Well...this is it! The moment you guys have been waiting for. It's a little departure from what I usually write in my past HHaW fics. This one covers discrimination with one nationality. Dedicated to my buds; vampire1031, whozonegirl and lightfaith0606. I hope you like it! Note that some of those parts of the story in dialogue are in Spanish...so bear with me.

The Circle of Friends

by: Terrell James

Chapter 1: A New School, New Environment

It was one morning in Whoville High School and it was a very typical day there and soon enough, a young Mexican who; around 15 or 16, has brown and black stripes, his hair was cut short, but has a little bit of fringe covering half of his right eye, a little taller and wears khaki shorts and a red and white shirt; looking at the new school and seems really anxious to set inside to see what it looks like.

"Ay, dios mio." the mexican boy sighed.

He takes a deep breath and walks through the steps of the school and as he enters inside, he could sense that it's a lot different than what he was used to back in his home when there were few kids running around, but there were a lot of them in the halls and he was a little worried that he might be unliked by anyone he might meet.

He walks through the hallways and tries to find his way to the office to notify he's new around here, but the school's so huge, he didn't know where it could be. Just then, one who saw him walking there, feeling lost and he asked, "You new around here?"

The mexican who didn't know how to respond to it and even though he speaks a little bit of English, he was a little nervous to let someone hear his accent and the only response is him nodding his head.

"Hey, my name's Brent."

The mexican clears his throat and replied, "Lars."

"Nice to meet you, Lars." Brent said, holding out his hand for a handshake.

Lars slowly reaches out to his hand and shook Brent's hand and that gave him a little bit of confidence to speak up. He asked, "You know where the principal's office is?"

"Down towards those lockers and make a left." Brent answered.


Brent nods his head and made his way towards the hallway and after that, Lars went through the hallways and then he finally went into the principals' office and as he went inside, he was a little anxious about this and when the principal looked at Lars, he said, "Hello, can I help you?"

Lars sat down on the chair and he said, "My name is Lars Enrique Ramirez. My family and I are originally from Mexico and we moved here a few days ago."

He pulls out his immigration papers and his enrollment in the high school and gives thme to the principal and as he looks them over, Lars took a deep breath and anxiously awaited to hear back from him.

"Which part of Mexico are you from?"

"Puebla, sir." Lars replied, in a quiet tone.

He looked at Lars for a second and he saw his anxiety about being in a new school and said, "Mr. Ramirez, you'll find Whoville High a very good place to be enrolled in. I see you're excelled in music, math and Who-story, I see."

"Si, senor." Lars added.

The principal gave back his papers to Lars and brought in his school schedule for the first and second semester and he said, "I can assure you that you'll be absolutely welcomed here. Being part mexican myself, I can understand the feeling."

Lars had no idea that the principal is half-mexican too and speaks a little bit of spanish to ensure him that he'll make some phenomenal achievements and Lars replied back in spanish to thank him. With that, Lars gathered up most of his things and said, "Thank you."

"You're welcome."

As soon as he left the room, Lars started to feel a little bit better about this, but he knew that being in a new school would face challenges along the way. He lets out a sigh and said, "I'm hoping this American school would be better than in Mexico."

But deep in his gut, he's a little unsure.

Sorry if I made it short. But on the next chapter is where the drama officially begins.