Ricky didn't have any real friends at that school but the closest thing to a friend he had was a girl named Sandy. Her real name was Sandra but she liked to be called Sandy instead, and at first you might think she was a boy because she dressed in boys clothes and she was always messing with computers. They didn't hang out a lot because if they did people would call them boyfriend/girlfriend and tease them. But they sometimes sat at the same table at lunch.
“Dude,” said Sandy. “You okay?”
Because Ricky was being very quiet and wasn't eating his lunch.
“What's the matter,” said Sandy. “You look like you were crying.”
“No I wasn't!” said Ricky almost yelling.
“Sor-ree,” said Sandy sarcastically.
Now Ricky felt bad and he apologized to Sandy. “Its just that I'm in a lot of trouble,” he said.
“Oh yeah,” said Sandy. “I heard you skipped PE. What happened, did you get detention.”
“Uh oh,” said Sandy. “You mean you got suspended?”
“Then what?” Sandy was curious now.
“I don't know,” said Ricky. “I have to do a special program for problem kids. They call it BMI or something.”
“Thats weird,” said Sandy. “Your not a problem kid. I never heard of BMI either.”
“Me either,” said Ricky sounding really depressed.
“Dude,” said Sandy sadly. “Do your parents know?”
“The school is calling them. They have to come in for a conference.”
“Oh shit,” said Sandy. “Its really bad then.”
“Yeah,” said Ricky agreeing with her.
When Ricky's parents found out about Ricky being in trouble and that they had to go to the school for a conference with Mr. Harrison, they freaked out. They were so used to Ricky being a good kid, this was new. His mother couldn't deal with it and Ricky could tell how upset she was, she was almost crying. And his father was disappointed and upset too.
“We pay a lot of money for you to go that school,” Ricky's father said. Ricky knew that was true. It was a private school and his family didn't have a lot of money, things were especially bad right now because Ricky's father's funeral parlor business wasn't making enough money. Plus, his mother had a operation recently and there were tons of doctor bills. Now Ricky felt even worse than before.
Ricky got sent to his room and his parents said they would wait till the conference to decide the rest of his punishment. Ricky went to his room. But by now he was so mad about everything that he slammed the door. So his dad came up the stairs and yelled at him some more.
“Ricky what's got into you?” his dad yelled.
“Just leave leave me alone, okay?!” Ricky yelled back.
Ricky's father was shocked to hear Ricky talk back like that. He stood with his hand gripping the doorknob so hard his knuckles turned white. Ricky's dad's face was all red and angry-looking. Then his dad just said, “That's enough. You are in very serious trouble young man. Don't push it.”
Ricky was only allowed to do homework. Then he went to bed. But he couldn't sleep hardly at all.