On The Outskirts Of The Gang

Rosa is a pretty, self-conscious girl who wants to be cool. She's a bit afraid of Jessica, the most popular person in the entire year. As she clings on at the edge of Jessica's gang, she notices things that slowly make her realise that there is something odd going on...

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35. Monday 26th October

I printed the application to move schools off the local council's school admissions website. I think that it was mainly geared up for parents whose kids were preparing to move from primary to secondary schools because all the information pages and files were about things like helping children deal with added responsibilities after their transition between schools. None of it was of any use to me at all. Sapphire will probably tell me everything I need to know to settle in at Herstony anyway, so I don't know why I even bothered looking.

I've decided to tell Katya about me moving a day before I break it to the rest of the gang. She's more understanding, so I can try out my explanation on her and see if it comes across in the way I want it to. Also, it means that I won't have all of them blowing up at me at the same time. Even if Katya leaks it to the others, it's likely that I'll only have to deal with them each on their own or a couple at once. Perhaps it's better if they get angry with me. That way, they won't want to keep in touch so I don't have to think up excuses for getting out of meeting up with them and that sort of thing.

You mean that they won't be able to tempt you back. No, that's stupid, mind. Nothing and no-one will persuade me to stay now.

I don't have anything planned to do this week. I might do some baking tomorrow, biscuits this time. I've found a recipe for butter-crunch cookies. It will be nice to try something new. Another thing that I could do is go to the cinema. I might try and get Sapphire to go with me because my mum won't want to come, and it's no fun going on my own. There's a film about a child pianist that's apparently quite good.

I emailed the Saturday Roller-Disco Club leader to find out when the team list will be ready. He said that he's just finalising it at the moment and he will announce who's got in on Saturday at the end of our session.

Mum suggested to me that I could join the skating club at Herstony High - if I get accepted to the school, of course. Sapphire mentioned before that she used to go, but she quit because there wasn't anyone there who she was friends with. Maybe I could get her to rejoin if I was doing it, because it sounded like it was something she really enjoyed. She seems to miss out on a lot of things because of the other people who are involved (or not involved).

Lorraine texted Mum this morning to say that the doctors had discovered a fracture in her leg, as well as the clean break. That means her injuries will need more treatment than was first realised. By the time she's allowed back to school, I will hopefully have moved. I'll definitely visit her in hospital, despite my dislike for her; it's partly my fault she's there. I won't forget the chocolate chip cakes.

I'm going downstairs now to find Mum. There's no particular reason why, it's just something to do. So, bye!

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