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New Friends and Enimies

The next morning.

Luuk threw himself awake. He found himself sitting up in front of the TV. He looked over and saw Rikki standing on the balcony. He stood up and the blanket fell off of him and onto the floor. He walked over to him.

"Dude, what the hell happened? I wasn't done yet!" Luuk asked.

"Dude, you were fast asleep," Rikki told him.

"Oh, I was?"

"Yeah."

"Sorry, man."

Later at breakfast.

Rikki and Suzy sat together at their table. The others soon joined them and they exchanged their usual morning greetings. Then, Lotus walked over and sat down, looking not in the best mood. She looked sad and scared. She looked around fearfully.

"What's wrong, Lotus?" Cass asked her.

"Some guy was being really rather mean to me," she said with a crack in her voice. "He…" she sniffled.

"Who is this guy?" Luuk asked raising his head and looking around the cafeteria.

"I… I don't know w-who he was. He just started talking to me and before I knew it he had me shoved up against the wall… and he said…" she was unable to finish and started to cry.

"It's okay," Suzy said hugging her. Her hair turned to a sympathetic magenta shade.

"He… he…"

"He what?" Lotus couldn't give the answer because she was too busy crying.

Time to head to their first class.

Rikki walked with Lotus to Gift Management class because she was still very sad and scared. She just barely made it through McCracken's class. Afterward she walked with Rikki and Max as they went to their second class. After Max and Rikki stepped outside, Lotus was alone in the hallway. She looked around fearfully, hoping that boy wasn't around. She was hurrying to her next class, History Class with Ms. Martinez when she was tripped.

"Oww!" she cried when she hit the floor. She looked up and she saw a face that she recognized. It was the boy with his foot nonchalantly sticking out. She screamed and she stood up holding her left arm.

"Hey there," he said.

"Stay the bloody hell away from me!" she yelled.

"Aw come on," he said. "Be nice."

"Say that to yourself you… you…"

"What?" he asked mockingly. "What are you going to do about it?" He grabbed her by her shirt collar and he pulled her up against the wall. She whimpered. The boy was laughing with an evil grin on his face. Lotus then saw someone behind him come up and smack him upside the back of his head with a large book. His face evil expression changed to pain and his release of her shirt caused her to fall to the ground and he fell back onto the floor unconscious. Lotus looked up and saw a girl standing there with her hand offered out. Lotus took it and the girl helped her stand up.

"Th-thank you," Lotus said.

"Not a problem!" the girl said with a smile. She had long dark hazel hair that was combed neatly straight. Her eyes were sort of a dark orange and she wore a leather jacket that framed her ripped shirt that showed her midsection. Lotus could tell she seemed very fit because of her highly noticeable six-pack and she did hit that boy pretty hard.

"Uhm, who are you? I've never seen you before," Lotus said with a small smile coming back onto her face.

"My name is Yin Harmony. I actually just joined here."

"Oh, that's cool. My name's Lotus."

"It's nice to meet you Lotus! Now can you tell me where Ms. Martinez's classroom is at?"

"Oh, we better hurry. I was just heading there. We don't want to be late." Lotus grabbed her books that had fallen on the floor and she walked off toward Martinez's room with Yin following. The both of them burst into the room and tripped over each other and fell onto the floor.

"Damn, not again," Lotus muttered as they pulled themselves up.

Ms. Martinez looked at them.

"Ms. Elise and…" she looked at her roster, "Ms. Harmony. You're late. Care to tell us why?"

"Uh, I…" Lotus said, unsure.

"I got this," Yin said. "Lotus was on her way here when she was harassed by some boy. I stopped him and then we came in late."

"Mm-hm," Martinez said slowly, "and where is this boy now?"

"Uhh, probably still unconscious where we left him."

"What?" she asked in disbelief. She walked quickly out to the hallway, leaving Lotus and Yin standing in front of the class. Yin then broke the silence.

"Hey, everyone! I'm Yin!" she said in a friendly way to the entire class. A couple students waved.

"Whassup," someone in the back asked with mild indifference.

"Uhh," Yin muttered getting nervous and red-faced. She decided to just take the empty chair by Lotus.


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