| Lunchtime Part 1
I decided to sit with Abigail and Rose at lunch. As I went up to their table, I noticed they were eating alone, but then other girls came up and started talking and giggling. "Hi!" I said. Emily and Rose moved apart to make enough room for me. "So, how was your day so far?" Rose asked, taking her pizza slice off her tray. "It was great, thanks to you guys!" One of the girls across from us asked, "Made anyone special's day today?" she asked, and burst into fits of laughter and giggles. All the other people at our table did too. I was totally confused what they were asking about and why they were laughing. Only Rose and Emily, and I were not giggling. Rose looked like she just figured out why they were laughing. She shook her head and said, "You know Willa, it's not true." I guess Willa was the girl who asked me that, so she said "They probably do, how should you know?" "We're her best friends." Now Emily realized what they were talking about and said, "You can't make untrue statements about our best friend!" "You don't know how she feels." Willa said, and they kept laughing and laughing and laughing and laughing. I still had no idea what on earth they were talking about. So I asked the lunch monitor if I could use the restroom. I practically ran right in there, and started to cry. Why did they keep laughing? Why? Emily burst in to the bathroom and said, "I'm so sorry, Abigail. Rose and I know what they were talking about. You don't want to know, maybe someday I will tell you. I know what they said wasn't true. It may come true, but they have NO right to tease you." she said firmly, and took a clean tissue out of her pocket. I dabbed my face and nose and Emily gave me a big hug. "Rose couldn't come. The teachers only let two people from a table out at a time. And um, she had to stop them from laughing and um, teasing someone else." Emily explained. I hugged her back. "Please tell me, what were they talking about?" I really really really wanted to know. Then I could protest for myself. "Never mind," Emily whispered "It's not important right now". We walked back and they weren't laughing maybe just a giggle or two at the moment. Rose smiled at me, and it was true, friendly smile, not Willa's smile. Willa had a smile on her face, that same sly "I know something you don't know, yet" smile that Rose had on her face earlier. Wait a second, Rose is my best friend, maybe it was one of those silly smiles she gave me, like when you tell someone a secret and they really think it's adorable or something. So she never gave me a sly smile at all, I concluded. "Well, as you can see, you may not know something about yourself, yet. Don't deny it, if you ever find out." Willa said, her sly smile making me uneasy. Lunchtime was over, and I still didn't know what Willa and the Giggle Girls (my new nickname for Willa's friedns) were smiling about. Or what Willa and her friends were laughing about. Of course Rose would never tease me, and I guess I would be ok if Rose told me someday what Willa and her friends were laughing about, and what Rose herself discovered about me on her own, I could take it. Someday I bet they would tell me. "Rose will tell you someday, she's better at saying stuff, you know, seriously." Emily said. "Maybe we could have a sleepover and discuss it, not definatley though." I nodded. I would never forget and never stop wondering what they were laughing or smiling at until I was told. The rest of the day went smoothly, Willa was in our class actually, and I wondered why she kept glancing at me, and then at someone else. Go to Ride Home Part 1.
| Lunchtime Part 2
I looked around and saw Derek at a table. I sat next to him and said hi and looked at the twins. Emily looked like she wanted to burst out and say "HI!!" and come over, but Rose pulled her back and told her something. Emily looked like she was against her idea One girl at the table they were sitting at started giggling and whispering. Rose started saying something to them, and then Emily said something as well, and one girl looked like she said "Prove it", that's when Emily walked over. "Hi Derek and Abigail!" she said, taking my other side. Rose stayed at the other table her head tilted and that other girl did the same. Then they stareted talking normally, Rose talked with them but she still looked at us. "Oh, um, Rose is just, you know, catching up with other friends. That's Willa. We can all sit together tomorrow. Rose promsises." Emily said. She started eating her lunch very quietly, a little too quietly for talkative bubbly Emily. "I think we should make sugar cookies with fondant icing." I told Derek, "And even those silver beads that shimmer prettily and you can eat." I said. He started taking out out a notebook and sketching something "Like this?" I looked at it. "That's a beautiful drawing Derek, very accurate. They could be baby pink and blue. How old is you sister, by the way?" I asked. "She's only 4......." And that's when he looked like he was going to zone out for the rest of lunchtime and maybe cry. He looked into his lap, but only a single tear fell. I felt like I could almost cry, very sad stuff going on in Derek's life. I looked at Emily, and we both shared a look that said "How sad." Emily thought for a moment, and she said, "We'll help her get better. And we'll find your cat." He still looked pretty sad, and I couldn't stand to see it. It made me hurt inside somehow. Emily repeated Derek's name, like, 12 times, and over and over. Until we both realized he wouldn't do anything. No matter how may times we said his name, nothing would get his attention. "Derek," I said very slowly. "I know that cancer is a horrible thing to happen for you sister. But Emily, Rose, and I promised to help you and her. So you just gotta believe that the money will help your sister. So please don't zone out on us." I said calmly and carefully. "Promise you'll help?" he asked. "Promise." we both said firmly. Lunchtime was finally over, so we lined up to go back to class. Willa giggled and there was a gleam in her green eyes. Rose whispered someting to her, and she stopped giggling. "Rose wants to make sure they stop giggling about you and, I mean you." Emily said. I really hoped that Rose would make them stop laughing at me. I hoped she wouldn't be like, bullying me in the future or something. I guess Emily saw that I might be thinking about that, so she said "Willa is nice, just a little, in people's business, that may or may not be true." she explained. I raised an eyebrow and nodded. So she may try to frame me of something untrue, but I'll prove her wrong, just she wait and see. I decided to call her and her friends Willa and the Giggle Girls, just inside my head, since they were all laughing all the time at me, which would change. Go to Ride Home part 1