Once Apon A Midnight Dreary

Before I start, as usual, here's the boring stuff. I'm in no way connected to anyone is this story, blah blah blah... Got it?

Secondly, I would like to dedictae this story to two people. Caroline, and KevsGirl98. KevsGirl, without your constant persuation, I probably would have never done this.

The girls name is Emerald, but it's based on someone else, you know who you are...


The rain poured down hard on her body. She still lay motionless. The thunder was so loud, it felt like the earth was shaking. The lightning lit up the sky, with it’s sharp and jaged strings. She couldn’t get up.

She heard footsteps in her direction. She gazed down the dark street, and was only able to see a rough outline of a man coming for her. She went to get up, but it was impossible.

She glanced over at her watch, wondering how long she had been laying there. 12:32. “Oh my God.” She thought. She had been on the cold wet asphalt for more than four hours. “How could this have happend? Why don’t I remember anything?”

The footsteps were getting closer. She paniced. She wanted to get up, but her body wouldn’t listen. She prayed to God silently that no wrong would hapen, but she realized, that praying would do nothing.

The footsteps stopped. The man was beside her now. He croutched down, and lifted up her upper body, leaning it against his. She regained a bit of movment, so she turned her head to face his.

These two emerald green eyes stared back at her. They watched her, the sensation almost piercing. They were so beautiful. She went to say something, but no words came from her mouth.

An enormous bolt of lightning streaked the sky, and a loud clap of thunder rang. Everything then went black.

~*~Chapter 1~*~

Emerald woke up in a cold sweat. She was breathing deeply, and in a slight state of shock. She tuned towards her clock. It was 4:23 in the morning. It was still dark outside, but there were a few birds singing their usual moring tune.

Emerald didn’t want to go back to sleep. She got up from her silk covers of her bad, and wrapped a house coat over herself. She walked over to her washroom, and headed straight into the shower.

She made the water slightly cold, so she would wake up, and so she could try to put the incredibly wierd dream behind her.

She stepped into the heavy spray of water, letting it hit against her body. As she let the cool water run through her hair, she thought about that wierd dream she had the night before. She decided it would be best if she forgot about it, instead of spending much of her time thinking about what it meant.

She got out of the shower, and she got dressed. She put on a pair of her straight cut demins, and one of her blue Gap shirts. As she tucked her shirt in, the phone rang.

She scanned her room for the cordless phone, and spotted it on the couch next to her bed. She lightly jogged over to it, and picked it up.

“Hello?” she asked, tucking in the final bit of her shirt.


“Um... Who’s this, and why are you calling at 5 in the moring?”

“You don’t reconize me? Em, I’m so hurt...”

Emily quickly reconized the voice then. “Howie!!! Hey boy! Where have you been?” Howie was Emerald’s neighbour, turned best friend. They met when Emerald was five, and Howie was four. When they were little, they were in-seperable. They both grew up with each other, and now, are practically brother and sister.

“Everywhere I guess... It’s 5 there? Sorry, did I wake you?”

“No, I’ve been up since about 4:20. Couldn’t sleep. So where are you now?”

“In Europe.”

“Europe? What the hell for?” Emerald began to walk out of her room, and head down into her kicthen to fix some breakfast.

“Oh, just doing some buisness. Nothing big.”

“You’re not getting yourself into any trouble now are you?” Emerald said in a mother type tone.

“No mother... So what have you been up to lately? It has been a while hasn’t it?”

“Well, I finished school in June, and now I’m really just taking a year off before I go out and find a job. Hopefull something in computers. You know how I am with them.”

“Yeah, you’re one of the best at what you do. I don’t think you’ll have any trouble finding something to do.”

“Ah well...” Emerald put a few slices of bread in the toaster, and went into her living room, and headed straight over to her lap-top computer. She never turns it off, so she hooked it up to the net, and went back into the kitchen to get her toast.

“Well,I’m coming home tonight, and I was wondering if you wanted to do something tomorrow?”

“Howie, you know I’m not into going out and stuff...” Emerald said with a slight whine in her voice.

“I know, but I’m bringing a few friend along. I’m always talking to them about you, and they want to meet this Emerald girl I always talk about. Please say you’ll come.”

“I don’t know. The odds don’t sound very fair, me versus you and your friends...”

“Bring some friends along if you want...”

“What friends? They’re all off in school still. That’s what happens when you’re advanced a year.

Emerald was advanced a year in University, because she was the head of her class. The wasn’t the only reason though. At the rate she was going in the classes she was in, her grades started to drop, becuase they couldn’t seem to keep her interested. The University advanced her a year, and she ended up graduating a year before all her friends.

“Okay fine. I understand that. But please say you’ll come. I really want you to meet them. They’re really nice.”

Emerald let out a sigh. “Fine, I’ll come. But you know you owe me big now...”

Howie let out a laugh. “Okay. Meet me at my house at 3 tomorrow.”

“Okay. See you then.”

“Yeah bye.”

“Bye.” Emerald hung up the phone, put it down on the kitchen table, and took her toasts out of the toaster. She put some peanut butter on each of them, and made her way over to her computer.

~*~Chapter 2~*~

The next day rolled around, and before Emerald knew it, it was time to meet up with Howie and his friends. Emerald was never into meeting new people. She was a bit on the shy side when it came to making new friends, but being with Howie, it made thigs easier.

Emerald always believed that the first impression is what counts the most, so she wanted to make a good one. She chose to wear another Gap shirt, she had many of them because she worked there over the summer, and was forced against her will to buy Gap clothing. It was a short sleeved and a rust color. Finally, she decided on a pair of her black straight cut jeans.

She grabbed her purse and put her wallet in it. Before she left, she took one last look in the mirror. She hated looking at herself, not because she thought she was ugly, but because she felt no need to do it. She grabbed her keys off the hook and headed out.

She drove over to Howie’s place. He used to live next door to her, but he moved out a while ago, to move in with some friends. Emerald has never been to his house before, but he had given her the directions a while ago.

Her black Civic pulled into his driveway. She hesitated before she got out. “Emerald. Don’t be getting cold feet now. You promised Howie that you’d come, don’t back out on him now.” She put her fears behind her, and headed to the door.

When she rang, she heard a loud crash come from the inside of the house, and someone yell.


Someone then oprnd the door. A blond haired, blued eyed guy, who looked like he had to be still in his teens , answerd the door.

“Hi.” He greeted her happily.

“Um hi. Friend of Howie’s?” She asked, suddenly thinking she got the wrong address.“Yeah, come on in. We just, uh, had an acident...” Emerald walked in the apartement, and saw what had happend. It seemed as thoug Howie and a few of his friends were in the mist of trying to bring a pool table down stairs, when it must have slipped, breaking a leg.

“Hey, D. You got a visitor.” The blond kid said.

Howie turned around, and saw Emerald. “Em!!!” He walked over and gave her a warm welcome hug. While his arm was still around her shoulders, he anounced to the guys who she was.

“Hey guys! Remeber the girl Emerald I’m constantly talking about?” The guys stopped what they were doing and nodded. “Well, this is she.”

The guys came over and said their hi’s.

“Emerald, I’d like you to meet Nick,” he was the blond one from before, “Brian,” he was blong too, but was shorter and he looked older, “A.J.,” he had a pair of sunglasses oon, so Emerald wasn’t able to see his eyes, “And Kevin is in the shower right now.” Emerald said hi back to the guys and smiled.

“Why don’t we wait for Kev in the living room?” Howie suggested.

“Sure, but what do we do with the pool table?” A.J. asked, staring down at the broken monument.

“Leave it for now, there’s not much we can do now...” So everyone headed to the living room to wait.


Emerald heard a pair of footsteps coming down the stairs. “Guys?!? What happend here?” This deepish voice said from around the corner. Emerald turned her head, and saw Kevin walk in the room. He was quite tall and he looked a bit mysterious. He had dark hair, and a nice build. Emerald couldn’t help but get this wierd feeling inside. She hadn’t been around much, so it wasn’t everyday she saw guys like this.

“You must be Emerald?” He said, giving his hand out to her. She shook it lightly.

“Yeah, that’s me.”

“Okay, now that we’re all ready to go, why don’t we hit the road?” Howie suggested. They all headed out the door.

“Uh question? Who’s cars are we taking? We all have our here?” Brian informed everyone.

“Well, mine’s blocking most of yours, why not mine and someone elses?” Emerald suggested.

“Sure. Brian and I will go with you, and the other go in Howie’s car.” Kevin suggested.

“Sounds good. Now let’s go.” Howie said. “Let’s just all meet at the Boardwalk in half an hour.”

So they all went out the door, and got in their respected cars. While on the way to the boardwalk, Kevin and Emeradl talked, while Brian took up the whole back seat, trying to sleep.

“So your name is Emerald. I like it. It sounds pretty.”


“Where did you get that name?” Kevin asked, running his hands through his hair as the wind bkew through it.

“My mom gave it to me. It was her birthstone. She said that nothing in the world was more beautiful than an emerald. When she saw me in the hospital for the first time, she said I was the beautifulest thing she’d ever seen. So she thought the name would fit me perfectly.”

“Well, that’s one thing we sorta have in common. Your name is Emerald, and I got emerald green eyes.” She turned and looked at his eyes.

“Wow,” she said to herself. The more she looked at them, the more they looked familiar. She couldn’t quite tell where she had seen them before.

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