5. Better Now
“Good morning, ” I was greeted by Alex, he set a plate down in front of me as I sat down, placing my backpack on the floor next to me.
“Good morning, you’ll be happy to know I got a full 2 hours of sleep.” I sighed as I stabbed my fork into a piece of pancake and shoved it in my mouth.
“Same little sister, I’m just excited” I gave him a small smile, it was obvious we both had very different reasons for losing sleep.
“I like the sweater I chose for you much better.” He pointed at the top I was wearing.
“Maybe you should wear a sweater over it?” He asked I gave him a ‘are you serious?’ look and he backed off.
There was a knock at the door, “Its Reid,” he said to me.
“Door is open!” He yelled obnoxiously, I punched his arm.
“Ow! What was that for?”
“For being too loud, it’s 7 am for god’s sake.” I shot back.
“Wow, you guys are the most loving siblings I’ve come to meet.” Reid slumped down in a chair next to me, plucking my fork from my hand and eating the rest of my pancake.
“I hate both of you.” I groaned as I stood up, grabbing my backpack as I headed outside and sat in Reid’s car.
As we arrived in front of the school I could feel my heart pounding, I swallowed the knot forming in my throat as I got out, Alex and Reid ahead of me, we received a few stares.
“New students aren’t a very common occurrence.” Reid let us know, we walked inside and I was instantly met with the smell of breakfast food and the sound of friends catching up.
“I want you to meet the soccer guys,” Reid told Alex as I looked around the hallway before I knew it they were out of sight and I no longer knew where I was.
“Shit,” I whispered as I searched for my brother and Reid without drawing too much attention, I looked away when people caught me looking their way.
I found the girls bathroom and walked inside, bad call, about 6 girls stood at the mirror fixing their hair and makeup, I seemed to have interrupted a conversation.
“Ever heard of knocking?” one of them sneered, her dirty blond hair whipped behind her as her blue eyes bore into mine. A silver necklace around her neck that read ‘Klarissa.’
I frowned, my anxiety turning into annoyance “This is a public school with public bathrooms, knocking isn’t exactly needed.” I shot back.
She licked her teeth as she turned to me, her manicured hand on her hip, “Who even are you? are you lost, because I’ve never seen you before.” she looked me up and down. “Not that there’s too much to see.” her minions giggled at her last comment.
I was about to respond when the sound of a bell cut me off, “Bye new girl.” they strutted past me and out of the bathroom.
“Wow, I’ve been here for 10 minutes and already met the queen bee,” I washed my hands, wiping the back of my neck with a damp paper towel as I took a deep breath. Social anxiety and being a new girl don’t mix well.
I exited the bathroom and walked back the way I had come, now with no-one around I was able to find the main office.
“Hey, darlin’ how can I help you?” a redheaded woman with a southern accent greeted me as I walked into the office, a gold plate on her desk engraved with the words‘Guidance Counselor, Dr. Margot Simms.’
"Hello, my name is Adriana-Lynn, today is my first day.”
“Of course, your brother came in not too long ago and mentioned you, did you lose your way?”
I nodded slightly embarrassed, “It’s a big school sweetie, I’m new this year too, it took me a while to find my way around but you’ll get it soon enough.”
She handed me a pink paper, “Alright, this is your schedule, at this school, we do block schedules. There are two schedules that cycle through the week, A days and B Days, A days every other day and B days on the rest.” I nodded, taking the papers from her.
“Thank you, what day is today?”
“Today is a B day, I’ll get a student from your class to help you, you can sit while we wait.” I sat down as she made a call and not too long later the door opened, I looked up and saw it was Chris.
“Mr. Salazar, would you be so kind as to show Miss. Adriana-Lynn to her class.” Dr. Simms asked him. I stood up, pulling my backpack on.
“Of course,” he responded, opening the door for me.
“After you,” he said with a small smirk.
“Thank you, Dr. Simms,” I stepped out, Chris following behind me.
“So, Adriana-Lynn?” he asked, his eyebrows raised.
“I prefer Adelyn or Addy.” I let him know as we walked down the empty hallway and up a flight of stairs.
“You’re really quiet, you seem like you’d be more, loud I guess.” He said as we reached the top of the stairs.
“I’m just nervous,” I stated, he then sat down, my brows furrowed in confusion, he patted the stair next to him.
“Look, I’ve never been the new kid, I was born and raised in this town, so I can’t even imagine what you must be going through. But, you seem like a nice girl, and as long as you don’t fall into the wrong crowd I think you’ll really like it here.”
I smiled, it was sweet of him to try and help me feel better, the Chris I now spoke with was nothing like the Chris that Reid described.
He stood up and offered me a hand, “Now, let’s get you to class.”
-3rd Person POV-
Adelyn and Alex were gone, and people were beginning to talk, Dylan leaned against his car in the school parking lot as he talked to his friends.
“I can’t just let her go, man, she can say she’s happy without me and whatever but you don’t spend 3 years of your life with someone and forget them overnight.” he took a drag from his cigarette, a habit he had recently picked up again.
“She’s gone man, you gotta move on.” his best friend, Calvin, had been trying to encourage him to move on and forget about her.
“I can’t, I love her man, I can’t just let her walk out of my life.”
“Well then what are you gonna do?” Wes, another one of his friends asked
“Follow her? You don’t even know where she moved to.” Calvin interjected.
Dylan let the cigarette slip from his grip and stepped on it as the sound of a bell ringing was heard.
“I’ll find out, one of her friends has to know.”
Wes laughed, “And you think one of them will tell you?”
“No, but they’ve got big mouths, they’re bound to tell someone else and then I’ll politely ask them where she is.” they all chuckled before leaving Dylan’s parking spot and making their way into the school.
Meanwhile, Adelyn had managed to introduce herself in front of her English class without having a panic attack, then taking a seat in the back with Chris.
She scribbled down notes as she glanced at the board and back down at her notebook, she could feel people glancing at her and whispering, though at her old school she was used to it, being with Dylan came with a lot of baggage. She was no stranger to rumors and whispers in the halls about her, though Dylan usually took care of it, now she was on her own.
More of a filler chapter: 1286 words
Song for this Chapter: Better Now by Post Malone