"Nyah!" I heard my mother yelling
"What?" I yelled back.
"Come here for a minute. I need to
talk to you" she said.
"Can it wait?" I was in the middle
of taking pictures for art assignment.
"Now!" my mother yelled. I got up
and heading down the stairs towards the living room. Our condo
is pretty big. We have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large
living room, dining room and an office for my mother. My room is
the attic area upstairs, which my mom renovated for me.
I walked into the living room
where my mom was sitting waiting.
"What's up mom?" I asked as I sat
down on the leather couch across from her.
"Well I have some good news.
Actually I have two things to tell you" she said.
"What is it?" I asked. I was kind
of excited to know what the news was.
"Well, you know me and Eric have
been dating for almost eight months now and it's been getting
serious between us and-" I cut her off before she could finish
"Don't tell me he proposed?" I
She nodded a happy yes as a smile
appeared on her face.
"And you said yes?"
She nodded again. "Isn't it
wonderful?" she asked.
I hesitated. Don't get me wrong
Eric is a nice guy and he makes my mom happy but I thought it
would be a while until they started talking about marriage.
"Aren't you happy for me Nyah? I
thought I would never get married again after your father" she
I was too in thought to answer
her. My mother and father divorced when I was two years old and
after that my father moved and I haven't seen him since.
Sometimes he sends me cards telling me how much he missed me but
I just throw them away. If he missed me so much he would come and
see me. He wouldn't send me cards telling me about his wife and
"Nyah I know it will be a change
but- Oh! I almost forgot the second thing I had to tell you" she
"So Eric's job gave him a
promotion and that means we can afford to buy a new house instead
of moving into his apartment" she said, " but we are going to
have to move to California since that's where his job will be"
Everything in my mind stopped.
"I'm not moving" I said. I know I
was acting like I brat but this is my home. We lived in Bronx,
New York my whole life and now she wanted me to move across the
country because she wants to get married? I don't think so. This
is my home. This is where I felt safe and
where I knew I could always be
myself and now it's all over.
"Nyah stop being like that.
Nothing you say is going to change this. I already found you a
school, it's very nice" she said.
"Is it a performing arts school?"
I asked coldly. I'm a sophomore at a performing arts school in
Manhattan and dance is my life. I dance at school from 11am to
4pm everyday on top of my academic classes. Ballet, Jazz, Tap,
Hip hop, you name it I dance it.
But the look on my mother's face
told me I wasn't going to be happy with her answer.
"There weren't any close enough to
where we would be living".
"Please mom. Don't do this to me"
"This is happening Nyah and there
is nothing that will change that" she said.
I got up and walked away. I could
feel the tears building up.
"Nyah" my mother
"What!" I snapped. Couldn't she
just allow me to be mad?
"I know you are upset but you will
get over it. It may not be a performing arts school but there has
to be some dance studios. Its L.A for
Christ sake" she
Even though she was right I was
I went up to my room and
immediately grabbed my iPhone. I called my best friend
"Hey Nyah! What's up?" she
"Hey Lena. I just got the worst
news" I said fighting back tears.
"What is it?" she
"It's my mom, Eric proposed to her
and she said yes" I explained.
"Well that's not THAT bad" she
"No its not but the fact that his
job is moving him to California is. And the fact that my mom said
we are moving with him" I said.
"Oh No! You can't move!" she
yelled through the phone.
"Tell that to my mother" I
"Doesn't she know this is the most
important year of your life? The Julliard scouts are coming to
the school performance show that you were in! This is a big
opportunity for you!" she said.
I was so upset about moving in
general that I forgot about that. It just makes this thing a
whole lot worse.
"Um Lena I'll call you back later
"Yeah, but call me as soon as you
can" she said.
"Okay. And Lena do you mind
keeping this between us until tomorrow after school. I don't want
Ian to know yet"
"Okay, I promise" she said and
hung up the phone.
Ian and I have been dating for the
last 6 months but we have known each other since the 6th grade.
He attends the performing arts school also.
I already know that he will be so
devastated when I tell him so I figured I would do it in person
at school tomorrow.
There was no point in finishing my
assignment since I wasn't going to be in school much longer.
I looked at myself in the mirror.
My eyes were all puffy from crying. I looked at my hazel eyes and
they were so red. I'm only sixteen and I have so many piercings.
I have both sides of my nose pierced and my septum pierced. I
have the medusa on my top lip, both sides of my bottom lip
pierced, and the surface bar on my inner bottom lip. And I have
the industrial bar in my left ear. My mother doesn't like my
piercings but she allows me to get them because if not I would go
behind her back.
My hair was in a bun so I let it
down. Six months ago I dyed the front of my hair blonde and
buzzed cut a fade into the right side. My hair was starting to
grow back and I figured it was time for a change
A few hours later my mother called
me down for dinner. She told me Eric was coming over for dinner
so I wouldn't be surprised if he was there already. I went down
to the dining room and saw that my mom made meatloaf, my
trying to get on my good side, I thought.
When my mom saw my hair she almost
dropped the plates she was holding. That was the reaction I was
expecting. My hair looked like orphan Annie's but blonde. I loved
"If you did that to your hair for
attention Nyah it's a shame" she said.
"I didn't do it for attention.
Time for a change right?" I said taking a seat at the table.
Just then Eric came into the dining room holding the
"Nice hair" he said to
I rolled my eyes. "Thanks" I said.
We all sat down and started
eating. My mother made meatloaf, mashed potatoes and macaroni n
After a while of silence Eric
"So I guess your mother told you
the good news?" he said.
"What good news? I didn't hear any
good news" I said.
"Remember what I told you earlier?
About us moving and me and Eric getting married?" my mother said.
She knew I remembered.
"Oh that? I didn't think that was
GOOD news" I said with an attitude.
"Nyah" my mom said.
Eric didn't say anything and I
went back to eating my food.
was such awkward dinner. My mother knew not to talk to me since I
was still mad and Eric kept trying to make small talk with me.
Talking about how great L.A is
going to be and how his job will allow him to work from home and
all this other crap.
I stopped listening after a
while. But I did listen when he told me we will be moving on
Monday so tomorrow was my last day of school and I only had this
weekend to pack up my things.
I was sick and tired of hearing
him talk so I had to excuse myself.
"I'm going to bed. I have school
tomorrow" I said and walked into the kitchen to put my plate in
I could hear my mom and Eric
talking about me.
"Alice, she'll get over it" Eric
said, "It's just going to take time".
"I know but I hate to see her like
this" she said. Eric got up and hugged my mother.
Whatever, I thought and went up to
my room. I checked my phone and saw that Ian had called and
Hey babe, what's up? He
Nothing really. Just finished
Oh, did you finish your art
You know that's worth 30 percent
of your grade right?
I know. But I'll talk to you
tomorrow. I'm really tired.
Alright <3 love
I didn't even text him back.