The Haunting of Norville Rogers

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Chapter One: A New World

Velma

I woke to a new world!

Coolsville was indeed cool. Mom, dad, and I had moved here only two weeks ago so everyone could get settled and get me registered for eighth grade. I hoped we wouldn't be moving anytime soon like before.

I had dreaded the move like a summer cold even if dad said this would be the last move, at least for a long time. It's not like I had a lot of friends before but even a nerd like me has some friends. Now I'd have to start making new friends all over. Again.

These two weeks have been busy but I've already made one new friend. Over the years of moving from place to place I've learned not to plan on making any close friends; it's just to hard to say good-bye. I'm hopeful this time will be different.

My new friend is a year older than me but that shouldn't be a problem as I've always had friends older than myself due to my IQ. I'm not a genius but close enough; I'm mature for my age. She will be a Freshman in two weeks when school starts. She has the most beautiful red hair that hangs below her shoulders.

Her name is Daphne, and very nice, nicer than I expected. We've had our first sleep over (at her home since mine is still a mess with unpacking and getting every thing where its supposed to be). I think her parents are great, they must be rich because Daphne lives in this humongous mansion. With a butler and a maid. And she's invited me to join her at the local hangout to meet "the gang" tonight. I stifled a laugh; by the tone of her voice, I think her "gang" is a certain boy she's sweet on. Well, I'll find out tonight.

Speaking of boys...I may be starting the eighth grade but I know the difference between boys and girls, if you get my meaning. I'm not looking for a boyfriend because the boys I've met so far in my short life have been jerks. Every one of them! Pure and simple, jerks!

I really don't expect anything different tonight. I jump into the shower, I don't wear makeup yet so I'll be

ready in plenty of time when Daphne picks me up. I'm excited about tonight...maybe I can meet more friends.