A red truck pulled up in Aunt Jane’s driveway. I ran to the window to see who it was.
Timmy Stewart got out of the truck. He opened the passenger door and Jaci Matthews got out.
“Virginia, it’s not polite to spy,” Aunt Jane said when she saw me peeping out the window.
“Timmy Stewart is with Jaci Matthews,” I said.
“What is she doing with that boy?” Aunt Jane asked looking out the window. I laughed on the inside.
Jaci saw me in the window and waved. I felt my cheeks go red.
Timmy rang the doorbell and Aunt Jane opened it.
“Timmy Stewart, what are you doing here?” Aunt Jane asked as she let them in.
“I thought that maybe I could show Andrew around the high school. He is going to Drury High School right?” Timmy asked.
“He is,” Aunt Jane said. “How….thoughtful.”
“I’m taking a standardized test!” Jaci shouted.
“Standardized test?” I asked taking some eggs out of the refrigerator.
“Mother homeschooled me so I never got my high school diploma. Father says I have to take standardized test to get a high school diploma. If I don’t pass he’ll enroll me next year,” Jaci said. “Timmy’s driving me.”
“I’ll go get Andrew and tell him that you’ve offered to show him around,” Aunt Jane said walking up the steps.
“So how’s Florida so far?” Timmy asked me as I made the eggs.
“All right I guess,” I answered.
“Do you like chickens?” Rachel asked Timmy as she got out the oatmeal. Jaci and Timmy burst out laughing.
“What’s so funny?” Rachel asked.
“Timmy used to be a chicken shooter,” Jaci laughed. Rachel looked horrified.
“I don’t shot chickens anymore,” Timmy said ruffling her hair. I took the eggs off the stuff and took the oatmeal from Rachel and started making it.
“Why did you shot chickens in the first place?” Rachel asked.
“That’s a very good question,” Timmy said. Andrew walked down the steps.
“Aunt Jane says that you’re going to show me around the high school,” Andrew said as I handed him his sandwich.
“I FORGOT TO MAKE SOME BREAKFAST!” Aunt Jane hollered running down the steps with Caroline in her arms.
“I got it Aunt Jane,” I said making Rachel a sandwich.
“Ya’ll better get going,” Aunt Jane said looking at the clock.
“Buy four chickens,” Timmy said as Andrew and Jaci walked out of the house. “I didn’t give you two for Darlene.”
He closed the door.
“He killed YOUR chickens?” Rachel asked a little outraged. Aunt Jane just stared at the door in awe.
“Class,” Ms. O’Donnell said in a disgusted voice. “This is Virginia Powers.”
“Hello, Virginia,” The class said.
“And this is Natalie Baldwin,” Ms. O’Donnell said in a nicer tone. “Both will be joining our class today. Most of you know Natalie but Virginia is new to Florida. Why don’t you tell us about yourself?”
“Well I’m from Virginia,” I stared. Ms. O’Donnell looked like somebody was stabbing her in the back.
“I’m a farm girl,” I said. “I have an older brother who is in high school and two younger sisters.”
“Thank you Virginia that will be all,” Ms. O’Donnell said. “Natalie, would you like to tell the class a little bit about yourself?”
“Well I moved here about a month ago. I live at the Sunshine B&B. I have a younger sister Megan and will have two steps sisters as soon as my mother marries Steve Matthews,” Natalie said. “I love Christmas as my name implies.”
I had no idea how her name implied that.
“Thank you, Natalie,” Ms. O’Donnell said. “The two of you may chose your seats.”
There were two empty seats, one in the back and one in the front. I loved being in the front row. The seat that was in the front row was next to Darcy Edwards. I knew that Natalie would want to be desk partners with Darcy.
I sighed on the inside and winked at her. She gave me a surprised expression. I walked towards the back and caught a glimpse of relief in Darcy’s face.
“Leo Logan,” My desk partner said offering his hand.
“Virginia Powers,” I said shaking it.