It's the period before lunch and I have Journalism. I hate this class. I don't know anyone except one girl who I just never even had a simple conversation with her. I sit behind this senior who is hilarious. Maybe it won't be that bad. Doing my work, a girl comes up to me.
"Hi, my name's Brooke, what's your name?"
"It's nice to meet you!"
"So what Middle School did you go to?"
"I went to Victor Jones Middle School, how about you?"
"I went to Prospect Middle School."
"Oh, I heard that school is very hard."
"Yeah, it was whatever. I got through it."
"What academy are you in?"
"I'm in IB (International Baccalaureate)."
"Yeah, and you?"
"I'm in Medical."
"Is it good?"
"Yeah, it's amazing, I love it." I look up at the time and there's only a minute before lunchtime. I start to pack up and head to the door to be in front of the line. I have a gut feeling that me and Brooke are going to be amazing friends. We walk down the stairs toward the barracuda when I see Valentina standing there waiting for Emily and Emelina. I give her a kiss on the cheek as a sign of saying Hello. I don't know why but we Hispanics are very touchy.
"Brooke, this is Valentina."
"Hi Brooke, nice to meet you." Valentina leans in to give her a kiss on the cheek and Brooke does the same. It's honestly completely normal.
"Hey Steph, I'm going to go put my stuff down, wanna come with?"
"Sure," I follow Brooke to the place where she puts her stuff and there he is right in front of me. Brooke gives him a hug and looks at me.
"Why is your face all red?" Shit. I didn't know why either.
"I don't know maybe because I'm hot?"
"Yeah, okay." I look his way and see that he's surrounded by a bunch of girls. Ugh, great. How did I not think of this? Of course every girl is going to want him. I should've thought about it. Now my first goal is to get introduced to him. Brooke catches me staring and starts smiling.
"I see the way you're looking at Thomas."
"Yeah, I don't know what you're talking about..."
"Come on, I'll introduce you." I look down at what I'm wearing. I'm wearing sweats, crocs, and a sweatshirt. I am not getting introduced to him while I'm wearing this. I turn around to walk towards Emily and Brooke grabs my hand.
"I'm not going to speak to him while I look disgusting."
"Dude, you're beautiful."
"Well, me too and right now I don't look so great, so I promise you tomorrow in the morning."
"HEYY..." I see this small African-American girl walk our way.
"Coco." I look at Brooke and 'Coco' hug.
"Corie, this is Stephanie."
"Hey girl!" I can't help but laugh.
"Wow, you are very pretty."
"Thank you!" I decided to have lunch with them. Walking towards the Math building, I heard someone yell my name. I look back and keep walking when I bumped into someone.
"Stephanie?" I look up and I see Collin. He was in my 2nd grade class.
"Omg, Collin?! How are you?!?!" I give him a big hug.
"I've been good! Damn I haven't seen you in a while."
"I know! Wow, we should have lunch one day and catch up!"
"Yeah for sure, just let me know."
"I will." I get lost in my thoughts when someone calls out his name. I look behind him and he turns around. It's Thomas. Damn he's like gnats. They're everywhere. I see him walking towards us and I panic. I drop my Math book by accident and bend down to get it. When I look up, he's right there. He's even more perfect up close.
"Well, I'll see you around Collin. It was nice seeing you again!"
"Same here," I give him a kiss on the cheek, say goodbye and give Thomas a small smile. I start to walk away and look back. I catch him staring and he looks away. Why does he stare at me a lot? Ugh. Guys.
Next morning I decide to wake up in a good mood. I iron my hair, put on my skinny jeans, and my white shirt. I look at myself in the mirror and all I see are flaws. I'm so insecure. Maybe it's because of my ex... That asshole.
"Ooh lookin' good," I look at my sister and laugh. We get in the car and wait at the bus stop. The bus ride literally feels like forever. I get to school and take me phone out.
Me - Coco, where are you?
Coco - Hey hoe, I'm in the front.
Me - Okay, I'll be there in a sec.
I put my phone away and apply my Baby Lips ChapStick on. I walk towards the front. In my way are a bunch of football players.
"Stephanie!" I turn around and see Gabriel and Jeremy. I used to talk to Jeremy back in 7th grade. I don't even know why. I look at Gabriel and he's become cuter. He's very silent though... Doesn't talk much.
"Hey! How are you?" I give Jeremy a hug and Gabriel too. I start looking around to see if I can make an excuse to leave. I see Kaylee and grab her by her arm.
"Kaylee, hey you know Jeremy right?"
"Well talk." I left with a skip in my step to the front. I take in a deep breath when I see Coco and Brooke.
"Hey, hey, hey," we exchange hugs and laugh, "alright stop stalling now, let's go make a future couple happen."
"Oh my gosh." Thomas sees Brooke and Corie come towards him and stands up to say hi. I hear the bell ring. Oh no, he gives Brooke and Coco a kiss on the cheek and Brooke nudges me. I stay quiet. Brooke grabs Thomas sweater and gives him a look and he looks at me. I look down at my book so I don't seem like an idiot. He puts his hand on my shoulder and goes to give me a hug. He whispers in my ear, "I'm Thomas."
"Stephanie." He lets go of the embrace and looks back and walks away. I feel the heat in my cheeks and I feel my heart beating super fast. That did not just happen.