This was the sophomore class A-
list, jocks, models and me. We weren‟t mean or stuck up like the
seniors A-list, but we were friends with almost everyone and if you got in our way we would tear you toshreds- well André would anyway, Jacob and Drew fought with words-
and burn the pieces. If you didn‟tmess with us we didn‟t mess with you.
how was your weekend? Did you finally meet that mystery kid who sent you the flowers?” Jacob
asked as he wrote down the last answer.
we just went to the beach and met up with Aaron
. He say‟s hey.” I explained how we figured
that we were getting pale so Drew and I just went to the beach to tan and meet up with our formerclassmate and my best friend Aaron who had to change schools because of a fight that got him expelled.He bro
ke the other guy‟s neck and blinded him in one eye. I‟m not saying I approve of any fighting, but I
know who I want on my side if I ever get in any trouble.
“I miss that guy, how‟s he been?”
Andre asked as he rummaged though his bag for something. BeforeI could answer he pulled out a small silver package with a shiny silver bow neatly wrapped around it.
“Happy Birthday!” All three of my friends yelled loud enough for everyone around us to hear.
You did remember.
I smiled and yanked the box away putting it in front of me. I slowly untied thebow and neatly unwrapped the silver paper, revealing a small vinyl box with the initials A.C.M.embroidered into it. I slowly lifted the latch of the box and picked up a small necklace with a rose pendant
on the end of it. The sun made the beautiful red gem sparkle. “Oh my god, it‟s beautiful.
I put the necklace and picked up a small card that said:
Happy birthday, fromAndre, Drew, and Jacob
I reached over and gave each of them a hug. “You‟re welcome. Do you want some help with that?”
Jacob asked as he moved behind me and helped me get the clasp closed.
“I told you she‟d love it. I picked it out.” Drew boasted as she pulled out a small mirror and handed to
me. I studied the color of the pendant and my skin, they looked perfect together. Drew had all the right to
boast, it was perfect. And I don‟t ca
re what she paid for it, today I was sixteen, my life was going tochange. I could feel it.
“So are you going to get your license today?” Drew asked with an
eager glint in her eyes.
“As far as I know…
You look like you know something I don‟t. What
are you hiding from me drew?”
“Oh, nothing. You‟re
sixteen, what better gift than the freedom of the road?” She said as she pulled out
a bottle of vitamin water and took a swig of it.
“Would you like to get something to eat after you go to the D.M.V? My treat. I just got paid and I‟vegot enough cloths. How about the new steak house, I‟ve only heard good things about that place.” Jacob
asked as he slid closer to me.