We're at the airport and we've just checked in. I'm buzzing! You have no idea how excited I am! Goodbye wet and windy England..hello California!!
Why do we have to take my stupid siblings? My baby brother George and my little sister Maria are coming. Why couldn't my parents have been happy enough with one child, huh? We are waiting in duty free for the plane and they are driving me up the wall. I boy walks past, about my age, and smiles at me. What? A guy smiled at me! I askwardly smiles back and he continues walking. I see him look over his shoulder at me. I start blushing.
"Now sweetheart, are we going to have to leave you behind so you don't have to been torn from the love of your life?" Dad teases.
"Shut up, Dad!"
"I'm joking! It's nice to see you happy again. I hope America will be a good way of starting again."
"Me too." I sigh. I really hope so.
I sleep for the entire plane ride! When it finally came, that is. Our flight was delayed for ages but once we got on I snuggled up to Maria, she can be cute sometimes (when she's not being a pain in the arse!) and fell straight to sleep.
The plane lands and its about 1 o clock in the afternoon. I have never felt so excited! I almost start crying! Its so hot outside and everything looks so big and exciting.
We drive to our new house which is about an hour from the airport. Its huge! It has a massive balcony on the second floor and a huge porch and my room....my room!! Its humungous compared to my old room. I can't wait to start decorating.
"So what do you want to do?" asks Mum. "We're going to be unpacking and sorting everything out but I don't think we'll need your help because we have the removal men too. Do you want to start on your room or go out?"
Mum has never been so kind. Usually she would be really bossy and not let me do what I want. Looks like America is the best thing for all of us.
"I'd like to go out and buy some new things and maybe some stuff for my room and then get decorating."
"Sounds good. I'll give you a lift in about ten minutes, ok?" Perfect! Wow...my new life is getting off to the best start ever!
Mum drops me off in the centre of the city. Its so big and rushed and...huge! Compared to England. The shops are enormous and lit up. The buildings are so tall.
"I know its very different here." Mum says. "Are you going to be ok?"
"Umm...yeah. I think I'll be fine."
"Well if you call me when you want picking up and we'll sort out somewhere to meet."
Mum drives away but I don't feel scared at all! I can't wait to get started. The first thing I do is start looking for a hair salon. I find one straight away and walk in. A smiley brunette probably a the same age as me greets me.
"Hey! How are you today?" she chirps.
"Good thanks." I reply.
"Oh my gosh! You're British?"
"Yep. Just moved, literally just now! I'm gonna get this a lot aren't I?"
"You sure are!" she laughs. "What can I do for you today?"
"Well this is kind of a new start for me. I'd like my hair styled differently, maybe a fringe? And layers?"
"Sounds perfect, you're face shape would look great with some shaping and layers. And oyu're hair is soooo long! Its gorgeous but I think some layers would give it definition and texture. And honey, its bangs over here!" she giggles.
"Oh yeah. Ha ha!" I laugh.
"Side bangs, sweeping to the left to go with your parting would look fantastic."
"That's just what I was hoping for." I agreed. "I was thinking a new colour. My hairs just mousey brown and looks boring and gross. I'd love to be blonde. Quite a light blonde."
"Babes that will look amazing! I can do that for you, take a seat."
She gets to work straight away. We chat a lot and I find out she's my age and going to the school I'll be starting. When she's finished she shows me in the mirror and...it looks incredible. I look so much older. I look so different. I love it!
"So are we doing anything else? We do pearcing and nails!" she sounds more excited than I do! I might have got a bit carried away...but I got a manicure and them painted with lots of intricate patterns. I also got my ears peirced as I never have before. I look so different but in a good way.
"Thank you so much! I feel like a new me!"
"Its a pleasure. You're a great girl, I can't wait to see you at school. Wait, I don't even know your name! I'm Ellie." she says.
"I'm Danielle." I say.
"Lush name! Hey, if you give me your number we can meet before school and I can give you a tour." She is so nice! Is this really happening? We swap numbers and I ask her what she's doing now.
"Well my shift ends in a minute so I'll probably go shopping!" she says.
"I'm going shopping too, new clothes and make up. Do you want to...?"
"I'd love to! We can pick you a whole new wardrobe and work out your look for school. Your first impresion is very important!" We jump up and down with excitement. I think I just found my first new friend. Who knew it could be so easy?