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"Um, yeah I think I got it." I say nodding my head.
I guess I shouldn't expect us becoming "BFF's" anytime soon. But that's okay, I can be clean and stay out of people's way.
I shove my now empty suitcase under my bed and check my watch. Looks like leisurely time is up.
"Hey do you know where we have to go for the whole 'One Hour Of Structed Physical Activity'?"
Class ends and I feel a sense of relief come over me, finally! As I step out of my class, I look around still standing in the door way. I look up the hall and see an unwanted sight, Lexi and her gaggle of girls are at the end of the hallway giggling about something. I quickly look away, pretending I didn't see them. I hurry up the hall the other way, trying to escape before I have to endure another lecture or maybe another make-out session behind the bleachers where I nearly pass out from her perfume and can only taste lipstick for days on end. I walk back towards my dorm, not really caring how I get there. Suddenly I realize I am in the girl's dorm area. It is entirely deserted except for one little girl with puffy black hair with her ear pressed to a door and a magnifying glass in her hand. I stiffle a laugh as I walk up to her.
"Did you get locked out detective?" I ask playfully.
"No, I wouldn't know. I don't go to that." I said simply. "Oh how I love the perks of being me..." I smiled slightly, "I've heard that you go to different places on different days, I typically go when all of you go swimming. Or when the boys play basketball and the rest of us watch. That's hot." I sit the cube back down completely solved then look back over at her. "Well, I'm not really sure what today's activity is... Did they not tell you?"
I shake my head.
"No I'll just go figure it out. See you later..." I say as I leave.
I open the door to find Piper and another boy in the hallway. I think he's the one who winked at me.
"Uh hi there." I say with a smile.
I jump as a random guy appears behind me. I try to say something to him but end up nearly falling into the dorm as Samantha suddenly opens the door. I look up at Samantha once I regain my balance then look back at the guy. This is really awkward. I think this guy is one of the 'populars'. I try to say something to him again but end up blabbaring like an idiot. I try to shove my magnifying glass into my pocket but its too big. Instead I look back at Samantha and grab her hand.
"Let's go." I say to her and start to run down the hall trying to look like I'm not running but failing epically.
I am caught off guard as someone opens the door and am even more flabergasted when I see that it's the new girl from my Civics class.
"Uh. Hi." I try to say, stuttering and attempting to smile. I am feeling extreamly awkward now. I look past the girl into the room and see Kit sitting on the bed. Can this situation get any more awkward? I think not. I look around and try to come up with a reason for my showing up randomly in the girls dorm area.
"I uh, sorry. I'll be going. I needed to talk to Squirt over there." I say lamely pointing at the fleeing little kid. "Bye." I say and turn around running straight into the person I was most trying to avoid; Lexi.
"Wait!" I call out to him. I didn't mean for it to sound desperate, but I guess it was pretty loud.
"Do you know where the activity is today? I'm totally lost." I ask with a small smile.
"Oh hey babe." I say to Lexi, giving her a nervous smile. I hear the girl call out to me and start to glance around at her.
"Um, yeah the activity today? I think it's basketball. In the gym." I say finally lookinbg back at Samantha, "You can follow us, if you want. I think we are going there." I look down at Lexi as if to say, 'sorry, she's new I gotta be nice.' Besides I reason, I deserve a break from Lexi today.
"Hey babe," I say to Lex, "I'll meet you on the field before dinner is that cool?"
I clenched my jaw. Okay, new girl going down if she thinks that she can just... What want am I thinking? He has a girlfriend. That is not me. Plus she is just asking for directions so why am I so upset? I get up then head to the door. Maybe I should just see what the activity is. I could always go and socialize with people I don't really like anyway.
Not going to lie, I feel pretty broken up about losing my play script to Mr. Petite.
As I sit here in the gym, I try not to think about it and I struggle to ensure people don't know I'm thinking about it. I know longer feel like a "down under" mood, so I switch to Sports Announcer narrating the basketball game to all the girls around me.
Personallly, I think acting is a chick magnet. Girls looove the exotic type. Infact, it wouldn't matter what type girls ARE into because I can pretend to be any of them.
I smile as the girls laugh at my cheesy sports commentary. But I still feel a pain as I think of parting with my beloved Shakespeare.
Basketball is the my favorite 'Structured Activity' since I never have to do anything, I get to observe people. I rush into the gym and see that a game has already started, perfect. I walk up the bleachers and sit quietly in a corner up at the top and pull out a notebook. Observation time!
I smile at Samantha, Lexi clings to my arm and we all walk to the gym. Some guys have already started the game and all the girls sit in the stands watching or gossiping or whatever.
"Bye babe." I say, prying Lexi's fingers from my arm, "I'm gonna go join the game." I add. I look back over at Samantha, "See you around." I say t her and head off to the locker room to change into some shorts.
I look around the gym as Austin joins the game. I see that Austrailian kid from before pretending to be a game announcer. I also see Piper in the corner with a tiny notebook.
I then turn to see the game itself..a LOT of boys. No girls were playing at all.
I smile as I think...why not?
The ball rolls away from the game and towards me. I pick it up and shoot it into the hoop. It makes a delightful swish sound.
I then turn to the boys and ask "Any room for one more?"
I walk into the gym just in time to see that girl join the game. Nice. I'm sure the guys will be all over that. I notice Austen, then I'm not sure if he sees me or not. I'm hoping not as I run out of the gym. This is what I get for trying to socialize. I find the small workout room in the back, then head through it to the small office. I sit down in the chair to give myself some time to cool off. First she takes my room. Now this?
I glance over at the door and see Kit walk in then run back out again. She looks upset. Samantha just joined the game which is pretty cool. I like this girl, she's got guts. Still this means that there are more than enough people out on the court, in fact I think there are enough guys in this game to make up two entire football teams never mind a basketball team. So I won't be missed. I step off the court and walk back through the gym doors looking for Kit. I glance around for a minute wondering where she might have gone. I look around and decide to look for her in the workout room in the back.
Playing this is a blast! I may be short but it's so fun to deke out all of these guys. At one point I wound up running through a guy's legs!
I keep dribbling, shooting, and then this one guy took the ball from me and held it up high above his head so I couldn't reach it. Luckily someone on my team picked me up so I could retrieve the ball. Then I was carried to the end of the court to score!
I high-five everyone and congratulate them on our good game. Then I go up where Piper was sitting and sit with her.
"This is a blast!" I say smiling.
I sit in the chair in the office, the office has against window that lets you observe the entire workout room, so I sit there and stare at the treadmills, I close my eyes finally not seeing anyone enter.
"It looked like fun!" I say as Samantha comes over slightly out of breath, "Sports just arn't my thing, but I'm glad you had fun!" I say with an encouraging smile, "Dinner next!" I add with enthusiasm, glad to have survived another day at Parva and maybe even made a friend.
I look around the room, it seems to be deserted. I start to leave but my eye catches a bit of red in the office off the side. I walk over to the room and walk slowly in.
"Hey." I say, trying not to let concern seep into my voice, "Are you okay?"
"I say that was a fantastic game you played out there!" says the Australian boy as he comes up and approaches me with a fake microphone.
"Oh why thank you!" I return with a smile.
"You play basketball before? Because believe it or not I am actually a professional basketball player." he says with his fake sports announcer voice.
"Oh really?" I say as I give a joking look to Piper. "Well why weren't you out there today?"
He holds up a finger as if to gesture "Just a sec" and he tooks his arm back into his sleeve. Then he clears his throat and exclaims back in his Austrailian accent.
"BECAUSE A GATER TOOK MA ARM MATE!"
I hear someone ask me if I was okay, "yea, why wouldn't I be?" I look up and notice who was the asker of the question. I'm sure the shock was clear on my face. "You... I thought you were playing basketball?" I say. Part of me screams that he came looking for me, the other part is laughing at that part. The last part is just yelling at me not to stare or make eye contact.
I raise my eyebrows at Samantha and the guy from lunch. Then I realize I am still holding my notebook and quickly tuck it away before anyone sees it. Suddenly I find I'm laughing at the alligator guy, I don't even know what to make of him but he certainly is strange.
"I don't know, you... you looked up set and I... I guess I wanted to make sure you were okay." I saw stumbling over the words and feeling really stupid. Why did I follow her at all? Why does she always make me so flustered? I am always so chill around almost any other girl but not Kit, something about her just catches me off guard.
"I... sorry, I'll just go then." I say starting to walk out, part of me is hoping she stops me.
"Wait, you came to check on me?" I heard myself ask standing up. "That's really... Sweet." I look away for a second then a thought traced my mind. "Why?" I heard myself ask.