Katrice just moved to Belleville New Jersey. Will she enjoy it? How long will she stay?
I sighed, my first day of school in Belleville New Jersey. It was probably going to be as terrible as any other first day of high school I’ve ever had. I trudged to the main office and asked for my time table. “Your student guide will be here in a minute, have a seat over there” The receptionist smiled and pointed me to a row of hard plastic seats. “Great!” I thought miserably “I’m going to have someone follow me around all day”. She snapped her head to the door when she heard someone open it. It was a short boy, 5’4” maybe, with a Mohawk. “Frank! There you are, I was starting to get worried,” the receptionist smiled and pointed over to me. “Hey, I’m Frank, I’m your student guide, let me have a look at your time table and we’ll get out of here” he smiled holding his hand out for the piece of paper. I handed it to him, not saying a word, and he giggled, “Shy are you?” I simply nodded. He opened the door, and we set off into the vast area of Belleville Senior High School. “So what’s your name? Your story?” He asked attempting casual conversation. “My name’s Katrice,” I squeaked. “I like that name, it’s unique.” He smirked at me. I felt myself blush. “Well, I’m waiting for the story” he added tapping his foot. “I move around a lot, hopefully for the last time though, this is my 6th high school.” I told him truthfully, and he gaped. “6 high schools?” He asked astonished. “Yeah and as you know I’m only a sophomore, it’s pretty bad actually.” I admitted, looking down. “Well, here we are, English 10 with Mr. Steidke, a pretty easy class if you can deal with monotone voices” he smiled. “Yeah thanks” I sigh, cracking the door to the room open. “I’ll meet you here 4 minutes before class gets out to escort you to your next lesson M’Lady” He bows and skips off to class. What an odd little man, I giggle thinking to myself as I took a seat in the back of the classroom. About halfway through the lesson I felt something hit me in the foot. I picked up the piece of paper realizing it was a note. “Hey, I’m Damon, the blonde one with the snakebites” I look around attempting to set eyes on this “Damon”, and as soon as I found him he waves frantically. I chuckle and say nothing, don’t even return the note. During the last five minutes of class Mr. Steidke called me to the front “Katrice, you may wait outside the door for your student guide” he said simply and watched me leave. It wasn’t long that I was waiting until Frank arrived. “Hey! How was the first lesson?” He asked. “Okay, some boy named Damon said hi and introduced himself” I said blankly. “Damon? The blonde one?” Frank questioned. “Yeah, with snakebites” I added remembering the note. “He’s trouble girl, be careful” he warned, while we were walking to Maths 147 Calculus. “Here’s your calculus class, my friend Mikey will be in this class with you. He’s a junior, and really cool. Don’t worry” Frank says as he sees the look of panic strike my face. “Mikey! My man!” Frank laughs as Mikey walks with his head down until he stops right in front of them. “Hey, who’s this?” Mikey asks looking me up and down. “Katrice” Frank answers and I smile, blushing like mad when Mikey picked up my hand and kissed the back of it. “Pleasure to meet you” he winks, and Frank smirks. “See you girl, Mikey will take care of you this lesson” He says and disappears in the crowd while we walk into the classroom. “Hello class!” Ms. Steflanski smiles. “We have a new student today, her name is Katrice” She says and points me out to the room full of kids. The preppy girls giggle obnoxiously. “Glad you’ve joined our class, now on to the lesson” she smiles and starts writing on the black board. Mikey and I wrote notes all class long. He kept telling me how I was beautiful, or pretty, or gorgeous. I kept telling him that he was blind, hence his glasses. He repeatedly denied that fact, and could only tell me that I was the best thing he’d ever seen. I smiled, but could not stop blushing for the life of me. When the bell finally rang I was relieved to see Frank. He immediately started walking toward the cafeteria. “So how was Mikey?” he asked nonchalantly. “He is bat-shit crazy” I laughed and Frank raised an eyebrow questioningly. “He would not go a minute without telling me I was the “Most beautiful thing he’s ever seen”” I air quoted and shook my head. “You are gorgeous. Mikey is right about that” Frank simply nodded, when a girl with pink hair jumped onto his back. “Peony! Get off I’m on official guiding duty!” He chuckled and she hopped down. “Hello there, I’m Peony, Frank’s best friend ever!” She stuck her hand out, and smiled brightly. “I’m Katrice, Franks uhhh, guidee?” I said stupidly accepting her hand shake. “Fucking lunch! Thank god!” A boy with shoulder-length black hair screamed as he caught up with our group. I laughed and he turned to me suddenly. “Frank! Why didn’t you tell me?! I can’t believe you didn’t let me know there was a goddess you were showing around!” He bowed to me and punched Frank in the arm. “I’m really not a goddess, I’m Katrice” I laugh, and open the cafeteria doors. “Where do we sit?” I asked looking around. Peony shook her head, “Not inside, we go to the tree circle.” She smiled and the guys split up to get their food. Peony and I stood there waiting for them to join us so we could get outside. As the boys walked up to us with their lunch trays we opened the doors to go outside. I followed Peony to the hidden picnic table inside of the circle of pine trees. “Not eating?” The black haired boy asked. “Uh, no. I don’t usually eat nasty school food, and I got up late, so no packed lunch for me.” I giggle. “Well, I’m Gerard, and I have half a peanut butter sandwich we could share,” he said extended half of his sandwich. “You don’t have to do that” I smile and he shakes his head. “Yes I do, Mom would be mad if I didn’t.” Gerard smiles beautifully as I take half the sandwich. I take a bite, and immediately spit it out, scraping my tongue. “What? Don’t like strawberry jelly?” He asked laughing. “Allergic!” I said, ruffling through my bag, grabbing my Epi-Pen. I quickly injected the epinephrine into my leg, feeling the swelling in my tongue go down immediately. “Come on Kat, let’s get you to the nurse’s room,” Frank sighs, leaving his lunch untouched. “Frank, get your lunch, I’m not letting you not eat, because I made a mistake and forgot to ask.” I frowned. “I’ll take her!” Gerard shouts as Frank went to get his lunch. “Seems right I should anyway, since I’m the one that almost killed her.” He looked down shyly. “Okay, get her there in one piece, and make sure she gets to her next lesson.” Frank said sternly, making Peony roar with laughter. “You’re not her Momma Frank, let her go,” She said calming down. Gerard held out his arm for me to take, which I did shyly. “So, who all have you met today?” He asks as we walk into the school. “Some kid named Mikey, some strange Damon boy, and you guys.” I smiled. “So how’s Mikey?” Gerard asked looking very interested. “He’s really nice, very strange, and definitely out of his mind,” I stated remembering the notes we wrote. “Why is he crazy?” Gerard giggled. I pulled the note out of my bag and handed it to him. “You think he’s crazy because he told you that you’re beautiful?” He arched an eyebrow. “Of course! I do, I’m really not beautiful. I promise.” I say sadly looking down. “First off, Mikey’s my brother, he’s not crazy, and you are far from beautiful. You’re a goddess.” He repeated as we entered the nurse’s office. “Hi, what brings you in this afternoon?” The nurse asks as Gerard sits in a chair waiting for me. “Well, I didn’t pack a lunch, and I won’t eat school lunch, so he offered me his sandwich” the nurse awed at that “but it had strawberries on it, and I’m allergic to them. I even had to use my Epi-Pen.” I blurt out, and frown. I fidget with my lip rings for a while as she writes everything down. “So, are you feeling okay?” She asked taking my temperature. “Yeah, I’m just a little shaky from the epinephrine.” I smile and hoped she wouldn’t make me stay the rest of the day there. “I think you’re okay, but I don’t want you going to class, I think it’d be the best idea if you went home for the day,” She smiled and wrote me a note. “I don’t know how to get home though!” I panicked and she smiled, tearing off a separate note. “That’s why he’s taking the day off too” She smiled handing Gerard his note. “Thanks” I sighed in relief as we walked out of the nurse’s office and into the main office. We handed our notes to the secretary and she smiled at us as we walked out of the school. “So where should we go?” He asked, as I imagined Frank flipping out when he went to my next lesson, and I wasn’t there. “I don’t know, but you should probably tell Frank what happened.” I giggled as he whipped out his phone sending a text. “Okay, taken care of, now what to do?” He laughed. “Doesn’t matter to me. Mom won’t know, I don’t really want to be alone. Can we go back to yours?” I asked shyly. “Of course, we can have a movie marathon if you want.” He smiled walking towards his car. When we arrived, he opened the passenger side door, and closed it behind me. “Such a gentleman,” I teased as he started the vehicle. “Well, I am in the presence of a goddess,” he teased back. I couldn’t help but blush. Did he really think that? I hope that he did. HE was the beautiful one. I was amazed that he would want to hang out with me. “Hey, are you going to get out, or are you just going to sit in the car all day?” He asked closing his door, and going up to unlock his house. I quickly followed him inside immediately into the kitchen. Gerard now had his head inside of the refrigerator searching for a snack. “What do you have?” I asked hungrily. “Grapes, kiwi, yogurt, apples, nothing but fruit!” Gerard complained. I smiled as I figured out what we could eat. “Hey, do you have any ice?” I asked getting out everything I would need from the fridge. “Yup, what are you doing?” he asked looking at me try to reach the cupboards. “Trying to find a cutting board, duh” I answered. He reached in a side drawer and pulled out a cutting board and a knife. “Thanks, Blender?” I ask and he walks to a closet and pulls it out. After I cut all the fruit up, I put the fruit in the blender, puree it, add some yogurt, and ice. I blend it until the ice is crushed, and it’s a perfect smoothie. I smile. “Glasses please?” I request from Gerard, and he’s there with fancy margarita glasses. “Okay, these will do” I chuckle and pour our smoothies into the glasses. Gerard walked to the living room and picked out a movie and put it in while I rinsed out the blender. I went to join him, and just as I sat down beside him The Hills Have Eyes started playing. I hated scary movies. I was so easily frightened. “So have you ever seen this movie?” Gee asks and I meekly shake my head no. “I hate scary movies” I squeak out and he laughs. “I’ll protect you” he says in a fake macho voice, and puts an arm around me on the couch. “Thanks” I say leaning into him, falling asleep in a matter of minutes. “Awe, they are so cute!” I hear someone harshly whisper, and instantly groan, why couldn’t I have just stayed asleep? Did they have to wake me up? Whoever they were. “Mmmph go away” I mumbled and waved my hand in the air to signal whoever it was to leave. “Can’t do that Katrice,” the boy said and pulled me off the couch. I screamed as I was picked up into the air without warning. I looked at the face of my attacker. Mikey. “Why are you so mean?!” I asked when he put me down. “Because, I come home from school, and you’re sleeping with my brother on the couch with empty margarita glasses in front of you” he explains and I laugh as I curl back up on the couch with a still sleeping Gerard. “Those were from smoothies, and I’m tired. Wake me up at 7 if I’m not up please?” I begged, and Mikey nodded and walked away.
What the fuck? I questioned seeing the new girl on the couch asleep. I can’t wake him up, Gee will get mad. How about her? “Awe, they are so cute!” I spit, hoping to stir her. “mmph go away” I heard her mumble, and couldn’t help but smile.”Can’t do that Katrice” I smirked and pulled her off the couch and picked her up. She felt good in my arms. I put her down and she asked something. I asked why she was there and about the margarita glasses and she curled back up in Gerard’s arms laughing. I asked about the margarita glasses on the table. “Those were from smoothies, and I’m tired. Wake me up at 7 if I’m not up please?” She pleaded and I nodded walking away. I rolled my eyes at my luck, Gerard had already won her over. “Damnit,” I sighed walking into my bedroom. Maybe if I played bass I could get my mind off of Katrice now that she was with Gee. She was the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen, but I should be happy that Gee has someone as beautiful as he is. I sigh, picking up my bass and playing some Anthrax. I give up playing and look at the time: 6:54 pm. Oh no! I got up to sprint down the stairs. I tripped over something mom had thrown up no doubt, resulting in me tumbling that last ten or twelve stairs. “Ow! Fuck!” I screamed as I hit the carpet at the bass of the stairs. “Are you okay?” I heard a soft voice ask, and looked up to see Katrice staring at me with concern in her eyes from the couch. “Yeah, just tripped a little” I shrugged as I got up and walked to the kitchen to hide my embarrassment.
“Gerard” I whispered in the beautiful mans ear. “Hmmm sugar” He mumbled while trying to pull me into his arms again. “I have to get up. I only have about an hour before I have to be home,” I frowned. I enjoyed the hours we spent cuddled on the couch sleeping, even if I had just met him. UGH! I had just met him! What was I doing? I asked myself frowning. I heard some crashing down the stairs and looked up to see Mikey landing at the bottom of the stairs. “Ow! Fuck!” He screamed and I couldn’t help it. “Are you okay?” I asked, seriously concerned for him. “Yeah just tripped a little” he shrugged and walked off. “Gee are you sure he’s okay? That’s not how he was acting earlier this morning when I met him” I frowned and Gerard laughed. “That’s Mikey for you”. Gerard and I walked into the kitchen. “Where’s Mikey?” I asked looking around. “He must be in the basement” Gerard shrugs. I smiled as he made some coffee, and offered me some. “Mmm coffee, cream and sugar please?” I asked batting my eyelashes at him. “Of course!” He grinned and set about making my drink. Gee returned with my coffee and I smiled. “I’m sorry about how weird today has been. I haven’t even known you for a day and I’m at your house, sleeping on your couch, and drinking your coffee” I blushed embarrassed. “It’s okay sugar,” he chuckles, “Do you need a ride home?” “Uhh I’d appreciate it, but I don’t expect you to give me one” I shrug looking at the clock. “Shit! I have to be home in twelve minutes!” I scramble for the door, and Gerard follows closely behind me with his keys jangling. We pulled up to my new house just in time, 7:14. Good Kenton can’t yell at me tonight! I’m home, in time, but what would he think about Gerard dropping me off? “Kent! I’m home!” I yelled bursting in the door with Gerard on my heels. “Good. Just in time Kitty” he looked at Gerard suspiciously. “Who’s that?” He glared. “He’s a friend Kent, he’s my student guides best friend.” I explained and he slightly relaxed. “Alright” he turned to Gee “Nice to meet you man, I’m Kenton.” He offered his hand. “I’m Gerard,” Gerard took his hand and shook it. “Well, get to doing your homework Kat,” Kenton teased and I threw my book bag on the table pulling it out. I stood up and pulled Gerard into a hug, “I’ll see you tomorrow Gee,” I smiled, and he beamed “If it’s okay I’d like to pick you up for school at 6:50.” He looked at Kenton who nodded. “See you later” He waved and took off. I quickly destroyed my homework, and told Kenton I was going to bed. Kenton is my brother, who is my legal guardian now, since my parents killed themselves. “Kit! Did I tell you? I got a job! A steady nice job! We might be able to stay a while!” He shouted through the house and I cheered. “Great! I think I like this place!” I grinned laying in my new bed. I turned my iPod nano on shuffle and Astro Zombies by the Misfits started blasting. I couldn’t wait for tomorrow!
Wow. What a day! I grinned as I closed the door to my house, throwing my keys on the hook by the door. “How was your day?” Mikey asked sullenly. “Great! What’s wrong with you?” I accused, and he snapped. “I saw her first! I wanted her, but no, you always charm them to death!” He growled and ran upstairs into his bedroom. Jesus that boy was hormonal. It’s not my fault that fate made me almost kill her, and give me the perfect opportunity. I walked to my bedroom on the main floor and threw myself onto my bed thinking about the events of the day. I had met the most beautiful girl of my life, almost killed her, got to sleep with her in my arms and definitely pissed Mikey off. It was a great day almost. Which surprised me because most days at school blew.