Matt and Hayley: Love at First Sight?

This is the first book in a planned series about two 12 year olds who meet for the first time. Simple tale but with a twist... Is Hayley all that she seems?

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2. About Me

Hayley:

I twisted my ring nervously on my finger as I looked at my new form mates. They were staring at me. I felt a bit self-conscious, but I was used to it. People always stare at me.

“Mrs Wixen, where do you want Hayley to sit?”

I stared at Mrs Wixen’s kind face as Mrs Rainin spoke.

“There’s a spare seat there,” Mrs Wixen pointed to a seat between two boys. “Between Matt and Stus.”

They were sat at the back of the classroom. The tables were arranged in a ‘U’ shape, so I had to walk past everyone else to get to my seat. The entire room watched me get into my seat. As I sat down, Stus and Matt were still staring at me.

“Thank you, Mrs Wixen.” Mrs Rainin left the room, smiling.

“Do you mind?” I said, annoyed. Suddenly, everyone looked at the front again. Way-to-go Hayley! Great first impression.

“Hayley, would you like to tell us about yourself?” Mrs Wixen asked gently.

“My pleasure.” I stood gracefully behind my seat. “My name is Hayley Close and I come from the Caribbean. I have lived in Spain, California, Florida, China, Japan, Russia, France, Portugal, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and now I live in England. I have read millions of books, including ‘War and Peace’ and ‘How to Kill a Mockingbird’. I play a wide variety of instruments including, the piano, the acoustic, electric and bass guitar, the harp, the violin and viola, the double bass, the cello, the flute, the clarinet, the harmonica, the bagpipes, the trumpet, the tuba, the saxophone and the spoons. I have passed my Grade 8 in all of these instruments and in Musical Theory.” By this point, everyone, I mean everyone, was gaping at me. “I am an accomplished gymnast, figure skater, hockey skater, roller skater, roller blader, ballroom and latin dancer, actor and singer/songwriter. In the past, I have also modelled for New Look. This is my first time attending a High School, as I have had a private tutor in the past, due to my moving frequently.”

Silence. Everyone was still staring at me.

“I’m done.” I said. I sat down gently.

Mrs Wixen started clapping, and everyone else followed suit.

“You have done a lot of things then Hayley. If you don’t mind my asking, do you actually have any free time?”

“Fridays.” was my simple reply. The bell went and my form mates grabbed their bags, chatting excitedly.

“Matt,” Mrs Wixen looked at him sternly. “You will show Hayley round and take her to all of your classes. Back row, off you go first then.”

As soon as we got out the room, Matt slipped his arm through mine and pretended to skip along, saying, “Come on! Let’s go to Maths!” He said it in such a high-pitched voice, I couldn’t help but laugh. He led me towards Maths, but I let him keep hold of my arm. He was handsome after all. With his blonde hair, and brown eyes. Is this love at first sight?...

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