The dark, dank clouds reflected Logan’s gloomy mood as he awaited the school bus the following morning. His thoughts once again weighed heavily on his mind. He was not going to be able to do it. Another start in a foreign place was going to destroy him. He did not know if he could withstand the judging looks as the denizens of the school placed him into a group. Defined him based on their twisted logics. Those lonely days when no one would talk to him. It was going to consume him.
The weight of the bag on his back only dragged him further down. He tried shifting it about, but the books wouldn’t settle in a comfortable way, and only seemed to become heavier. He heaved a sigh and glanced down the street to see the bus arriving. It pulled up and stopped beside him.
Logan climbed on and looked for an empty seat. He was one of the first stops the bus had to make, so there were a number free. He took a window seat halfway down the bus. He placed the bag on the seat beside him and stared out the window as the rain began to fall.
The bus pulled off and continued on its journey. It gradually filled up until they reached the final stop before the school. Three girls got on and shook the rain from themselves. Logan noticed that there was only one seat left for two of the girls, the one directly in front of him. he would have to move his bag for the third. He placed the bag on the floor and the three girls reached the seats. Two of them sidled onto the seat in front of him. They laughed at their friend who now had the misfortune of sitting next to the new guy.
“Shut up, both of you” she said as she took the seat next to Logan. The other two continued laughing as they sat down. “Sorry about them, they are actually quite nice, once you get to know them”.
“So you’re the new guy are you? Well let me be the first to introduce myself. I’m Alyssa”. She extended a hand. Logan looked at her for a moment before shaking it.
“I’m Logan. Aren’t you supposed to be ignoring me and secluding me like everyone else? Judging the new guy?”
“Yes I am, but I don’t buy into that. I was the new kid here two years ago and I had to go through it all. I know how horrible it is. So I refuse to part-take in the exclusion”.
“Oh... well, thanks I guess”.
“You’re welcome”. As the bus pulled off once again to begin the final leg of the journey to the school, Logan again pondered his status as the new kid. Maybe it wouldn’t be as bad as he had anticipated. Alyssa seemed nice, maybe he would have one friend through it all.