Bridge High Girls: Laughing Inside

Sophie used to have it all- a happy life, fine parents, and everything else. But when a home drama strikes, everything goes downhill. Her friends are still there for her, but will it always be that way? Find out in the first Bridge High Girls novel!

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5. Any Heart?

It was a Friday morning, before school, and Sophie was packing her overnight bag, ready for the weekend. She was totally buzzing- tonight, she would see her Dad! She threw in her phone and homework and a mixture of random clothes, plus her favourite joke book, which always made her giggle. Just then, her Mum pushed open the door. 

"Sorted?" she asked, a firm tone in her voice. "Good," She added before Sophie had a chance to answer. Sophie thought of two words -any heart? Like it wasn't enough her parents getting divorced- and now, her Mum was being horrid! She grabbed her bag, ran downstairs, grabbed a pastry and walked right out of the door, munching her quick breakfast. Uh-oh; Zoey, the Queen Bee of Bridge High, was trotting along the street in her new designer pink boots and silver sequin dress. Her blonde curls were bouncing along her shoulders, and her Dad was desperately running to keep up with her.

"Zoey?" He called, "Zoey? PLEASE, baby, don't be mad!"

"MAD!" Zoey screamed. "Why wouldn't I be?! You KNOW that I wanted that Raspberry 230 phone! But what did you do? Oh, yes, you bought me a Raspberry 224, last month's model!"

"I'm so, so sorry sweetie," her Dad said. "What can I do to make it up to my gorgeous little angel?"

"Go and get me a 230!" Zoey screeched as her Dad ran off, and then she turned to Sophie. "Ew, what have YOU got on, tramp?" Sophie looked down anxiously at her favourite blue sweatshirt and jeans. Zoey laughed nastily. "You dress like a slob!" Sophie lost it. 

"Yeah?" she said, with attitude. "Well, newsflash, I don't care!" Zoey looked stunned- nobody ever, ever stood up to her. She sniffed and walked away, leaving Sophie bursting with pride. 

The pride stayed with her all day. The kept it with her when she got breaktime detention for laughing in French class. She kept it with her when she got tripped over by Zoey in the street and marked her jeans. She kept it with her when Megan and Holly and Sadie all got assigned to different partners in Design and Technology. And she kept it with her when she wandered out of the school gates at three-thirty to see her Dad standing there, by his hunky junky van, with his arms wide. 

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