A/N:This is my first Magic School Bus story, and I'm quite excited. Major props to the ultimateSora for helping me out with the first few chapters of this.
As you may know, I do not own the Magic School Bus characters. I only own Todd.
To think that only ten years ago, I was eight and transferring to a new school where I knew nobody. Now, I had seven of the best friends a girl could have. Tim, Carlos, and Ralphie unfortunately all went to different colleges than Arnold, Keesha, Wanda, and me, who all ended up going to Kent State together. Tim went to Ohio State; Ralphie got a baseball scholarship to University of Texas, and Carlos got a wrestling scholarship to Oklahoma State.
"All girls dorm," Keesha sighed as we moved our things into our room. We were living in Prentice, the all girls dorm. "This should be so much fun." She dropped her box at the foot of the bed.
"Is that sarcasm I sense in you, young Franklin?" I asked, grinning.
"Is that a crappy Obi-Wan Kenobi voice I sense in you, Terese?" she shot back. We both laughed, and we started to unpack. Keesha noted the number of polos I pulled from my bag. "Jeebs, Pheebs, what's with the preppy attire?"
I cocked an eyebrow and put my hands on my waist. "Did you just say 'Jeebs, Pheebs'?"
There was a knock on the door, and we turned to find Wanda and Dorothy Ann standing there. Wanda had gone through sorority recruitment, and she was a non-initiated member, or pledge, of Gamma Delta Theta, or just Gamma Delt. She was wearing her Gamma Delt t-shirt, and Dorothy Ann had a biology book under her arm.
"Bio, D.A.?" Keesha asked with a smirk. "Class doesn't start until tomorrow!"
Dorothy Ann shrugged, her long blonde hair covering her shoulders. "I wanted to get ahead on the reading."
"Pfft," Wanda said rolling her eyes. "Who needs to study right away? I have a 9:30 tomorrow. History of the United States to 1864. Like I need to know that!"
Dorothy Ann sat down on one of the computer chairs. "What classes do you two have tomorrow morning?"
"Underwater basket weaving," Keesha said in a serious tone as she took her posters out.
Wanda's eyes went wide. "They seriously have that class? I want to take it!"
Keesha looked at her. "Are...are you serious?"
There was a blank state between the two of them, and I broke the silence. "Well, I have Media and Society tomorrow at eight."
"Eight AM. Impressive," Wanda said. "Yeah, good luck with that"
I walked across campus to the journalism building the next morning, iPod headphones in my ears (listening to Death Cab For Cutie, no less), and I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned to see my smiling, red-headed male friend of the past ten or so years. I turned my iPod off.
"Hello there, Arnold," I said.
"No matter the un-godly hour of the morning, you're still the bright and chipper Phoebe we all know and love," he said with a small smile. "Where're you heading?"
"Media and Society."
"Seriously?" When I nodded, he laughed and said, "As do I."
I cocked an eyebrow. "I thought you were going for geology, you rock geek."
Arnold laughed. "I'm geek-sheik. Get it right, Jules."
My middle name is Julian (yes, I am aware it's a boy's name), and Arnold is the only one who can call me "Jules". Not too many people know my middle name, and those that do know better than to call me "Jules". Like I said, only Arnold can.
I smiled. "Well, you were geek-sheik in like junior high. You were just geek in elementary school."
"What kid wasn't?" he asked shrugging. "I seem to remember, Miss Terese, that you wore that atrocious red jumper."
I let off an indignant shriek. "It was not atrocious! It was cute!"
He winked, his blue eyes smiling. "I was kidding. It was cute. Especially the knee highs."
Arnold and I have been friends since we were in third grade, but we became almost best friends during junior high and into high school. He's my strictly platonic guy friend, so I feel safe enough to say that he is probably one of the most adorable boys around. Girls like him, and every so often, I'll spot a girl blush and turn away when they saw him coming. I like to tease him about it, too. He (and Ralphie, Carlos, and Tim, actually) is the only boy I feel comfortable with to act myself and joke around with. Wanda has noted that I flirt openly with him, but I don't think that I do. He's also a fraternity pledge. Chi Tau fraternity is where he lives since the Chi Taus like their pledges living in house (Arnold laughed when I pronounced Chi like "chee" instead of "ky". Our joke is that its name is "Chee Tau")
"Are you off in The Land of Terese again?" he asked, tapping my shoulder.
I nodded. "Yeah, that tends to happen."
After class, Arnold and I had our two different classes in the same building, and after that, I felt my stomach growling. Arnold and I met outside the building, and he took my pinky in his.
"How was class, my lanky lady friend?" he asked.
"Hey, I may be a lady, and your friend, and..." I stopped. "Wait, I am lanky."
He laughed. "And freckly." I felt my cheeks blush. "Yes! I caused you to blush! Highlight of my day."
I smiled and bit my lip. "Well, you run along home now. I'm gonna go get a bite to eat."
"Nonsense." He pulled me along with him. "You have a fiver on you?"
"Then come eat with me at the house. We're having hamburgers, but since you're not in the fraternity, for obvious reasons, you have to pay five dollars to eat with us."
"Arn, I don't eat red meat," I reminded him.
"I know. You can make a sandwich with the veggies and buns."
I walked with him to the large, almost gothic looking, Chi Tau house. The Greek letters "XT" were above the door, and he punched the numbers on the key pad lock to unlock the door. We walked in the foyer, old composite pictures of Chi Taus from the 70's staring back at us. He lead me to the dining room where a few other boys were eating. We went through the small buffet set out, and we sat down with two other boys.
"Will, Kyle, this is my friend Phoebe," Arnold said.
Will, also a red head, shook my hand. "Nice to meet you."
Kyle, a brunette, also shook my hand. "Well, Arn, I gotta say, you have nice taste."
At the same time, Arnold and I both said, "We're not dating." I felt my cheeks flush, and Arnold's ears turned red.
After we ate, Arnold and I stayed at the table with Will and Kyle, and two more boys, Michael and Stephen, joined us. I looked at my Fossil cuff watch. It was 1:43.
"I have a two o'clock class," I said getting up. "I better get going."
Arnold took my hand and squeezed it. "I'll see you later, then."
I smiled. "Definitely."
I slung my bag on, and I walked out of the dining room. A really tall boy with blonde hair and bright blue eyes walked past me. We happened to catch each others eyes and smiled.
It was the first time in a while a boy made my stomach flutter.