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"We are not dressing up as quadruplets! That's just a no-no." I say.
"Alright, alright. It was just a thought." Jasmine says while she hides her disappointment.
We're sitting outside on the grass at school as it's our recess with our lunch boxes placed infront of us. Munching on chocolate covered strawberries is Meghan. Alyssa, Jasmine and I stare at her.
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"What?" Meghan says. Chocolate drips from one side of her mouth. We're all discussing about the carnival coming up this Saturday.
"Nothing, just wondering how can you bring a dessert and not just any dessert.. CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES as lunch!" I say to her with my hands waving in the air.
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Meghan laughs and offers each one of us a piece. It's delicious, the chocolate is smooth and sweet with the tangy flavor of strawberries making it the best combination ever.
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Meghan has dark brown, wavy hair with round brown eyes. Her skin the color of honey and a very sweet, clear smile. I've always envied how perfect her teeth are without getting any braces. We've known each other since kindergarten and it's been eleven years already. She became my first friend in school, it was alot easier back then to make friends compared to now, which is a whole lot complicated.
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"Anyways, so Mads... When are you planning to talk to Nathan? I mean you've been crushing on him for almost a month now." Jasmine teases me and fixes her black hijab. Its a windy day out.
Jasmine has brown, almond shaped eyes. Her cheeks are rosy and full. She's a walking comfort blanket that will always help you feel better on your sad and empty days. Her light beige skin is gleaming in the sun.
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She and I have been friends from seventh grade. When I met her, I just knew how humble and caring she was and still is. From that day onwards we decided to add each other on Skype which was the best decision ever since our conversation went on for more than three hours almost every weekend. She understood me in a way nobody else did. I really care for her and wish that our friendship lasts forever.
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"Nathan Brooks?" Alyssa asks from me to Jasmine questionably.
'Yeah.' I say and take a sip of my orange juice.
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Alyssa and I... Well we don't really go way back but she became one of my close friends since last year. Our friendship bloomed the day I dumped my previous friend group which I later found out was very toxic and bad for me. I got bullied in ways that I didn't take much notice at first but everytime I went home. I would cry at night and wished that things changed for the better and they did. Because I found a person who was interested to hear my side of the story and they let me know theirs too. Alyssa told me that she'd been in a similar situation like mine.
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That very day, Alyssa chose to sit with a complete utter mess who felt all alone and had her playlist filled with songs about broken up friendships.
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It was me. She sat with me.
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She picked me up when it felt like everything was going downhill.
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Alyssa has curly brown hair, cocoa colored eyes and pale skin. She was paler than all three of us. She also wore a pair of black rimmed glasses.
'I thought you said you found him cute. But you never mentioned that you've been actually crushing on him and for a month?' Alyssa asks me.
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"Well... I thought you probably figured out by now that its more than me just finding him cute." I say to her and she furrows her brows in confusion.
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"How to be a clueless BFF 101!" Jasmine mimicks a mic with her hand and points it towards Alyssa.
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"Oh puh-lease! I'm not that.. clueless." Alyssa shoves Jasmine's mic (hand) and sighs.
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We all look at her with an expression that says "yeah right" and crack up laughing. Alyssa smiles too.
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Nathan is a senior and few years older than me. I'm fourteen and he's sixteen. He doesn't know I exist (yet) and that is why I'm planning to atleast make him notice me by saying hello and maybe we can hit it off and start by being friends?
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Oh but my own friends love to tease me about him either way.
The bell rings and it's time to head upstairs for our English class.
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'The carnival is this week on Saturday. We need to atleast decide a theme on what we'll wear." Meghan says dusting off her skirt as she gets up. We close our empty lunch boxes and walk towards the door that lead us inside the school building.
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Our class is at second floor and there is no sign of discipline going back upstairs whatsoever. The kids are pushing eachother to get through first and the smell of BO fills the air.
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I gag when a smelly kid with ketchup all over his shirt runs past me.
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"I think I like the idea of us wearing denim. What do you say? We can each incorporate something denim in our outfit, its not limited to jeans only." Jasmine says.
'Agreed.' Alyssa says.
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"Nice! We finally agreed on one thing. Count me in for the denim theme folks." I add.
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We reach our class and sit down for our next period. It’s science which I prefer over math any day. It was a wish come true since our teacher for math was absent and also a miracle because Sir Liam never skips a day. One time, it was raining down really hard in the middle of nowhere and we were sure that our math class was definitely canceled but lo and behold, there stood Sir Liam, with books and folders tightly held against his chest and with another hand, he held an umbrella.
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"Good morning students! The weather is really great isn’t it? I was sure the weather forecast predicted it would be sunny all day but oh well, you can never fully trust it, can you?" he said with a smile.
I internally groaned and so did all the other students except for Hazel. It wasn’t surprising for us to see how happy she seemed that our math teacher didn’t skip that day, she was the best student he considered anyway.
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"There’s a new arcade that opened near the 23rd street! I would love to check it out!" Divya speaks to her friend as soon as our science teacher, Ms. Monica gives us time off.
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“Alright I’m down for that.” Fiona says without looking up from her newly painted nails. I’m kind of shocked how she was able to escape teachers who'd thoroughly check at assembly where they would immediately tell off the girls who had long nails to cut them off. She’s a sneaky girl indeed.
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"Hey Maddie! Would you be sweet enough to braid my hair before school ends? I really want that hairstyle that’s been trending these days ahh! It’s like two braids on each side-" Fiona comes over to my desk and starts talking to me. She waves around her hand from left to right trying to explain what kind of hair do she wants me to make on her.
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"You mean dutch braids?" I say as if the words are obvious.
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"Yes!" she snaps her fingers and smiles. It looks forced.
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"Sure. Just remind me when you need to get them done." I tell her and move around to face Meghan. We both exchange a look that only we could understand. Fiona nods and raises up from the seat she was sitting on but as she’s about to walk away, I hear Jasmine say something.
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"Yo Fiona! You finally found your Shrek? Is that who you’re trying to impress?"
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I raise my eyebrows and they meet my forehead. The same expressions are planted on my two other friends.
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Jaz did not just say that aloud.
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While our teacher is still in class.
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This is… going to cause a stir, and I don't want to be the kind of person who enjoys drama or anything but, I’m kind of here for this.
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