Partial inspiration comes from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Daxn_CaUcdc
Tori walked me to English. There was no way I was going to remember my way back and forth through each corridor from one place to the next. It was just one massive jungle of classrooms and lockers, as far as I was concerned, anyway. Nearly everyone the two of passed in the hallways looked at me, either directly or out of the corner of their eye, but they still all looked. Also, Tori really didn't know when to shut up. She kept rambling on and on and on, so I tuned out. I was more interested in getting to know the ins and outs of High school. Of course I'd seen movies about it, but nothing could prepare you for the real thing.
All of a sudden, Tori stopped walking and I walked into the back of her because I hadn't been paying attention.
"Sorry." I apologized as she rubbed the back of her head.
"It's okay. People are always walking into me, it's like I'm invisible or something. This one time this guy, Mason I think his name was, walked straight into me whi-"
"Shouldn't we go in?" I asked, interrupting her. I didn't want to start her off again, and I also didn't want to be late.
"Yeah, we should." She pushed open the door and the two of us walked inside. "Mrs. David!" She called out in a happy sing-song voice.
"Tori!" A woman called back in a sing-song voice, but she wasn't visible. The voice was coming from the supply closet at the back of the room. I turned myself to face it and noticed everyone who was already in class staring at me. I was used to the stares, but it was still uncomfortable. "Tori, come grab these for me." Tori rushed up to the back of the room and held her arms out. A pair of hands appeared out of the cupboard and handed Tori a few stacks of paper and a box of pens. Tori walked back to me and dumped the paper and pens on the teacher's desk beside me.
Mrs. David came out of the cupboard and locked it behind her. She was a fairly young teacher, with short brown hair and a kind looking face. She was wearing a black skirt and a white shirt with ruffles around the chest. Her bright hazel eyes were sparkling and her smile made me feel very welcome in her classroom.
"You must be Melissa, am I right?" She asked.
"It's Mel, but yeah, you're right." I smiled back at her.
"Well, Mel, I'm Mrs. David, your English teacher. And your guidance counselor, you can come to me with anything and we can talk about it, okay?" I nodded my head. She wasn't like Tori, she gave me time to reply. "Good, now you can sit by..." She took a moment to look around the class. "Tori!" I felt Tori slip her hand into mine and she dragged me over to the front desk, she sat in one seat and I sat in another.
The bell rang again and a few more people came running into class and took their seats, all giving me a small look in one way or another.
"Today, guys, we will be continuing our pair work from last time. Pair up!" Mrs. David turned back to the board and Tori turned to me.
"Okay, I'm paired up with Jayce, so I'll talk to you in a bit!" She smiled and dived off to the back of the room, sitting beside some guy who I was guessing was Jayce. It was pretty obvious from the moment Tori skidded into place beside him that she had a massive crush on him. Her cheeks slightly burned red and she had dreamy eyes set on him. I smiled a bit to myself, before remembering that I was partner less.
"Um, Mrs. David?" I spoke up.
"Uh-huh?" She answered, writing something down on the board. "What is it, Mel?"
"I don't have a part-"
"I am so sorry I'm late, Mrs. David." A boy came running into the classroom, interrupting me. He had shaggy black hair, that fell over one of his shiny brown eyes. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a football jersey, so I instantly guessed he was on the football team.
"Ah, Logan, you weren't in my last class, were you?" The guy shook his head no, still out of breath a bit. "Great, you can partner Mel." Mrs. David picked up a book from her desk and tossed it at Logan. He caught it in his left hand and read the cover. "Page 162, read over the text and analyze it." She then turned back to the board and Logan and I turned to each other.
Logan walked over and sat in the seat Tori had been in. He removed his jersey and placed it over the back of the chair, revealing a black Beatles T-shirt. I smiled a little, The Beatles was a band Ryan listened to a lot. So, I was familiar with who they were.
"Hey, I'm Logan." He introduced himself.
"Nice to meet ya." He said, skipping through the book till he reached the page. "Know anything about Romeo and Juliet?"
"I know a little, what about you?"
"Nothing." He smiled and I smiled, too. He placed the book between us and we started reading the text.
"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I'll no longer be a Capulet."
"Shall I hear more?" I looked up at Logan as he read the book. "Or shall I speak at this?" Logan stared up at me and I started reciting the lines without looking at the book.
"'Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man. O, be some other name! What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd, retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title. Romeo, doff they name; And for thy name, which is no part of thee, take all myself." I guess having a private tutor helped with certain things. Mr. H. had made me memorize that part of the play for 'future reference'. I never knew at the time it would actually come in handy for future reference.
I gave Logan a nudge in the arm, he seemed fascinated by the fact I could recite the passage from memory. And, to be honest, I was quite amazed I remembered it all, too.
"I take thee at thy word: Call me but love, and I'll be new baptiz'd; Henceforth I never will be Romeo." Logan was glancing from me to the book and back again as he spoke.
"What man art thou, thus bescreen'd in night, so stumblest on my counsel?" Logan went to start speaking again, but I noticed everyone watching us and I stopped him. He looked up at everyone, even Mrs. David and cocked an eyebrow. He then smiled at me and looked back down to the book, but didn't speak.
After a few moments, everyone went back to reading their own scripts and Logan turned back to look at me and burst out laughing. And I followed suit. I don't know why, but there was just something worth laughing about.
"I thought you said you only knew a little." He said, smiling his perfect teeth my way.
"I guess that might have been a teeny-weeny bit of an understatement then." I giggled. "I had to memorize it all for my tutor before. It's been stuck in my memory ever since." I explained to Logan and he seemed impressed.
"Can I ask you something, Mel?" I nodded. "Why did you decide to come to a proper high school? I mean, I'd give anything to get out of the place." Logan smirked, not looking me in the eyes, but down at the now closed book.
"I just wanted some sort of normal experience. I've been an actress for as long as I can remember..." I trailed off a bit. "Everyone told me not to come, though. My step-dad told me it was a bad idea and my own boyfriend tried to get me not to come."
"Ah, yes, you're dating that Barbie doll wannabe, what's his name...Uh...?"
"Jackson." I laughed. "And he's not a Barbie doll wannabe." I playful shoved Logan's shoulder and he laughed again. His laugh was amazing, it was making me feel funny inside. "So, what about you? Got a girl?"
"I guess you could say that, it's sort of on, off all the time." He shrugged the fact off as if it was nothing. "Her names Stephanie." Stephanie. That was the girl Tori called a Queen Bee. But, I made sure not to say anything to Logan about that. He was sweet guy and I didn't want him thinking anything bad about me.
"On, off?" I asked.
"Yeah, sometimes we absolutely hate each other and then other times we're totally in love and at it like animals and why the hell did I just say that to a girl I met a few minutes ago?" I laughed some more.
"At it like animals, eh?" I joked and Logan playfully shoved me back.
Looks like the start of a beautiful friendship! (Or more ;])