Harriet had a sudden urge for chocolate as the bell for end of school rang. It had been a hectic day, trying to keep up with everything that was going on, learning names, memorising schedules and maps, not to mention all the work, and chocolate seemed to be the only answer. She got in her car after waving goodbye to her new friends, and began to drive out of the car park. She got to the gates before she had to screech to a holt. Taylor, the girl who had rejected her friendly advances earlier had just rolled out in front of her on a skateboard. Their eyes met and Taylor grinned.
"Sorry!" She said, stopping on the other side of the car.
"No problem. You want a lift?"
"Um, I don't... sure why not?" She climbed in to the car and put the skateboard in the back. "Thanks."
"No problem. Where do you want to go?"
"Do you know Sidney Road?"
"No sorry, I've only just moved here, I have no idea where I'm going."
"I'll show you." Harriet drove out of the school car park and on to the road.
"Do you mind if we stop somewhere for chocolate? I'm starving." Harriet asked after they'd been driving for some minutes.
"No problem. There's a cool little shop near my house we can go if you'd like."
"Sure." Taylor continued to give directions until they arrived outside a small shop that looked like it sold everything.
"Here we go. I'll show you inside." Taylor jumped out and Harriet followed. The bell rang as they entered the shop, and an old man appeared from behind the counter.
"Taylor! Nice to see you."
"Hey Grandad, this is a friend from school, Harriet."
"It's very nice to meet you Harriet." He held out his hand and Harriet shook it, smiling.
"It's nice to meet you too sir."
"Ah don't call me sir. Name's Carl, but you can call me Pop. That's what everyone else calls me, 'part from Taylor here." Harriet nodded and Pop returned to the counter to serve a customer.
"I thought you didn't want to be friends?" Harriet muttered to Taylor as they went down the aisles searching for snacks.
"It's not that I don't want to be... you seem kind of cool, it's just that everyone will hate you if you hang out with me. I'm only trying to save your skin."
"Well let's be friends who only talk outside of school then."
"Alright." Taylor agreed after thinking for a moment. "So, if we're friends, I guess that means we'd better get to know each other right?"
"Yeah I guess."
"Alright. So why did you move here?"
"Because my mum decided she wanted to."
"Oh. She didn't even ask you?"
"Well yeah, but in the end it didn't matter what I thought. She wanted to move anyway."
"That sucks. Alright, favourite food?"
"Chocolate!" Harriet grinned, "What about you?"
"Chocolate. Especially dairy milk."
"Me too!" They giggled and Harriet took a whole bar of dairymilk off the shelf. "You have anywhere quiet we could eat this?"
"There's a park behind my house we could go."