Sharon was walking in the morning to her first class of the day. She had just moved here. She was a senior in high school, and it was the start of the second semester. There were only about 300 students at the school, so some were not very happy about change.
"Hey, you're the new girl right?" some girl behind her asked.
She turned around, and smiled. "Yes." She said. The girl who had talked to her was with another girl, and two guys.
"Well, would you listen to that? She's new." The girl said. "What's your name?" she asked.
"Sharon." Sharon introduced.
"Well, lookie here Sharon, hows about we show you around?" the girl said.
"Um sure." Sharon said.
"Alright, boys, show her the floors." The girl said.
"Okay." One said. "So, as you know, this school has three floors right?" he asked. Sharon nodded. "And now, we're on the third floor." The guy said.
"Yeah." She said.
"So, the stairs are right there as you know." He said. She nodded again. "So tell me Sharon. Have you ever been pushed down stairs?" he asked.
no." she said. She didn't like where this was going.
He forcefully took her arm, dragged her to where the stairs were. "There is a first time for everything." He said. The others had gathered round. He shoved her down them. The three of them were laughing.
At first she couldn't believe that the people would actually do this to her. It was her first day here, and she had done nothing. After a few seconds, she realized she would be hitting the ground soon, and she knew that she would have bruises from her fall. The picture of the four laughing at her as she fell, haunted her mind. When she first fell, she screamed a little. She prepared her self for the harsh landing, and probably rolling down the next flight.
Robert was walking in the corridor with his brother Martijn.
"Have you heard about the new girl?" Martijn asked.
"Yeah. I'm worried for her. You know how the students here treat new people." Robert said.
"I know what you mean. I'm sure no one will do anything." Martijn said just as he heard a scream.
The two of them rushed over to the stairs, and saw the four kids laughing, and a girl falling down the stairs.
The net few seconds seemed to go in slow motion. Robert ran for her, tossing his bag to the floor to break her fall, getting there just as she hit the ground. And he had an angry look on his face.
Sharon was prepared for a harsh landing, and she noticed that her head was likely to hit first. Just as she was about to hit the ground, a bag broke her fall. She lay on the ground in shock.
Everyone gathered around.
Robert knelt down to her. "Are you okay?" he asked. When she didn't say anything, he looked up at the four.
The girl that told the guy to push her down, noticed Robert, and happily flowed down the stairs. "Hey Robby." She flirted.
"Allie, did you do this?" he asked, infuriated.
"You know I would never. I told Buck to." She said.
"Allie, stay the hell away from her. She did nothing to you." Robert said to Allie.
"Whatever. See you!" she said and pranced off like nothing happened.
Martijn had caught up with him.
"Are you okay?" Robert asked.
She slowly started to get up. He helped her sit up, then stabled her self. She winced in pain, looked at him, then the boy who pushed her, then back at Robert who had a worried look on his face, then grabed her bag, and ran off to the girls bathroom.
Robert and Martijn watched her go.
"Think she'll be okay?" Martijn asked.
"She better be. I'll kill Allie if she's not." Robert said.
The bell rang, and the two of them headed off to class. Since Robert was a senior as well, and he had already filled out the requirements, he got to go home after third period.
The first two classes went by slowly, because he was worried about the new girl. Hoping she was okay.
He walked in his third class, which was advanced music. Normally he got there seven minutes before it started, but instead that day, he got in four minutes before it started. Then he noticed the new girl sitting in the seat next to his.
He came up to his seat and sat down. "Hey." He said.
"Hi." She said. "You're the one that broke my fall right?"
"Yeah. Listen, I'm really sorry about what they did. They've always been mean to new people." He said.
"Its not your fault. Its mine for even thinking I'd make any friends here." She said.
"Don't be like that. Not all of us hate newcomers." He said.
"Yeah. I'm sure. I don't want to risk anymore than I have. I'm just happy I can go home after this." She said.
"Yeah. Me too. So, what are you in music for?" he asked.
"I sing. Not play anything, just sing." She said.
"I play guitar. Say, are you doing anything after this?" he asked.
"Walking home." She said. "Why?"
"I just wondered if you would like me to show you around town. For real. I've never pushed anyone down anything, except when I was three." He said.
"You promise you wont push me down anything?" she asked.
"Yeah. I promise." He said.
"Than, I'd love to." She smiled. "But what about that Allie girl?" she asked.
"She'll be mad, she is at every girl I ever knew. She likes me, and I know she does, but she disgusts me. I remember, she tried to beat up my cousin in third grade for hugging me." Robert said.
"Really? Then wont she follow you?" she asked.
"No. She failed all three of her English classes. She also has to go to study hall everyday after school." Robert said.
"Sucks for her." She said.
"Not really. She deserves it." He said.
The teacher started class. "Okay, so as you know, this class is making doing a performance of a dark, romantic musical, so for all of this week, we are auditioning for roles. At the end of class on Friday, I will have the final role list." The teacher said. "We first will have the female singers up first. Everyone must try. If you purposely suck, I will know." The teacher said.
"Hey, good luck." Robert told her as she went up with the other girl singers.
The teacher had them go in alphabetical order, so Sharon was second to try out.
Robert was watching here, and was astounded at how she sang.
The rest of the girls tried, then the guys.
While Robert was trying out (using death grunts as it was a dark musical), Sharon herself was amazed at how well he did.
At the end of the class, they left for the parking lot as quickly as possible. She called her mom to tell her she was going to be out with a new friend.
"What about your brother?" she asked.
"He knows. I always get away as soon as possible after school. He usually gets a ride or walks." Robert said.
"Ah. Okay. So, where are we going?" she asked.
"I'll show you around the town, and lunch of course." He said.
"Okay." She responded as she got in the car.
Before he started the engine, he noticed some pretty bad bruises on her leg, and a few cuts.
His eyes were wide with shock at the pain they must have been. "Aren't your parents going to wonder what happened?" he asked her.