Hi everyone!

I've taken some chunks out of the books but I hope it's not that major.

Disclaimer: You know the usual, I don't own Alex Rider (but if I did, things would be VERY different).

Oh and my other magnificent Alex Rider story readers, this is the reason I wanted to delete 'Found You'. Because I think this is better, but Hey! you decide.

SO R&R!

Christina Hartford was bored. It was Friday afternoon in the middle of Chemistry and instead of concentrating on atoms she was concentrating on what she was going to eat when she got home. It wasn't her fault; she was extremely intelligent but found that the class she was in was below her standards. She'd learnt all this in Year 7 and now she was learning what she knew already in Year 11, and that was the most annoying thing ever. She sighed and looked at her classmates, most of them looked confused and the other half couldn't care less about atoms. She looked at her best friend James who was asleep with his head on his desk, she couldn't help smiling, the teacher hadn't even noticed.

"Oi," she whispered to James and kicked his shin," get up."

"Is it the end of the lesson?" he asked yawning.

"No," She said, grinning evilly. "I just wanted you to suffer as well."

"Thanks." he said sarcastically.

He looked around, and seeing Tina Major staring at him, he grinned. Tina was the hottest girl in his class and practically all the boys fancied her. She gave him a flirtatious smile and he grinned back trying to look cool. Christina was making vomiting noises in the background.

"Hey Chris, do you think it's a good idea to ask Tina out?" he asked while smiling at Tina who was giggling silently.

"How many times have I told you not to call me Chris!" she whispered as loud as she could without attracting too much attention.

"Sorry, I've just got used to Chris, and Christina sounds so posh," he said." So should I ask her out?"

"It's your choice - but don't mind me puking on your wedding day."

"Huh?" he said looking confused.

"You know - if you two make a sickly couple and all, someone has to puke."

"Oooh, jealous, are we?" he asked grinning mischievously.

"I'm not jealous," she whispered indignantly. "Go out with her if you want."

"Come on Chris," he pleaded," you've always given me girl advice."

"I said, go out with her."

"Cool!" he grinned." Tina Major, meet your new boyfriend, James Blake."

"Oh, and one more thing." Chris said.

"Hmm." he looked at her.

"Don't come crying to me if she rejects you in front of everyone." she smirked.

"Which she won't," he said confidently." The Blake charm always works."

She coughed "Yeah right."


The bell rang to signify the end of class. She walked quickly to her locker eager to meet her mum outside. She put her homework in her bag and set off for the main doors waving goodbyes at classmates and friends, she heard James's voice and turned around to see him chatting up Tina, who seemed annoyed for some odd reason. She grinned as she looked at the expression off 'I can't believe she's not falling for me' on James's face. She watched as Tina pushed him aside and frowned at him before walking off and leaving a confused and upset James.

"So, how did it go?" she asked softly, walking up to him.

"Bad. She totally resisted me."

"I thought the Blake charm always works," she said, then got a glare from him. "What did you say to her?"

"I said, 'So Tina, since no one has asked you out, do you wanna go and see a movie on Saturday night?" he said, "She said, 'God, did you think I was hitting on you? I'd never go out with you. It was a joke! Me and my mates wanted to see how you would react. Besides, like anyone would wanna go out with you.' Am I really that bad to look at?"

"Oh, for god's sake, get a grip on yourself!" she said, sounding disgusted. " It was only one girl."

"She's seriously gonna regret doing that"

"Bloody hell! The way you're going on about it, you'd think she murdered your family, not reject you." she sighed." Well, I'm going. My mum's waitin' outside. See ya."

She walked off, shaking her head slightly. She met the September sunshine as she walked out of the school doors, her mood lifted immediately as she saw her mum waving at her.

"Hi!" she shouted waving at her mum.

"Hiya, honey!" said Janice.

Janice Hartford was the best mum anyone could've dreamed off, she wasn't a nag and didn't really mind whether you did your schoolwork right or not. But she cared a lot about her daughter and made sure she had everything she needed. The only bad thing about her was that she was a lawyer and was very strict about the law. Apart from that she was a great cook and fun to be around.

"Come on, I've got to prepare for an important case tomorrow," she said while ushering frantically at her.

Chris's smile disappeared instantly and she frowned, her mother was hardly ever at home, she was always preparing for a case or something or the other and Chris was sometimes left alone and always cherished the moment when her mother would step through the door.

"Didn't you have a case a few days ago?"

"Yes honey, but I passed it over to my boss." she said, looking out of the wing mirror and starting to back out of the car park.

"I nearly told him to stick his cases-" Chris saw her mother stop herself from saying the rest of that thought. "...Somewhere, but controlled myself."

She stifled a laugh, "I don't think you would last much longer there, if you had said that."

They drove through the crowded streets of London, passing houses and kids going home from school.


Chris looked out of the window and saw a boy coming out of Brookland with his bike. 'Oooh, he's fit,' she thought.

What she didn't know was, that boy was Alex Rider and he was a spy working for MI6. He looked at her and gave a feeble smile and she smiled back hoping he thought she was hot.

"What homework have you got?" her mum asked.

"The usual."

"Christina, you really-" she was cut off as she swerved to miss a truck which had gone full speed ahead at a red light but she crashed into it anyway. Janice's, her mum, head hit the steering wheel and blood gushed out of the injury and she fainted, Chris had hit the dashboard and the airbags had managed to save her life. She managed to turn her neck painfully around and look at her mum.

"Mum, I'll get help-," she rasped but blacked out before she could finish her sentence.


"Uhhh," Christina woke up, she rubbed her eyes and a sharp pain from her neck jerked her senses awake. There was a strong smell of disinfectants in the air. 'I must be in a hospital', she thought.

"Hey, lie down." a familiar voice whispered in her ear and gently laid her head down." Get some rest Chris."

"James, is that you?" she asked her voice barely audible, her muscles in her neck straining to speak.

"Yeah, the one and only," he said in a joking manner but she could hear a strain behind his words.

"Where's my mum?" Chris asked suddenly.

"Chris, you should really get rest, the doctor says you're not that badly injured and your neck injury is only some minor whiplash or something, which is weird 'cause I don't remember there being whips anywhere in cars." She smiled at his comment. And then winced at the pain.

"Ow! It hurts everywhere."

"Well, you've been in an accident Chris and I don't think it was very accidental." He said, frowning.

"What do you mean?" she asked curious.

"I dunno," his brow furrowed. "Anyway, I'll come tomorrow and meet you again."

"Where's my mum?" she asked again.

"Oh, I almost forgot, your aunt just went back to your house to get some of your stuff, she'll be back in a few minutes."

"You're avoiding my question," she said straining to get her words out. "Please, James, tell me where my mum is."

"Chris," he sat down on the edge of her bed." I don't think I'm the right person to tell you this."

"Just say it," she snapped.

"Chris, your mum suffered a huge amount of blood loss and damage to her brain. They couldn't save her," he said softly. "I'm really sorry."

It took her a few seconds to comprehend his words and she didn't want to believe it. Tears cascaded down her face and dripped onto the pristine sheets.

"Are you absolutely sure?" she whispered.

"Yes, I'm so sorry."

"This can't be true!" she shouted. "Why are you lying to me? It's not funny, James!"

"I'm not lying, Chris," he said.

"You are!" she flung her pillow at him,"My mum can't die, I won't let her."

She lay down, tears flowing gently down her cheeks.

"What's going to happen now, James?"

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