Luna Oshiro was getting ready for her first day at Anna May Wong High School. She quickly dressed herself in one of her typical, goth-styled outfits, sat at her dresser to apply her makeup, and brushed her shoulder-length, magenta hair. When she was ready to go, she walked to the kitchen to eat breakfast with her parents.
Luna’s mother, Sharon Oshiro, was a businesswoman whose job often made her relocate. Before moving to Newark, Luna and her parents lived in Seattle. Thankfully, she lived in Newark during middle school, so hopefully she would be a little familiar with the people at her new school.
“Are you excited for your first day?” Lino Oshiro, Luna’s father, asked.
“As ready as I’ll ever be,” Luna replied, munching on her waffles.
“I’m sorry that we had to move again, especially over halfway through the school year,” Sharon added.
“It’s no problem, Mom. Besides, we’ve lived here before, I’m probably familiar with some of the people at this school.” Luna checked her phone. “Anyways, I should probably get going, don’t wanna be late!”
Flinging her backpack over her shoulder, Luna kissed her parents goodbye before walking out the door.
Luna got to school twenty minutes before class started and decided to use the extra time to find her classes. While she was looking for her history class, she stumbled upon a short girl with blue-tinted hair, who was taking down some flyers. Squinting, Luna read the words “drama program”, which were written on the flyer. She grinned. Luna was in the drama club at her old school, specifically costume design. She loved sketching designs of possible costume ideas and seeing the actors’ faces when they actually put on the costume.
Luna carefully approached the girl putting up the posters.
“Hi, are you in the drama program here?”
The girl turned around and smiled. “Yes! We already had auditions though, but you can still join the stage crew or become a back-up dancer.”
“I was thinking of joining the stage crew, actually! Do you know who I could talk to for that?”
“Oh, good! We need more people on stage crew. We had our pre-tryout meetings already, but I can bring you to the drama teacher’s office after school today if you want.”
Luna smiled. “Yes, please! Can we meet here after the last bell rings?”
“Of course we can!” the girl tilted her head. “Are you new here? I feel like I haven’t seen you around. What’s your name?”
“I am new here...I just moved from Seattle. I’m Luna, what’s your name?”
Upon hearing her name, the girl’s eyes widened.
“That’s me, how’d you know?”
“It’s me, Kris Rosales! We were friends in middle school, do you remember?”
Luna immediately grinned. “I do! It’s been so long, how’ve you been?”
“Everything’s been going well, what about you?”
“I’ve been doing good!”
The girls’ conversation was interrupted by the first bell.
Kris tucked her hair behind her ear, before saying, “I’ll meet you here after school, okay?”
Luna nodded. “Sure. See you soon!”
After making a few wrong turns, Luna managed to make it to the hallway by her history class, where she met up with Kris that morning.
“Sorry,” she said sheepishly. “I got a little lost.”
“Don’t worry about it. Let’s head down to Mr. Moon’s office, he’s the drama teacher here.”
Luna and Kris caught up with each other while walking to Mr. Moon’s office. They talked about what’s happened since they last saw each other. Once they got there, Kris softly knocked on the door.
“Come on in,” a voice said.
Kris slowly opened the door, as Luna walked in and waved awkwardly.
“Hey Mr. Moon, this is my friend Luna Oshiro. She just moved here and was thinking of joining the stage crew.”
Mr. Moon grinned. “That sounds great! It is nice to meet you Luna, I am Mr. Moon, the drama teacher at Anna May High.”
He held out his hand for Luna to shake, which she did.
“Just curious, would you like to be in any specific branch of the stage crew, and do you have any previous experience?”
Luna’s face lit up. “Yes! I was in costume design at my old school in Seattle, and it was so much fun! Do you think I could join the costume crew here too?”
“Absolutely! Our spring musical this year is High School Musical 2, and rehearsals are every Tuesday to Friday, from 4:30 to 7:30, in the auditorium. Kristina will introduce you to everyone tomorrow, since that is our first rehearsal. Welcome to the club!”
“Thank you so much! I’ll see you tomorrow, Mr. Moon!” Luna answered.
Kris hugged Luna and smiled. “I’m so excited for you! You’re gonna have so much fun!” she turned to Mr. Moon. “Thanks, Mr. Moon. See you tomorrow!”
The two began walking to the parking lot.
“I don’t think you understand how excited I am that you’re here,” Kris said. “You get to meet everyone tomorrow, and all of my friends! They’re so nice, trust me. You’re gonna have the time of your life!”
“I’m excited too!” Luna responded. “By the way, how’s Katy doing? I haven’t seen her in a while either.”
“Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Katy’s in the stage crew too, in makeup design! You’ll be with her a lot.”
Luna froze. Back in middle school, she had a huge crush on Katy, but she pushed those feelings away for three reasons. First, Katy made it very clear that she was straight. She would always be the one to bring up something relating to boys, or a guy that she had a crush on. Second, in middle school, Luna didn’t know that she was pansexual; she didn’t even know that there were sexualities other than gay and straight. Third, she moved to Seattle at the end of eighth grade, so she wouldn’t have been able to pursue a relationship with Katy anyways.
“Luna? Hello?” Kris said, snapping Luna out of her thoughts. “Are you okay? You zoned out.”
“Oh yeah, I’m fine,” Luna replied. “I’m thinking about all the costumes I could make this season!”
The two continued walking and once they got to their cars, they said goodbye.
As she drove home, Luna thought about her crush on Katy.
Don’t worry Luna, she thought. That was middle school. Those feelings are gone, and they’re not coming back. They can’t.