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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11. Thursday 2nd October

I am so utterly nervous! Before class started, me and Imogen went to pick up the scripts for our audition.  The piece only has eight lines per character, which was no more than I was expecting. However, there was one part to the tryouts which they had forgotten to mention...

WE HAVE TO SING!

I don't do singing. When I was really little, I thought my voice was amazing, and applied for the local church choir. My mum kept telling me that I would be first choice. A week after that, I received a letter to say that I'd been rejected. Every other kid had won a place. When I asked Mum how that had happened, she admitted to me that she was completely tone-deaf.

Since then, the thought of performing a song is a source of extreme terror to me. I wouldn't be able to survive doing the audition. Imagine, loads of super almost-professional-sounding singers hearing me fail! The whole school would be laughing at me for months.

On the other hand, how could I back out now? Imogen would kill me if I let her down the night before the tryouts. I couldn't do something that horrible to her. Also, it would wreck my chances of ever being in the gang, and I would be branded a total coward.

No, my singing would wreck my chances of being in the gang. Oh, I don't know what to do.

Actually, I do know what to do. I have to go to the audition, even if it means that I have to go away afterwards and hide in a cave for the rest of my life. At least, that way, everyone would think I was brave - despite being a total sucker at singing.

I'll text Imogen to say I need to practise the acting section with her. Of course, I'll do everything possible to get out of doing a song run-through. Hearing me once would be enough for anyone!

Its a shame that I'll crush my budding popularity this early on. That's life, hey?! Bye!

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