The Girl Across the Street
Dylan's life has always been a routine with very little deviation; it's tried and truly perfect. The perfect routine for the perfect town. The kids he went to kindergarten with are the exact same kids he'll graduate with next year. Nothing ever changes, until Emma moves in across the street. She is different from all of the other girls, with bright pink hair, total confidence and the tendency to speak up for herself, even when she should just stay quiet. Everyone shuns her, calling her names, pushing her in the hall. Everyone except Dylan. After being trapped in detention with Emma, he begins to learn more and more about her. He finds himself leaving the crowd more, something unusual for him. Can Emma help him to stand out for once, even when he's spent his entire life just blending in?
We don't say anything else about it, and everyone continues as though the last few minutes never happened. Nothing like that happens in Oakland, at least it never gets seen, and it always gets ignored. You only see the perfect parts. How we all get really great grades because our school system is one of the best in the country. No one commits suicide, no one gets busted for doing drugs. Those things never get recognized, always hidden from the public eye. In the public's view everyone always looks the same, acts the same, thinks the same. Always.