................... Home room I felt like a goldfish in a bowl
when the teacher made me introduce myself. The guy that had
opened the door was sitting in the back of the class chewing gum
with a hanger on either side of him whispering across him he
started to smirk at something one of them said before draping his
arm round her shoulders The teacher pointed me to a seat to the
side and carried on talking about announcements. I was in hell I
could feel eyes burning into the back of my head I wanted so much
to turn round but I remembered my cousin's advice when he found
out I was coming her. 'First day keep your mouth shut and the
razor tongue you have inside your damn head' I took a deep breath
and went back to trying to work out where the hell I was going
for biology next.
The bell rang and the class all seemed to pile through the door
all at the same time, I leant on the wall waiting for the crush
to subside a little.
"So a little far from the Midwest aren't you?" one of the hangers
on smiled a sweet sickly smile at me
"A little but I get to come here and see how a big school works"
I put on my best Wisconsin accent making her recoil like I'd
poured acid on her.
'Oh jeez you talk funny" she wrinkled her nose.
"Yeah well you look funny" I shrugged in my normal voice "we're
all screwed in some way" I heard someone start laughing as the
girl stood there with her mouth hanging open as if to say
something but she could quite figure out what. As I walked down
"Yeah well the packers suck" she called after me I turned round
and walked backwards and held out my arms.
"I know… but then again so does most football" I turned round and
walked into someone. "Sorry" I held up my hands as their books
crashed to the floor.
"Its okay" the girl looked up at me "You're Christine right"
"Chris" I corrected I only got called Christine normally if I'd
done something wrong
"I'm Miranda" she pulled her books together and stood up. "Mr.
Sorenson sent me to find you"
"Found a friend Mir" the girl I'd had words with said pulling a
face as she walked past with the guy from earlier
"Shut up Reba" Miranda muttered under her breath.
"Now now" the guy tapped her chin she slapped his hand away and
glared at him. Great 8am and already the bitchiness begins
"Jackson come on" Reba whined her overly blonde hair swinging in
the high ponytail it was scrapped into. I watched as they walked
down the hallway his hand on her ass.
"Okay I have a few questions" I mused as I followed Miranda
"Shoot" she sighed trying to arrange the books and papers in her
"Okay who's Mr. Sorenson and why did he send you to find me?"
"Oh he's the musical director and he got your transcripts from
your old school and he wants you for the lead in Grease" she
shrugged. "He's got you out of your next class so you can
audition for him" she smiled as her papers were finally neat
again "you must be good"
"I'm embarrassed it Miss Doyle sent the DVD from the last show" I
'Who's Miss. Doyle?"
"My olds music teacher" I smiled remembering the blast we'd had
in spring putting on West side story I hung my head that homesick
feeling was washing back over me again. Suck it up Chris you're
not going back north till you graduate I said in my head.
"Okay so what other questions do you have?" Miranda brought my
thoughts back from East High to River View High.
"Who was the blond?"
"Rebecca Lawson… Reba" she moaned "Head Cheerleader captain of
the dance team and all round school slut" Miranda giggled evilly.
"But don't cross her she can make your life hell".
"I get it… so who was the jock?"
"That would be Jackson Williams, Lacrosse captain and Basketball
captain" she shrugged "Reba's on again off again lets get horny
in the back of your truck boyfriend" she pushed open a door the
sound of music flooded out. "Oh and my twin brother" she turned
away from me "I got Sandy" she laughed across the room. 20 set of
eyes turned round to look at me.
"Ahhh Miss Sommers" an obviously over dramatic gay man stepped
from behind a piano wearing a red shirt with leans and a huge
green bow tie. I was so far from Wisconsin now I think forgot how
to spell it "Come sit… sit" he patted the vacant piano stool
"Miss Doyle spoke to me for 30 minutes about you this very morn"
he wiped his forehead with a large white handkerchief "You are my
new muse and these sweet people here" he swept his arm out to the
rest of the students in the room "agree with me after witnessing
the wonderful job you did as Maria"
"Er… Thanks" was all I could thing to say.
"So my darling you must play for us" he pushed up the cover that
was over the keys "Play and swing something for us" Oh great
nothing like being put on the spot and all the songs I could
think of we're all Nickelback every show tune I knew had up and
left my mind and gone on vacation as I stared at the keys. The
room was deftly silent. I took a deep breath and started to play
Far away the music sends me to a totally different place as my
fingers ran over the keys and I started to sing. The words ran
through my head as I remembered singing it when I last went
camping with all my friends. I came to the end of the song and
opened my eyes. "Wow that wasn't a song I was expecting but…"
everyone else was on their feet in the room clapping and
whistling. "I think Miranda you need to go get coach Jones down
here we've found the girl to sing the anthem at Friday nights
game and we've found our Sandy" MR. Sorenson wiped away imaginary
tears as Miranda got to her feet
"You know Boss I'm ain't a gopher" she grinned
"Honey I know that" he laughed snapping his fingers and bobbing
his head "but I know what you get like when you see a certain
football player who right now has practice" Miranda blushed beet
red and scurried from the room as I got swamped by people all
chatting to me. Finally a place with no bitchiness……………………