Author's Note: This is my first big multi-chapter work and is basically set from the start of 'The Beginning' down to post-canon. Enjoy!
Chapter 1 (Set Pre-Season 1): "Gloria, or, Matchmaker Renee"
Gloria, you're always on the run now, running after somebody, you gotta get him somehow
Gloria and her little sister, Jenny, stepped off of the moving van, suitcases in tote.
"Man, it's pretty big here…" 12-year-old Gloria said. "But, I have to go practice piano." She said with a sigh.
"Gloria! We just got here! You can't waste away our first day here practicing piano!" Jenny said, waving her arms dramatically.
"Yes, I can, and I will… After I unpack, that is." She said, taking better hold of her big, pink suitcase.
Gloria sighed once again, in her room, it had been a hard day, but with a lot accomplished. She had joined a band, a band of all kids, but nonetheless a band. Talk about an exciting first day! But tomorrow would be even more exciting. Tomorrow was her first day of school, and in a town like this, where kids sang and danced in bands, school must be pretty interesting.
Gloria sat down on her bus seat. Her over-packed book bag sat on her lap.
"Gloria! You mind if I sit here?" she heard a voice say as she turned around. Her eyes lit up when she saw who it was… Mickey, her fellow band member.
"Oh, sure, take a seat, Mick." She replied motioning him down to the seat beside her.
"Thanks." He said with a smile, sitting down on the seat and checking his watch. "It seems the bus is running a little late." He said, attempting to make small talk with Gloria, who only nodded. The bus came to a halt, jerking the couple. The two turned to each other and smiled. They got up, grabbing their book bags, and walking off the bus.
Stacy and Renee walked past the older kids and Renee smiled, stopping in front of them.
"Hey, you two." She said. "I assume I'll have to take Gloria with us, since Mickey better be off to high school." Renee said, grabbing Gloria's hand.
"Oh, yeah, forgot." Mickey said. "I guess I'll see you guys at practice, tonight?" He asked. Gloria nodded and walked off, ahead of the two girls.
"So what was that all about?" Kid asked, almost magically appearing behind the two.
"Oh, nothing. Just doing some matchmaking for an entirely oblivious couple." Renee heaved. Kid turned to Stacy, who rolled their eyes behind Renee's back. Kid and Stacy began to walk on in front of Renee who turned back and forth between Mickey and Gloria and sighing.
"Gosh, can she get any grosser?" Kid asked sarcastically.
"How am I supposed to know? I thought you were only supposed to get giddy about love and junk when you were a teenager." Stacy said.
"Ugh. Let's make a pact that we'll never fall in love with anyone." Kid said.
"Perfect." She said, shaking his hand.