mark worked? Do you think this is worth the scholarship?" I babbled out.

He just looked at me for a moment. "I don't think Mark is dumb enough to try anything again and we can make sure you're not alone with him if you feel uneasy in anyway. I don't want you to miss a scholarship and think it's worth one more shot. If it doesn't work out this time, screw the scholarship."

I let out a breath. I wasn't sure what'd he'd say, but now I have to try and figure out a way to mend things with Mark. I thought about it all morning. After history class I rushed out scanning the hall for Mark. I saw him and called out his name. He turned surprised. "I need to talk to you." I said.

We went outside and sat on the curb and I didn't know where to start. "I don't know how we got here..."

"We walked..." He said with a smirk.

"You know what I mean." I said disapprovingly. "You actually hurt me you know."

"I know, I know." He said looking down at his hands. "I'm just going through some stuff and I couldn't control my..." He weaned off.

I picked up the conversation... "Do you want to tell me what's going on? You know I won't tell a soul, and maybe it will help."

"No, no." He said matter-of-factly. "I just can't... talk about it. Not right now, not with you, not with anybody." He continued.

"I'm not going to push it, but..." I started.

"Kristi. I never meant to hurt you. I never wanted to make you afraid of me, and frankly I'm disgusted with myself. And I really can't talk about why, but I was taking it out on you because I didn't want to lose something else..." He trailed off.

"What do you mean lose something else?" I questioned him, he looked defeated.

"I know you didn't really know any of that stuff about me actually liking you and comparing you to other girls or any of that..." He exhaled, "but it's all true. Not only are you beautiful, smart, witty, but you're a good person. I have you up on this pedestal, and not only have I realized that I never had a shot with you, I see him chipping that pedestal away." He exhaled again.

"What do you mean?" I asked it as sincerely as I could, but I was starting to get irritated.

"He's changing you Kristi." He paused, "I didn't think you were the kind of girl that would. The Kristi I knew would never had gone to a party, and if she did she wouldn't be pretending to drink to fit in. She would speak up for herself no matter who was around or what they would think of her after she said it... Because, well she always meant it. She wouldn't let someone be made fun of and made to look small right in front of her. Remember that time we were all making fun of some nerd eating lunch by himself, and you got up, told us all to shut it, then sat down with that kid for the rest of the week. Remember?"

"Yes" I said ready to say more.

"You're not that person anymore, you're trying to fit in. And I just don't understand why. For that guy? You're too good for that Kristi. And with every little thing that you do that is the complete opposite of what I knew makes me more and more mad at you for not being able to see it." He blew it a breath.

"Okay, I hear you." I said to him.

"Do you really?" He asked not convinced.

"Yes, okay I do. This situation is new to me too you know. I'm trying to figured it out and you haven't made it easy for me in the least." I tried to explain.

"I realize I've been crazy, and I'm trying to respect your relationship, because I honestly do respect you and know that I can't really make up for..." He pointed to my wrist, "the things that I've done. I'm sorry Kristi, I really am."

"Can we try and start fresh? I'll take your concerns into consideration, if you promise to back off..." I told him cautiously.

"Yeah, I want to." He said back reassuringly.

"Okay, so do you think we can go back to tutoring, because you're my only shot at this scholarship." I states nudging into him.

"You're my only shot at passing." He said with a smile.

We missed lunch completely, but that went way better than I could have ever imagined. But he gave me a little bit to think about. I was giving in a bit of myself to fit in with Channing's life, and maybe I needed to reevaluate the things that were important to me and make sure I wasn't losing them for my relationship.

I was so preoccupied this morning with all of this that I completely forgot that I haven't seen Channing all day. When I strolled into English, he started with a "where have you been all day?"

The bell rung before I could get anything out and Mr. Vojt start on his lesson. I scribbled in a note "long story, I'll tell you after 8th."

He didn't write anything back, which was probably for the best. I didn't know how he was going to take the fact that I'm going to try and put the past behind me and trust that Mark has turned a new leaf. Especially since I wasn't 100 percent sure myself that he has.

At the end of class, he draped an arm over my shoulder, "is it a good kind long story?" He asked.

"It depends on your perspective..." I said back uneasily.

"Uh oh. You're making me nervous." He said back before we had to part ways.

"No, it's okay." I tried to reassure him as I turned the corner.

After class, I headed back to the lockers, said a quick goodbye to my friends, as Channing all but pulled me away to hear about my morning. "I have to swing by Mrs. Smith's before I leave today" I started before I told him about my conversations with her and my dad that morning. I even told him a shortened and condensed version of my conversation with Mark.

"So you believe that he's sorry and going to back off?" He asked me without any emotion.

"Yes. I'm hoping that he is." I said trying to sound convincing.

"And you're willing to put yourself at risk, with a guy that physically hurt you once already, for a scholarship?" He asked.

"I'm willing to give him one more chance. You have to trust me that I can handle myself and I won't put myself in a situation where he can do that to me again." I said, not sure if he would understand.

"I think you're making a mistake Kristi. I don't know what he said to you to make you have this change of heart, but if you believe him, I'll trust you're gut. Just know that I don't trust him, and if he does anything to you or us, it won't be pretty. I feel like I've been Mr. Nice Guy so far, and I won't be if he even looks at you the wrong way."

"I get that." I said as I stopped at Mrs. Smith's doorway. "I'm going to start tutoring mark again." I said quickly.

"Glad to hear it." She replied.

Fall TV 2011 has been in full swing now with most networks shuttling out the new shows (I believe only NBC's Grimm is left to premiere - This Friday!), SO I wanted to revisit my reviews and tell you which shows I've tapped into and whether or not America's behind me...


2 Broke Girls - CBS, Mondays @ 8:30 - They've got a killer time slot craddled between the solid How I Met Your Mother and they "highest rated sitcom" Two and a Half Men. After the pilot I gave it a "Hopeful Call Back" that's turned into a "Faithful Watcher". I think it still has it's rough spots, but I like the girls banter and that it has a definitive overall story arch (hello, cupcake shop!). Apparently America and the TV gods agreed, because it's been picked up for a full season and has the bragging rights for the Number 1 new comedy.

New Girl - FOX, Tuesdays at 9PM (returning Nov. 1st) - Although, it's been pushed back a few weeks because of FOX's coverage of the Baseball Playoffs/World Series and their decision to run X-Factor instead... I gave this show a "Thumbs Up!" and after just a few episodes, I'm a total "Faithful Watcher". Tuesdays are my FOX-ONLY nights since it's dedicated to Glee, New Girl and Raising Hope... it's the perfect fit. Apparently FOX agreed, being the first network to pick up a new show for a full season.

The X-Factor - FOX, Wednesdays & Thursdays - The ratings for the return of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul weren't exactly American Idol numbers, but they're pretty respectable. After torturously watching some auditions, I decided that there was wayyyy too much good scripted television in the Fall to dedicate so much time to a singing competition show. I threw in the towel, but I think X-Factor will stick around.

Once Upon a Time - ABC, Sundays at 8PM - The storybook fantasy show just premiered last Sunday, but I must say I'm intrigued. I'm looking forward to see where they can take the classic stories we all know and entangle them with their own story. It was the highest-rated new drama series to premiere this season at 12.8 million viewers, so I'm guessing we'll hear some good news after a few more episodes.

Suburgatory - ABC, Wednesdays at 830PM - They have a very decent timeslot, craddled between The Middle and Modern Family, but that only got Better With You one full season before being dropped and apparently, ABC is willing to give this the same shot. They've gotten a full-season pick-up. I liked Better With You and I like Suburgatory. I think it's a good mix between the sarcasm of The Middle and the ridiculousness of Modern Family and could see it bridging the two nicely. I'll be tuning in and keeping my fingers crossed that they found something that'll stick.

Person of Interest - CBS, Thursdays at 9PM - I was looking forward to this one for one reason: Michael Emerson. I think it fits well with CBS's tried and true crime dramas (think NCIS and CSI), but with a new twist. It's another show my hubby and I can watch together (BONUS!) and I've heard it's gonna be around for at least one full season.

Revenge - ABC - I haven't watched this one, nor do I have the desire too. I left my soap-opera days behind long ago, and couldn't quite latch on to a night-time version. But apparently enough of America has. It's gotten a full-season pick-up

Whitney - NBC - The commercial clips are promising but, I've never DVR'd or watched an episode. It must be a timing issue, yet I have no real pull to try and figure out why I'm not watching... ANYWHO, it's got a full season pick-up.

Up All Night - NBC - Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph... this show should be a mega-hit, yet it's more like a rollercoaster. Some episodes I've loved, some I haven't... After the pilot I said it was on it's "Last Chance Call Back" and I feel like that's still the case for me... I keep calling it back hoping to fall in love, but I just haven't yet... but I'm also not willing to let it go either. Apparently, NBC/America are in the same boat, it's modest ratings really don't warrant a full-season pick-up at this point, but the stars have made it impossible to give up on this soon.

Secret Circle - CW Thursdays at 9PM - I gave this supernatural CW show a "Skeptical Call Back" after the pilot, but I have to say the witches have won me over. It's definitely tailor made for the CW crowd, but it does seem to have decent writing (ala the Vampire Diaries). It's got a full season pick-up and I'll gladly watch it.

Ringer - CW, Tuesdays at 8PM - Sarah Michelle Gellar back on television as twin sisters in a thriller-type drama series. I gave it a try, but found it too campy. CW disagreed though and gave it a full season pick-up.

Hart of Dixie - CW - Rachel Bilson as a city-doctor in a small town, didn't really appeal to me and thusly I never watched. I have to admit I even roll my eyes at the promos. But CW is giving it a full season.


Last Man Standing - ABC, Tuesdays at 830PM - I reluctantly watched this (I told you my Tuesdays are dedicated to the FOX line-up), but decided to since FOX was airing baseball instead of their go-to line-up. I was pleasantly surprised at the return of Tim Allen. I'll probably DVR the upcoming episodes and see where it goes. It had a strong opening, but has lost numbers... I'm guessing America's with me and isn't quite sure yet.

Terra Nova - FOX, Mondays at 8PM - I had high hopes, but also high skeptism for this blast to the past fantasy show. And for me, it's delivered. It's another show my husband and I can agree to watch together, which is always a plus in my book and I think it's been fun to watch so far in terms of fantasy and story-telling. But that might not be enough for FOX execs. They've confirmed that the show will only have 13 episodes this season, but they haven't ruled out a second season. Maybe, they'll follow some cable networks and do shorter seasons to make the the high costs of producing more manageable.

Unforgettable - CBS - I haven't watched this one (I can only do so many crime-dramas, and I have a pretty low tolerance for them as it is, plus I might be one of the few that think's Poppy Montegomery's red hair is awful...), but it looks like it's sticking around.

Man Up! - ABC - It premiered last week, and the pilot was just okay in my opinion. It was another show I wasn't planning on catching (but got the chance to because of FOX's baseball coverage). The ratings weren't the best, and I'm thinking it's gonna be hard to bolister viewers this late in the game.

Pam Am - ABC - The concept of flight attendants circa 1960s never really appealed to me. Christina Ricci almost had enough pull for me to check it out, but then I didn't... America seems to be with me, since the show's struggling with ratings, but it seems to have network execs behind it for now and hasn't been cancelled (or given a full-season pickup) yet.

Prime Suspect - NBC - Another crime drama? No thanks. I never caught an episode, and many other Americans agreed. It's been struggling in ratings, but got the go-ahead for 6 more scripts... it's still undetermined if they'll every see the airs...

A Gifted Man - CBS - A doctor that sees his dead wife... or something. Never really piqued my interest. It's doing okay for a Friday night show, and may be able to last a season. But I'd say don't get too attached.

American Horror Story - FX - I'm still not sure how I feel about this show. I've watched all aired episodes thus far and can't tell if I actually like it. It's so different than most other shows on television, and it's so morbid and creepy that I can't seem to turn away. I'll keep watching til I decide.


The Playboy Club - Trying to cash in on Mad Men fame, this 1960s nod to Playboy just didn't excite fans and angered parental groups. Low expectations weren't met, and the show was the first one to be canned.

Free Agents - I gave the Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn comedy a "Thumbs Down" after barely getting to the first commercial break of the pilot. It was the second fall show to get axed.

How to be a Gentleman - CBS - This show had the giant lead-in of The Big Bang Theory and failed to get numbers. I tried to watch, but could only stand about 5 minutes. It was like watching the uncool Barney Stinson (How I Met You Mother) and who wants to watch that? Apparently no one; CBS moved it to Saturdays before giving it the ax.

Charlie's Angels - One of the most promoted new fall shows, seemingly fell flat to viewers in comparison to the original 1970's version and even the newer movies of the same name. Sorry gals.

Fall 2011 Premieres: The Rest

October 3rd 2011 15:25
Most of the Fall premieres 2011 have come out and are now in full swing, but there are some stragglers! Here are the premiere dates...

Monday, Oct. 3rd
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Fall 2011 Premiere Week #3

September 26th 2011 15:13
It's the third week of Fall premieres 2011! Are you as excited as I am? Check out the list below to find out what premieres this week (Sep-26 thru Oct-02)

Monday, Sept. 26th
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The Amazing Race, Premiere

September 26th 2011 14:37
The Amazing Race, Premiere in Tai-wan

We quickly met the teams… here's a quick rundown:
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The X-Factor, Dual Night Premiere

September 23rd 2011 14:49
The X-Factor, It Doesn't Have 'It'

I was excited at the prospect of having Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul back on my screen together again, judging hopeful singers, in what they were boasting as "better than American Idol"… BUT, I've made a decision: I'm not going to watch the X-Factor
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Survivor: South Pacific 9/21/11

September 22nd 2011 18:27
Survivor, Blind Hatred, Damn Temptress

It's the second episode of Survivor: South Pacific and we catch up with Semhar as she poetically weaves her thoughts as the voice-over to her arrival and first night at Redemption Island

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New Fall 2011 Shows – Reviews Thus Far

September 21st 2011 15:04
New Fall 2011 Shows – Reviews Thus Far

I've committed one post to the new CW show, Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, check it out here (just a warning… it's not a positive review). But I haven't gotten around to reviewing several other new fall 2011 shows. Here's my chance. I'll be reviewing NBC's Up All Night (Will Arnett, Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph) and Free Agents (Hank Azaria, Kathryn Hahn), CW's The Secret Circle (Britt Robertson), CBS's 2 Broke Girls (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) and FOX's New Girl (Zooey Deschanel). Let's get started

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Fall 2011 Premiere Week #2

September 19th 2011 14:34
It's the second week of Fall premieres 2011! Are you as excited as I am? Check out the list below to find out what premieres this week (Sep-19 thru Sep-25)

Monday, Sept. 19th
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I actually liked that Cristina isn't okay yet. I mean, she's a very intense character in every aspect on the show, so I think it's only realistic that she's having the most intense reaction to the shooting, especially since she was the one that had a gun to her head telling her to stop saving her best friend's husband. If she was just fine a few episodes back when everyone else seems (mostly) fine, it wouldn't have been realistic for me, and in turn would have made the most dramatic show (post George's Death) be a fleeting moment in television, done for ratings instead of a story-arc. Obviously we all know Cristina will be back eventually, and I am willing to wait.

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True1 - I don't see the Greg Brady-ness, but that's just me...

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Thanks for the comment True1! It's good to hear from someone that enjoyed both Jake and Vienna from their season, but still had a similar reaction to last night's interview as I did.

And thanks for the link about the Bachelor Pad article. Another example of how much of a "fame whore" Jake has become.

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Sorry if I upset you, but that's how I see it right now. If she gets to stick around, I'm open-minded!

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I hope that's true! BUT I have based this ranking on what we've seen so far, and we haven't seen her. Check back tomorrow, when I re-rank everyone, because it will be based more on that performance than any pre-packaged things we've seen thus far! I'm wouldn't rule out a big jump!

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Although I haven't watched any of the other TV shows you spoke about... (haha, sorry!) I agree. I personally think it's hard for sci-fi / thrillers to last on network television; networks just don't cultivate fan-bases that are needed for these kind of shows to really work and there's usually a complex storyline that needs time to unfold.

I was surprised when I heard Dollhouse got their 2nd season pick-up in the first place, but I'm glad they did and I wish they did serialize it like they do with 24, but it's just not going to happen.

And I heard Fringe is quite amazing, but I just haven't gotten into it...

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