Everyday it was the same. Get up, go to school, come home, do homework then go to bed. Nothing exciting ever happened. That is why Hailey Jones has to make her own excitement.
Hailey was seventeen years old and she was a junior in high school. She is known as the prankster. She has gotten close to getting expelled and she's been suspended once. The principle always gives her lectures saying she won't graduate and no college is going to accept her, but she doesn't really listen since she's heard the same thing for three years.
Right now Hailey was sitting in the principles office thanks to her latest prank. She threw a stink bomb in the cafeteria and watched as everyone came running out. It took the cleaning crew a whole day to get the smell out when she set one off in one of the hallways. She smiled at the memory.
"This is your last chance, Hailey." The principle said. "If you do one more stunt then you will be suspended."
"Fine with me. That just means I have more time to think about my next stunt."
"When you graduate high school – if you ever graduate – you will lose a lot more if you continue these stunts. If you get a job they won't stand for it. One mess up and you will get fired."
"Then it's a good thing I don't have a job."
The principle sighed. Hailey knew she was annoying him.
"You have detention this Saturday. Come to school at eight in the morning. Now get back to class."
Hailey stood up and did a mock salute. "Yes sir."
When Hailey got in her class everyone, including the teacher, stared at her. None of Hailey's teachers liked having her in their class. There was a rumor that when the class schedule is decided all the teachers refuse to take her so they have to draw straws.
"I bet you're getting tired of those lectures." Hailey's friend Evan said when she sat down.
"I just tune it out."
The day went on like any other day when Hailey did a stunt. Everyone stared at her and whispered. She didn't care though. She actually smiled as she walked by people. Hailey didn't make many friends in high school, but Evan made up for it. They had been friends since seventh grade. Then there was his twin sister Alexis. They were like sisters.
School soon ended and the three friends were walking home. Evan and Alexis lived around the block from Hailey.
"Hailey, you're a junior this year and next year you'll be a senior. Maybe you should stop doing stunts like you did today." Alexis said.
Alexis was always the voice of reason and the peacekeeper of the group. She enjoyed the pranks when they were younger, but now that they are in high school she thinks Hailey should grow up. Evan always sided with Hailey and said high school was no fun without the pranks.
"I still have this year and next year before I'm out of school. After that then I'll stop with the pranks, but until then I'm going to keep having fun."
"None of the teachers will give you a recommendation for college."
"I don't need one."
"So you aren't going to college."
"I am, but you don't need a recommendation to get into college."
"Can you picture how much trouble we can get in at college?" Evan said.
"Yes I can, but I'm not going to be immature forever like you."
Soon Hailey parted from the two as they went their own way home. Hailey had a lot of homework to do when she gets home. She thought the teachers gave her more homework then anyone else because of what she pulled. She didn't really mind though. It's not like she ad anything else to do.
When Hailey got home she saw her mom vacuuming the living room. Her mom saw her walk in and turned on the vacuum.
"Your principle called me today."
"Really? How's he doing?"
"Don't joke like that. He said you set off another stink bomb."
"Yeah I did and it was great. I think I made a few people lose their lunch." Hailey laughed.
"That's nothing to laugh about. Are you trying to get expelled?"
Hailey shrugged. "It won't be so bad. Who likes going to school anyway?"
"You won't get into college the way you are going."
"College isn't that important."
Her mom was getting frustrated at her and Hailey could tell. "Go to your room. Your father is going to have a talk with you when he gets home."
"You make is sound as if I should be afraid. There's nothing he can do that he hasn't done already." Then Hailey went up to her room.
She threw her backpack on her bed. She really should get a new one. It was wearing out and had a few holes in it, but she considered it her lucky pack so she never got rid of it.
"I hear you got in trouble again."
Hailey turned and saw her older sister, Jessica, standing in the doorway.
"Don't you think you should grow up? You are seventeen. You'll never get a boyfriend if you act immature."
"Who says I even want a boyfriend?"
"Then you'll be alone for the rest of your life."
"I really don't care. Now get out. I have homework."
Jessica left and Hailey slammed the door shut. Hailey couldn't stand Jessica. Everyone though she was so perfect and could do no wrong. It was sickening.
Hailey turned in the radio then took out her books and binders from her backpack and sat at her desk. First on her list of homework was math. Math was her worst subject and she hated it with a passion. She decided to get that out of the way so she won't have to worry about.
Four pages and sixty questions later Hailey was done with math. Her next subject was science. That was one of her favorite subjects so she finished that with no problem. Her last homework was history. She always found history interesting, but she was never able to remember all the names, places an dates.
Hailey was just finishing the last question about the civil war when there was a knock at her door. She stood up and opened her door and saw her dad and he did not look happy.
"Hi dad. How's it going?"
"Turn off your music. We need to talk."
Hailey did as she was told and sat on her bed as her dad sat on the chair.
"Your mother told me what you did today at school."
"It was just a stink bomb. No big deal."
"No big deal? Hailey, you can get expelled if you keep this up."
"And that's a bad thing? And college isn't that big a deal."
"Do you really want to spend the rest of your life working at a minimum wage job?"
"As long as it pays the bills I don't really care."
Her dad shook his head. "You have a lot of growing up to do. Now let's go. Dinner's ready."
Dinner was silent except for Jessica talking about her day at college. She was saying something about how one of her teachers asked her to tutor some kid. Hailey wasn't really paying attention. She only ate half of her dinner when she asked to be excused. Then she went up to her room.
Tomorrow was Friday and Hailey was happy about that. Not only is it the last day of school before the weekend, but also her history class was going on a field trip to the Museum of Natural History. Field trips were always fun no matter where you went because it got you out of class. She hadn't been to the museum since she was a kid so she was excited to go again.