"Are you kidding me? Lisa, Get up!"
The girl lay in her bed unfazed by the boisterous screaming.
"How are you still in bed, girl? It's the first day of school!" She tossed clothes to her friend still in bed and called out as she was leaving the room,"Hurry and put those on! We have to go!"
Lisa slowly sat up looking towards the door through her unruly hair and moaned, "Oh, right. Yeah, I'm totally coming...soonish." She dragged herself out of bed and mumbled to herself, "School...when was the last time I went to school?"
Lisa stared at herself in the mirror after putting on her uniform. She wore a blue knee-length skirt, a white short sleeved button up shirt, and knee high socks with black shoes.
-sigh- Well, can't stand out on the first day if we're all wearing the same dorky thing.
She looked over and noticed a black tie lying on her bed.
"Hey uh, Jen?" She called into the next room, examining the dark silk fabric in her hands "I think you accidentally gave me your brother's tie."
The dark skinned, dark haired girl stuck her head in the door, "No, that's for you. It's part of your uniform."
"Seriously?" she smiled, "I get to wear a tie? Right on!"
The girl in the doorway sighed and walked over to help her put on the tie, "Really Lisa, I would have thought with all the previous school's you've been to, you would know how to wear a uniform."
Lisa cleared her throat and stared at the floor, "Oh yes, well umm, I..."
This was her story for now. An international student studying abroad to receive only the finest education while her parents traveled the world on business. Seemed legit.
*BEEEEEEEP* A loud horn honk went off from outside cutting her off mid-sentence.
Saved by the horn... thought the blonde, reaching for her bag.
Jen glared toward the window and huffed, "My brother has no patience...and you're all set! We better run before Eric leaves us!" Jen grabbed Lisa by the arm and headed for the door.
Lisa halted, "Wait! Where's my notebook?"
Jen scanned Lisa's room. It shouldn't be hard to find considering Lisa had almost no belongings. "That?" She gestured to the small blue book corner sticking out under the pillow.
"Right!" Lisa tossed the pillow to the side and snatched the book, then headed for the door "Let's go!"
Lisa stared out the backseat window of Eric's car, completely wrapped up in her own thoughts.
She was nervous about her first day of school, because honestly, she has never had to think about it, going to school that is. As far as she can remember, she's never needed it. Still not 100% sure why though, but she knows for certain that she's never been.
It's written in the "Remember" column of her notebook. Thinking of her notebook she hugged it tighter to her chest, not willing to let it out of her sight, then glanced back out the window.
Eric glanced at the rear-view mirror and noticed Lisa was forming a worried crease on her forehead. Normally Eric wouldn't get involved, but seeing as he felt responsibility for her well-being, he interrupted her thoughts, "School's not so bad, you know."
"What?" Lisa's shook her head slightly before relaxing the tension in her shoulders and focusing on the front of the car, "What was that?"
He laughed "I mean, you shouldn't be worried. The people here are nice, and the classes aren't too dreadful. Especially since you're only in 10th grade. It's a piece of cake! Isn't that right, Jen?"
He gestured to his sister sitting in the passenger seat.
"It's true!" She exclaimed as she turned to face Lisa, "I dozed off most of the time, and still managed to passed all of my classes. I don't even know why you bothered looking for your notebook this morning, it's not like you will be taking notes on the first day or anything."
Lisa instinctively clung to her notebook a little tighter. "Well, heh, you never know, right?" She said nervously.
"Well, just remember," Eric added,"this year I'm a senior, so if you have any questions about anything, I'm your guy!"
His sister scoffed, "Wow, it hasn't even been one day and already you're in 'high and mighty seniority' mode! That sure didn't take long."
Eric shrugged, "Hey now, I'm just stating a fact. Besides, you're only one year younger than me, this time next year you'll be in the same position as I am."
Jen raised an eye brow, "Car and all?"
He laughed and flicked her pony tail, "You wish Jenny-Bo-Benny."
Lisa smiled listening to their banter. It helped clear her head a little more and helped her relax. She wasn't sure why, but she admired the relationship between Jen and Eric. They would get into the occasional sibling fights, and they often joked around, but she knew they loved and cared for each other more than anything. That they would do all they could to make sure the other one was happy.
As they pulled into the parking lot of the school, Jen turned around and added "Just feel confident in knowing that you have the both of us to help you out. So wipe that worry line off your forehead."
Lisa took a deep breath.
This is it. She thought. My first day as a "normal" kid. Just as Eric said, this will be a piece of cake.
Just then, her thoughts took a detour.
Oh man, when was the last time I had cake? What I wouldn't give to have some cake right about now!
Or Pizza. Man I want pizza...with anchov-
"WAIT!" Lisa exclaimed loudly, making Eric and Jen jump.
Eric swerved slightly then got the car back steady with traffic. "Lisa! What is it?!"
She stopped her digressing thoughts, and looked up. Her heart now beating faster. "Oh! My bad, sorry, it's nothing." She gave a reassuring smile to them, while Eric looked at her with a cocked eye brow, then slowly veered his eyes back to the road.
Lisa looked down slowly, eyes squinting in confusion.
Anchovies? Wha-Where did that thought come from? Did I like anchovy pizza before? Is this another clue?
Her heart was pounding, so she quickly pulled out her notebook and scribbled, "Anchovy Pizza" under the "Need to Remember" column.
Her notebook is her constant companion whenever her memory allows her little snippets of her unknown life. It allowed her to put together her puzzle while only being granted one piece at a time.
She looked over her list and sighed. I guess it's a start but, none of this is making any sense!
It was frustrating because she didn't have much written.
Under the Remember side she had written :
-Resided in Jump City (Time of residency unknown)
-Never received any formal education
-Used to liked pie...all kinds of pie.
Those are the things in which she is certain about in her past. There's no doubt.
Under the Need to Remember side she has:
-The color Green
-The letter "T" (Which she continually doodled in block form all over her notebook)
Plus her newest addition,
These were things that she desperately needed to remember. Because for whatever reason, she had a strong bond to these things and items.
These were also the most frustrating because they were either very broad, or very specific. Which would reverse them back to being incredibly broad.
Those were the ones she couldn't shake from her head. The ones that made her heart beat. And the ones that let her get closer to remembering her past. Closer to figuring out what happened before she woke up in that cave, alone for who knows how long...
A dark feeling started to surround her. She felt uneasy and low.
A deep voice pulled her out of thought,"C'mon Lisa," Eric opened her door and leaned his arm on the top of the frame, "Look, I know it's a drag but, you gotta get the first day over with. It will be fine, I promise."
She was staring at her lap, still in bit of a daze. This really is my first day. Not just for school, but for life too. My new life. I really can start over.
She looked over her notebook. Maybe I don't have to remember anything from my old life. I'll just stop trying to pull out all of my stupid, vague memories that inconveniently come from out of nowhere, and I won't have to feel so strange anymore.
All of this seemed so nice. So easy.
Well, until Eric held out his hand and said cooly,"Don't you trust me?"
Her head swiveled towards him, he was smiling with his hand stretched out. Her heart started to race again.
She narrowed her eyes and looked from his and to his face,"What did you say?"
Eric laughed as he repeated, "I said, don't you trust me?"
Another wave of deja vu.
This whole scene looked way too familiar.
She didn't like this, but she just couldn't ignore it either. She felt like she had no choice, really. The feelings were too strong.
Alright, she thought, I guess "forgetting" isn't going to be an option.
She opened her notebook and started to write, Adding a new column entitled, "Moments".