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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31. Thursday 22nd October

I can't believe it! Penny has gone way too far. I get that she wants to hurt me and the gang, but does the entire school have to suffer?

This morning, I checked the Drama noticeboard to see when the next rehearsal was. It's a good thing I did, because there was a poster that read:

EMERGENCY ANNIE MEETING

WHOLE CAST NEEDED

After school in the hall with Mr Julier

URGENT

Immediately, I rushed to find Jessica and the others so that we could spread the word. It was clearly important and I didn't want anybody to miss out on it.

In the first lesson - French - I was tasked with making a massive vocabulary poster to go up on the wall. It was a mammoth workload, and I was concentrating so fiercely that I didn't hear somebody approach.

"Have you heard about the meeting?" I froze, my arm stiffening. The smug, slightly leering tone in Penny's voice made me instantly suspicious.

"What are you in this classroom for?" I said coolly. As far as I knew, she hadn't been moved from the other group. She shouldn't be in my lesson.

"Miss Urvail won't miss me" That was true. If the scatterbrained cover teacher realised she was gone, it would be a miracle. It was awful that Penny was taking advantage of her disorganised nature.

"Yes, but why have you come here?" I'd thought that I'd made it very obvious that our friendship had finished.

"I just wanted to make sure that you were going." Her innocent expression was transparent. Something bad was going to happen at the meeting, and she knew what.

"Well, I am. You can go back to your class now. Miss Urvail doesn't need a lecture from the head because of you."

As she sauntered out of the room, I remembered the text Megan sent me yesterday. Surely Penny couldn't do anything in the hall. Unless, of course, she was the reason for the whole thing.

Finally the Annie meeting came around. We were sat in a circle, anxiously chatting, waiting for Mr Julier to arrive. When he did, he had Penny in tow. She smirked at me and I had to resist the urge to stick my tongue out.

"Right, everybody. I have some very unfortunate news for you. The head has told me that our performances clash with recently planned parent events. He refuses to change them, because they are extremely important. Now, you would think we could just reschedule, but that is not possible because I am leaving the school at the end of March. There aren't any available time slots before our original plans. I apologise for disappointing you, but Annie is off."

"What happened to 'the show must go on'?" somebody protested.

"No. My decision is final." With that, he walked out the room.

As soon as he left, I marched up to Penny. Nobody noticed because they were all streaming out the doors.

"How did you do it? How could you do it? So many people..."

"I just convinced the head that Mr Julier wasn't a worthy teacher. The parent events were already planned."

"Oh, you're vile! I don't know how I was ever your friend!" I spun on my heel and followed the last people through the exit.

For the first time, I was feeling like I could actually excel at a school thing. Now my opportunity has been stolen, along with those of so many others. I can't stand Penny - the cow!

Well, all that's off my chest now. I feel exhausted. Bye.

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