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...


24. Wednesday 15th October

I'm a bit worried about something that happened with the gang today. I'm not sure if they thought... 

Wait, let me start from the beginning. Then it will give a clearer picture.

Ok, so, when I gave out my cakes to the form, they went down extremely well. Lots of them said that they didn't know that I was a good cook, and I told them how much of a one-trick pony I actually am: "...to be honest, I can only do cupcakes!" No-one minded, and I received many warm, grateful smiles. It gave me such a great feeling, to be making people happy. Penny was especially appreciative, commenting on how much I'd improved since our first try as she chomped merrily on her third one.

The only people who didn't seem impressed with my efforts were Jessica, Felicity and Hattie. The first two dismissed my offers in an off-hand, almost cool manner. Hattie, probably seeing the reactions of the leaders, followed suit. Katya and Imogen accepted a cake each, but Jessica glared at them when she thought I wasn't watching. Was it just because she didn't approve of accepting gifts, or were they supposed to be standing against me? I remembered how Katya had told me on her birthday that the gang never got each other presents. As I couldn't thing of anything I'd done that could have annoyed Jessica, I hope it was an unexplained problem with generosity.

I didn't see anything unusual in the gang's behaviour towards me during any lessons. In fact, I had an interesting conversation with Hattie and Imogen in Art about what the abstract patterns in our pictures reminded us of. Imogen's, we decided, had something that was like an antelope. Hattie's had a section that we thought could be a spiral staircase. The colour scheme in mine was apparently similar to Mrs Olesson's favourite (strange) outfit. Our chatter was still as friendly as ever. Hattie even gave in when I tempted her with the last cupcake.

As we left the school building - that was our last lesson - Felicity waved to the two girls, gesturing for them to join her and Jessica. Katya, who had been standing just behind them, rushed over to us.

"Guys, you'd better go there quickly."She glanced back over her shoulder. "It's sort of important." Linking arms with both of them, she hurried away. They started whispering to each other, before all looking back at me with expressions that were nearly sad. It brought back to me the memory of the morning, with Jessica and Felicity's coolness.

Walking back home, I tried to think of reasons Jessica could have to be angry at me. She wouldn't be jealous of me, because she has excessive talents and beauty. I hadn't fallen out with her, or said anything offensive behind her back - why would I? I just wanted to be friends!

Friends. An idea struck me. Maybe she was irritated that I was spending so much time with Penny. It must have been odd to them how I had introduced her to everybody except the gang. Oh, why had I held back? Penny would have coped well enough with meeting them. Perhaps my silly worries had accidentally made things worse instead of better! If they thought that I wanted to keep her away from them, then I would have to take her over as soon as possible and right everything.

I think the Annie rehearsal tomorrow is the perfect time to do it. There, the meeting will be helped by the fact that they share an interest in acting. Well, that's a possibility anyway! Let's hope that it fixes whatever's gone wrong.

So, with the explanations finish, now is a good time to stop. Goodbye!

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