Monday, February 05, 2007
New Beginning 208
The only time Alexis stopped reading was when we were hiking up to the camp site for the overnight. We all knew what that meant. If she wasn’t reading, she was talking, babbling. Asking us if we knew that the clouds actually were flat on the bottom. Picking flowers to count the petals and muttering about a “Figaratchi” sequence. It was so bad that Evelyn, who normally wanted us to all walk farther back, away from the teachers, told us to speed up.
“Ugh, she’s such a freak,” Evelyn said. Evelyn had decided we should go on the overnight, even though normally she hated the outdoors. “We don’t want to get stuck behind with the losers whose parents didn’t let them come,” she had said.
The teachers told us to pick tentmates on the hike up. I knew Evelyn would pick me, but I still felt relieved when she motioned me over at the top of the hill. She had also picked Brianna and Jessica to join us. I hated them. Their parents let them paint their nails and stay out until 9:30pm. It was hard to make sure Evelyn liked me best when they were around. Or even liked me at all.
I hated being at this school. I hated the cliques and the constant popularity contests and trying to hook up with the right people. That night, when everyone was supposed to be sleeping, I awoke from a fitful dream to find a shadow leaning over me. It was Alexis. Everyone else was still asleep. “Jesus, Alex,” I whispered, not wanting the others to wake and catch me talking to her. “What?”
“The Great Bear,” she said. “Ursa Major. You can see it as clear as anything. It’s incredible. Come and look.”
“It’s the middle of the night. Like, who’s interested? Show me in the morning. Go back to your tent, and stop being such a geek.”
“Sorry, dad,” she said, and slinked away. That was the last straw. I was done being a teaching auxiliary. I’d been happier when I was a professional assassin.
Gridofsky barely had time to flinch as my bullet entered his left eye, ripped through his brain and blew his skull out at the back. This felt good: satisfaction in a job well done. Gridofsky had given his last algebra pop quiz, and it only cost the Phillips kid a week’s lunch money.
Now, where were Brianna and Jessica? This next hit was on me.
Opening: Leah.....Continuation: Anonymous