Beep beep! Beep beep! Beep beep! I rolled over in bed and groaned, trying to block out the urgent bleeping of my alarm clock. Beep beep! Beep beep! Beep beep!“Fine.” I muttered, reaching over to turn it off. I sighed, switched on my lamp and dragged my weary body out of bed. Looking up at the clock, I groaned again; 6:30am. Plus, it was raining outside. Every year, the new Year 7s come back a day earlier than everyone else. My friends and I had volunteered to help out, which meant losing the last day of the holidays and getting up early. But now, looking at the weather, the time and my exhaustion, I was beginning to think, “What on earth possessed me?"
“Hi, Izzy.” I said, opening the door.
Hey, Della.” She replied. Izzy’s mum was going to drop us off at Reyna’s house so that we could walk to school together, along with our friend Lana. I threw on my coat, grabbed my umbrella and thrust my bag over my shoulder. Soon, Izzy, Reyna, Lana and I were walking through the rain. As we chatted, my umbrella began playing up: first it went inside out, then it went wonky and finally, snapped in two.
“Um, guys? My umbrellas' kinda committed suicide over here!” I called through the wind. They laughed as I chucked it in the bin. “Stupid thing.” I muttered under my breath. I pulled my hood up and carried on walking, though I could hardly see through the rain. By the time we got to school I looked like I had been dragged through a hedge backwards, with my hair so wild I resembled a scarecrow.
The rest of the day went by fairly quickly. Sylvia and I helped out with a group called 7G and went with them to their classes. At break and lunch Reyna, Izzy, Polly, Sylvia and I sat together. I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home.
Beep beep! Beep beep! Beep beep! “Argh!” I sighed. Today the entire school would be starting back, so I’d get to see all me friends plus get my new timetable. Beep beep! Beep beep! Beep beep! “Shut up!"
On the way home from school, Reyna and I were testing each other on the first 20 elements of the periodic table. Why? Because our new Science teacher had said that we were going to have a test tomorrow and anyone who got less than 85% would get a DT. This had spooked that class so much that we even found Jamie and Joe in the library at lunch, looking for a book that would help. “Hydrogen, H, Helium, He, Lithium, Li, Be- Berali- Berylia- argh!” Reyna exclaimed, frustrated.
“Beryllium, Be,” I prompted gently, “Try again."
“Hydrogen, H, Helium, He...”...
“Hydrogen, H, Helium, He, Lithium, Li, Beryllium, Be, Boron, B, Carbon, C, Nitrogen, N, Oxygen, O, Fluorine, F, Neon, Ne, Sodium, Na, Magnesium, Mg, Aluminium, Al, Silicon, Si, Phosphorus, P, Sulphur, S, Chlorine, Cl, Argon, Ar, Potassium, K, Calcium, C. Yes!” I said, having managed to say them all off by heartfinally. Now all I had to do was get them right in the test tomorrow. I sighed, something I seemed to be doing a lot of recently. Another one came out as I heard the rain begin the splatter against my window. I had been soaked on the way home today, but something told me I would still have to face P.E first thing tomorrow morning, come rain or shine. “Argh!” I cried, when I realised it would be the first of 4 lessons of cross country. I sighed...again...