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Fiction: The new me

Beep! Beep! Beep!

“Ugh” I thought as I turned off my alarm and got up to get ready for another day of school; so far being a freshman is great but the fact that you’re new in town and don’t really know anyone makes it very hard to fit in.

“Ashley hurry up it’s time to go!” my mom yelled.

My mom is the type of person who likes to be early for everything. As I quickly ran down the stairs and out the door I realized that the sky was still dark. I got into the car and put my seat belt on; I took out my phone from my pocket to check the time.

“Mom it’s barely going to be 6 o’clock “ I complained as she glared at me in such a scary way that you would just wish that you had never opened your mouth.

During our drive it started to get very windy and cloudy.

“That’s odd the weather man didn’t say it was gonna rain today” my mom said.

We live in New Orleans; we moved here three days ago and so far it sucks but then again, what do I know, I’m just the new girl, according to the kids at school. I told you it’s hard to fit in here.

My mom and I moved out here because we wanted a fresh start. My mom and dad had got a divorce a few weeks ago, and he told me that he wasn’t ready to be a father and that hopefully I would forgive him, but so far it’s not going so great.

As I was observing the beautiful view from outside the car, I thought to myself new house, new school, new me. I decided that I’m not going to let anything distract me from my studies or getting into a great college. Once I was close to school, I asked my mom to drop me off at the donuts shop down the block so I can eat breakfast.

The sky was beginning to be more bright but some of the clouds were still blocking the sun from letting it shine. A few minutes later, I started walking to school and saw everyone putting up posters for homecoming.

“Great,” I whispered.

I went to my locker to get my book for first period when I hear someone say “get out of the way!” I quickly moved aside and saw a boy on a skateboard zoom by; it was Carl, a 10th grader in my Journalism class.

As I continued to walk to my locker, I bumped into Drew Logan, the most popular guy in school.

“I’m sorry I didn’t see you” I told him nervously. “It’s ok, it was my fault” he told me. I smiled at him and walked away.

Drew is in my History and English classes, and sits near me but I never thought I would actually talk to him. The bell rings to go to first period which is English, and so far I like that class; I love the poems and novels we read. In the future, I hope to become a writer myself. Mr. Brown is my English teacher, and he is amazing; he always has a way to keep you interested in all the poems and stories we read.

“Today class, you guys are going to partner up to make a story for the this year’s high school play” Mr. Brown said. Everyone didn’t really like that idea until he said it counted as our final grade. “I will be assigning your partners, Jake and Alex, Maria and Sam, Ally and Gavin, Drew and Ashley,” he said.

When everyone heard my name and Drew’s, they all stared at me. Class ended and Mr. Brown told me good luck as I walked out; I laughed and headed toward my locker.

As I put in my combination, I heard someone say my name. I turned around it was Gavin.

“Hey,” I told him.

“So how do you like our school so far?” he asked.

“So far it’s good,” I told him.

“Cool, so look I was wondering if you wanna hang out and get to know each better?” he asked me.

“Sure,” I answered.

“Cool, I’ll see you then,” he told me.

When Gavin left I found myself smiling all day.

When school ended for the day I started to walk home. On my way I saw a of bunch cheerleaders and football players at the donut shop I always go to; I guess they hung out there too. As I walked pass the entrance I see Drew and Gavin; I changed my mind about going in there after seeing them, so I continued to walk home. But before I took another step Gavin came out.

“Hey where do think your going?” he asked.

“Well I was going home, but something tells me I different plans now,” I told him.

He smiled and told me “Yeah, come on.”

When I went inside I could feel people were staring at me. Gavin got his stuff and got us another table to sit.

“So, got any plans next Saturday?” he asked me.

“No,” I told him.

“Really? A pretty girl like you isn’t going to the homecoming dance?” he said curiously.

“No,” I said quietly.

I could tell that Drew wanted to say something by the look on his face but his friends were talking to him.

Gavin and I hanged out for a while then we started to head out; as we were walking it was windy and it looked like it was going to rain. Gavin said to wait for him outside, and as I walked outside I see Drew in front of his car with a bunch of football players. Drew and I talked until Gavin came out from the donut shop. I looked at Gavin and saw him and Drew staring at each other.

“I’ll see you at home Drew” Gavin told him. I almost forgot Drew and Gavin are brothers or half brothers.

On the walk to my house, we got to know each other more; apparently I wasn’t the only one with daddy issues. When we got to the front of my house Gavin looked at me when with his dreamy green eyes and said “Ashley would you like to go with me to homecoming?” To be honest, I couldn’t believe that a guy like Gavin Logan would ask me to go to homecoming. With him out of all people he chose me, and I thought today was going to be a disaster.

To be continued.

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