Hi, I know that this has already been written by me, but I changed my e-
mail so I created one more. Enjoy!
Lauren sat at home grading the tests she gave to her class the week before.
She could not believe the state the papers were in. She rubbed her eyes and
glanced at the clock. 1 a.m. She groaned and cleared up the papers. As she
was about to go to bed, the phone rang. She stooped down and threw aside a
pile of clothes to get to it. "Hello, is this Lauren Davis? "Yeah?" she
said. "I'm afraid I have rather bad news. Your parents were fighting and
well, I don't know how to tell you this but there're both dead." Lauren sat
up in shock. "What about my sister?" She questioned anxiously. "She's
pretty shaken up. She was there when it happened. You were the only living
relative left. Lauren listened numbly. When she finally hung up, she
realized that her life was about to change. Tomorrow, at this time, her
sister, who she had not seen in nearly eight years would be living with
her. She lay awake thinking until she finally fell asleep.
The hallways of Winslow High were starting to fill up, as students arrived
in their groups. "You ok Lauren?' Marilyn Sudor asked her friend. Lauren
managed a small smile assuring her that she was fine. The bell rang and
they both went off to their respective classes. "I need coffee", Lauren
announced as she walked trough the door of the teacher's lounge. Ronnie
Cook slid a cup over to her. "What's up? You look drained. Ronnie asked
with a sympathetic smile. "I'm meeting my sister at the airport in an
hour." Lauren mumbled. "You have a sister?" "Yeah. She's fourteen now."
"What's her story?" Ronnie asked. "I gotta go now. Mariliyn'l fill you in."
"** Crap, I'm late!" Lauren exclaimed, as she pulled up in the parking lot
of the airport. She ran through the glass doors and scanned the crowd.
Suddenly, she spotted a girl with long, blond hair clutching a bag and
glancing around nervously. She swallowed a lump in her throat and walked up
to her. "Hi!" she said. "Lauren?' the girl asked uncertainly. "Yup. You
look great Alyssa. Ready to go?" Alyssa nodded, smiling softly. Lauren took
her bags and they walked silently to the parking lot. In the car, Alyssa
kept her eyes on the window. Lauren glanced over at her and realized the
she had barely spoken two words since they met. She pulled up in front of
her apartment building, her eyes still on Alyssa. Lauren unlocked the door
and they both went inside. She noticed that Alyssa looked quite tired. "Hey
sweetie, you want to sleep?" Lauren asked. Alyssa nodded, following Lauren
into her new room. ** Later that night, Lauren woke up to the sound of
crying. She pulled on her bathrobe and walked over to Alyssa's room. She
was trashing around in bed. "No! Please don't. I promise I won't do it
again. Please don't hit me!" Lauren hurried over to her bedside and tried
to wake her. "Alyssa? Come on honey. Wake up." Suddenly, Alyssa bolted
upright and looked around the room. Her eyes fell on Lauren and started to
tear up. Lauren sat on her bed and pulled her into her arms. Alyssa started
sobbing uncontrollably in to Lauren's shirt. "It's alright sweetie, I've
got you now. You don't have to worry." Lauren stroked her hair, holding her
tightly until her sobs had subsided. She tucked Alyssa back into bed. She
glanced worriedly at her. "Go back to sleep, baby. I won't leave you. I
promise. She stayed there until Alyssa finally fell into a restless sleep.
Tomorrow, she would get Alyssa enrolled in Winslow High. **
Alyssa walked through the doors of the office. Lauren had told her to find
Louisa. She walked up to the person sitting behind the desk. "Hey, what's
up" Louisa asked in her friendly tone. "I'm new here and my sister said to
look for you." She replied. "Oh. You must be Alyssa Davis. Lauren's sister,
right?" She nodded uncertainly. "Here's your schedule. Nice meeting you
Alyssa!" Alyssa smiled and waved to her as
she went out of the office.
"First period, English Literature. Miss Cook, room 216." Alyssa mumbled to
herself as she tried to find her class. Students were rushing to get to
their classes on time. "Hey, you need any help?" Alyssa looked up and found
herself looking at a woman with long blond hair. "Yeah, actually. I'm
looking for room 216." "You must be Lauren's sister. I'm Miss Cook. I teach
in room 216. Come on, I'll show you." The woman said. "Thanks." Alyssa
said. She followed Miss Cook into a classroom and found a seat near the
window. "Class, we have a new student. Her name is Alyssa Davis. I hope you
will make her feel welcome." Miss Cook said while smiling warmly at Alyssa.
"Ok, put away your books. I have a pop quiz specially prepared for you
guys." Miss Cook said, smiling at the groans and protesting of her class.
"Hey Lauren you look pretty tired. Did you sleep last night?" Harry Senate
asked Lauren. "Not much. Alyssa kept having nightmares about something. I
spent the whole night trying to calm her down. I wish I could find out what
going on. I think she's hiding something from me, Harry." Lauren replied in
a desperate tone. "Lauren, Lauren calm down. Try to talk to her. Maybe She
will open up to you." "I'll try." Lauren said.
"Alyssa, you ready to go?" Lauren asked Alyssa, who was sitting on the
front steps of the school reading a book. "Sure." Alyssa replied. In the
car, Lauren noticed that Alyssa was quiet. "You know Lyss, we really should
talk." "Ok. What do you want to know?" Alyssa asked. "What have you been
doing all this while? I mean, I want to know all about you." Lauren
replied. Alyssa's eyes avoided Lauren's. "Nothing much. I've been ok."
Lauren frowned. She knew that there was something going on. But what? She
decided not to push Alyssa too much.