Slim Pickings

Darcy is a normal popular high school student who attends Daugherty High. She dreams of being a professional cheerleader but in order for her to become that her couch tells her that she needs to control her diet and cut down. After weeks of trying but not getting anywhere, Darcy decides to change her diet extremely. She begins starving herself to be able to attend the national champion ships. Her best friend Grace starts to notice the changes in Darcy at school and so does her sister Brooke but will they be able to stop Darcy’s extreme eating habits or will it end terrible for everyone?


4. The Cheer Leading Team



As it turned out Zac was in most of Darcy’s classes. She had become good friends with him over the last couple of days and she even sat next to him in art and maths. Darcy had also tried out for the cheerleading squad and to her surprise got in by a mile even Grace got in. They both had practise at the very start of the day, which meant they both needed to be at the school extra early. Darcy had got changed into her new uniform that fitted her perfectly in a small, dirty changing room. She met Grace, who was already changed in the narrow corridor that led them to the massive practise room.

The room was painted a dark shade of green and had non-slip wooden floors. The room was filled with noise as there were about twenty girls huddled together in the middle of the room. Darcy noticed that the popular girls from her English class were there, scanning the room like eagles searching for prey. And the rest of them, Darcy didn’t know.

They joined the group of girls and waited eagerly for their coach. The door opened revealing a tall slim woman with her auburn hair pulled into a tight bun. ‘Good morning girls.’

‘Good morning,’ they chanted back.

‘I’m coach Bradshaw and I’ll be coaching you up until the very end, girls,’ she said in a deep voice.

After an intense warm up that lasted forty-five minutes she lined us up. ‘I’m going to call out your name and you’ll come forward, I’ll weigh you and let you know if you’re going to make it to nationals this year,’ she announced. ‘Daisy Peters.’

A petite girl walked forward nervously and stood on small brass scales. Coach Bradshaw noted her weight down on a clipboard and she nodded for her to leave. She called out nineteen names including Graces but Darcy was the last one.

The room was deserted now apart from Coach Bradshaw and Darcy. Darcy wrapped her hair around her index finger while she waited patiently for the coach to call out her name. ‘And last but not least Darcy Meyer,’ she looked up at Darcy with narrowed eyes.

She walked forward and stepped onto the scales. ‘ Ok, that’s all I need,’ she said and Darcy walked briskly out of the room.

 Grace was waiting for her behind the door. ‘ So where now?’ she asked.

Darcy checked her folded up timetable. ‘Art.’

Grace smiled. ‘You’ll get to see your boyfriend,’ she smirked.

‘I’ve already told you, we’re just good friends,’ Darcy replied as they headed for the art classroom.

‘Of course you are.’

Darcy just ignored her as she slid into her seat beside Zac.

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