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Culture Shock de Janet Chandler

Culture Shock de Janet Chandler

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Chapter 1
Paloma Santos was furious. Her parents had just told her that the family was leaving theirhome in Spain and they were moving to England! Sixteen-years-
old Paloma couldn’t believe
what she was hearing. How could her parents do this to her? How could she leave her best
friend, Eva? She imagined Eva’s face wh
en she heard the news. Paloma knew Eva would bereally upset too.This was a bad year for Paloma to move. She was enjoying school, and everything was startingto go well.
“We’ll move to England during the summer holidays. You can finish your ESO 4 year here,” saidher mother, trying to be practical. “You can write to your friends and keep in contact by e
-mail.
We’ll only be in London for two or three years.”
 
“What?” shouted Paloma. “Two or three years! That’s forever, I won’t go! How can you be so
selfish?
What about us? We’ve got to school, friend and a life here in Spain. I don’t want to goto a new school. I don’t want to make new friends. What will we do in England? We can’t evenspeak the language!”
 Mr. and Mrs Santos looked sad and Paloma almost felt sorry for them. It was all because of herdad and his stupid job! Her dad was always having problems with jobs.
“Come on, Paloma, it’s not the end of the world,” said her father. “David wasn’t
upset whenwe told him the news
. He’s happy to go to
England and
Marta too.”
 
“Marta never complains about anything, she’s such a goody
-
goody,” thought Paloma. Marta
was a year older than Paloma, and she was much more mature than her. The sisters were verydifferent, and had very different friends.Paloma loved her youn
ger brother but he often irritated her. She couldn’t understand hisobsession with their dog, Rex. “David’s only nine. He doesn’t care which country he lives in if Rex is with him,” thought Paloma.
 
Paloma couldn’t stay in the flat. She ran down the stairs
of their building, crying. She wanted toget ouf of the place, to be in the fresh air. Paloma walked around the streets, without knowingwhere she was going. She walked into the local park and sat down on a green bench. She washappy to be alone.Everything had been going well at school. She was in the same class as Eva, because they hadchosen the same subjects. She was now sitting next to Daniel in class and they talked a lotafter their lessons. Paloma had liked Daniel for years. Now, he had finally asked her to workwith him on their science project, this meant they had to spend time together and they oftenmet after school. They laughed a lot when they worked together. Eva was sure Daniel wouldask Paloma out soon.Daniel was very handsome and all the girls liked him. He was tall and blond and he had lovelybrown eyes. Eva said he made a lot of jokes because he was probably a little shy with girls.
 
Marta found Paloma in the park nearly an hour later. “Paloma! I thought I’d find you here, “she said. “Come home, you can’t stay here all night!”
 
“I’m not going to England, Marta,” said
 
Paloma. “Don’t try to convince me to go. I don’t wantto leave Eva and things are going really well with Daniel. I like him and I think he’s interested in
me. But nothing will happen between us if I move away from here! Three years is too long for
anyone to wait.”
 
“Oh come on, Paloma! It isn’t so bad to move to a new country,” said Marta. “It might even befun!” Marta was always so positive; she was just like Mum! But she wasn’t
a bad sister, she
never told Mum about the bad things Paloma did. “London will be great because interestingthings happen there,” continued Marta. As usual, her sister was trying to look on the positiveside. But it was much easier for her. Marta wasn’t i
nterested in any boys and her friends wereso boring. It would not be difficult to leave them.
Eva said that Marta was pretty and it was strange she didn’t have a boyfriend. Eva had
opinions on everything.
“We should go home now,” said Marta. “Dad is real
ly worried about you and Mum is upset
too. It’s nod Dad’s fault. The problem is his job. You know we can’t change things. We mustaccept it!”
 
“But Marta, I’m going to miss Eva,” Paloma tried to explain. “She’s my best friend and…”
 
“Oh, Paloma!” said Marta.
 
“You’ll make other friends in England. Eva’s very arrogant and shetries to control you! I think it will be good for you to separate from her… she’s a bad influenceon you”.
 
“You don’t understand anything,” said
Paloma. But she stood up and followed her sister home.
Chapter 2
Paloma had done everything she could think of to stop the move. She had complained,shouted and cried, but that hadn't helped. They were going to England in August and she couldnot change it! Her father was upset and her mum was angry with her. Even Marta was losingpatience with Paloma.In May, her parent and David went to find a house with a garden in London. A house with agarden made the idea of living in England a little better for Paloma. She didn't have a garden inSpain.Paloma stayed at Eva's house while her parents were away. The two girls spent hours talkingabout Paloma's move to London. Eva said the she would miss her. "You're my best friend," hesaid. "It will be terrible without you".Paloma also talked to Eva about her relationship with Daniel. It was going well, and Palomabelieved that they were getting closer every day. Daniel had come to her house a few times towork on their project. Every time Daniel's arm touched hers, his face became red. When he
 
locked at her, she felt she was going to melt! But he hadn't asked her out yet and Paloma wasgetting impatient. Eva had said Daniel would ask her soon and Eva was usually right.
“Maybe you should ask him out now!” Eva said, suddenly. “If you don’t, Laia will try to go
out
with him. Don’t let that happen, she’s a horrible girl!”
 Laia was a pretty girl in their class. She was small, dark and attractive and she was crazy aboutDaniel. Suddenly, the phone rang in the bedroom and Eva answered it. It was Laia!Paloma listened
to Eva’s side of the conversation. “Eva’s being very friendly to Laia,” shethought. She was surprised. “That’s strange. I thought she didn’t like her. She just said she’s ahorrible girl.” After five minutes, Eva finished the conversation and put the pho
ne down.
“Why were you so friendly to Laia?” asked Paloma.
 
“I thought you didn’t like her.”
 
“I don’t like her,” Eva explained, “but she’s getting me tickets to see the Amazons in concert in
August. I really like the Amazons
 –
 
they’re one of my favourite bands.”
 
This made Paloma feel very sad because she wouldn’t be able to so the Amazons with herfriends. Eva saw Paloma’s face and quickly changed the conversation. She started giving
Paloma advice on how to ask Daniel out. Eva made Paloma laugh again.It was
n’t easy for Paloma to sleep at Eva’s house. She never slept well in a strange bed. She
realised that soon she would be sleeping in a strange bed in a strange country. She would have
to speak English all day and she wasn’t very good at it.
 
“I’m terrible at
 
English,” she thought. “How will anyone understand me here?”
 Her parents came home on Sunday evening. They were very happy with the lovely house they
had found for the family in London. “It’s got a beautiful garden with lots of fruit trees,” saidPaloma’s
 
mother. “The house is big and you can each have your own bedroom.”
 
“Hello! My name is David,” said David in his best “English” voice. Paloma thought he sounded
stupid. Her parents told her about the school she and Marta would go to. It was called ForestH
ill and they said it was a marvelous school with a big swimming pool. Paloma didn’t want tohear about her new school! She didn’t want to go!
 
Time passed, and the family started putting their things into suitcases and boxes. Paloma’s
room looked very different with all her books and CDs packed.Then one evening, Daniel came round to work on their science project. Paloma was feeling
quite nervous after all of Eva’s suggestions. She usually took Eva’s advice, although it wasn’t
always good advice.
“But Eva’s wrong this time,” she thought. “I won’t ask Daniel out because I’m going away sosoon. But I want to know if he likes me or not.”
 

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