*A Few Hours Later*
I chug from my water bottle as Brylee rushes to answer the door. It’s probably Diana and Laurel. Brylee has been telling me all about the two girls. It turns out they are twins, and a year younger than me.
“Well, I’m happy to introduce Diana and Laurel to you, Amber,” Brylee’s voice fills my ears.
I quickly finish my problem before setting my pencil and look over at the two new girls. “Hello,” I give a small nod of my head.
“Hi, I’m Laurel,” one of the girls smiles. She has wavy brown hair past her shoulders; hazel eyes; a bit shorter than Brylee.
“And I’m Diana,” the other girl smiles and gives a small wave. She also has wavy hair but it is dark brown; light brown eyes; shorter than Brylee but taller than Laurel.
“Is it okay if we take a break from all the bookwork?” Brylee sits back down next to me; followed quickly by Diana and Laurel. “These two dorks have some questions to ask.”
“Okay, as long as we get back to it soon,” I smile and push my book away. “I have a lot of work to get done. Missing a week or whatever really gets you behind. Even if it was only the first week, and then some,” I grimace. “Sorry, I was rambling. Your questions?”
“I heard you can speak multiple different languages. Is that true?” Laurel questions.
“Um, yeah. I speak quite a few different languages. Fluently. There’s English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, and Irish.”
“That’s so cool.”
“Irish is a language?” Brylee speaks up.
“Oh, yeah,” I nod. “I wanted to learn it for that reason, because it seems not many people know about it.”
“I was told you were super shy. You don’t seem so shy right now,” Diana says.
“I’m only shy around guys,” I shrug. “I have only gone to all girls’ schools until now. Even when I was home, my parents sent me to a private school. And girls and boys rarely talk to each other there, for some unknown reason. So I don’t really know how to act around guys. They just make me so nervous.”
“It’s okay,” Brylee giggles. “You’ll figure it out.”
“I guess,” I shrug. “I’ve never had a boyfriend either. So, I’m really inexperienced. Ah, that sounds so wrong,” I groan.
“Not to change the subject,” Diana giggles. “But do you play any sports?”
“No, thank you for changing the subject. I was digging myself a hole. Um, other than golfing for fun every now and again with my grandpa, no. Other sports are just not for me. Can I ask you two some questions?”
“Of course,” Laurel nods. “It’s only fair.”
“Well, I guess my first question would have to be, what is it like being a twin?” I look at Diana and then Laurel.
“Good, and bad,” Laurel slowly answers.
“The bad is people are always mixing us up,” Diana steps in to explain. “We’ve learned to wear different clothes and always wear a necklace that everyone knows is one or the others.”
“That’s very creative,” I smile. “What’s the good?”
“The good, we can trick people,” Laurel smirks. “It’s great to confuse people. Plus, we are two different people, so it’s not like we share the same interest in things.”
“She’s talking about boys,” Brylee leans into me for a few seconds.
“Oh,” I push my glasses up as something to do. “Well, that’s good, I guess.”
“I just thought of a question for you,” Diana smiles. “You do all this exchange student stuff to learn about other places, I’m assuming. Yes?”
“Yeah,” I nod.
“Okay, so with all you’ve learned, do you know what you want to do with your life after school?”
“I haven’t really decided what I want to do,” I shrug. “I want to help people, but being a doctor or nurse would not be for me. I cannot stand the sight of blood, or kids crying. Or even adults crying.”
“Oh, that’s what I wanna be,” Diana smiles. “A nurse, that is. None of the blood or stuff like that bothers me.”
“That’s nice that you’ve got it all figured out. Um, I was also thinking about doing something different, like acting.”
“That is what I wanna do,” Laurel speaks up.
“Good for you,” I smile. “I suck at it though. So I thought I could do something with sports. But as I said earlier, I suck at everything but golf.”
“I’m trying to become a big softball player,” Brylee stretches her legs out. “I’ve been looked at by lots of big universities already.”
“That’s great. Well, as for me, I finally decided to do something with writing. Anything really. Stories, poems, songs. Plus, I’m working on perfecting my keyboard skills.”
“You can play the keyboard?” Brylee looks shocked.
“Yeah,” I nervously giggle and feel a light heat come to my cheeks. “My parents wanted me to take up a hobby, so I wouldn’t get stressed with all the school work I had. They got a bit annoyed because I would play it so much.”
“Did you bring a keyboard with you?” Diana inquires.
“Oh, no. I gave up the keyboard years ago. I’m probably no good anymore.”
“We are taking you shopping this weekend and we are getting you a new, awesome keyboard,” Laurel says matter of fact.
“I have no money, so I couldn’t possibly get a keyboard.”
“I’ll buy if,” Brylee blurts out. “It is the least I could do for you while you’re here.”
“This isn’t necessary, girls,” I look around at them. “I don’t need a keyboard. It’s not like I’m going to be joining a band or something.”
“We all have hobbies Amber,” Laurel says. “When softball starts up, Brylee won’t be able to be with you all the time. Diana has to do extra classes to become a nurse. I’ll be trying to land acting jobs. You need something to do. Besides writing.”
“And you never know, you could form a band with some people. I bet it would be amazing,” Brylee pats my shoulder.
I smile and look down to avoid their gazes. “I guess,” I shrug.
“It’s settled, right after school on Friday we are heading down to the music store and are getting you a keyboard.”
“Okay, fine,” I giggle and look up. “If it’ll make you happy.”
“Good, maybe you’ll get so good, a band will want you to join them,” Diana says. “Then you won’t have to worry about starting one up.”
“She might not want to join or start a band because of her education,” Brylee sighs. “Even though I thought of it first.”
“Yeah, I guess so,” Diana shrugs. “It could happen.”
“I would be weird being in a band,” I loosely cross my arms. “But, I guess some people dream about doing it.”
“Any more questions?” Laurel cracks her fingers.
“Um,” I tap my chin with my index finger. “Just one,” I smile. “Can we go to a local place for dinner after we get my keyboard?”
Brylee laughs, “Why, of course. No better way to get you really broken into the Australian culture.”
I chuckle, “Let’s see if you can beat Japan.”
“Is that a challenge?” Laurel smirks.
“Um, yeah. I guess,” I shrug. “Make things more interesting. And I have to say my first Japanese meal was pretty amazing.”
“Well, that is all going to change Friday night,” Diana smiles.
“I am so ready.”
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