It’s 8:00 in the morning, I’m standing in the school playground and I’ve been up since 6:30. 15 minutes later, I spot Reyna coming down the hill and into the playground.
“Hi,” I say.
“Hiya. Guess what? I got a text from Clarisse saying her and Gale have made up and that we shouldn’t get involved!” She said, not waiting for me to guess.
“Well, it’s possible they have. I mean, Gale isn’t the type to hold grudges and is very forgiving. She won’t be in today because she has an ice-skating tournament. I just hope she can concentrate and not get side-tracked by this whole shenanigan!” I said. Reyna laughed - probably at my choice of wording - but she soon quietened down as Clarisse arrived. We were having Tech all day and both Gale and Clarisse are in my group. Then, the bell went and we went our seperate ways.
For the whole day, I worked with Clarisse. I personally had nothing against her, so there was no need for me to be uncivil towards her. We worked pretty well together and carefully avoided the Gale topic. But she did say that they had made up. Before long, the day had ended and the weekend had begun.
It’s Sunday. My heart feels heavy and my mind is whirring. Why? Because a few hours ago I found out that one of my best friends, Ella, is moving to France (Paris I think) in a months time (the day we break up for Summer). Back in Year 6, she very nearly ended up moving to Germany. At least France is closer I told myself. Plus, I should be happy for her, starting a new adventure. Besides, it’s only for a year. But what will happen after that? My head was spinning as my father continued the Sunday evening sermon.
Monday morning. Again. Alarm at 6:30. Again. It’s wet outside. Again. I groaned as I dragged myself out of bed and began getting ready for the day. 40 minutes later, I left the house on my journey to school. I met one of my friends, Sylvia, at her house and together we continued the damp walk to school. As we walked, we talked about the upcoming week and what we’d done at the weekend. Sylvia’s a fantastic listener and can put up with my droning for ages. Not long after reaching school, Gale arrived.
“Hi. The homework was only English and Tech, right?” She said.
“Yup. Are you ok with Clarisse now?” I asked. She paused for a moment, before saying,
“Just about, yeah."
“Oh, how did the skating go?” I asked. Her eyes lit up and a huge smile spread across her face.
“I came second!” She squealed with delight
“Well done! That’s fabulous! The only way I could possibly do that well is if it was judged on the most clumsy contestant!” I exclaimed. Gale laughed and I was relieved to see her so happy. Moments later, Reyna arrived, closely followed by Clarisse. Clarisse and Gale embraced one another as they had always done in the past. I smiled to myself: they were ok now. The infamous bell then sounded, signalling us all to face D Block rush hour. Monday continued in it’s usual uneventful manor, until it was time to go home.
Things are getting better now that Reyna is over Clarisse. Plus, Gale and Clarisse are back as best friends, leaving Saffi relieved and happy. I’m just praying that this arrangement will last. But no matter how happy the others are, I can’t stop thinking about the fact that Ella is moving to France.