It was a beautiful Tuesday morning- the first day of school. Julie and Kit waited by the Bus Stop.
"Oh Julie! I'm SO excited for my very first day of 4th grade! I heard Mrs. Lawton is the BEST teacher in the whole elementary school! And she's my teacher this year!"
"That's awesome Kit! You really will love Mrs. Lawton- she was a great teacher."
Although Julie was usually very excited for school, she dreaded it this year. Her very best friend Mikayla, or Mickey for short, had moved. She was only 20 minutes away, but she had moved out of the school district and could no longer attend school with Julie.
"Oh look! There's the bus! And Ruthie's already on it! Well bye Julie---have a fun time in 7th grade!"
"I will! Bye Kit!" Julie waved to her sister.
Julie sighed. "It looks like my school bus is here, too."
(please ignore Kit's random hand. LOL)
Julie walked in to her classroom where her teacher, Mrs. Lamentio, was already writing something on the board. Not everyone had gotten to class yet, but four girls already had.
Three of them were clustered together, while the fourth girl was sitting alone.
The center of the cluster had to be none other than Breena.
Breena was showing off her new nose piercing to her friends (which by the way, was against dress code).
"Look, Naomi. I got it done at Lily's Tattoo salon. I also got a bellybutton piercing under my shirt. Plus, Mom says next year I can bleach my hair!"
"Oh gosh." Naomi sighed.
Julie took a seat by the girl who was sitting alone. She wasn't familiar--she certainly wasn't in Julie's grade last year. Maybe she was a new girl?
After the rest of the class got to the classroom, school began.
"Good morning class!" Mrs. Lamentio said. "We have a new student this year- all the way from Australia!"
"Rikki, would you like to tell the class about yourself?"
"...sure..." the girl said quietly.
Rikki spoke with a beautiful accent.
"Hi. I'm Rikki Chadwick. And Mrs. Lamentio is right...I'm from Australia."
Rikki seemed like she didn't have much to say.
"My dad and I moved here last month. His job was relocated."
" 'Me and my dad'? Where's your mom?" Breena snickered.
Rikki's face turned pink. "Um...well..."
"Breena! That is very rude!"
"What? Her clothes are dirty too. It's not MY fault she doesn't have a mom to take care of her!"
"Uh, that's all I have to say Mrs. Lamentio." Rikki quickly sat down.
"BREENA! Go sit outside! NOW!"
"That's for kindergartners, Mrs. Lamentio!"
"If you ACT like a kindergartener, Miss Hamilton, you will be TREATED like a kindergartener."
"FINE!" Breen huffed. She and her friends headed out the door.
"Wow," Julie said when Rikki came to sat down. "I am SO sorry. Breena's just a brat. I'm sorry she said that to you."
"Hey, I know something that will make you feel better. Wanna come over today to my house? After school?"
"Uhm, sure!" Rikki couldn't help but smile a little. Even in Australia she didn't have many friends, so going to a friends house was very special.
Later that day, Rikki and Julie were having a great time in Julie's room. Watching TV, playing the Wii, dressing their JLY American Girl dolls....
"Your room is awesome, Julie. And that violin of yours is pretty sweet!"
Julie laughed. "Thanks Rikki! Do you play any instruments?"
"I...used to. Mum used to play violin and taught me a little bit. But that was before..."
Then Julie remembered the incident at school.
"Of course, if you don't want to tell me, don't feel that you have to."
"No, no...it's fine. I might as well tell someone."
Rikki began her story.
"It was two years ago that my parents began to fight. It started small then began to grow. First it was little things, then it became big things...then, it became EVERYTHING. My mum and dad became to act weird around me or anyone else. It was terrible. Mum would even take little weekend vacations to the country side to get away from us for a little while. Man, it was so hard to have her gone. Then, my dad got his job relocated. To America! I was so excited. It would be temporary, only for a year or so, but it was so exciting."
"But then, my mum....she said she wasn't coming with us. So she stayed in Australia and Dad and I moved here."
"Oh my gosh, Rikki." Julie felt awful. "I'm so sorry. But I can tell you something. You can get through this. It's going to be OK. It is."
"You know what is really amazing Julie? Your friendship towards me. We've known each other for just today and you are treating me like a best friend. I've never had many friends at all. I feel really blessed to have moved here and have you as a friend."
Rikki wiped her tears. "Hey!" she said. "I think I may know how to play maybe a LITTLE bit on the violin. My mum taught me well! Could I try?"
"Sure!" Julie smiled.
Rikki was able to play two beautiful songs on the violin called Ode to Joy and Clair de Lune.
"Wow Rikki!" Julie said when Rikki was finished. "You are a natural! Hey, if you like, I can help you learn even more songs on the violin and give you some pointers too!"
"Really? Wow! That'd be excellent!"
"But there's one thing you will NEVER learn how to do," Julie said.
"And what's that?"
"Beat me at Super Mario Galaxy 2!"