My mother agreed to let me go to the party. She said it would help me get to know my new classmates better. Mr. Drew would be driving us kids to the party and at six we got into his car.
“There are so many people for you to meet!” Regina shouted. “Let me see there’s Claire, Erin, Victoria……….”
The drive to the school wasn’t long and soon we were at the school. The Memorial School was a one story brick building that I thought looked more like a church than a school.
Darcy climbed over me to get out of the car. What a gentleman.
As Mr. Drew was helping me get out the car, Regina screamed and another car hit the other side of Mr. Drew’s car.
“Mr. Stewart, are you all right?” Darcy asked running to the other car.
“I’m just fine, son,” Mr. Stewart said getting out of his car. “I’m sorry, Samuel, for hitting your car.”
“What happened?” Mr. Drew asked. He didn’t look too mad but there was a little bit of annoyance in his voice.
“Some kid ran out in front of me and I swerved,” Mr. Stewart muttered. He sounded mad. “Don’t worry, Samuel, I’ll fix your car.”
“That would be nice since it was your fault,” Mr. Drew said. He finished helping me out of the car.
“You kids go in while I sort this out with Mr. Stewart,” Mr. Drew said. Darcy ran into the school but Nelson and Regina walked at my pace as I hobbled into the school.
“I didn’t see any kid,” Regina said when we were inside the school.
“Neither did I,” Nelson said. “To me it looked like he was trying to hit the car.”
“But why would Mr. Stewart do that?” Regina asked.
“Cause he’s a Grinch,” I joked. That made them laugh.
“He really kinda is. I mean look at Darcy. Mr. Stewart is the father figure in his life!” Regina laughed.
I wanted to ask what happened to Darcy’s dad but I thought it might be rude to ask. And anyway Regina might not even know.
When we walked into the gym there were decorations and a large tree. Christmas music was playing. A bunch of children were dancing. Darcy and some girl walked up to us.
“You must be Natalie. I’m Emily Stewart,” The girl said offering her hand. I couldn’t shake her hand because if I took my hand off my crutch I would fall.
“Nice to meet you,” I said with my polite smile (a smile I was using a lot lately).
“When will you start attending our school?” Emily asked.
“In January,” I answered. Emily smiled.
“Well, welcome,” Emily said. She and Darcy walked away.
“Just in case you didn’t make the connection, Emily Stewart is Mr. Stewart’s granddaughter,” Regina said. I actually hadn’t made that connection.
“I guess that makes since,” I said. Emily’s niceness seemed kinda fake to me.
“Hello, you must be Natalie,” A woman said walking up to me.
“Did the cast tip you off?” I asked. The woman laughed.
“I’m Ms. Ross and I’m the sixth grade teacher aka your teacher,” The woman said. I smiled.
“Nice to meet you Ms. Ross,” I smiled.
“I look forward to having you in my class this year,” Ms. Ross said. “I will see all three of you in class a couple weeks from now.”
She smiled and walked away.
“You’ll really like Ms. Ross,” Regina said walking over to the refreshment table. “She’s nice and the best art teacher.”
I nodded. Someone tapped on my shoulder.
“Hi! I’m Erin Cooper!” The red haired girl said to me.
“And I’m Victoria,” A dark skinned girl said to me. I smiled at them.
“These are my best friends, Natalie,” Regina said.
“Hi,” I said.
“Where’s Claire?” Regina asked.
“I thought she told you. Because she got a C on the spelling test today her mother wouldn’t let her come to the party,” Victoria said.
“EVERYBODY PLEASE COME DOWN TO THE DANCE FLOOR EVEN IF YOUR FOOT IS IN A CAST. WE’RE GOING TO PLAY FREEZE DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Ms. Ross screamed through a microphone. I hobbled to get in line. Just to be mean I stood next to Darcy which forced Emily to find someone else to stand next too.
Christmas music started to play and I hobbled in a circle. I noticed that Emily was making her way over to me. The music stopped.
“Erin, you moved!” Ms. Ross shouted. Erin groaned and stood next to Ms. Ross. The music started up and what happened, happened all too fast.
Emily pulled on my hair and I fell and while I fell I heard the worst scream in my life.
“What’s wrong?” Mr. Drew asked running into the gym.
“Clumsy hit my knee with her cast,” Darcy groaned. He sounded like he was in some serious pain.
“Your girlfriend pulled my hair!” I screamed.
“What a lie,” Emily said rolling her eyes.
“I saw you!” Nelson shouted. Emily gasped.
“Why would I do such a thing?” Emily asked.
“Cause your jealous,” Regina snapped. Emily laughed.
“Why would I be jealous of her? She probably just tripped like she did the first time she tried to break Darcy’s knee,” Emily said.
“That’s crazy! Darcy tripped her the first time!” Regina shouted. Emily laughed again. Regina snapped and jumped on Emily. They started to scream and pull each other’s hair.
I turned my head and saw that Darcy’s knee was out of place.
“That’s gross,” I laughed. Darcy gave me an evil look.
“Girls!” Ms. Ross shouted separating them.
“She assaulted me!” Emily cried. Darcy laughed.
“Darcy!” Emily screamed. She started to walk towards the door but Erin pulled her hair.
“That’s what she did,” Erin said.
“I’m being attacked!” Emily cried. She ran out the door.
What a wonderful debut, right? Who am I kidding? What a mess.