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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2. Wednesday 24th September

After yesterday, I wasn't quite sure what to do. I knew that I would have to tread carefully if I was so close to my dream. Yes, it is my dream to get into Jessica's gang.

On the way to my first lesson - English again - I wondered where I should sit. I know that doesn't seem like a very big thing, but it can say a lot. Sitting next to a gang member straight away could make me look pushy, but if I didn't go over to them they might interpret it as me saying I wasn't interested. Then I would be for it. When the gang, no, when Jessica doesn't get her way, you're a gonner. I've seen the consequences; let's just say that her red nail polish stings like hell when it gets in a cut. And she always comes out of it looking pristine. The offender looks like an extra from a zombie movie.

I walked in to the classroom. My worries went out of the window because Katya and Hattie were by the door waiting for me. Fastened on to their school jumpers were the little badges that marked her gang. These small round badges have a gold circle with a tiny silver dot in the middle, which I guess represents Jessica herself. They are properly made, using a company badge-maker from Felicity's dad's work.

"Hi, Rosa! I like your hair clip!" Hattie smiles at me. I feel a glow of pleasure forming around me.

"Thanks, it was a present from my aunt!" I reply. My most precious possession, the clip is silver. It has little flowers with clear crystals on the petals, all linked together by a ribbon-like metal strip. It holds back my hair in a bun, the light shiny colours contrasting with the glossy black of my hair. I love it.

"We've got to film our performance today!" Katya says, laughing nervously,"Do you think I'll be any good?" 

"Of course you will!" She's had loads of big parts in our school plays. She didn't even need to ask me for reassurance. All of the gang are excellent at acting. They ooze confidence on stage. It hardly needs me to mention that Jessica is the best; she's fabulous.

"Sit down, class!" chirps Mrs Olesson, "We are going to spend today's lesson showing our performances. Remember, you are getting graded for this, so don't come out of role! Jessica and Felicity, you go first!"

After class, I left with the gang. I was on cloud nine. Jessica herself actually said that our performance was 'epic, and really thoughtful!' Then they waved goodbye to me and went off to their bench. I knew I couldn't try to follow. The bench is for Jessica's gang only.

For the rest of the day, gang members kept coming over and chatting to me. I had to try very hard not to break into joyful dancing; I must remain calm and elegant. I think I'm getting better at it, although  I could never carry it off effortlessly like Jessica and Felicity. They are queens of self-control, and she is admired by everyone.

I really hope I can become proper friends with all the members soon. Oh, I'm too excited to write any more. Bye!

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