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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34. Sunday 25th October

Mum took it really well when I told her my plan to move schools. She listened to my reasoning in silence, no interruptions, with an impassive expression on her face. After I'd finished presenting my case, I sat down on a chair and waited for her to bury me in questions.

"I have only one question for you to consider. Is running from your troubles the best thing to do?" She stared straight into my eyes.

"I don't see it that way. I want a fresh start. There's no way that this spat will be forgotten by either Penny or my friends. I'm going to explain my point of view to them all, tell them how far past too far they've gone. Jessica and the others will listen to me, especially Katya, Imogen and Hattie. That's the most I can do to resolve the matter. They still won't move on from it mentally, and that's what I need to do. Sapphire could do with having someone there for her. I can have a new beginning helping her and being her friend at school. It's what I want. I'm not running, because I've come through it."

"If you're sure, then you can do it. I'll get the paperwork over this week, as it's half term. You might be able to switch schools on the second week back." Mum completely accepted my decision. I appreciated that.

Half term, though! It had utterly slipped from my mind. I had a week to think over what I could say to the gang, what I could possibly say to Penny. It would be a hard thing to do but I had time to prepare.

Preparation didn't do you much good before.

I could be at Herstony so soon. If I explain everything to the gang on my last day, then I won't have to survive the inevitable anger for very long. I will manage it.

I didn't - and still don't - know when Penny will come out of hospital. Maybe I'll have a bit longer to think up something that won't send her immediately flying into a rage. But then, me approaching her at all will probably set her off. Oh well, all I can do is try. It might work out alright.

Don't kid yourself, Rosa. She won't listen to you. Leave her alone.

Penny used to be my best friend. I could remember something we had in common and include that, just to make her pay attention. I know - I can bake her some chocolate chip cupcakes! I'll write her name on them in icing. They can be a get well soon gift. Nobody can refuse some well baked cakes.

I got an email today to tell me that the Saturday Roller-Disco Club leader is better, and he is writing out a list of people to enter a county roller-dance competition he's organising. Our group will have to go through a heat against two other local ones if they want to make it into the final.

Sapphire has a really good chance of getting in the team. She's amazing at skating and has great balance - far better than mine! I hope she gets put on the list. I'm not entirely sure how the leader will choose our people though; we've only had one session.

Anyway, I've probably said everything. Goodbye!

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