Baby-Sitters Club belongs to Ann M. Martin. Thank you for your understanding.
I was going to school with my siblings and two of my best friends. I have three siblings; my stepsister, Dawn Schafer, and my two adopted siblings; Carlos Peters and Meredith Sousa. My other friend is Kristy Thomas. Her father lives down the street from me. She visits there on weekends, but her mom and stepfather, Watson Brewer, are away on a business trip for two weeks, so she's with her father during those two weeks. Then, there's my neighbor and my third best friend, Kaylee Willis, who lives three houses from me.
I'm Mary Anne Spier. I'm 15 years old and attend Stoneybrook High School, here in Stoneybrook, Connecticut, for tenth grade. I may be shy, but I have a boyfriend, Logan Bruno, who happens to be Mr. Thomas' neighbor. He was walking with us, too.
It's nice to have four best friends. Kaylee's twin sister, Kayla, was my fourth best friend. She struggled with luekemia when she died. I miss her so much. I just use Kaylee to make me think that Kayla is still alive since they're identical twins.
At school, in English, I noticed there was a new girl.
"Class, we have a new student today. Her name is Janet Elizabeth James," announced the teacher. "Why don't you tell us about yourself?"
"I came from Buffalo, New York. I have two older brothers, Ricky and Michael. My birthday is on September 20th. Thank you," said Janet.
Wow. She's two days before me. She had long blonde hair, which she left loose, with curls. She's about my height. She was wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans with designs on them. She's pretty cool.
After English, she actually came to me and said, "I've seen you before, Mary Anne. Don't you perform in Annie?"
"Yes. I play Annie," I responded.
"Thought so. I liked your character. You were very good," commented Janet.
"Thanks," said I said heading to Math class with her.
"You're the one who signed my autograph," said Janet.
"You got that right," I said. "My birthday is two days after you; September 22nd."
"Really? I was supposed to be born on that day," said Janet.
"Isn't that odd?" I asked.
"I know," agreed Janet.
At lunch, Janet and I went to lunch together.
"I had an older sister, Kayla, but she passed on after an illness last May," said Janet.
"So did my best friend, Kayla, but it happened after Spring Vacation. She was with my family in Iowa over Spring Vacation," I said. "She had leukemia."
"Isn't that weird that we lost someone of the same name due to illness, but a month apart?" asked Janet.
"I know it is. Her twin sister, Kaylee, is here. She came from New York City. I just pretend Kaylee is Kayla since they were identical twins," I said.
"I love going there," said Janet.
"Me, too. Where is your new house?" I asked.
"Fawcutt Street," replied Janet.
"I know where is it. I live on Burnt Hill Road. I grew up on Bradford Court until I joined my stepfamily," I said.
"Nice. Do you want to come over after school?" asked Janet.
"I would, but I can't. I go to the recording studios with Cam Geary from three to five Monday through Friday," I replied.
"Wow. I have the CDs with you included. You and Cam are totally awesome," said Janet.
"Thanks. You can come along if you want. I'm sure my manager, Jennifer Vega, won't mind," I said. "The limo driver, Mr. Eric Hall, comes for me at two-forty-five."
"Count me in. I'll ask my mom after school on my cell on the way to your house," said Janet.
"Good idea," I commented getting our lunches.
We joined my friends.
"Everyone, meet Janet Elizabeth James," I said as I introduced her to them.
"Hi," said the other girls.
"Her birthday is just two days before me," I said.
"Are you serious?" asked Kristy.
"Yes," replied Janet.
"And, we even lost someone by the same name, Kayla, due to illness, but they were a month apart and Kayla was Janet's older sister," I said.
"Strange," said Claudia.
"Plus, I adore Cam Geary, too," added Janet. "I remembered all of you when you performed Annie in Buffalo, New York, where I moved from."