No One Ever Knew...

Piper just moved to her new school, and she is positive that there is something wrong with. The history of the school isn't the best, and the principal never comes out of his office. She is determined to figure out the secrets of this school, even if she has to die to figure it out.

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5. Back at School

It was a week after I fell. I was in the car with Mom, my eyes looking out the window as the scenery passed. 

"Remember Piper: no more running. I mean, look what you got yourself into!"

"Yes, Mom." 

"And act like the young lady you are. OK?"

"Mm-hm. You tell me that every morning. It's hard not to forget."
I wanted to tell Mom to shut up. To be quiet. To let me live my own life. I was tired of her always pulling the strings. I was just the puppet at the end. The puppet who had no life of their own, in an endless story that was controlled in the hands of others. They had to do whatever that person wanted them to do because they were submissive. But I was quiet. Mom wouldn't understand. She understood her thoughts and her thoughts alone. That's why Dad left. I couldn't blame him--she probably made him marry her. But Dad was getting out of control. I saw the fights. I saw everything. I wish Dad had one the custody battle. Maybe then I'd be able to be who I really was. Not the person Mom wanted me to be.

My eyes were starting to burn. I realized I was about to start crying. I closed my eyes, and slowly the tears receded back where I needed to be. Number one rule: never cry by Mom. She'll never comfort you. She'll just tell you that you need to stop crying. Young ladies don't do that.

"We're here." 

I look up. Back at school, I guess. And if it is true that Howard actually did carry me home, out of the front gates. Then I was in for some light teasing, which was the last thing that I wanted to deal with now. I already had my mother. I didn't need to worry about anybody else. 

I walked through the gates, and not to my surprise, kids were giggling.

"Don't faint, new kid," or, "How did it feel to be in Howard's arm," and, "Love at first fall." 

Literally, they didn't make any sense. I mean, I did faint, so that was true. I was in Howard's arms, but I was passed out, so I didn't really know. And we weren't in love. I just happened to pass out just as he was passing by looking for me, but there was no love connection. Friend connection? Yeah. But love?

I held my head high. I couldn't let them see that they were succeeding at getting the best of me. 

It was going to be a long day. 

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