New Girl

Lola Pritchards is forced to move from her small town in West Virginia to Dublin, Ireland. Leaving behind her best friend Rose and all her family and friends, Lola must learn to deal with new bullies, a new school, new home and a new country. Will Lola be forever alone? Or will one certain guy change all of that?


36. Graduation


I punched my annoying alarm clock off and I sat up.

My last day at Dublin Academy.

Parker has been a WRECK. He doesn't want me to leave. I want to take him with me, but sadly I have to leave.

Graduation ends at seven and there is a refreshment and last goodbyes. Then my flight leaves at nine.

Since we're seniors, we actually got out of class earlier than everyone else to say goodbye to teachers. I just stayed in my dorm and cried over Parker and William.

It's only eleven forty-five and I have to be in the gym at six thirty. What to do?

I left the room and saw that the breakfast buffet was still there.

The last breakfast here. 

I smiled, I'm gonna miss this amazing food. I'm gonna be living off ramen noodles and Arby's for a while.

I thanked the cooks and sat on the couch with everyone else.

We laughed and enjoyed our breakfast with different people joining us. William joined, just not Parker.

I threw my plate away and walked back down the hall with William. We walked to his room, "do you know where Parker is?" He shook his head, "he mentioned something about getting a special someone something." He gave me a smirk and a wink and I smiled.

"Well I hope it's for me."

"Trust me, it is." I clapped and let out a squeal. He chuckled at me and gave me a hug before leaving and I walked back to my room and plopped on the bed, "what to do, what do to?"

I looked at my empty room. Everything was already shipped back to America and everything was in my dorm. Crazy right? 

I changed into something comfortable and sat back on the bed when there was a knock on the door. There was a smiling Parker with a giant teddy bear, a dozen roses and chocolates.

I smiled and set everything aside and kissed him.

"How am I gonna fit this on the plane?" We both giggled, "well, I have a camera with me and a bunch of seniors are gonna hang around the courtyard and we're gonna take pictures and make memories. I want you to write a final goodbye to me and we're gonna have some time for ourselves." I let a tear escape and hugged him tight.

"I love you so much." He kissed me and he set the stuff in my room and got his camera out. "Smile." He held it up. I smiled and he took a picture and the flash blinded me.

"Make a kissy face." I put my hand flat under my mouth and puckered my lips. He took another picture and joined me and we kissed and he took a picture.

"You're making this goodbye so hard." I stared at him. He pulled me out of the room, "that's not until later. Let's have some fun." I smiled and giggled while we dashed outside to the courtyard with everyone else.


It is now five o' clock and I have had the most amazing day.

Guilty, I did cry. Telling memories from spring break and before I was depressed, taking pictures, spending time with my friends, it's just so overwhelming. 

You don't really realize how fast half a year goes. Through depression, it seems like a blur now.

I did my hair, make up, got dressed and put my cap and gown on.

Parker knocked on the door (saw through the peep hole) and he yelled, "pose for me beautiful!" I opened the door and posed nice.

I was welcomed with a flash. He pulled the camera from his face and smiled, "beautiful."

He took one more picture of us kissing and we met everyone else in the lobby.

There was flashes and then the elevator opened. Frantic mothers and fathers filled the lobby to the max.

I was drifted away from Parker. "Parker!" I yelled. Nothing.

I was tackled by a squealing girl. Rose!

"Rosie!" I yelled, "Lols!" She screamed back. We got up and hugged tight. She started to cry and so did I. Thank god all my make up is smear proof and waterproof.

"Hey." I heard. "Steven!" I squealed.

We hugged real tight and past his shoulder, the tears just fell. Steven disconnected the hug and let me stand there with my hands on my mouth.

"Hello Lola."

"Mommy, daddy." I ran to them and hugged them tighter than anyone.

"We have a surprise." Dad whispered. "Hi darling." Someone poked my back.

I looked down and saw my grandma and grandpa.

I don't know if I could've cried more harder.

"I can't believe you're all here. This is amazing." They all laughed and we all hugged.

I dried my tears and turned my attention to Parker.

"Mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, this is Parker." Mom and dad gave this amazed look while grandpa and grandma smiled from ear to ear. Steven and Rose gave their hello's.

"Parker, are you gonna introduce us to this beautiful girl?" One of four people asked.

"Mum, dad, Emma, Danni, this is Lola. Lola, this is my mum Linda, my dad Greg, my little sister Emma and my little little brother Danni."

"Nice to finally meet you, Parker has told us so much about you. You're even prettier in person." His mom smiled. I shook his dad's hand and our parent met.

"You never told us about Parker princess." My dad smiled.

"Yeah well, you will later." We all laughed when a megaphone quieted the chaos.

"Parents and graduates, we are ready to go to the gymnasium. Let's go!" It was the principal. 

We all took the stairs and made it to the gym.

I gave a kiss to everyone and sat beside Parker with William on the other side of me.

They both smiled at me and grabbed my hands.

Everyone got settled and the clock struck seven.



The principal was at the podium, with the deen and administration in chairs beside them.

He smiled and tapped the microphone.

"Welcome friends, family, students and staff. Today, Dublin Academy is proud to graduate the class of 2014. This year has been rough, fun, exciting and a challenge. And for the sixth year in a row, every single senior is graduating."

There was yelling and screaming from behind us and 'whoos' and 'yeahs' from our group.

"This is my twentieth year at this school and I have been here every step of the way with these amazing kids. Just cause they're leaving, doesn't mean adulthood is the new challenge. The new challenge is being yourself and becoming something great." I took a deep breath and squeezed both of their hands. 

"There is one student whoever who joined us half way in the year. Her name is well known around school and this is one of those most outstanding students I have seen in a while. Ms. Lola Pritchards. She has been through, excuse my language, one hell of a year." Everyone laughed as did I.

"She has graciously agreed to speak to everyone and describe her experience with us. Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Lola Pritchards." Everyone clapped and I disconnected my hands and walked up to the podium. 

I took a shaky breath and looked at my paper.

"Well this is it. The final chapter to a crazy year. I came to Ireland on December 22, 2013. I was told last minute by my parents that I was leaving the country. I didn't even know I had a passport." People laughed and I smiled.

"I wasn't happy about it. Knowing I had leave all my friends, family and loved ones behind was heartbreaking. I didn't know what was in store for me. I didn't expect love, hate, depression, or anything that could tear me down. I was so scared. I knew I wasn't gonna be accepted by the other students; so I decided to stay low. That didn't work. I was bullied from the second I was spotted. But, I was noticed right away. Little did I know, he would've ended my life, but saved my life. Depression took over me. I didn't know what to do. I knew I wasn't going to be able to fight it for a long time. So I gave in to easily. It go so bad, that I tried to kill myself. Obviously, that didn't work." I let a chuckle at the end. 

"I was saved by the guy that I want to be with forever. But, knowing high school, there would be drama. Two loving, amazing, cute, terrific guys were in my path. They saved my life and kept me going to be my all. I was accepted into my dream school, and able to go back home. Moving here and staying here wa a struggle, but I don't wanna go home. pretty crazy. And this is a pretty school. But there is an unexplainable love, that will live on forever. I'm gonna miss every single one of you, but we all go far and soar for the stars. Stay strong, live strong and be the best you can be. This is it seniors, our final chapter. Time to start a new one. Live long." I wiped a tear from my eye, everything coming back in flashbacks.

There was people standing everywhere. I can't explain how I felt. Unbelievable.

I returned to my seat and received kisses from Parker and William.

The Valen Victorian was announced and everyone got their diploma. The last person walked off the stage and there was some speeches.

The principal came back to the podium and smiled.

"Students, you now are free!" We yelled out and threw our caps in the air and hugged and cried.

We celebrated and found our caps and went out to the courtyard for refreshments.

The little banquet ended and I quickly changed and Parker met me in the parking lot and he drove me to the air port. Everyone else was staying for another day.

I went through baggage claim and I was at the gate about to go in for the plane.

We stood there on the verge of tears.

"This is it." I breathed in.

"Yeah. I'm gonna miss you so much. Call me when you get to the University."

"I'll be back before you know it baby. I love you." I cried.

He cried along with me as he pulled me in a death hold hug.

He cupped my cheeks and pulled me in a deep passionate kiss.

"Last call for flight 647 to West Virginia." The lady said.

We gave a few more kisses and I walked away, our hands slipping apart.

I walked in the doorway, "I love you."

I walked through the door and found my seat.

I got comfortable and looked through my window.

There was Parker with a heart made out of his hands.

I blew a kiss and the plane started to move.

"Watch out America, here comes Lola."

*~*~*The End*~*~*

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