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i'm sippin tea in yo hood.

𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗇𝖾𝗑𝗍 𝗆𝗈𝗋𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 | 𝗆𝗈𝗇𝗂𝗊𝗎𝖾 𝗉𝗈𝗏.

I woke up feeling horrible. My whole body was in pain and my head was hurting. Well, today is gonna suck. I dragged my body to the bathroom and took a long shower which made me feel a little bit better. I got dressed and put on light perfume. I slipped on my socks and my shoes. I wasn’t in the mood for eyeliner or makeup of any sort. We’re having a lazy day.

I grabbed my backpack and my phone. I slipped a lanyard with my keys and my bus pass around my neck. I remembered Ash wasn’t taking the bus today so I grabbed my headphones. I made sure I had all my stuff and went downstairs. I walked into the kitchen and walked past Amira. “Damn no good morning?” she said. I just glared at her, then flipped her off. “Why are you so cranky?“.

“I’m not in a good mood bruh,” I said, grabbing my water bottle. “Oh”. “Yea. Well I’m gonna go before I miss the bus,” I said, adjusting my backpack. “Okay see you later,” she said, punching my shoulder. Then I slapped her and ran out the door. “MONIQUE,” I heard her scream. Watch her get in trouble.

I walked at a steady pace to the bus stop while drowning myself in the music. I started feeling way better. Music had always been my way of coping with life. Until someone tapped my shoulder. It better not be... “Hey Monique. Good morning,” Denzel said, waving at me. “Bad morning,” I said then I kept walking. I paused the music to choose another song when I heard: “I’ll get you one way or the other,” he said. I stopped in my tracks and slowly turned my head to face him. “Excuse me?” I said, raising my eyebrows. “Nothing,” he replied. “Nah, say it with your chest. Because I know you didn’t just say what you just said” I said.

“You know what? Just leave me alone,” I said, walking away. I went back to listening to my music and walking down the sidewalk. I looked up at the sky to see the sun coming up. I felt super bliss as I had my music playing as I finally reached the bus stop. I just stood there, responding to “good mornings” and “heys”.

After about 7 minutes, the bus finally pulled up to the stop. I got on and swiped my pass. I sat all the way in the back and put my backpack on the seat on the left of me. I played my music again and closed my eyes, drowning out the rest of the world. I felt the bus come to a halt so I fluttered my eyelashes and adjusted my eyes to the light.

I realized we were close to reaching the school so I left my eyes open but kept my music playing. I started humming to the music and I felt someone tap my arm. I looked over to see Michelle giving me a smile. “Hey,” she waved at me. I just smiled and waved back. “I like your voice,” she said. “Thank you,” I smiled.

“What are you listening to?,” she asked me. I took my right headphone out and handed it to her. “It’s called one night by 1nonly,” I said. “Cooool,” she said, handing me my headphone. “Yea,” I said. We finally reached the school so I got up and threw my backpack over my shoulder. I waited until the bus halted to walk down the steps.

I stepped off the bus and walked inside the school, still listening to music. I was walking to homeroom when I saw Indigo also walking towards homeroom. I picked up my pace and tapped their shoulder. They looked back and smiled at me. “Hey Monique,” they said. “Hey,” I said, walking right next to them. “Have you seen Ash?,” I asked them. “Hm no. They might already be in the homeroom,” they assured me. “True,” I said. Indigo and I walked to homeroom until we were stopped by Denzel.

Indigo and I both looked at each other in annoyance until we both looked at him with a “what do you want” look. “Can I help you?” I said. Indigo started snickering but Denzel just glared at me. “Good morning,” he said. “I already told you, bad morning,” I said. “What’s your problem, Monique?“. “My problem is you’re annoying and you disrespected my friend,” I said. “But I apologized”.

“Tough. Indigo, let’s go,” I said, pulling them away. “Okay...“. We made it to homeroom to see Aran and Ash sitting next to each other, talking. “Rude much,” I said, glaring at Ash. “What happened to hello? How are you?” they said. “Suck giraffe dick,” I smiled. “Giraffe dick...,” Aran said. “Yes,” I said. “Y’all are weird,” he responded. “Please- you are too,” Indigo said. “Nope. I’m completely normal,” he said. “Oh stop,” Ash said. “Stop da cap,” I said.

“Ash. Next time text me,” I said. “I didn’t know if I should,” they said. “Why?” I said, raising an eyebrow. “I don’t know...,” they said, looking down. I could tell they truly felt bad so I let it go. “It’s okay,” I smiled. I noticed they turned a little red. “Oop-,” Indigo said. “Wholesome moments,” Aran said. Then Denzel and Ashanti walked in.

“Oh boy,” I said. “Here we go,” Indigo said. Ash and Aran both sighed deeply. Denzel just walked past us and sat to the left of me. I felt him glaring at me. “Hey Indigo,” Ashanti said, ignoring everyone’s presence. “Hi...?,” Indigo said. I wasn’t surprised since she was the closest to Indigo out of all of us.

Then Ashanti sat right behind Ash. “This is awkward,” Aran said. True. “I don’t know why these two are pressed. They brought the negative energy here,” I said. “For real,” Ash said. We all just sat in uncomfortable silence until Denzel broke it. “I still don’t understand why you’re angry,” he said. “Who?” Ash asked him. “Monique,” I heard him say. “I literally told you so please leave me alone,” I said.

“Yea but it doesn’t make sense,” he argued. “Maybe you’re just stupid,” I said. “Tea,” Aran said. “Oh my...,” Ash said. “Oop-,” Indigo said. “Just drop it,” Ashanti said. “Who invited you?” I said, raising my eyebrow. “Excuse me?” she said. “You heard me. Uninvited porch rat”. “You guys should all just stop arguing,” someone said in the back. We all looked at him with an “okay...?” look. “Aran could I talk to you?,” Denzel said. “Why....” he said. “I gotta ask you about something”. “Okay,” Aran responded. “Let’s go in the hallway,” Denzel said, getting up. They both walked out into the hallway. We all looked at each other with confused looks.

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