Hello Lab Rats fans! It is I, the fabulous daphrose! Yup, I'm back already! This story has been in my head for a very long time now. This will be my main story, with a few other one-shots every now and then. I should update it every Saturday. This story does contain ChaseXOC (in case that wasn't made obvious by the summary). I know, super original, right? But I've got a few unique ideas, so don't be too quick to judge!
I'm rating it T 'cause I'm paranoid. There are some more intense moments as the story goes on. I also might change the genre from "humor" to "adventure" later on. It just changes so much as the plot advances that it's hard to categorize it.
Just so you know, this story takes place sometime between "Avalanche" and "Trent Gets Schooled." So: old lab, Douglas is frozen, Trent is still in school, yeah, you get it.
This first chapter is kinda short, but they'll get longer. I just had to get the story started. So, go ahead and read it and let me know what you think!
I don't own Lab Rats.
* * * Chapter 1: Bumping Into You * * *
It was another typical day at Mission Creek High. Leo Dooley approached his step-brother Chase at his locker. "I got a B+ on my history report!" Leo announced happily. "What did you get?"
"Do you even have to ask?" Chase replied in his I'm-smarter-than-you tone. "An A+, of course!"
"Man!" Leo said with a scowl. "Why do you always have to do that?"
"Well, I am the smartest boy in the world."
"I know, but you always have to go and rub everyone's faces in it."
"You're the one who asked!" Chase protested.
"Well I know one thing you can't do!" Leo replied.
Chase chuckled. "Oh Leo, there is nothing I can't do!"
"How about talk to a girl?" Leo asked with a smirk. Chase bit his lip and was silent. "That's what I thought. Look, here comes Janelle. Watch and learn, genius. Hey, Janelle!" Leo called.
"Not now, Leo!" Janelle said as she rushed by. "I'm going to be late for class!"
"Okay, that's fine, we can talk later!" Leo called down the hall after her. In spite of himself, Chase began to smile.
"Well, that went well!" he said sarcastically. "Alright, I'll admit, I'm not the best at talking to girls. But I've got other things I need to worry about."
Chase spun around quickly to walk to class, but accidently crashed into someone. Books and papers flew everywhere and the person he slammed into fell to the ground.
"Oh my goodness!" Chase cried, grabbing some of the papers. "I'm so sorry!"
"No," the girl groaned. "It's fine. I should have been looking where I was going." Chase offered her a hand, which she gladly accepted. "Thanks. I'm April, by the way. April Henderson."
"I'm Chase Davenport," he replied. Though he tried to suppress it, Chase could feel a silly grin creeping up his face.
"Well, Chase, it's very nice to meet you." April pushed her dark brown hair behind her ear as she picked up her books.
"Are you new here? I've never seen you before." I would have remembered that, Chase thought.
"Yeah, today is my first day here. Speaking of which, do you know where biology class with Mrs. Field is?"
"Just go up the stairs, turn right, and it will be the second door on your left," Chase replied.
"Okay, great. Thank you so much!" April said. "Maybe I'll run into you again sometime. Although, hopefully not literally!" April smiled and rubbed her forehead.
"See you around!" Chase called after her. Leo walked over from where he had been leaning against the lockers.
"Well," he said, "I have to admit: that was impressive."
"Pssh," Chase said, drawing himself up in an attempt to look manly. "That was nothing!"
"Oh, it was something all right!" Leo insisted. "You like her, don't you?"
"Leo, I don't have time for something as silly as a crush." Chase gathered up his books and walked away. But that silly grin was doing its best to take over his face again.
"Chase talked to a girl!" was the first thing Leo said to Adam and Bree when they sat down at lunch.
Adam began to laugh. "Great joke, Leo!" he said. Chase threw his hands up in protest.
"What girl?" Bree asked, but her tone was disbelieving.
"The new girl, April," Leo replied.
"Oh, I know her!" Bree said. "We have biology together. She's kind of nerdy. She started talking about all these different science-y terms I had never even heard of. April might be perfect for you, Chase!"
"I still don't believe that you talked to her," Adam said as he poked holes in his burger with a toothpick.
"No, it's true!" Leo replied. "I saw the whole thing! Chase bumped into her and knocked her down, and then he helped her up and told her where science class was. And she said that maybe they would bump into each other again sometime."
"She was probably just being polite," Adam said.
"Well, whatever," Chase said with a scowl. "I don't care if she talks to me again or not."
"Well, we're about to find out if that's true," Bree said, "because here she comes."
"Hey Bree!" April called. "Do you mind if I sit with you?"
"Sure, April, I don't mind," Bree said, pulling out a chair.
"Oh, hey Chase!" April said as she looked up from her food tray. "Do you and Bree know each other?"
"Hi April," Chase replied. "Yes, Bree's my sister. And that's my brother Adam, and this is Leo."
"Oh, right! Well, it's nice to meet you, Adam and Leo."
"Time-wise, I'm sure!" Adam replied.
April furrowed her brow. "What?" she inquired.
"Ignore him," Bree said with a shrug. "So, how do you like it at Mission Creek High?"
"It's great! Everyone's really nice here. Well, except for Principal Perry. I usually don't have a problem with authority figures, but she . . . um . . ." April paused, trying to find the right words.
"Is a tyrant?" Leo supplied.
April nodded. "Yes, I suppose. She kept glaring at me and tried to search my backpack once or twice. Ah well. I guess things could be worse."
"No, not really," Leo replied.
"April, is it true that you talked to Chase earlier?" Adam asked. "Because I really don't believe that you did." Chase glared at his brother.
April let out a soft chuckle. "Yes, I did talk to Chase earlier. We ran into each other in the hallway. Quite literally, I might add. Your brother was very kind in helping me up and telling me where class was."
"Okay, so you did talk to him. Why?"
"Adam!" Chase protested.
"I believe I just stated that," April said matter-o-factly. "I needed help with finding my class. Besides, we ran into each other accidently." April glanced over at Chase. "Not that I think that was a bad thing! I'm actually rather happy about it."
The bell began to ring, signaling the end of lunch. "Well, I've got to go," April said, slinging her backpack over her shoulder. "See you all later!"
Chase let out a sort of happy squeaking noise. "Did you hear that?" he muttered to Leo. "She said she was happy to run into me!"
"I heard!" Leo replied. "Who would've thought the day would come?"
So, what did you guys think? Hate it? Love it? Review! I know you can.
April's last name being "Henderson" is sort of my own little joke. For those of you who didn't realize, Henderson was Adam, Bree, and Chase's last name in the episode "Parallel Universe." It really doesn't mean anything in my story; I'm just bad with last names and thought I'd put in a little trivia. No, she is NOT related to them, if you were wondering that.
Also, please excuse the fact that their lunch time was only a few minutes long. ^^; I couldn't think of a better way to end it and I didn't want things to be awkward.
See you all next Saturday for Chapter 2: Changes.