After her parents mysterious disappearance, April is sent to a children's home. She is soon adopted, and forced to live with complete strangers who have been going through the same thing. April thinks she has absolutely nothing in common with these other outcasts... but maybe they do.


2. Chapter 1: New Places, New Friends?

"April Oxley?" 

I looked up, my hand gripped tightly around my suitcase. A lady stood at the front desk with curly gray hair and deep brown eyes. She wore a peach-colored dress with peach slip on shoes. She had a pearl necklace and pearl bracelet, she looked like a million dollars. I stood up and walked over to her, the lady grinning like a cheshire cat.

"Hi, my name is Natalie Perez, but you call me Mrs. Perez. I welcome you to the Children's Home of Hope."

She held a hand out to shake but I refused. I didn't want to come here in the first place.

Mrs. Perez cleared her throat and slid her hand back, " I'm very sorry about your parents, but as you have no legal grandparents or other family members in existence. We think they are all missing in action or are dead."

"Do you know what happened to my parents?" I asked, my voice quivering.

Mrs Perez sighed, "I'm afraid not. Your parents just disappeared off of the face of the earth. Nobody knows where they are. Theres no death records or anything... but we'll try to find them."

Your parents just disappeared off of the face of the earth... The voice echoed in my head.

"Anyways," Mrs. Perez stated, "I'll walk you to your new room. You'll make great friends here."

I trudged up the carpet stairs. There were so many levels, I couldn't keep up. We finally reached a certain level and walked down the hallway. Other children stared at me like I was some other life-form. We reached a room and Mrs Perez knocked on the brass door.

"Come in!" a voice called.

Mrs. Perez swung the door open and three girls sat on bunk beds. One had frizzy red hair, a fair complexion and hazel-green eyes. Another had blonde wavy hair, a pale complexion and blue eyes. The last girl had dark brown skin, black hair and chocolate eyes. 

Mrs. Perez pointed to each one I listed above in the same order, "This is Kari, Elle and Lucy. They are your new roommates!"

I muffled a small hi and the girls said hi back, way more excited then me. They seemed really nice, but nobody could lift my spirits.

"Now girls, you be nice to April. She's been having a hard time..." Mrs. Perez ordered.

Elle beamed with sunshine, "Don't worry, Mrs. Perez! We'll take VERY good care to our new roommate! She seems like such a nice soul!"

Mrs. Perez nodded, "Very good, girls! I knew I could trust you! Have fun, girls!"

As soon as Mrs. Perez left and closed the door, the sunshine and happiness in the room faded. Kari trotted around me, inspecting my appearance.

"Name's April Oxley, right?" she asked.

"Yeah," I replied.

"Pfft, how pathetic. She's named after a month," Lucy scoffed.

Elle stated at me, "And look at her eyes! They're like... purpley-pink! How... alien!" 

Lucy chuckled, "She IS one, I bet. I heard that her parents disappeared and that night there was an alien sighting!"

"No way! I heard that someone was attacked and went by the name of Mr and Mrs. Oxley!" Elle squealed,  "They kept stating that they were from another planet and everything! It was like something off Men In Black!"

The girls cackled into laughter like little idiotic parrots. I kept my head and spoke up, "Excuse me, but they went missing. They are NOT aliens and they would not hurt a fly! Mrs. Perez said that they would try to find them..."

Kari rolled her eyes, "Oh please, she said that to me. My dad left me here when I was nine and she reassured me that they would do everything to find him. She doesn't even try, so don't get your hopes up."

"No wonder they left you here," I muttered under-my-breath. 

Kari grabbed the collar of my shirt and pushed me against the wall, "Listen, girl. Your another low self-esteem, trash talking nobody. You better shut up and I WON'T be take any bitchiness from you!" She slammed me harder against the wall and I choked, "Don't be such a dog and you might just survive here. I suggest you keep your mouth shut and go back to your own planet."

Elle snickered and flicked her hair, "I agree, Kari. She's got quite an attitude, she won't last a day!"

"I wish you good luck, alien!" Lucy cried.

Kari grabbed my arm and swung me to the floor, slamming into my suitcase. I coughed and tried to breathe. The girls kept laughing in my face, and I fought the tears, "You bitches, I hope you lot go to hell."

Kari pushed me one last time, "Trust me, so do I. It would be way better then sharing a room with YOU, April."

The other girls giggled and left the room, slamming the door behind them. I felt as though life's walls had caved in on me, and I could do nothing. I screamed into the carpet and began to cry. As soon as my head began to thump with pain, I rose up and opened the window.

"What kind of parents are you?" i screamed, "Leaving your child with a bunch of idiots! I have to now live with a bunch of stupid, unacceptable girls and all you can do is laugh from where ever you are! I hope you guys are happy! Your never going to hear from me again!"

I slammed the window down and collapsed into tears again. No one could help me now, I was alone in the universe.


Later that day, I sat in the courtyard on a bench... alone... what a surprise. I had grabbed my iPod before I left my humble home and was tuned into that talented British boy band. I had a bunch of story's written within Notes, probably a heap in the fantasy genre. 

"You'd better put that away before  Mr. Issac sees you..." 

I looked up and a girl with mouse brown hair, freckles and soft green eyes. Her eyes widened, she must have seen my clearly-noticeable purple-pink eyes.

"Whoa... your eyes..." she stammered.

I dropped my head, "Weird... abnormal... alien-like, perhaps?"

The girl blushed, "I was going to say different, but whatever works I guess..."

I smiled, "Sorry, I'm used to people saying they're weird and stuff."

"Are they contacts?" she asked.

I shook my head, "Nope, that's what they look like."

"Wow, that's so cool! They're really pretty and they suit you."

"Thanks," I smiled.

"No problem, I'm Jade."

"Hi, I'm April," I replied as I tucked my iPod away.

"So, whatcha in for?" Jade asked.

I shrugged, "Not really sure, I guess. Parents left, said they were going to be gone for a bit, and never came back!"

"I've been here pretty much meh whole life," Jade began, "Got dropped off here since a really young age. Not ONE person has been interested in adopting me, how stupid is that?"

I nodded, "That is pretty sad, well, I hope we both get adopted."

Jade shook her head, "We won't, I don't think our business is even registered in the goverenment. Plus, we're stuck in this puny little town."

"Never give up, Jade," I re-assured.

She rolled her eyes, "Thanks, but no thanks. I've given up a long time ago."

"Why would you give up?" I questioned.

Jade sighed, "I've tried to escape, I've done everything... but I always end up on the wrong end of the stick, you know what I mean?"

"I do, but that's no case to give up. You have no hope in being adopted if you give up," I quoted.

Jade tapped her chin, "Hmm, I guess your right. You've opened my eyes a bit more, April. Thank you."

"No problem!" I cried.

We talked about our interests and more about our lives. Jade seemed really nice and friendly, which was absolutely perfect. I was worried I was not going to have a single friend, but I soon didn't have to worry about that.

Jade shook her head, answering my question, "Nah, they're ok. I don't LOVE them but I-"

"Miss Oxley?" 

I looked up and so did Jade. Jade murmured something under her breath and I replied, "Yes, that's me. Can I help you?"

The man's smile stretched across his face, "We've got great news, a family is interested in adopting you."
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