Chapter One

It was twenty thirteen, music festival.
She'd become my best friend,
Still I wanted more.
Too scared to make the leap…

It was supposed to be a date. It should have been a date; I was just too chicken to ask.
We were friends, that much I could admit. Anything else… was too hard.

"Vega!" I yelled from across the hall, smirking when she jumped and spun to face me.

"Jade! What the hell? You scared the chizz out of me!" I walked over to stand next to her as she held her hand to her chest. I folded my arms and leant against the lockers, watching as she went back to riffling through her own.

"That was the idea." I replied. "Anyway, you busy tonight?" How I managed to not sound nervous I had no idea. My heart hammered in my chest and I contemplated the different scenarios.

"Ugh, I have a ton of homework. If I don't make some headway in my maths, I'm in serious danger of getting detention." She scowled and I laughed, though inside my heart twisted in pain at the thought that she might reject me.

"Oh no!" I put the back of my hand to my forehead and sang out using the 1940's voice I loved to tease her with. "Deary me! Sweet, innocent Tori Vega getting a detention, whatever shall we do?" I laughed as she looked at me with as much malice as she could, something I found to be completely adorable, and slammed her locker shut.

"I. Don't. Talk like that!" She spun on her heel and stormed past me toward the asphalt café. I laughed and followed after her. I was still grinning manically when I sat down next to her at the table. She simply frowned at me in annoyance.

"Come on, Vega, lighten up." I nudged her shoulder with my own and her face softened slightly at the contact. "I know, tonight, how about you take a break from being Miss Good Girl and go with me to this concert?" I played the question off as fun, but inside I was dying. This was not how I had wanted this to go…

"What concert…?" She asked suspiciously.

"Yes, Vega, it is a rock concert." I looked at her pointedly. "Learn to embrace your dark side." I slid closer to her and peered up with covered eyes. "I know you have one…" I purred. Her face flushed and she refused to look at me, simply playing with the food on the table in front of her.

"I dunno, Jade… I-I don't think it's a good idea. I am really behind in a lot of classes and I doubt my parents would let me go out on a school night…" She bit her lip and I could almost see the gears turning in her head as she tried to come up with a way out. I pulled back and struggled to reign in the feeling of disappointment.

"If you don't want to go, just say so, Vega. Don't try to come up with stupid excuses. I just thought, since I've got two tickets to the only show my favourite band are playing for under eighteens, you would want to go with me. You know, since you're my friend..." I bit my lip to hide the smirk after the last word. It wasn't something I said often and I knew she cherished each time I did. As expected, she looked at me with wide eyes and a giant smile.

"I- I…" She stuttered and seemed really torn. "I love hearing you say that Jade, believe me I do… It's just… " I watched her face with bated breath as the last of her excuses died away. "Alright! I'll go, okay? I'll go." She shook her head and laughed at herself. "How are you able to talk me into doing things I always regret the next day?"

"It's a gift." I shrugged but inside my heart burst with happiness. So it wasn't a date; but maybe, given the right setting, I could still tell her how I felt.