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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27. Saturday 18th October

Saturday Roller-Disco Club was brilliant! I was - and am - still on a high from being made a member of Jessica's gang, so I felt confident abut talking to people. All of the others are friendly, and I especially liked this one girl. Her name is Sapphire Lacey, which I think sounds fabulous and outgoing. In contrast, she was very shy. She had retreated to the edge of the skating hall by the time I saw her. It looked like she was getting left out so I decided to help her. I went over.

"Hi! You looked a bit lonely over here by yourself. Do you want to join in? I'm Rosa, by the way."

"I know."

"Really? Then you must have very good hearing. The only time my name has been said was when I signed in by the door!" That was on the other side of the hall.

"I just pay attention."

"Well, I'm not as focused as you. I didn't catch yours."

"Sapphire Lacey. I hate it."

"Why? It's much cooler than mine." I didn't understand how anybody could dislike it.

"It doesn't suit me. I'm too boring."

"Aw, no you're not. Why do you think that?"

"Everyone thinks, and says, that. Even my mum."

That was awful. Imagine having your own mother call you dull! She was in desperate need of a friend.

"I think you're great. Now, will you help me? I've never skated before. Could you show me how to do it?" I smiled at her.

"Ok, I'll try." She sighed and began to teach me what to do. It wasn't that hard once you found your balance. Soon I was whizzing around the hall, easily keeping up with Sapphire and the others, none of whom were beginners. I did fall down a couple of times, but the leader assured me that everyone did at the start. I wasn't hurt, and all in all there was nothing I had to complain about as Mum drove me home.

Of course, I wouldn't have had such a good time if Penny had shown up. Luckily for me, Lorraine was still falling for her headache pretence. It meant that I didn't have to talk to her. I didn't think we - well, I (who cares about that pig) - would have looked particularly nice if we'd blown up at each other in the first session. The only thing sweet about that day would have been the cakes.

Oh, the cakes! You should have seen how glorious they looked. I'd made chocolate ones, in cream-coloured cases. They were decorated with white chocolate for icing, and pearl-like edible sugar balls in a spiral on the top. They were my greatest baking achievement to date. When I offered them round at the end of the session, people were very grateful. Because of all the praise they were getting, I had to try one. It was absolutely divine.

I don't think I have anything else I want to talk (well, write) about today, so I'll finish here. Goodbye!

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