September 19, 2012
Alicia swallowed nervously. She had been in class for a couple of hours now. The teacher explained things well, and the work itself wasn’t too hard. . .
But everyone was staring at her. Some were only stealing glances at her out of the corners of their eyes, but others were outright staring at her, watching her every movement.
Needless to say, it was starting to freak her out.
It doesn’t help that I’m a head-and-a-half shorter than everyone else, Alicia thought, glancing quickly at the boy sitting next to her. She had to look far up, just to meet his gaze. He was staring at her, but he looked away hastily when his eyes met hers.
She had always known that she was small, but being among kids her own age and having them tower above her really drove the point home. Alicia gave a small sigh. Well, she thought, noting down what the teacher said in her notebook, I hope my neck doesn’t get cramped from looking up all the time.
The bell rang, and Alicia flinched. It was so loud!
“Lunchtime.” the teacher said. “Before you all go. . . Alicia Engla?”
Alicia looked up at the teacher.
“Yes, Ma’am?” she asked, trying to ignore the whispers that flew around the room.
“You’re new, correct?”
Alicia nodded. “Yes, Ma’am.”
“Then you’ll require a guide. Who would like to show Alicia around the campus?”
Instantly, at least half the class raised their hands. Alicia leaned against the back of her seat, her eyes wide. Nobody had mentioned having a guide. . . and so many people volunteered. . .
“My, my.” the teacher said, amused. “You can’t all show Alicia around. Let’s see. . . Kiva, you can be Alicia’s guide. Dismissed.”
There was a couple of ‘aww‘s, but for the most part the volunteers took the news good-naturedly. Kiva, a slender girl with fair skin, brown hair and laughing brown eyes, came over to Alicia’s seat.
“Hello!” she said, holding out a hand to help Alicia up. “I’m Kiva. I’ve studied at New Bruntum Preparatory Academy since kindergarten. You’re Alicia, right?”
Alicia took the offered hand and stood up.
“Yes, I am Alicia. It’s very nice to meet you, Kiva.”
Kiva smiled, gesturing towards the door.
“It’s nice to meet you, too. Are you hungry?”
“So am I. Since it’s the first day, the chefs like to make an exceptionally good meal.” Kiva said with a smile. “So, our first stop in your grand tour of the school will be the cafeteria! Let’s go!
Alicia shook her head slightly as she followed Kiva out of the classroom. Kiva seems like a sweet girl, she thought. Maybe school won’t be so bad after all?
September 13, 2012
Aurelia entered the classroom and sat down. Her teacher was Ms. Delaney. How odd, Aurelia didn’t know this teacher, but she looked quite familiar. Aurelia couldn’t shake off the feeling. It was… a bad feeling. She didn’t know specifically what type of bad, but it was bad.
“Stephanie Blake?” Ms. Delaney called.
“This is your first year here, right?” Ms. Delaney looked at her speculatively over her glasses. “You’ll need a guide. . . . Is there anyone who’d like to volunteer?”
No one raised their hands. Instead they were all pointedly ignoring the girl. Ah, I should volunteer… Aurelia raised her hand high and with a strong voice. “I’ll do it Ms. Delaney. I volunteer.” Ms. Delaney smiled. “I know.” Aurelia tilted her head, obviously confused.
“Alright Stephanie, your guide will be Aurelia.” Ms. Delaney said. Aurelia smiled at Stephanie. Maybe this year won’t be so bad…
OOC: I just realized there’s a small Hunger Games reference here, any guesses?