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Instead of following my friends to the regular high school I went to Anderson Academy. The first day I went into the wrong classroom, tripped down the stairs and got hit in the head by a basketball. At lunch I sat by myself, as I would regularly do before I found any of my friends. I felt like the only one out while people sat with their friends. “Great another day of embarrassment.”I said to myself as I got up and put on my uniform. The next day was better. Someone actually talked to me. His name is Ian Clark. “You’re new here, aren’t you?”he asked me sitting down. I was listening to my music and was frightened as he sat down. “Oh so sorry. Yeah I am. I would have regularly gone to Kingston High school. But my parents wanted me to find better friends. Not working to well.”I responded. “Don’t worry. I’m Ian Clark. Your parents must want your friends to be rude, rich girls don’t they?” “I’m Lee, Lee Andrews. Well actually Ashley but I like being called Lee.” “What a beautiful name.” he said. I rolled my eyes as I walked away from him. Once I arrived at my house I started on my homework. Soon after finishing my brother came home before attacking me. The next day I was hanging out with Ian, he had said something stupid and I rolled my eyes as I got my bag. I flipped my phone open and found a new text message. Hey Lee! Remember who it is? It’s me, Robby! I miss you. Why did you have to go to that stupid private school? I’ll talk to you later. “Heh, Robby.” I dialed his number as I walked. “Robby it’s not like we live in different states. We live right next door to each other. You have been my friend for how long now?”I asked. “Forever. What’s your point?”he asked me directly. “That you will be my best friend till I die. Or you die. But besides that I have a few new friends.” “Guy friends?”he asked me shakily. I bit down on my lip as he said this. “One. His name is Ian Clark. You might remember him.”I said shyly. “Him? Your friends with him! Lee, he is the worst person in the world! He ruined graduation for me!” “You really need to know how to put things in the past Robert.”I yelled. “Hey! I do! Plus- oh wait I have another call.” “Okay.” I sat down on the school bench as I waited for him to return my call. Some one had come behind me and closed the phone on me. “Hey!” “Oh sorry. I just noticed you here and thought you looked a bit lonely.” said the voice behind me. “Ian?”I asked. “Ian? Who’s Ian? My name is Paul, Paul Justings. You’re in the musical aren’t you?”he asked sitting next to me. “Yeah I’m trying out for Taylor. How did you know I am in the musical?” “I work the lights and music. Backstage and stuff. I guess I’m not the biggest part of the musical.” “But you are, if we didn’t have you the musical wouldn’t be. Lights and music are everything. But you can’t do everything on your own can you?”I asked looking over to him. His eyes met mine as I quickly looked away. “Yeah, I do. I’ve been doing it for the past few years. I’m so sorry I never caught your name.” “Oh sorry, I’m Lee. Ashley but I like being called Lee. I only have one friend here actually. His name is Ian. You might know him.” I looked down to see Paul’s fists clench. “Yeah I know him. Messed up the musical last year. Sorry I guess I just can’t forget what happened.”
Lost in the World
“You’re just like my friend Robby. You two would probably be good friends. Of course he isn’t too happy about me getting new friends that are boys.”I sighed leaning back on the bench. Like he was listening Robby called back. “Hello Robert.”I said sternly. “What’s wrong? Did I do something?” I could hear a small laugh come from Paul as I turned the volume up. “No. I have someone I want you to meet. Come over my house in like twenty minutes.” Before I could hear his answer I hung up. “Feel like coming to my house?”I asked Paul getting up. “Sure. I’d love to. So you want to be Taylor in the musical? I would think you would want a smaller part. No offense though.”He said as we started to walk. “Yeah I decided to go all out this year. I used to be so shy in middle school. I guess I am different now.” “So you never went out for the musical productions at your school? Wow, that’s pretty brave. I could never do that. I’m just a backstage hand.” I looked over at him curiously as I balanced on the curb. “I bet you, you could do it. Come on try out at least. Just one part. And if you do get please be in it. Please?”I begged giving him the ‘puppy dog face’. “Cute. Maybe I will. But I can promise you that I wont get the part I really want.” “What part? Michael, Jacob, or Nick?”I asked him. “If I tell you will you swear not to laugh?” “I swear I won’t laugh. Now tell me!” We arrived at my house as someone yanked open the door and grabbed me in a hug. “Happy to see me are you Robert?”I asked squirming out of the hug. “Robby this is Paul and Paul this is my friend Robby.” “Correction best friend. Nice to meet you Paul. So... I heard you made it into the musical! I’m so happy for you.” “Yes I am the biggest part. The main character, Taylor. Speaking of it, Paul what were you going to tell me before Robby rudely interrupted?” “Oh yes. The part I am trying out for is... Nick. Trying to keep it simple.” “At least you’re trying out for a part.” The next few days were slow. It was Thursday and I was shaking in my seat waiting to get out of class. “Lee calm down! The list will still be there.”Ian told me as the bell rang. I darted from my seat as I ran to get my bag. I flew by people and friends as I raced down the stairs and across the lobby. The list was there on the practice room door. Characters: Names: Taylor Lee Andrews Nick Paul Justings Michael Ian Clark Jacob Robert Sullivan Julia Kayla Jacobs Miranda Jessica Jennings Joshua Andrew Kirby Christoph Dylan Kingston Sean Anthony Todd Jason Devon Hall When I saw my name I was so excited. But then I looked down and saw Robby’s name. “How can that be? He doesn’t even go to this school.” Paul and Ian came up behind me looking at the list. “Told you. I knew I was going to be Nick.” “Yes but I’m Michael and- wait why does that say Robert Sullivan? He doesn’t even go to this school!”Ian screamed behind me as I started talking to Robby. “I don’t know! Maybe there is someone in your school with the name Robert Sullivan.” “That can’t be though. You’re coming to the show right Robby?” “Of course! I wouldn’t miss it for the world. You know that Lee. I’ll talk to you later.” I turned around as I sank to the
ground. “Another Robert Sullivan? That can’t be.” “Are you going to be alright Lee? Because we have practice.”Ian said leaning down next to me. “You don’t say that Ian! Lee, its okay there is another Robert Sullivan. He’s a grade above us. He’s a sophomore. Don’t worry come on.” They both helped me up as we entered the auditorium. “Ah you must be Lee? It’ll be great to be acting with you. I’m Robert Sullivan.” I couldn’t find the words to say. “So sorry Robert she is a bit shy. Lee, snap out of it.” “Sorry. Yeah it’s going to be great working with you too.”I said. “If I can speak.” The rehearsal soon started. We got through half of the material. As we started walking home I checked my phone again. “Yes Robby?” “Did you find out who it is?”he asked me. “Yes. And he’s a sophomore... sorry.” “A sophomore! You must be kidding Ashley! A tenth grader. Can I see the script?”he asked. “Uh well Robby it just one little part or maybe two that we have. Nothing major.” “Ashley if you were my real friend you would let me see it. I’m coming over. And you will show me the script.” Without answering I hurried home. “You’ve got to be kidding me Lee!”he screamed as he looked over the script. I cringed slightly as I brought my knees to my stomach. “Ashley, you have to kiss this guy. Do you even know him personally?” “Yes. A little. Come on its just one small kiss.” “Like this?”he asked as he lightly kissed my lips. His face was serious as I looked into his eyes. “Why Robert? Why did you have to go and do that? You know what just get out. And don’t come to the show if you feel this jealous.” “Lee. Come on.” “Go!” I spent the last few hours crying on my bed before I finally fell asleep. The musical was the next day and I hadn’t talked to Robby since yesterday. “Only one word can explain how I care about you Taylor. And that is ‘love’. I love you Taylor.”Robert said as he leaned into me. “Cut!”yelled the director. “Nice job Robert. Hey do you mind if I call you Robby?” “No not at all. I have tons of nicknames. Robby, Bobby, Robert, Rob, Bob. Anything.” I looked over to see Ian and Paul. The both of them were shaking their heads. “I have to go.” I said as I ran out of the auditorium. “Lee wait!”Paul yelled behind me. The next day was the show and I was ready. It was almost towards the end where I had to go out and meet Robert on stage. “Lee.” “Robby not now.” He grabbed my arm as he pulled me back. “Listen to me. When I kissed you the other day I meant it. I love you Ashley.” I was struck dead. “What?” “Ashley Andrews. I, Robert Sullivan love you.” “Robby, this is a bad time.” “Fine. I’ll see you after the show.” I took a deep breath as I stepped onto the stage. I could see Robert’s eyes glow up as he looked up at me. He was acting like he was talking to his friends then came over to me. “Taylor? Is that you?” “Very funny Jacob.” “Would you like to dance Taylor?”He asked holding out his hand. I smiled as I took his hand and we glided around the other ‘couples’. “Taylor I have something to tell you.” “Yes Jacob?”I asked looking at him. “Only one word can explain how I care about you Taylor. And that is ‘love’. I love you Taylor.” “W-wow, I don’t know what to say Jacob.” “Don’t say anything.” he said as he kissed my lips lightly as we heard the crowd applause and the curtain shut. “Wow. That was great.” “Come on we have to get ready for the curtain to open.” “Right.” We were the last ones to go out. And as we did I saw someone in the corner of my eye. I turned my head to see Robby holding a bouquet of flowers. “Robby?”I asked “For you.” he said as he gave me a kiss.
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