Staring out the window, on the way
to school. A new school, Aunt Judith said it would be good for
me, a smaller community to develop closer bonds, one on one
teaching and something about mental healing.
The sun was bright outside; a few
clouds were spread across the sky. I sat up and turned away from
the window as Aunt Judith pulled into a small parking lot. A
rather small building was all that was there.
"Where is it?" I asked, turning to
"What do you mean Kat? It's right
"This thing? How many students are
"Sixty, including you. Fifteen
students in each grade." She was looking at me now; I turned back
to the building and stared in awe. Sixty students total! That's
less than what I had in my entire grade at my old
"Alright, you ready sweetie?" She
opened her door and started stepping out. "Are you
I didn't answer, instead I just
stepped out of the car backpack in hand. The first few moments
when Aunt Judith was there were the worst. Knowing that my Aunt
who's only fifteen years older than me had to walk me into
"Hello, I'm Judith Harlan, here to
check in my niece Katrina Underwood." Aunt Judith smiled at
"Yes, I'm Aemilia, the receptionist here. I'm here every
morning from eight o'clock to four." She smiled a large smile.
"I'll be right back, let me go get Nadia, she's our director here
and she'll be the one to show you to your classroom. You can sit
down on the couch while I get her."
Aemilia was safely down the hall Aunt Judith turned to me. "So
what do you think so far?"
It took a
minute for me to decide what to say. "People are very happy… nice
but really happy." Aunt Judith opened her mouth to reply but
never got the chance because Aemilia was back, along with another
tall, very beautiful with olive skin, dark hair and brilliant
green eyes. She gave me a nice smile, not one that made me feel
over powered, just a nice one.
morning!" Aunt Judith and I stood up to shake her hand. "I'm
Nadia, the director here, and I'm the one who runs the school."
She turned to Aunt Judith, "I think we have it from here, I'll
escort Katrina here to her classroom and tell her a little bit
more about our school."
then! I'll see you tonight Kat, you know the way home right? Call
me if you need to!" With that Aunt Judith was out the door,
walking off to her car probably off to a yoga class or something
along those lines.
Katrina, Kat? Do you prefer one?" I shook my head. "Alright then,
I'll take you to your class room, obviously you've missed some
school due to the move and everything, but you'll be all caught
up by the end of the year!" We walked for a little bit and then
came onto a large open room with some tables and floor space.
"This is the cafeteria, you can get breakfast and lunch here.
This is generally where you eat lunch." I nodded. Some more
walking, there were some rooms that looked more like offices for
teachers. "Okay, so I leave you here," we had stopped in front of
room 9 "This will be your home room, your teacher will introduce
him self and explain some stuff to you!" I nodded yet
opened the door and let me in. "George, this is Katrina
Underwood, your new student, I'm putting you in charge of finding
a way to explain everything to her!"
then, thank you Nadia, I can take it from here." She nodded and
closed the door behind her. I looked around; people were sitting
on the ground in a circle staring at me. I turned red and looked
at the teacher.
"Hey Katrina, I'm
George, please just call me George, and I'll be your homeroom
teacher. Find a place in the circle and we will go around with