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...


20. Saturday 11th October

This time next week I will have just got back from Saturday Roller-Disco Club. For the moment, I'm stuck with reading my Miss Hannigan lines. Slowly, the last parts are sinking in to my brain, which means I'll know the entire thing by Monday. There's one section that's quite complicated, and I keep messing the words around then. If I make that my main focus for this weekend, I'll probably be word-perfect in the actual school rehearsals. All I have to do is hope that my acting is of a high enough standard, but what's the point of the practises if not to improve the performing?

I'm going to Penny's house later, because we're going to bake cupcakes. Chocolate chip ones are favourites with both of us, which is a surprising coincidence given that we have lived in completely different places for years. We're going to take some of them into town tomorrow when we go shopping so that we don't have to buy any snacks. Also, we want to improve our cake-baking skills and then bake some on Friday to take to the club next weekend. Giving a good first impression is key, Penny's mum says.

That is a very true statement, but it is also important to continue any positive opinions. We are planning to keep up the cakes, and do a different kind every week. Exercise makes people hungry, and we hope we'll be well liked for providing tasty treats after our skating sessions. On top of that, my mum is really pleased with our plans. She thinks that I haven't shown enough interest in expanding my cooking skills, so my recent change of heart is 'only to be welcomed'. Basically, she doesn't mind paying for the ingredients! Her help will be valuable too.

Jessica's phoning me. Seeing her name come up on my phone screen was a shock! I'm going to answer it right now.

This is what happened.

"Hello?" I started the call with the obvious cop-out response.

"Hi, Rosa!" I heard her confident and friendly tone, and relaxed. I hadn't done anything wrong!

"Do you want to come to my sleepover tonight? Everyone's invited." The way she said 'everyone' made it obvious that she meant the gang.

"Umm, yes, it sounds really fun! I'll ask my mum."

"Ok, ring me back later when you know if you can make it. I hope you can!"

"Yeah, me too."

"Well, bye!"

"Goodbye." We both hung up.

I can't believe I got invited to Jessica's sleepover. Jessica's. I'll go and ask mum immediately if I can go.


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