Journey To South Hills
It was 2nd of March with a freezing cold weather. Elle was looking at herself in the mirror. Light yellow skirt, black shirt with a stripped yellow and black tie. Although she didn’t like the yellow coat, but she had to admit, it looked good with her light brown straight hair.
“You’ll be late Elle” said her mother getting out of the house as she started the car.
Elle picked her trunk along with her hand bag and started loading them in the car. The hand bag was a necessary item which contained toothbrush, sleeping suit and things like that, in case anyone loses her trunk on the first day.
She was sad that she was leaving her old friends behind but she was excited at the same time, as it was the first time she was going to a boarding school.
The average age for a fifth grade girl in South Hills was 11. As Elle was 10, she was pretty much the youngest among other girls.
Her mother drove her to the “South Hills” bus stop. It was quite a big stop than what she expected. There were girls here and there, wearing “South Hills” uniform and chattering loudly and excitedly. It looked like everyone knew each other, except Elle.
“I don’t think I will ever be able to know all these girls”, she thought as someone bumped into her.
“Ouch!” she turned around to see a tall girl with round black glasses which were suiting her perfectly.
“I am sorry!”, said the attractive looking girl.
“Oh no, I am fine”, said Elle smiling.
“Then I better hurry or I’ll miss my bus”, the tall girl said and disappeared in the crowd leaving Elle smiling and confused.
It took a minute for Elle to realize that her mother was not with her and she was standing by herself in a huge bus stop with thousands of people she didn’t even know.
“She was just about to panic when her mother appeared from No where. Oh God Mother, where were you?” asked Elle in shock.
“Oh, I was just finding your house Mistress”, replied her mother calmly.
“You should’ve at least told me”
“Come on baby, there’s no reason to be that upset.”
“Look, that must be your house mistress”, said her mother changing the subject and pointing at a middle aged decent looking women. She was wearing a light brown knee length skirt with a mint colored shirt. She had brown eyes and and a fine face.
The only thing that was going in Elle’s mind at that moment was that “why everyone here is so beautiful.”
“Hello, I am Mrs. Carter”, her mother said to the women, deriving Elle out of her thoughts.
“Oh hello Mrs. Carter. And you must be... Elena Carter”, said the kind looking mistress to Elle.
“Oh yes. Hello!” I am Elle.
“Hello Elle. I am Miss Hariet.”
“If you have said your goodbyes, we shall go then.”
“Oh yeah, sure.” Elle hugged her mother and moved towards the bus with he mistress.
There were so many buses with the label “South hills”. Each bus was full of chattering girls.
They too entered a bus full of chattering Fifth grade girls. Elle put her trunk at the top shelve, where everyone’s stuff was kept.
She didn’t know where to sit till she saw the same tall girl sitting alone.
Elle felt relieved. She smiled at the girl and went to sit with her.
“Hey. I am Elena. Do you remember me?” asked Elle kindly
The girl nodded smiling. “I am Mia. Mia Jones.”
At first, Elle thought Mia was a good sort but the way Mia looked at Elle and how she talked to her, wasn’t the best sign of a person Elle would want to make friends with.
“Hey Mi-”, Elle said but got interrupted. “Not at all interested Elena”, Mia said rudely with the palm of her hand facing Elle while Mia kept staring out of the window.
Elle felt like she wasn’t needed there so she got up and went to sit in the seat right in front of her. There was a plum, red haired girl sitting at that seat who told her name Amy.
Mia was rude to Elle but was a chatty and fun thing around everyone else. And as told by Amy, “She’s the typical mean girl you’ll meet in everyone school but can be sweet and fun too to the ones she like.”
South Hills was only 1 hour away from the bus stop and the journey was not at all boring. Mia continued making everyone laugh until she herself and everyone else were worn out.
Hey girls, are you all ready for the first glimpse of the beautiful South Hills?, screamed Mia excitedly. And everyone sat up.
“Looks like everyone like her” Elle thought for a second, but brushed it off as she didn’t want to be negative on her first day.
The bus took a turn and entered a beautiful gate.
“The gate looks royal”, remarked Elle.
Just wait till you see the school Elena, Mia replied proudly. But Elle didn’t pay attention to her.
It was golden hour. The bus took another turn and there it was. SOUTH HILLS. Sparkling by the rays of sun with the hills behind it making it look more attractive.
“It’s charming”, came out of Elle’s mouth.
All the Buses stopped in front of the school. There was a parking lot at one side and a huge garden at the other.
Girls started getting off the bus and in less than a minute, there was a huge number of girls in the garden. Some going inside the school, some finding their way, some greeting each other and some still chattering. The one who came with parents were still fresh but the rest were exhausted.
Amy was nowhere to be found after getting off the bus. Elle tried to find her or Miss Hariet but she found it impossible.
Excuse me, someone said.
“Hey excuse me”, the same voice again came but this time, with a tap on Elle’s shoulder.
“Oh sorry, I didn’t hear you.”
“It’s ok. I don’t think anyone could hear anything in this much noise”, the girl said smiling. She was a tall brown eyed girl, with wavy hair and a gentle voice.
“I am Luna. Head of South Hills. Miss Hariet has given me the duty to take all the new girls to their dormitories.”
“Can you tell me your name and grade please?”, asked Luna taking out a diary and a pen from her bag.
“Oh yeah. I am Elena Carter in Fifth grade.”
“Ok”, Luna replied after writing something on the diary.
“Do you have your trunk with you Elena?”, Luna asked.
“Oh no. It’s still in the bus. I am sorry, I totally forgot to take it off.”, answered Elle running towards the bus.
“Hurry up Elena”, said Luna.
There were seven other girls with Luna when Elle returned. All of them looked older than Elle except one, who told her name Natalie. She was the same height as Elle but way tanned instead of honey colored like Elle.
“Shall we go inside then?”, asked Luna to everyone.
“Yes please, I am curious to see how it looks like from the inside”, an older girl said who seemed to be a new girl too.