"Come on." Logan laughed. "We won't bite." Mel smiled at him and followed Logan over to a table. It was full of football players and cheerleaders, all wearing the bright blue and white outfits. The group was all messing around, acting like wild animals, but stopped instantly as Mel and Logan appeared at the side of the table.
"Guys, this is Mel, she cool to sit with us?" No one answered. "Guys?"
"She can hang." One of the other football players even pulled out a chair for her to sit on and Mel gave Logan a funny look.
"Guys." His voice was slightly stern with the group, but they all listened, anyway. Logan pulled the seat out beside the one Mel had pulled out for herself and sat.
"Hey, baby!" A cheerleader cooed as she walked over to the group. She had slightly tanned skin, and a Latin look about her. Her eyes were emerald green and her hair was raven colored. Her face was plastered in make-up and her smile had a hint of evil in it. She pulled Logan's innocent face towards her own and pushed herself onto him. Their lips crashed together and it was pretty obvious that she slid her tongue inside his mouth. Logan was practically gagging before she moved away.
"Hey." Logan smiled his perfect smile towards the girl and she took a seat on his lap. She was wearing an extremely short cheerleading outfit- it looked half as short as the others. It was blue and white, just like the rest, but you could see more than half-way up her skirt. Logan gave her a slight nip on the neck and she purred out loud.
Mel was watching, but pretended not to be. She stared down to the table instead. She was starting to regret sitting with Logan and his friends, she just didn't belong there.
"I don't believe we've met." This girl said, leaning forward and looking Mel up and down.
"Get off Mr. Porter's lap, Miss. Kingston." A teacher called out and the girl slipped of Logan's lap and onto the edge of the table instead.
"I'm Stephanie Kingston." She smiled towards Mel and Mel gave an evil smirk back.
"Mel Ross." Mel replied. The two girls exchanged evil smirks at each other. It was just something that seemed to fit, as if the two girls just weren't meant to see eye-to-eye.
The group of boys were silent, each watching Mel with intensity. They all looked to be mesmerized by her. All the girls were pulling faces at the guys, probably their boyfriends, because they were ignoring them and paying Mel all the attention.
Stephanie, clearly the ring leader, scoffed as she looked around at the guys. Mel gave her a peculiar look, and Stephanie returned it. There was just something about the way the two looked at each other that screamed 'Enemies for life.'
"What's wrong, sexy?" Logan asked, noticing his girlfriend's look. He placed a hand on her leg and she placed hers on top, slowly moving it higher and higher.
"She just thinks she's so much better than the rest of us." Stephanie narrowed her eyes on Mel and Logan snatched his hand back. "Just because she's famous, she thinks she's so much better."
"Okay, I so don't need this!" Mel pushed her chair back, scraping it along the floor, and jumped to her feet. She had her hands on the table and her eyes were staring straight at Stephanie's.
"Then go back to where you came from!" Stephanie's words tore through Mel like a knife in through her heart. All she had wanted to do was be a normal girl and go to High school. But, obviously, Stephanie didn't think she belonged there. Mel hated the feeling of standing out, and right now, right then, everyone was staring at her. Not just the group of jocks, oh no, the whole cafeteria had stopped and was now watching the argument going down between the two.
"Yeah, maybe I should." Mel gave Stephanie one last look before turning on her heel and storming from the cafeteria. All eyes were now set on Stephanie.
"Nice one, Steph." Logan spat at his girlfriend. "What the hell did she do to you?" Logan also got up from his seat, scraping it along the floor, and chased after Mel.
I ran down the corridors of the school, wanting to get as far away from those guys as possible. My first day at school and it just wasn't working out. Everyone was staring at me and I felt as if I didn't belong. And, of course, it was because I didn't. Logan greeted me into his group and that slut only made me feel more out of place than I had before.
The first thing that came to mind was run to the girl's toilets. So, I headed straight for them. Lucky for me they were empty, so I locked myself away inside one of the stall. I fell back onto the closed toilet seat and wiped away a few tears from my eyes.
I pulled my cell from inside my pocket and saw I had a text from Ryan. I flipped it open and read;
A few more tears started to form in my eyes and I wiped the back of my hand over my face. I clicked dial and I began to ring Ryan.
"Hello?" He answered.
"H-Hey." I stuttered, trying to sound strong, but it was just not happening.
"How's school going, darling?" He asked. I could hear the happiness in his voice and I couldn't upset him.
"I-It's okay, but-"
"Mel, what's wrong?" I obviously wasn't hiding it very well. "Tell me, baby girl."
"Ryan, come pick me up, please."
"I'm on my way, Mel. Meet me out the front."
"Okay, bye." I hung up and placed my cell back in my pocket. I stood up and smoothed out my clothes for the second time that day. I unlocked the stall and walked out.
"Calling daddy to come bail you out?" I snapped my head towards the sink where I found Tori perched.
"You take one bit of crap from Miss Queen Bee and you get up and leave. I thought you were better than that, Mel. I thought you were gonna be the one who stood up for yourself, for everyone who's scared to face Stephanie themselves. But, obviously, I was wrong. You're just like the rest of us; too scared." I turned my head down to the floor. Tori was right...I was too scared to face up to Stephanie. I'd stood up for myself against everyone. EVERYONE! Why couldn't I do it now?
"Come on, I'll walk you to the parking lot." My friend-my only friend-slid off the counter and held the bathroom door open for me.
"Thanks." I mumbled, leaving the room, Tori walking behind me.
"Mel!" I looked up and saw Logan leaning against the wall opposite the toilet door. He walked up to me and placed his warm hand on my cold arm. "Are you okay?"
"I'm fine, no thanks to your stuck up girlfriend!" I snapped. Why was the courage coming out now? Stephanie was the one I was mad at, not Logan.
"Stephanie was way out of line, I know she was." Logan's voice sounded almost pleading. "Stephanie's just a hard girl to get to know..." He trailed off, seeing how unconvinced and upset I was.
"I've called Ryan, he's picking me up outside in a few minutes." I told him. Logan. I guess he was my other friend. Two friends... "Bye." I walked past him, slightly nudging his shoulder. Two friends weren't bad for my first day.
Tori and I walked outside. I jumped up on the wall and Tori leaned against it beside me. I could hear footsteps running up behind us, but I chose to ignore them. It was only Logan.
"Hey." He sounded out of breath. "Don't think you're going anywhere without a proper goodbye." I smiled a little. Logan was my friend and he cared. And so did Tori. They both wanted me to stay in school, I know they did. But I couldn't. School just wasn't for me.
I jumped down off the wall and opened my arms for a hug. Logan happily accepted it. He felt warm, warmer than what he should have been for the hanging winter air, even if it was spring. We broke apart and I was cold again, as if Logan was the reason I hadn't felt the cold before. And now, after we'd said goodbye, I was feeling the coldness in the air.
"So, I guess you're not coming back, huh?" Tori asked, but, as usual, she didn't let me answer before talking some more. "I really wish you'd stay in school, don't let Stephanie get to you. She's just a bitch, no offence, who wants to bring everyone else down around her. I really want you to stay; no one's been this friendly to me in forever! I like having a friend to talk to and you are an amazing friend, Mel."
"You are, too, Tori." I hugged the chatty girl, squeezing her tightly. I had only met Tori and Logan that morning, but it felt as if we'd all been close for a long time. Something had drawn me to those two people in the first place, and now I had to leave them.
Ryan's car pulled up in front of the three of us and I gave a small smile to my friends as I climbed into the passenger seat.
"Bye." I waved and they waved back. Ryan looked over to me, a peculiar look on his face. It was as if he was trying to read my mind. "Drive then, you freak." I teased and he smiled at me, starting the car up and driving away from the school.
"Now, tell me why you wanted to come home?" He said and I turned my head back to the school, watching it grow smaller and smaller, the further we drove away.
"I'll tell you later."