I followed him as he showed me around the school. Banners hung that said "tear the panthers apart!" and "let the green and white shine on!" I turned towards Andrew and stopped in my place, he turned and connected his eyes with mine, my stomach dropped and my hands went numb.
"You ok?" his eyebrows pushed together as he took two long strides in order to stand in front of me, more like tower over me. I'm 5'9 and he's still a head taller.
I quickly lifted my hand up and pointed towards to the banner, "Tear the panthers apart?"
A smile quickly grew across his face, "The Lely Panthers, our biggest rival since forever."
I grasped my hands on my chest as if I was out of breathe, "I used to be a panther..."
He placed his hand on my shoulder, "Well then in that case..." he paused and rolled his eyes, "I just can't be seen with you. It's bad enough Mrs. D is making me tour you around..."
I almost believed him until he flashed his pearly whites at me.
"Come on, lets go to your homeroom.." we began walking up the stairs, there were sign ups for all kinds of athletics in the spring. I began looking at them until one wasn't a sport, it was a dance team.
"Dance tryouts! 2:30 After School! Tuesday March 25th! E210! FREE!"
I pulled out my phone, today is the 25th. I unlocked my phone and sent a group text off to my mom and dad:
Alex: hey, staying after school for a little..let Mr. Bason know. thanks
Mr. Bason was our house butler, I thought calling him our butler made us sound rich and snooty and made Mr. Bason feel less than, so I just call him Mr. Bason.
Andrew walked me to my homeroom and knocked on the door. A short, large man opened the door.
"Hi, this is Alex she's new to your class." Andrew introduced me. The small huffed and puffed. He snatched the schedule out of Andrew's hand.
"Come in." the little man said.
"Thanks Andrew." I flashed him a smile.
"No problem find me at lunch okay? I sit by line 2" then he disappeared around the corner.
The little man was standing by a desk tucked in the corner.
"You can sit her Alex.?" he was staring at my schedule with a puzzled, I grew the same facial expression. "Isn't Alex a boy's name?" He bluntly said throwing my schedule onto the desk.
I tried to shimmy between him and all the other students staring at me, "Yeah it's short for Alexandra."
"So it's not Alex, it's Alexandra, you've already lied to me and you've been here less than five minutes. Great first impression." he walked up to the board and began writing.
My face dropped. What an ass. I wanted to say so many things to that short piece of lard, but I bit my tongue.
The day was passing quickly and thank God I was finding my other classes easier and the teachers were way nicer. The bell rang for lunch as I walked towards line 2 when suddenly someone interlaced their hand into my elbow.
"Hey." Andrew flashed his perfect smile. I repeated.
"You can sit here." he pulled out a chair for me and he sat down next to me. The table was empty but quickly filled with very attractive boys and a few girls. Andrew introduced the guys to me, they all play football and lacrosse together. Apparently at this school you have to be good at both. Back where I'm from if you played any sports you were a bad ass, much less two.
"So, Alex..." one of the boys began as he stuffed his face with pizza, "How do you like it here?"
"Umm, it's good." I wiped my mouth with a napkin. "A lot different but I'm used to it.."
"Do any after school activities?" another boy asked.
I thought back to the dance poster I planned on staying after school for, "No..." they all looked puzzled, "Not yet at least." I flashed a smile and they all returned the favor.
School quickly finished only leaving 3 classes left after lunch. I ran by my house before the dance tryout. I switched into my black pros, a black v neck and black boots.
I found myself to room E210 where girls were stretching and bobbing their heads to music playing through their headphones. There was a table set up in the front with a white table cloth and three chairs. I put my bag on the floor and began stretching. I lady began clapping her hands and told us all to line up from shortest to tallest. I knew I was the tallest so I automatically went to the back.
"Alright ladies, we may be a small school here in Florida, but everyone in our county, school, and state know we are the best. That is why we simply only take the best." she took a breathe, "Just to give you newbies an idea, last year 150 girls from this school tried out and only 15 made the team. That is how exclusive we are, and that is why everyone wants to join us." I felt my stomach drop. I have know dance experience, I feel like I am way over my head and that I should run out the door like a dog with my tail between it's legs.
Another lady walked out of the side door, she was nicer and a lot shorter and looked very familiar. She warmed us up and showed us a dance number that we were to audition with. After learning the dance number it was already 4:30.
The mean lady made her way back to the front.
"Nice job today ladies. Give yourselves a round of applause." We all sat down in front of her. "Tomorrow is the real audition. Tomorrow you will sit in front of me, Mrs. D, and a special guest." I know I knew the other lady that warmed us up, it was Mrs. D. "So I suggest you get a lot of rest and practice, you all will want to look good for our special guest." she smiled at Mrs. D, "Alright, you guys can go."
I hopped up and went to my bag and began walking out to my Jeep.
"Alex!" I looked around and saw someone jogging up to me wearing a green mesh jersey with our school name printed on the front.
"Hey Andrew" he smiled.
"You remember my name," he was panting
"of course I would. You are my first friend here."
he smiled, he looked me up and down, scanning my boots then my Nike pros, my shirts then connected to my eyes, "so you just hang out at school after practice dressed like that everyday?"
my heart dropped, "wanna go for a ride?"
he wiped his forehead from the dripping sweat, "sure, where your car?"
I tilted my head back, held up my keys and unlocked my Jeep behind me.
"oh hell yeah." he chuckled.
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