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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7. Sunday 28th September

Urgh. I'm so tired, because I couldn't sleep much for thinking about what I saw in the mirror. That was the one time in my life when I wholly loved being me. Something in me keeps fighting the memory, (metaphorically) staring at the replays in disbelief. I'm just going to the bathroom to prove that part wrong.

 

That woke me up. If anything, I look better today than I did yesterday, despite my exhaustion. My hair is longer and sleeker, my complexion is luscious, my eyes have an added shine. Its almost as though the - for want of a better word - quality of my appearance is directly related to my popularity.

Now I think about it, there might be something to that theory. Take Jessica and Betty. Jessica's friends would fill a thousand football stadiums, and she looks out of this world. Betty is childish and totally unpopular, and I told you what she looks like.

As I picture them, everyone else at school begins to fall into this pattern, including the teachers - the nice ones all look much better than the strict ones that everyone hates. Why had I never noticed this before? Perhaps I've been too absorbed in becoming cool. All those efforts have been worth it, though. I'm on the outskirts of the gang!

I must check my idea more on Monday. What could be causing it? Do I focus more on the better points of popular kids' looks? Maybe my view of them is based on other peoples opinions from school, things that mainly the gang have said. But that would leave what's happening to me a mystery. All this skeptical speculating isn't getting me very far. GRR! Its so infuriating!

I just got a text from Felicity:

R u going to wear that green cardi to school on Mon? It really suited you! :) Fliss

Fliss? Only the gang are allowed to call her that. Also, I can't believe I got a compliment from her. Yay!

I have to go now to do food shopping with Mum. Fun! (Beep, sarcasm alert.) So goodbye!

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