Clara turned away from the window towards her mom, with a sad face on.
“ what's wrong darling, you had barely said anything throughout the journey, ain't you excited about your new school? '' her mom asked.
Clara shook her head “ I am not, I miss my former one, I miss Mislan high school mom, ” she complained arms folded.
Her mom let out a sigh “ I know darling but you know why we had to leave New York City... ”
She said, giving a long explanation which Clara didn't even want to hear of course she had heard it a thousand times already.
“ ...So We Can Start A New Life Together, ”
Both of them chorused and Clara rolled her eyes slightly.
“ I know why we had to leave but I still miss all my friends, Tracy, Emmy, Nico and James and a whole bunch of other friends that I can't remember their names right now, ”
Clara said, still with a sad tone.
“ I know, I know... I know how you feel but we both had to make sacrifices, I left my job you know, not everyone could do that. Being a doctor in one of the highest paying hospitals in America is not a child's play but I left it you know why? ”
“ For family, ” Clara answered.
“ Yes for family, for you Clara, you are my family, ” her mom said touching the back of Clara's palm tenderly with her right hand while the other hand was still on the wheel.
“ So why don't you give dear mommy a smile, ” her mom said further with a broad smile of her own.
Clara smiled at her back “ I love you mom, ” Clara said softly.
“ I know my pretty angel, I love you too, ” her mom said compassionately....
After a long drive Clara's mom pulled up into a car park area, where different kinds of cars were already lined up and there it was.
Great Hill High School.
” Wow! "
Clara was left awe by the sight.
A gigantic structure Clara must confess, way bigger than her former school but she doesn't feel any connections to the bricks of this building like that of Mislan's her former school.
Mom and daughter greeted goodbye and Clara stood watching as her mom drove off, then she turned around taking one last ful picture image of the massive building with her eyes, before taking in a large breath, as she inhaled deeply then followed the crowd of teenagers like herself, walking like zombies as they matched towards the school main door...
She was wearing a female shirt and jeans with a pair of sneakers, she backed a bag big enough to contain all her books and writing stuff.
As she walked into the large hallway, she multitasked - scanning around for her new locker while also dodging the passers by.
She reached for her jeans pocket, bringing out a key and checked the number on it.
She sighed at the sight of it.
“ oh great! Just great... Now I will have to walk the whole hallway just to get to my locker, ”
she complained feeling tired already and her big package was wearing her down.
After a long walk she finally saw her locker.
Heaving a sigh of relief she opened it with the key in her hand and emptied all the stuff in her backpack into it, leaving only a few books and writing materials in the bag.
Her backpack felt less heavier now and she felt much lighter, she could afford to carry it on one shoulder without dislocating her shoulder blade, which is exactly what she did.
As she flung on her right shoulder and slammed the locker shot, securing it with the keys.
Just then the bell rang and the once crowded hallway was completely empty in a matter of seconds.
“ Oh great! How am I going to locate the history class now, ”
Clara lamented since there was nobody to ask for directions as everyone suddenly was in a hurry to get to their various classes.
She looked lost in her new school not knowing whether to go left, right/ back or front.
“ Miss Jackson! ”
Someone called her by her father's name.
She turned around to see a tall black man. She recognized him, he was the school principal.
She was actually glad to see him.
“ Morning Mr Phillips, ” she greeted as she walked to meet him.
“ Morning to you young lady, didn't you hear the sound of the bell? you should be in class by now, ”
he said calmly.
“ Yeah... I am actually trying to figure out where I am having my class, ” she said then made a weird silly smile.
“ Okay, what subject are you having now? ” he asked.
“ Hmmmm..history I think, yeah definitely history,” she said.
“ That's Mr Collins class, alright follow me, ” he said and threw his long legs forward.....
[ History class ]
Mr Collins was busy teaching about the ancient practices of some popular tribes that were no longer in existence.
“ ...Blood was viewed as a potent source of nourishment for the Maya deities, and the sacrifice of a living creature was a powerful blood offering to the gods. By extension, the sacrifice of a human life was the ultimate offering of gifts to the gods, and the most important Maya rituals culminated in human sacrifice and_ ”
He had to stop when the principal entered the class and a pretty blonde girl with him.
“ Sorry for the interruption, ” The principal apologize formally.
“ it's nothing sir, ”
Mr Collins said.
“ Great, well there is someone I want to introduce to your class, Miss Jackson, ” the principal said.
Clara stepped forward and it was as if all their staring eyes were trying to eat her up.
“ My name is Clara, ” she quickly corrected.
Miss Jackson kinda makes her look old in her head.
“ Nice meeting you Clara, why don't you go find a seat amongst your new classmates, ”
Mr Collins said flashing her a smile.
She nodded and walked slowly.
As she walked, searching for a seat, she saw a girl in particular smiling at her warmly and she had an empty seat next to her so Clara just sat down there.
“ Hi, I am Nana, ”
The girl greeted with a welcoming smile.
“ Nice meeting you, I am Clara. ”
“ Yeah I know, ” Anna said.
“ Really....how? ”
Clara asked, surprised, they only just met.
“ You told everyone your name some minutes ago, remember?
” Anna said.
“ Oh yeah, stupid me, ” Clara said in a silly smile.
Anna chuckled and Clara joined her, laughing slightly. she liked her already....
Mr Collins continued with his history class.
“ ...alright apart from the Maya's people or tribe, which other ancient tribe do you know that offers blood sacrifice, either that of animals or humans to its gods? ” Mr Collins asked the class.
And for a while there was total silence in the class until someone stood up, and immediately everyone's eyes went to him including Clara's.
He was a cute Latino boy, and he was looking quite shy.
“ Mathias, do you have something to say? ” Mr Collins asked.
“ Y..Yes sir, ”
He said, sounding a little bit nervy.
“ Alright then you have our audience, ” Mr Collins said.
“ Well according to the stories my grandfather told me when I was little, the tale about the Gran Lobo (Great Wolf) tribe that used to practice animal sacrifices in the festival of El que es LUNA to appease the moon god. This was an annual custom of theirs until things went terribly bad when the magic of the Luna was used to create a monster of the night, a vampire... ”
Everyone kept totally quiet as Mathias spoke..but then all of a sudden there came a long outburst of laughter from the whole class, Clara laughing slightly.
“ Are you kidding me? Vampire and werewolves? What are you 12? ” one of his classmates mocked laughing even more.
“ More like a weirdo, ” a girl said....
“ I..I am not lying, you got to believe me, ”
Mathias stuttered feeling really embarrassed.
“ Weirdo! ”
“ this guy really is a joke. ”
“ more like, insane. ”
The whole class were whispering amongst themselves.
Creating a disturbance noise.
“ silence, enough!! ” Mr Collins had to step in.
“ Thank you Mathias for the try, but maybe you didn't get the question I asked, I said you should tell me about ancient history, not ancient bedtime stories. Everyone knows there are no such things as Vampires and Werewolves, ” Mr Collins said.
“ B..But do you believe in magic? ” Mathias said in a low tune.
“ I believe in science, ” Mr Collins answered proudly.
“ B..But it's not everything science can explain, ” Mathias said and just then the bell rang.
The students flooded to the exit door.
“ Don't forget to do your assignment! ” Mr Collins yelled a reminder....
Clara quickly checked her timetable and she saw she had English class next.
She walked with her new found friend Anna to the locker who also had English class...
As they walked down the hallway Anna kept telling Clara all the things she got to know about Great Hill High School.
Clara got to her locker and she quickly opened her bags and brought out her history textbook and notebooks, she put it safely inside her locker replacing it with the English textbook and..
“ Oh my God! He is here! ”
Anna exclaimed, taking Clara's attention from the locker.
Following Anna's eyes, Clara turned her neck until it landed on a super cute boy who was surrounded by a group of boys and girls.