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“Welcome to our very last first day of school, bestie,” Emma said while we were getting out of her car.
There it was in all its glory. Jefferson High School, the familiar red brick building which we will have the pleasure to visit on an almost daily basis for one more year.
A lot of students lingered on the freshly cut lawn, greeting their friends, eyeing the arrival of everyone else. The obligatory slightly scared freshman made his way as fast as possible to the entrance.
Ah, the first day of school. It’s always like a meat market.
I elbowed Em and pointed my chin towards the corner where some of the jocks were doing their male fist-bumping thing. My cue. I started lip-synching in a deep voice: “Hey, we are seniors now. We rule the school, dude! We rule the school.”
I just love this little ritual of ours. Lip-synching fellow students. One of my favorites.
Emma played along right away: “Dude, seniors. That is like, so, awesome! Now every chick wants to be with us. We are the top of the food chain. We are the Alphas!”
“What are you talking about, dude?” I continued. “You’re such a moron. We are no Alphas. Look at your letter jacket. We are the Lions! The Lions, dude, the Lions!”
Emma snorted with laughter and I could not hold it any longer, either.
We can always easily amuse ourselves. It’s a rare gift, I dare say.
After we calmed down – which took a while – Em stopped and turned around to face me.
“Okay, so let’s talk about Lizzy once more. Since it’s the first day, we won’t do the rotating thing at lunch right away, but catch up with the rest of our friends, right?”
“Right. I promised,” I reassured her. Wow, she really does not look forward to this particular task.
“So we focus on finding out everything about the new guy and then we’ll do the cheerleader try-outs after school. Right?”
“Yeah, that’s it for today, Em. That’s plenty.”
“Okay then. Let’s do this!”
Lunch time came around quicker than I thought.
So far, it had been a pretty typical first day. Getting a new locker, a new schedule, the welcome back-speech of Principal Finnegan, meeting our friends, going to classes – you know the drill.
Much to Emma’s disappointment, we haven’t come across a new guy yet.
But when she is on a mission, she is on a mission.
We put our lunch trays down at our regular table where the rest of our friends were already waiting for us. I sat down right next to Dinah. Emma took the seat facing me, right next to Brian.
“Hey guys,” we both greeted them at the same time. Jinx, anyone?
Brian grinned. “Hi Sarah, hi Em.”
“Hey back,” Dinah mumbled, chewing on her pasta.
“Howdy,” Aaron replied cheerily.
I raised my eyebrow.
“Seriously, Aaron? Howdy? Lose the howdy, I beg you. Just because you spent a couple of weeks in Texas with your grandparents, it doesn’t mean that you have to go all Texan with us. We’re in New Jersey, for God’s sakes.”
“Nah. I’m a Texan by heritage and proud of it. Better get used to it.” He wiggled his eyebrows.
“Your grandparents just moved there last year. You are not Texan by heritage!” I exclaimed and stared at him, narrowing my eyes. He stared right back.
Staring contest, it is.
Don’t get me wrong, Aaron Schwarz is a really nice guy and one of our oldest friends. He always has our backs and is a bit of a jokester. He’s not bad looking, either, if you dig the boy next door-look. Blue eyes, red hair, a few freckles. Pale skin which he actually had managed to get a bit tanned in Texas. Wears band shirts and jeans all the time.
But, boy, can he get on your nerves sometimes. And he really enjoys doing that. Plus Aaron is always looking for a challenge. Nevertheless, he has yet to win a staring contest with me.
I kept on staring.
Huh, usually he would have blinked by now. Has he been training? Could be, he can be quite competitive sometimes.
He kept on staring back at me.
|Nina Dobrev||as Sarah Adams|
|Kendall Nicole Jenner||as Emma Scott|
|Kay Panabaker||as Dinah Glassman|
|Cameron Monaghan||as Aaron Schwarz|
|Alexander Gould||as Brian Henderson|
|Alex Pettyfer||as Nick Evans|
|Jeremy Sumpter||as Josh Reddell|
|Kenton Duty||as Brad Adams|
|Dianna Agron||as Summer Williams|
|Cody Longo||as Dan Kingsley|
|Anton Yelchin||as James Freeman|
|Asher Book||as Will|