May 8, 2012
Stephanie Blake put down her fork, feeling queasy. This was it: The first day of her new school life.
The prospect wasn’t appealing.
She knew that thousands of other students transferred to a new school for their junior year–it wasn’t a groundbreaking procedure. Still, she doubted that those other students transferred to a school halfway across the city, with enough baggage that even the librarians looked askance at them when they walked through the door.
Hence, her nerves.
“It will be fine, cherie,” her mother said. “It’s just a new school, no?”
“Yes, Maman,” Stephanie said. She picked up her fork again and poked at her pancakes, remembering the accusing stare of the principal, as if he couldn’t imagine why someone like her would dare to enroll in his school.
Stephanie sighed. She didn’t think that it would be a very good day.