By Meagan Rose Cortez
Chapter 2 – Stranded Part 1
All I could do was stand there and stare at him. 'How is he here? I thought he was gone forever!'
Click click click, the sound of a camera brought me back from my thoughts. 'Oh no. Not now.' I turned and saw Laura with her big professional camera taking multiple pictures of the boy before me. 'Just perfect. This is EXACTLY what I need right now. Ugh!' She couldn’t even wait until I started talking before she went into stalker mode. I proceeded to give her one of my infamous death glares. She didn’t seem all that impressed… or scared. None the less, she got the hint and left us alone. “That was…Random. She one you you friends?” He looked wierded out. I don’t blame him. I would be too if I was in his position. “Yea. She takes some getting used to.” I answer.
“It’s been a while.” he said.
There was an awkward silence. I still couldn’t believe it. I haven’t seen Jang Hyun-Su since the sixth grade. Since he got expelled. And now he’s here, on the balcony near mine.
“HEY SIS! Look who I found! We’re Roomies!” mu twin brother Renato interrupted.
Renee came back and was pleasantly surprised to see Hyun-Su.
“Oh my God! How’ve you been, you’ve been M.I.A for five years!” she shouted. Ramona and Laura then came back outside. Just by looking at Laura, you could tell that she was already obsessed with him. Possibly even MORE than all of the other guys she’s stalked. Oh dear > <’. After everyone was introduced, they went back to their rooms.
As I started to unpack, I couldn’t help but thinking of Hyun-Su. We’ve been good childhood friends. I first met him when we were five. His family was the new family in town. As a Korean family moving into a hispanic neighborhood, it’s safe to say that they had a hard time adjusting and making friends with the neighbors. All of the kids made fun of Hyun-Su. They thought it was fun to tease the chino, insulting him in spanish and the skin around their eyes to make them look slanted. It was terrible. One day my brother and I – when we actually got along – chased the little tormentors away, and invited him to play with us. After that, my mom made a point to meet his mother and they had become close friends, and so did Hyun-Su and me. Hyun-Su was shy, but not shy enough NOT to tell my brother off. Those two had a complicated relationship. They mixed like oil and water, yet deep down, they really cared about each other.
The kids in elementary school were cruel to Jang Hyun-Su. He was a small quiet kid. He never really talked to anyone except for Renato and I, and a select few teacher. The kids would tease hi, calling him chinese when they all knew he was a coreano. They would also break his chopsticks and destroy his bento box. I hated seeing Hyun-Su tormented, so I would beat those kids up for him. Yeah, I got into a lot of trouble for fighting, but if it kept them off of Hyun-Su’s back, it was worth it. Who did these snot-nosed kids think they were? He’s korean instead of hispanic, so what? We were ALL minorities at that school! As we grew older, Hyun-Su and I grew closer. However, he also became angrier. No matter how much of a front he put up, I could tell he was keeping all of the sadness and hatred inside. He was a ticking time bomb, just waiting to go off… And he did.
I heard a knock on the door. The dorm advisers were going around to give out the uniforms and schedules. The uniform consisted of a blazer, a knit vest – both with the school symbol embroidered on them – a white long sleeve button down shirt, a Catholic school girl type of skirt, and knee high socks. It was our jobs to buy the shorts to wear under the skirts. The school symbol was an elaborate shield with Jane Austen in the middle of it written in script. There were also red and blue satin ribbons. Ugh, should’ve known my mom would buy those too. The gym uniform was a grey T-shirt with the school symbol, and black shorts that were to my relief, down to the knees.
After I finished checking out my uniform, I looked at my schedule.
9Am Period 1 – Spanish - Mrs Gonzalez
9:50Am Period 2 – Global 2 – Mr Chipman
10:35Am Period 3 - Forensics – Dr Binishi
11:10Am Period 4- Geometry – Ms Buchsbum
12:00Pm Period 5 – English – Ms Martinez
12:55Pm Lunch/Study Hall
2:05Pm Period 6 – Gym – Ms Reda
2:55Pm Period 7 – Creative Writing – Ms Brogan
3:45Pm Period 8 – Art – Mr Lee
This school’s scheduling formula’s very different from other public and private schools. First of all, first period doesn’t start until 9Am, and breakfast is served from 7Am to 8:45Am. Each class is 45 minutes long, as always, that hasn’t changed. Second, they day is split up into Morning and Afternoon classes. The Morning classes consist of the major classes and lunch isn’t considered a period, which is why it’s about an hour long. The Afternoon classes only consist of gym and electives. Thus, we start our classes at 9Am and end our school day at 3:45Pm. Our regular classes are Monday through Friday, and on saturdays we have study hall from 9:30Am to 11:30Am. Sundays, we have completely free. Everyday, regardless of schooldays or free days, breakfast was served from 7 – 8:45Am, lunch was served around 1Pm, and dinner was served at 7Pm.
This school not only stresses the importance of working hard and keeping to a schedule. It also stressed the importance of being social and working with different types of people. I guess that’s why have study hall for 2 hours on saturdays. Yes, it’s enforced to help us keep up with our homework, and they give A LOT of it! But it’s also for us to meet other kids and possibly find a tutor or just plain meet someone that you wouldn’t have met otherwise… Or possibly see someone you haven’t seen in five years!
What am I gonna do? I haven’t seen or heard from Hyun-Su in a LONG time! I thought he forgot about me…Or blamed me for what happened. DOES he blame me?
“Knock, knock.” Renee was at my door. We went to my balcony and talked while looking at each other’s schedules.
“Aww, I don’t see you till lunch.” I say. We only have lunch and gym together. She has creative writing, but not the same period as me though. I was hoping I’d have her in most of my classes. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ramona and Laura but Renee’s been there for me since the sixth grade…When Hyun-Su was expelled.
“So, how long has it been since you’ve seen him?” she asked. Oh crap, here we go! “Eh, Renato’s fine. I don’t wanna start nagging him until…”
“I wasn’t talking about Renato and you know it.” Crap!
“I just…I just wanna avoid him for now.” I say
“Why do you want to avoid him? Aren’t you two childhood friends or something?”
“I’m just afraid that he blames me for what happened in 6th grade.”
“Why would he blame you for that? Nena, if anything he blames those stupid girls!” she said sternly.
“No nena you of all people should know he hold that against you! You’re talking to him, even if I have to drag you!” His room is just around the corner from mine, so his balcony and mine are almost right next to each other. I tell her that I’ll talk to him to appease her. I have absolutely NO intention of talking to Hyun-Su yet.
After we finished talking and she left, I took out my IPod and sat on my window seat.
“You know it only breaks my heart to see you standing in the dark, oh, waiting there for me to come back…”
Stranded by Plumb was playing. It pretty much sums up what I’m feeling right now. After a while I fell asleep. A knock at my window woke me from my dream. I was upset because I was on a stage singing the song. BANG BANG BANG! Someone was odeing on my window. I quickly opened my window, ready to yell at someone. “ WHY THE HE…”
Hyun-Su was standing inches, no CENTEMETERS in front of me!