McKinley High School is just like any other high school.It has the populars ,the nerds ,and the popular-nerds.One thing McKinley has that separates it from any other high school is that it has a new student.Now I know what you’re thinking,Don’t all schools have new students?”You are right and wrong about that question.Yes,every school does have a new student ,but Mckinley’s new student is quite unusual. Cara might look like any other highschool girl,but she has a past that she’s yet to discover,and it all started on her first day at McKinley High School.
One thing you should know about Cara before her story begins is that she has been an orphan for most of her life.Before Cara was even a year old her parents died and she was put into the foster care system.No one ever knew why ,but Cara was never able to stay in one home for more than a year.It was 2 weeks until her 17th birthday and she was yet again moved to another school and home,McKinley High.
It was 6:15 and the date was Tuesday September 2. Cara had just woken up from her first night in her new foster home.She had around forty minutes to get ready and get out the door to start her twenty minute walk to school.Since Cara grew up in multiple different foster homes she never had an adult she trusted to teach her how to drive.It was already a month into the school year and Cara was about to start her first day as a junior at McKinley High.On her way out the door she was bombarded with an obstacle of yelling children and annoyed adults.With no time to spare ,Cara skipped breakfast and ran out the door.
On her way to school she literally bumped into the most popular girl in school and her minions.
“Watch where you’re going loser,”the leader Lyla said while flipping her hair in Cara’s face.
“Sorry,I didn’t mean to,”Cara apologised.
“Don’t be so nice,it’s weird,”Lyla said.
Cara wasn’t much of a fighter.She learned to say sorry and move on when it came to trouble,but little did she know Lyla and her minions would be more of an obstacle in the future.After another fifteen minutes Cara had finally made her way to school.Once she set foot on school grounds everyone was already staring her down with a confused and judging look.Embarrassed,Cara crossed her arms,bowed her head and got to her locker.Once she got to her locker she was met by Lyla and her minions Bri and Chloe.
“I see you haven't COMPLETELY embarrassed yourself,yet. Although you should really do something will that brown hair.It’s so wavy and in the way ”Lyla smirked.
“So what’s your name so I can put it in my long list of people I hate,”Lyla said with an evil giggle while looking back at Bri and Chloe.
“Wow what a pathetic name,”Lyla laughed then walked away.
Embarrassed,Cara hurried to grab her things and got to her first and favorite period,Math.Cara has always been freakishly good at school but she has always loved math the most.Since she was new she didn’t have a chance to pick the best seat so she had to sit in the only empty seat left next to a guy named Evan.Evan was what you called a popular nerd because he was scary smart but also was friends with the most popular guys in school due to their similar taste in sports.One thing that set Evan’s personality apart from his friends’ was that he didn’t like to start trouble.Evan is really smart and athletic.He was fit but not to fit ,and he was skinny but not scrawny.Evan has brown hair,tan skin,and bright ocean blue eyes.
“Evan?,”she said curiously.
“Hi,my name is Evan,”He said while sticking out his hand.
“My name is Cara,nice to meet you,”she replied while shaking Evan’s hand.
Eventually class was over and it was time for Cara’s next period.
“So,what class are you going to next Cara?,”Evan asked politely.
“Who me?,”Cara wondered.
“Yeah.Your name is Cara right?,”Evan laughed jokingly.
“Yeah.Sorry it’s just not many people talk to me unless they have to,”Cara said.
“Well I don’t know why that would be the case.You seem like a really cool girl,”Evan said politely.
“No problem.Anyway,what class are you going to next?,”Evan asked.
“I’m going to science next,”Cara answered.
“Cool so am I.You mind if I walk with you?By the way i should warn you that Mr.Brady,our teacher,gets side tracked a lot and tells his stupid life stories,”Evan laughed.
Cara giggled,”I’ll keep that in mind and sure,you can walk with me if you want.”
“Cool,”Evan said and led the way to class since Cara was new and didn’t know where room 301 was.
Once they got to class Mr.Brady was there to greet them.
“Hello Evan.Who is your new friend,”asked Mr.Brady.
“This is Cara.She is our new student,”Evan answered.
“Oh.Well since you seem to be friends,Cara you can be Evan’s lab partner,”said Mr.Brady.
After Evan and Cara had sat down in their seats Mr.Brady started class.
“Before we begin I would like to introduce the new student Cara.Everyone say hello to Cara,”Mr.Brady announced.
“Hello Cara,”said the class.
“Today we will start our first collaborative lab project.In this project you and your assigned partner will have to create something that will help you in everyday life.You have 1 week to complete this project and you may work outside of class.You may begin,”said Mr. Brady.
“So any ideas?,”Evan asked.
“Not yet,”Cara answered.
“Ok well then how about we work on it after school,”Evan said.
“Good.Meet me after school at the coffee shop on Main,”Evan said.
“Ok.I’ll see you there,”Cara responded.
Since they didn’t know for sure what they were going to choose to do for their project they thought of things they wish were easier in life and exchanged ideas.Eventually class was over and it was 11:25.Since Cara skipped breakfast she was beginning to feel pain in her stomach.Cara doesn’t have lunch till 12 so she had to pull through another hour.Cara’s next class was social studies which she hated the most.Once she got to her class on the second floor of the building,she was greeted by Mr.Beckett,the teacher.Mr.Beckett sat Cara all the way in the back with a girl named Zaniyah.Zaniyah had a darker skin than Cara.She also had light hazel eyes,long dark hair that she was wearing it in a ponytail,and she was just a bit taller that Cara.Zaniyah was also a smart girl and very polite.
“Hi,my name is Zaniyah.You must be the new girl.Cara right?,”Zaniyah asked.
“Yes,how did you know my name?”Cara asked curiously.
“Oh sorry I tend to come off a little weird at first but trust me I am not a stalker,I just have a lot of sources and by sources I mean friends.Anyways,I know your name and look because I ran into my friend Evan in the hallway on my way to class.He said he had met the new girl and he had told me your name and pointed you out for me,”Zaniyah responded.
“Wow!,”Cara said surprised.
“Yeah,like I said I have sources,”Zaniyah said.
“Ok class enough talking.I’m about to hand out packets and in these packets tells you the requirements for your paper that you will have to do.For your paper it must be 5 pages and it must be about your favorite person of history and why.You also must put facts about what they’ve done and you must also right a biography.You also have two choices.You can either work on it by yourself our choose a partner”,Mr.Stall announced.
“Hey I know we just met but would you like to be my partner,I don’t really like anybody in here and you seem like a nice girl,”Zaniyah asked nicely.
“Sure.I don’t really know anyone in here either besides Lyla,Bri,and Chloe but they aren’t really big fans of me and they seem really mean,”said Cara.
“Yeah.You made a good choice because those girls are evil,”Zaniyah giggled.
Cara laughed and started to go over which person to do their report on.They spent fifteen minutes going over ideas and thoughts until they finally agreed on doing their report on Martin Luther King Jr.They chose him because of his courage and work into trying to unite all races.Eventually class was over and it was finally time for lunch.Before going to lunch she had to drop her books off at her locker.On her way to her locker she accidentally bumped into Evan and his friends Jaxx, Ke'Vante,and Miles causing her to drop all of her things.
“I’m so sorry.Let me help you with your things,”Evan apologised.
“Thank you but it’s really my bad I should of been looking where I was going instead of fidgeting with my books,”Cara said.
Finally Evan and Cara both looked up to see who they were talking to.
“What a coincidence bumping into you here,”Evan chuckled.
“Yeah.And I am sorry for bumping into you.I was trying to organize my things and hurry to my locker to get to lunch,”Cara replied.
“So am I.How about I walk with you,”Evan said.
“Sure I just need to get to my locker first and then we can go.By the way I made friends with Zaniyah,”Cara said.
“Really?That’s great.She’s a good friend to have,”Evan said.
“Yeah and really yappy,”Cara chuckled.
After Cara put her books up,her and Evan walked to lunch.Once they got their they also ran into Zaniyah who was gossiping about Lyla and her minions.
“Hey Evan.Hey Cara.Nice to see you guys again,”Zaniyah said happily.
“Hey Zaniyah,”Evan and Cara both said.
“Who are you sitting with Cara?,”Zaniyah asked.
“I’m not sure.I didn’t really think about it.I was just ready to eat since I skipped breakfast,”Cara answered.
“I’ll sit with you.You are one of the coolest people i’ve ever met after all.What about you Evan.Do you want to sit with us?,”Zaniyah asked.
“Sure.I wouldn’t mind.Like Zaniyah said you are one of the coolest girls i’ve ever met Cara,”said Evan politely.
After getting their lunch Zaniyah,Evan,and Cara all sat at a table near the window where they could see the works of fall,rain.Cara began to talk about how she’s lived in a foster home most of her life since her parents died and how she’s never made such great friends on her first day of school.Evan and Zaniyah both started talking about plans they should make outside of school so they could get to know one another better.After lunch it was time for free period.During free period you can go to the study hall in the library or go to the gym to talk or play basketball,football,etc.Zaniyah,Evan,and Cara decided to go to the gym since all of them liked to play basketball.Since Cara never had any friends she would practice different sports by herself including basketball,football,and baseball.
After free period was over it was time to get back to the Hell we call school.Next period Cara had gym.Luckily she had Evan and Zaniyah who also had to go to gym.Since she was new the teachers,Mrs.Hawthorp and Mr.Green,called Cara up to the front of the gym and introduced her to the class.
“Everyone this is our new student Cara.Make sure to make her feel welcome and play nice,”the gym teacher,Mr.Green,chuckled.
“Hi Cara,”the class shouted.
After Cara was introduced to the class it was time to change into her gym clothes.Zaniyah grabbed Cara by the arm and ran into the changing room.
“What’s with the running,”Cara said breathlessly.
“It’s better to the first ones in here so we can get the stalls,”Zaniyah said.
After changing Cara and Zaniyah ran out of the changing rooms and sat with Evan on the bench to wait for the teacher.
“Today class we will be playing basketball.You should be in teams of 3 for this activity.In this game you have to send one person out onto the field.That person will go up to any basktball goal they want.Then you have to stand on one of the mats that are layed out.You will then have 3 trys to make a basket and take the mat as your point.If you make a basket you get to step on another mat and try to get another point.Afte that person’s turn is up they will have to run to their team and hand the basketball over to someone else,”Mrs.Hawthorp explained.
She then sent everyone off to pick their teams.Evan and Zaniyah decided to partner up with Cara since they were her only friends at the moment.Everyone lined up in their assigned places and got ready for the game.First up on Cara’s team was Evan.Evan was relatively good at basketball since he practiced with his friends Jaxx,Ke'Vante,and Miles who are the best players on their school basketball team.Evan stepped up to a mat that was farther away from the basketball hoop to show off.He then shot the basketball and made into the basketball hoop.After winning that shot he then stepped up to another mat and got ready to shoot. When he shot the ball it rolled around the rim for a good solid 5 seconds before falling in the net.He then stepped to another net and got ready to shoot the ball.When he shot the ball he look over at Cara and Zaniyah and got distracted which caused him to miss the shot.Embarrassed he looked over to find the girls laughing while putting his hand on the back of his neck shyly.
Shamelessly,Evan walked over to Zaniyah and handed her the ball.Zaniyah proudly grabbed the ball from Evan while trying to hold in laughter because of his mess up. Zaniyah then stepped up to a mat and got in position to shoot.Once Zaniyah was ready she shot the ball directly into the net.Three shots after that and she had made 4 points.Zaniyah then happily walked back and chuckled towards Evan.
“You were just lucky,”said Evan shamelessly.
“Sure I did.Anyways here Cara,”she said while handing the ball over to Cara”Good luck.”
“Yeah good luck Cara,”Evan said.
“Thank you guys,”Cara answered.
There were only 6 mats left at their goal.Cara first stepped on the mat closest to the goal.She then shot the ball straight into the hoop.
“Good job but maybe step back a little,”Zaniyah said.
“Yeah you are way too close,”Evan said.
Cara laughed and stepped to the farthest mat and got in position.She dribbled the ball and….shoot.She shot the ball straight into the hoop.After that she made basket after basket until all the mats were gone.
“How’s that,”Cara said proudly while pushing the ball up to Evan’s chest.
Evan,still holding the ball against his chest ,gasped, looked at Zaniyah ,and followed Cara to the bench.Zaniyah was called to the office right after.
“Where did you learn to shoot like that,”Evan asked surprised.
“I taught myself.I never knew what to do in my free time so I started to teach myself how to play sports like football,baseball,soccer,and my all time favorite basketball,”She answered.
“Wow.You are the best girl basketball player I’ve ever met.You should really think about joining the girls basketball team.They are goo but with you they’ll be great,”Evan said.
“I don’t know.I’ve never been a part of something like that because of my foster home and I am afraid people will judge,”Cara said sadly.
“Don’t worry,”Evan said while putting his arm around her,”you’ll be great.”
“Thanks,” Cara said while smiling.
“What did I miss.I had to go to the office because someone found my jacket,”Zaniyah said out of nowhere.
Evan quickly took his arm from around Cara and stood up.
“You didn’t miss much.How much time do we have left?,”Evan asked.
“Nevermind.Listen I better get to class.I’ll see you after school at the cafe so we can work on our science project Cara,”Evan said while rushing out of the door.
“What’s up with him?,”Zaniyah asked.
“I don’t know.Do you think I did something,”Cara asked shly.
Cara and Zaniyah had then slowly walked out of gym and went to their next class wondering why Evan stormed out.Next period was English.Cara was sat at a table with Zaniyah,Ke'Vante,and Jaxx.
“I’m so happy you get to sit at my table.Now I am not the only girl at this table,”said Zaniyah.
Miles smiled and reached his hand out to introduce himself.
“Hi my name is Jaxx.Nice to meet you Cara Jaxx,” said politely.
“Nice to meet you to Jaxx,”Cara said smiling while shaking Miles outstretched hand.
Jaxx was one of the nicest ones out of Miles,Ke'Vante,and Evan until you get to know him better,then he will act more confident and comfortable.Jaxx had slightly tanned skin,shaggy dark brown hair,and dark brown eyes.He was around 5’ 8” and was 17.He was a little taller than Cara since she was 5’4.Jaxx turned to his right to tell Ke'Vante to say hi but he was already asleep.Ke'Vante has never tried to work in class.All he cared about was sports,music,and hanging with his friends.Not to mention he always sleeps.Ke'Vante was 5’9”,had dark skin,brown eyes,and dark black hair.Ke'Vante wasn’t exactly nice either.He was one of the most feared people at school.
After Jaxx and Cara were down introducing themselves the teacher,Mr.Grady,began to start the lesson.Mr.Grady explained that each group has to write a nonfiction or fiction story that is about what your perfect world would be like.You must talk about resources,how you would get them,the jobs and how to get one,schools,race,etc.It must be 5 pages and you have to work outside of class.Everyone must also agree that they would love to live in that world.There must be something for everyone.
“ Anyone have any ideas?,”Zaniyah asked.
No one answered.
“Of course not.How about we all meet up at the cafe today after school on main right after school and we will all walk together,”Zaniyah said angrily while dropping a book by Ke'Vante’s head to wake him up.
“HEY!What was that for,”Ke'Vante said while rubbing his eyes.
“You were sleeping so I woke you up,”Zaniyah said sarcastically.
“You couldn’t of just shook me or something,”Ke'Vante asked.
“I could of I guess but that wouldn’t of been much fun now would it,”Zaniyah said while letting out a laugh.
Cara and Jaxx both laughed.
Zaniyah then explained again
what the plan was going to be to Ke'Vante.
“I’m supposed to meet with Evan to work on our science project,”Cara announced.
“You can still work on that but you have to work with us to.Is that ok,”Zaniyah asked.
“Yeah.That should work,”Cara answered.
“Ok we will see you after school,”said Jaxx.
Then class ended.It was 2:25 and everyone was going to their lockers to get their things and leave school.Cara and Zaniyah both walked to Cara’s locker.
“So how did you like Jaxx and Ke'Vante,”Zaniyah asked.
“They were cool I guess,”Cara said.
“Wasn’t Ke'Vante cute,”Zaniyah said while hugging her books to her chest.
“Yeah I guess he was,but he doesn’t seem to really care about school anything,”Cara said.
“I knew you liked him.I could tell by the way you laughed when I slammed the book on his desk.That laugh wasn’t a “you’re an idiot laugh” it was an “you are an idiot but you’re cute laugh,”Zaniyah said.
“What!I don’t like him.I just said he’s good looking,”Cara shouted.
“Sure you don’t anyways I’m going to go to my locker.It is locker 64.Meet me there when you’re done getting your things and then we can go meet up with Ke'Vante and Jaxx,”Zaniyah said while walking away into the stampede of kids rushing out of the school and talking with their friends.
“Ok,”said Cara while putting getting the rest of her things together.
Cara then closed her locker,grabbed her backpack and headed towards Zaniyah’s locker.While trying to get to her locker Lyla and her minions purposely shoved Cara,knocking her to the ground and scatter who books all over the floor.
“Oops,sorry I didn’t see you there.It’s almost like you were invisible,”Lyla said while laughing and walking away.
Once Lyla left Cara began to sit up and try to get all of her books together.Out of nowhere she felt a hand on her shoulder so she looked behind her to find Ke'Vante kneeling down.
“Let me help you,”Ke'Vante said.
“Thanks,”said Cara while smiling.
Once she got all her things together Ke'Vante reached out his hand and helped her up.
“So who did this to you cause you don’t seem like the clumsy type?,”asked Ke'Vante.
“Lyla and her minions,”said Cara.
“That makes sense,”Ke'Vante said.
“Why,because they are the meanest girls in school?,”Cara wondered.
“That and they are trying to get rid of competition.They want to get rid of all the nice and pretty girls so they are the only ones left,”Ke'Vante said while smiling at Cara.
“So you want to walk with me to wait for Zaniyah?,”Ke'Vante asked.
“I would but I’m actually heading to Zaniyah’s locker ,but if you want you can walk with me to Zaniyah’s locker and then we can all walk out and meet with Jaxx,”Cara offered.
“I wouldn’t mind that.Let's go,”Ke'Vante said as he followed closely behind Cara.
Eventually they found Zaniyah shuffling through books in her locker with her back facing Cara and Ke'Vante.
“Hey Zaniyah.What are you looking for?,”Cara asked.
“I am trying to look for a paper that I put ideas on for our paper but I can’t find it,”Zaniyah said worried.
“Is it this paper?,”Cara said while picking up a paper from underneath Zaniyah’s phone on the floor.
“What,”Zaniyah said while turning to face Cara.
“Oh my gosh!Where was it,”Zaniyah asked excitedly while grabbing the paper from Cara.
“It was underneath your phone,”Cara answered.
“Oh my gosh.What would I do without you,”Zaniyah said.
“Hey Zaniyah,”said Ke'Vante.
“Oh hi Ke'Vante.What are you doing here.Shouldn’t you be waiting outside?,”Zaniyah asked.
“Well yeah ,but while I was on my way there I saw Cara and her books all over the floor so I helped her up,”Ke'Vante explained.
“Wow.I never knew you could be so nice,”Zaniyah chuckled.
“Yeah whatever,”Ke'Vante said.”Don’t get used to it.I was just trying to be helpful.”
“Well let’s hurry and meet up with Jaxx and start to walk to the cafe,”said Cara.
“Yeah let’s go,”said Zaniyah while following Ke'Vante and Cara.
Once they made it out the doors they found Jaxx waiting by one of the pillars in front of the school.
“What took you guys do long?,”Jaxx asked.
Zaniyah,Cara,and Ke'Vante explained everything that happened.
“Oh ok.That makes since,”Jaxx said while looking down at his phone.”It is already 2:50.Let’s get going to the cafe.”
“Alright le…….,”Ke'Vante said while being interrupted.
“Hey Evan,”the group of friends said.
“Cara are we going to the cafe or not?,”asked Evan.
“Actually I’m going to walk with these guys and I’ll meet you there because I’m doing a project with them,”said Cara.
“Ok.Well can I walk with you guys?,”he asked.
“Alright guys let’s go before we lose daylight.I heard it’s supposed to rain more later ,and I do not want to get caught up in that,”Ke'Vante complained.
“At least you guys have a jacket,”Cara said.
After 15 minutes the five friends made it to the cafe just before it started to pour down raining.
“Does anyone have a car nearby so we don’t have to walk home in the rain?,”Cara Jaxx asked.
“Yeah.My car is at my house just a few minutes away so I can take everyone home,”said Ke'Vante.
“Ok good because I do not want to walk 30 minutes in the rain,”Cara said relieved.
The group of friends began to go over the english project first while Evan sat on the sidelines and helped when needed.Everyone described their perfect world and decided to write their paper with one thing for everyone.Everyone had been working on the english paper for an hour ,so Cara decided she would work on her science project with Evan.
“Hey Evan let’s start to work on our project now I’m sure these guys can take over for me a little while.Right guys?,”Cara said.
“It will be hard but we will try,”Ke'Vante said while letting out a grin.
“Let’s go Cara,”Evan said while gently grabbing Cara’s arm and leading the way.
“So any ideas?,”Evan asked.
“Not yet.Science isn’t my strong suit,”Cara said.”Ke'Vante said if I need his help just ask so if we can’t come up with anything then I’ll ask him,ok?”
“Yeah sure ,but I just want to warn you that even though Ke'Vante is my best friend he’s not a good kid,”Evan said cautiously.
“I don’t know.He seems really sweet,”Cara said smiling.”Anyways let’s get to work.”
Evan and Cara worked for an hour.They had decided to create a fingerprint lock for lockers.After another hour they shopkeeper began to close up and said they had 5 minutes.
“It’s still storming and I don’t have a jacket.I’m going to be in so much trouble.Anyways we should probably start to walk to your car Ke'Vante just in case it gets worse,”said Cara.
“Yeah we should probably go,”Ke'Vante said while starting to take off his coat.”Here.I can hold my jacket over both of us so you don’t get in trouble.”
“Thanks ,but you really don’t have to,”Cara said blushing.
“I insist.Now let’s go,”said Ke'Vante while putting his hand on Cara’s back to get her to walk.
Everyone began to gather their things and follow Cara and Ke'Vante out the door.Once everyone was out of the door they started to follow Ke'Vante who was holding up his coat over him and Cara who were running towards his house.Once they got there Ke'Vante invited everyone inside to dry off and drink hot chocolate to warm them up before they left.Everyone then went inside and sat on the couch.Ke'Vante gave his jacket to Cara and said he would be right back.When he came back he wasn’t alone.He was accompanied by his husky puppy,Kash.
“Everyone meet my new dog Kash,”said Ke'Vante while sitting him on the floor.
“Oh my gosh.He’s so cute.Huskies are my favorite dog but I’ve never had the chance to see one let alone have one myself,”Cara said while kneeling on the floor to call over Kash.
Kash immediately ran over to Cara and started to lick her face.Ke'Vante ran over to calm Kash and get him to lay in Cara’s lap.
“When did you get a dog?,”said Zaniyah while joining Cara on the floor with Kash.
“I got him last week and I’ve never seen him so jumpy.He must really like you Cara,”he said while intersecting hands with Cara while petting Kash.
“Well we should probably get going,”Evan said.
“So soon? We just got out of the rain,”said Ke'Vante.
“Yeah ,but I’m sure Cara should get home before her foster home kicks her out again,”said Evan mistakenly.”I’m so sorry Cara.That came out the wrong way.Cara wait!”
Before anyone could stop her,Cara had ran out to the front porch crying.
“Way to go jerk,”said Zaniyah while bumping into Evan as she walked past.
“Are you serious dude!,”Jaxx said angrily and followed Zaniyah out the front door.
“I didn’t mean to say it like that.You believe me right Ke'Vante?,”Evan asked.
“I believe you didn’t mean to hurt her but you did.She hadn’t even told us she was a foster kid.All Jaxx and I knew was that she was the new student,”Ke'Vante said.”Now,let’s go so I can take you and the others home.Oh and by the way Cara gets front seat ,and you have to sit in the back.”
“Fair enough,”Evan said while shamelessly following Evan.
Once they walked out the door they saw Jaxx and Zaniyah holding and comforting Cara who was sitting on the porch crying.Ke'Vante and Evan walked up to Cara.Ke'Vante asked Zaniyah and Jaxx to move over so he could sit with Cara.
“Hey Cara.How are you doing,”Ke'Vante sid in a soothing voice.
“I guess I’ll be okay.The worst part,besides the fact that Evan is supposed to be my friend,is that I didn’t want anyone else to know I was a foster kid,”Cara said upset.
Why is that.It’s nothing to be ashamed of,”said Ke'Vante while putting his arm around her and pulling her close.”Just because you are a foster kid doesn’t mean anyone will see you differently.Now let’s get to the car so I can take everyone home.”
“Ok,”Cara said while taking Ke'Vante’s outstretched hand to help her up.
Cara and Ke'Vante met up with the others who had went inside to wait.Ke'Vante opened the door and called everyone outside to the car.Soon everyone except Evan and Cara were home.Next stop was Cara’s house.Once they arrived Cara began to get out of the car into the rain still wearing Ke'Vante’s jacket.Once she got out she went to Ke'Vante’s window to give him back the jacket.
“Here.I almost forgot to give it back,”said Cara while beginning to take off the jacket.
“Keep it.You caan give it to me tomorrow,”said Ke'Vante.
Cara put the jacket back on and began to turn away until she heard someone call her name.
“Cara wait!,”Evan shouted.
“I’m really sorry for what I said.Is there anyway you can forgive me?,”he asked.
“I guess I forgive you.I know you didn’t mean it.Now I betterget inside so I don’t become completely drenched,”Cara said.”Goodbye guys!”
Once Cara was inside she was greeted by her angry foster parents.
“Where have you been?......Do you have any idea what time it is?,”they yelled.
“I’m sorry.I lost track of time.I was out with a few friends,”Cara said while bowing her head.
“Whatever,”said her foster parents.”Now where did you get that jacket because I know you don’t own such a stylish leather jacket.”
“It’s my friends jacket.He let me use it ,and he told me to give it to him tomorrow,”Cara said.
“Well,give it to me,”Mrs.Raven,her foster mom,demanded.
“What,why?!,”Cara asked surprised.
“Because I said so and it will be your punishment for coming home so late,”Mrs.Raven said.
“But……,”Cara said before she was interrupted.
“No buts.Now hand it over,”said Mr.Raven.
“Fine….,”Cara said as she handed over the jacket stomped upstairs to her room angrily.
Cara has never had a phone so it’s not like she could call Zaniyah and talk to her the about the problems she was having until she got back to school.When Wednesday rolled around Cara had woken up late and had no time for breakfast or to look for Ke'Vante’s jacket.Cara hurried to get out the door while trying to put her hair up in a ponytail since she didn’t have time to do anything with it.It took her around 15 minutes to get to school since she was sprinting.Once she made it to school she had 5 minutes to get her things and get to class which was on the other side of the school.While she was running to get to class after getting her things she jumped into Miles who was trying to get with is hundreth girlfriend.Miles has chestnut hair,brown eyes,tanned skin and is the hottest guy in school to almost every girl.
“Hey watch it!,”Miles yelled while turning around to find Cara sprinting down the halls.
“---Sorry---,”Cara shouted while looking back.
When Cara looked back she bumped into Lyla and her brats.
“Wow.How dare you run into me like that loser,”Lyla said while pushing Cara to the ground.
“Sorry.I’m trying to get to class before I am late,”Cara said while getting up off the ground.
“That still gives you no reason to bump into me,”Lyla complained.”Now get out of my presence before people see I’m talking to you.”
Cara began to walk away while looking back one more time to find Lyla walking towards Lyla.Lyla is Miles crazy ex girlfriend.Miles has been known to be flirting with other girls while he’s in a relationship and Lyla thought she could change that.Lyla began making threats to every girl who even looked at Miles.Soon Miles found out what Lyla did and broke up with her.Ever since then she has been trying to pursue him once more.
Eventually Cara had made it to her class just before the bell and went to sit down in her seat next to Evan.Miles,Lyla,and Bri were also in that class.Lyla made sure to sit by Miles in every class she had with him.
“Hey Cara,”Evan said while Cara began to lay her books on the desk.
“Everyone be quiet.Today we are doing a pop quiz on trigometry,”Mr.Thompson said
The class let out a long sigh.
Everyone put all of their things under their chair and got out a pencil and an extra piece of paper.
Mr.Thompson began to pass out each test.
During the test Lyla began to scoot her chair closer to Miles.Miles looked over to his right and put his foot on her chair to keep it from moving.Lyla then began to try and kick off Mile’s foot ,but it wouldn’t budge.After a while Mile’s had had enough.
He raised his hand and waited for Mr.Thompson to walk over.
“What do you need Miles?,”Mr.Thompson asked.
“I can’t concentrate.Could I move to the back?,”Mile’s wondered.
“Sure.MOve to the back two seats down from Cara,”the teacher said.
Mile’s gathered his things and went to the back.When he was seated he looked up at Lyla to find her stomping her foot in anger.Mile’s rolled his eyes and got back to doing his test.Once the test was over Evan and Cara grabbed their things and her about to walk out until they were stopped by Miles.
“Hey Evan wait up!,”Mile’s shouted.
Evan and Cara both stopped to find Mile’s rushing to get out of the classroom before Lyla caught up to him.
“Hey Miles.What’s up?Still running away from Lyla?,”Evan chuckled.
“You know it.Now let’s go before she finds me,”Mile’s said before dashing through the halls to science.
“Who was he?,”Cara asked.
“Oh.That is my bestfriend Miles.He can be kind of jerk and a ladies man.Although I wouldn’t recommend it because he tends to be with more than one girl at once,”Evan warned.
“Ok.So is that why he was running from Lyla?,”Cara wondered.
“Yeah.They used to date but she tried to change him so he broke up with her ,but she still wants him,”Evan explained.”Also it’s Lyla.Who wouldn’t run.”
They both laughed and headed towards class.Once they made it to class they saw a breathless Miles with his head in his arms.Cara and Evan both went to their seats which were two seats in front of Mile’s.
“Mr.Miles Davis!Put your head up now!,”Mr.Brady shouted.
Mile’s quickly lifted up his head and sorry his eyes.
“Sorry Mr.Brady,I was out of breath so I put my head down and must’ve fell asleep,”Miles explained.
“I don’t care.Just pay attention,”Mr.Brady said.
After that class had ended the rest of the day was normal.She didn’t talk to Lyla,she didn’t trip and fall,and she was all in all happy.At the end of the day Cara began to start her walk until Ke'Vante called for her.
“Hey Cara!,”Ke'Vante shouted.
Once he caught up with Cara he asked about his jacket.Cara began to explain what her foster parents did and how she would get it back as soon as she could.
“It’s fine.As long as you get it back,”Ke'Vante said and then walked away.
Once Cara got home she was out of breath ,so she went to her room and went to bed.The next few days were normal and Cara was happy.Soon Friday September,5 rolled around and Cara had woken up early.After she was dressed she braided her hair into a long ponytail.Cara never had a mom to teach her to do her hair or internet to look it up so she taught herself.Cara looked in her body mirror to admire her look.She was wearing navy green high top pants,a black tank top that said “
”She also had a pair of black NIKE’s that she spent every last penny she had on.She then wrapped a red and black flannel around her waist and was ready to go.
After admiring her outfit she grabbed her black and maroon backpack and quietly went downstairs.Since it was early she was the only one awake so she decided to try and look for Ke'Vante’s leather jacket.She quietly sat her backpack on the kitchen counter and looked everywhere she thought they could hide the coat.She thought back to the day they took the coat and thought of what she heard and saw that might give her a clue as to where the coat is.She remembered that right after she went upstairs she heard the door open and shut.She guessed they probably wouldn’t put the coat outside since it is leather and really nice.She then remembered that they are constantly in their room and how they said never to go in there.The one problem was that it was in their room and Cara wouldn’t know the first place to look or what to say or do if she was caught.She thought that she finally needed to stand up for herself and take a risk so she slowly cracked the door open and checked to see if her foster parents were asleep.Once she was assured they were in a deep sleep she tiptoed all around the room scanning for a place they could keep the coat.
After 10 minutes of looking she was beginning to give up and leaned against the wall.When she leaned up against the wall she felt something poking at her back.When shen turned around she found a knob that was disguised as the wall.She then turned the knob and opened the small door.When she opened the door she found Ke'Vante’s jacket,a few toys that the other kids had “lost”,and a thick envelope.She started to hear her foster parents move so she grabbed the jacket and envelope, closed up the compartment and snuck out before her foster parents woke up.Once Cara had made it out of the room she stuck the jacket and envelope into her book bag and went to the kitchen to look for breakfast.Cara found a maple and brown sugar oatmeal packet and grabbed a bowl and spoon.She opened the packet and poured it in the plastic tub as she heard her foster parents open their bedroom door.
Cara then put the bowl under some running water to soak the oats.Afterwards she put the oatmeal in the microwave for 3 minutes.Once her food was done she grabbed her plastic spoon,a lid for the tub,and headed out the door with her bag without any encounters with her foster parents.Once she was around 5 minutes away from the house and was done with her oatmeal she grabbed the envelope from out of her bag.Once she had the envelope in her hands she scanned it for any evidence on what it could be.On the front of the envelope in the left hand corner it said,”To My Loving Daughter Cara.Love MOM.”Cara gasped as she read those lines.Her biological mother had given Cara an envelope ,and her foster parents kept it from her.Cara angrily started to walk faster while beginning to open the envelope.Once she ripped the top of the envelope open she found that it was filled with cash.She then sat on the curb and took out the cash to count it.After counting she found there was 5,000 dollars in hundred dollar bills.She then looked at the bottom of the envelope to find a folded piece of paper.She replaced the folded piece of paper and began to unfold it.After she unfolded the paper she began to read it.The piece of paper said,”I know right now you are not even a year old but when you get older i hope you read this.As you are reading this your father and i are gone.The cash in this envelope is yours.We left it for you so you would have a head start in life.I want you to know that we both loved you.There is something you should know that we wanted to tell you when you were older.You aren’t just an ordinary girl.you come from a long line of highly trained spies.That is why we were never home.No one ever told you how we died ,and that is because they didn’t know.Your father and I died while on a mission to stop the biggest threat the organization has ever met.His name is Damion Merk.He was threatening to destroy a school called Mckinley High School because under it is a gem that could destroy cities.Sadly we were never able to stop him and he destroyed almost all of the spies in the organization.Some of the spies had children that they were training.They were your age so if you find them they might be able to help you defeat Damien.I don’t know their names.I only know that they had a code that they used to find each other.The code was Robotic_Soldiers.They were young so don’t judge the name.Anyways be safe and save get that gem before Damion does.The gem should be in a safe somewhere under the school.The gem is dark blue with diamond of green through the middle.YOu must not tell anyone about this except for the other spies.It is to dangerous.Good LUck.We love you.~MOM and DAD.”
Cara wiped a tear from under her eye and put the paper back into the envelope and stood up to begin walking to school.
“Why would my foster parents keep this from me?I need to avenge my parents.I need to find those spies.I must make my parents proud,”Cara thought.
Once Care got to school she went straight to her locker without thinking of anything but her parents.Once she got to her locker she hid the envelope at the very bottom of her bag,grabbed her books,and grabbed Ke'Vante’s jacket and put it on.On her way to class she ran into Zaniyah.
“Hey Cara.How’s it going?Do you want to go somewhere after school,”Zaniyah asked.
“Sure where are we going?,”Cara wondered.
“Not sure yet,but I want to gather a few friends to go out somewhere since it’s is the weekend,”said Zaniyah.
“Ok that should be fine then.By the way do you know where I can find Darrel?I need to return his jacket,”asked Cara.
“I just realized you were wearing it.Anyways he should be in social studies today,”said Zaniyah.
“Ok thanks.I’ll see you after school,”Cara said while departing from Zaniyah and heading to class.
Once she got to class she took her her seat next to Evan who was writing on his desk.Seeing Evan write on the desk gave Cara and idea on a way to find out if the spies went to her school.Cara took out her pencil and wrote “Robotic_Soldiers” in the right hand corner of the desk in bold letters.After class Cara and Evan walked to science.
“Why have you been so quiet Cara?,”Evan asked curiously.
“I’m just a little tired,”Cara answered cautiously.
“It doesn’t seem like you are just tired.Are you sure you’re okay?,”Evan wondered.
“I’m fine Evan!It’s personal!,”Cara shouted angrily while storming off and leaving Evan behind.
“Cara wait!I’m sorry!,”Evan yelled while running after her.
Once Evan walked in the room he saw Cara with her head buried in her arms.
“Cara.I’m sorry if I offended you just please talk to me,”Evan said soothingly while putting her hand on her back.
Cara lifted up her head and said,”I’m sorry I yelled.It’s just I haven't felt well and I’m just really upset right now.”
“It’s ok.I understand.Are you going to go out with Zaniyah and I after school today?,”Evan asked.
“That’s the spirit,”said Evan while focusing back on the teacher.
Next period was social studies so Cara went looking for Zaniyah.Cara was going crazy waiting to find the other spies and not being able to tell anyone.Once she walked into class she bumped into Ke'Vante.
“Hey.Sorry can’t talk I’ve got to look for Zaniyah,”Cara rushed.
“Hey,Isn't that my jacket?,”Ke'Vante asked.
“Oh yeah,sorry.Here,”Cara said while beginning to take off the jacket.
“No,keep it.It looks good on you,”said Ke'Vante.
“Thanks,”Cara said while running over to Zaniyah.
“Hey Cara.What’s the rush,”Zaniyah asked surprised.
“I’m sure telling her about the money isn’t wrong,right?,”Cara thought to herself.
“I need to tell you something,”Cara said.
“Ok.IT must be important since you were running to find me,”Zaniyah said.
“OK.So,while I was looking for Ke'Vante’s jacket this morning I went into my foster parent’s room and stumbled upon a secret safe in the wall.When I opened it I found the jacket,some toys from the other kids,and a thick envelope.Before they woke up I grabbed the jacket and envelope and stuck it in my bag.Once I was around 5 minutes away from the house I sat on the curb and took out the envelope.Once I took it out I scanned it to look for any clues as to what it was.That is when I found that it was addressed to me from my biological parents.Inside I found 5,000 dollars cash,”Cara explained while leaving out the part about the letter.
“Wow!So that’s why you agreed to go somewhere with me and a few friends.Honestly I thought you were going to say no since you wouldn’t have any money,but I’m happy you do and jealous,”Zaniyah giggled.”Now I know why you were in a rush to get to me.Have you told anyone else?”
“No not yet.I didn’t want anyone to know until I told you,”Cara said.
“Well I’m honored.Now let’s stop talking before we get detention,”Zaniyah said while turning towards the teacher.
“Good idea,”said Cara.
After class ended Cara got her things together and waited for Zaniyah so they could go to lunch.Once Zaniyah grabbed her things they both went to Cara’s locker.Once they got to Cara’s locker they found Evan waiting for them.
“Hey guys,”said Evan.
“Oh,hey Evan,”Zaniyah.”Would you like to go somewhere with Cara and I?”
“Sure,where are we going?,”Evan asked.
“Not sure yet ,but we can talk about it at lunch.I’m starving,”Zaniyah said while holding her stomach.
“I second that.Now let’s go,”said Cara while grabbing Evan and Zaniyah’s arm to pull them along.
Before going to lunch they all had to stop by Zaniyah’s locker.After Zaniyah was finally finished putting her things up they all headed for the lunch room.
“Hey,what are we having for lunch today!,”Zaniyah shouted at a kid who walked by.
“We are having pizza with chopped watermelon and grapes,”the kid shouted back.
“At least we aren’t having those fake pizza rolls,”Cara said to Zaniyah who was starting to frown.
“You are right about that,”Zaniyah said with a smile.
After getting their lunch they all sat down a six person table since there were no small tables left.After sitting down they saw Ke'Vante and Jaxx walking towards them.
“Hey guys.Mind if we sit here.Good,”Ke'Vante said while sitting in two of the seats.
“Hey guys,”Cara and Zaniyah said.
“What’s got you down Evan.is it because you’re embarrassed of us.Poor Evan,”Ke'Vante laughed.
Jaxx,Cara,and Zaniyah all let out a laugh.
“Hey guys.Would you like to go somewhere after school with us?,”Zaniyah asked.
“Sure.I don’t mind.Where are we going?,”Jaxx asked.
“I’ll go depending on where we are going,”said Ke'Vante.
“We were just about to go over places we should go.We were thinking about the mall because Cara has never been,”Zaniyah said.
“That sounds good,”the guys agreed.
“I’ve been needing to go but never got around to it,”said Evan.
“Yeah.I need a new outfit,”Ke'Vante said.
“It settled then.We’ll all meet after school my the pillar on the left of the school and we’ll go to the mall,”Zaniyah said.
“Isn’t it pretty far away?,”Cara asked.
“Yeah.It’s a 2 hour walk but only a 15 to 30 minute drive,”Jaxx said.
“My car is in the shop, and I don’t know anyone else with a big enough car that we can trust,”Ke'Vante said.
“Don’t say it,”Evan interrupted.
“MILes!,”Zaniyah yelled as Miles began to walk by.
“Oh,hey guys,”Miles said as he leaned on the table.
“We need a favor,”Zaniyah explained.
“Sure.What do you need,”he asked.
“Could you take us all to the mall after school,”asked Zaniyah.
“Sure.I was going to head there myself,”Miles said.
“Thanks man,”said Jaxx and Ke'Vante.
“Yeah thanks,”Cara said.
“Alright.Well,I’ll see you guys after school,”Miles said as he went back to his seat.
“Now we should be set.We have a ride,destination,and friends,”said Cara.
“Aww.Thanks Cara,”Zaniyah said while squeezing Cara.
“Too tight.Too tight,”Cara said breathlessly.
“Oh,sorry Cara.I got a little too happy,”Zaniyah said
“A little,”Cara said while letting out a giggle.
After lunch it was time for English.Ke'Vante,Zaniyah,Cara,and Jaxx all walked to class together while Evan headed in the opposite direction.
Once class was over it was finally time to get ready for the mall.Cara made sure to call and notify her foster parents about where she would be going.Her foster parents didn’t pick up the phone so Cara left a message.After everyone was done at their lockers they met up with Evan who was already outside waiting for Miles.
“What took you guys so long?,”Evan asked.
“It’s only been 5 minutes since school let out.If anything you’re early,we are on time,and Miles is late,”Zaniyah said.
“True,”Evan said while bowing his head.
What’s up guys,”Miles yelled from the window of his truck.
“Guess who finally decided to show,”Zaniyah said while rolling her eyes.
“What’s up Miles,”Ke'Vante yelled.
“How are we all supposed to fit in the truck?There are only 3 seats and 6 of us,”Cara claimed.
“I guess 3 of you are gonna have to sit in the trunk,”Miles laughed.
“The trunk!?,”Cara screeched.”Isn’t that illegal?”
“Not here it isn’t,”Miles said.”So, are we going or what?”
Evan and Jaxx hurried to jump in the remaining seats in the front leaving the others to be in the back.Ke'Vante was the first one to jump in the back.He then grabbed Zaniyah’s hand and pulled her up.Cara began to become really nervous.
“Don’t worry Cara.It’ll be fun,”Zaniyah said in a kind voice.
“Yeah.Now give me your hand and I will pull you up,”said Ke'Vante while reaching out his hand.
Cara grabbed his hand,and he pulled her up.Ke'Vante and Cara sat on the outside while Zaniyah sat in the middle.Zaniyah convinced Cara to sit on the outside so she could see how peaceful it waS to look at everything they pass and to feel the wind in her long dark hair.
“I have a question Cara.It might seem a little bit odd ,but are you wearing colored contacts?,”Zaniyah asked.
“No.Why would you ask that?,”Cara asked curiously.
“No reason.It’s just you have such bright blue eyes that it seems to. good to be true,and I say that as a compliment,”said Zaniyah.
“Oh,thanks,”Cara said while letting out a giggle.
They were halfway to the mall when they suddenly got stuck in traffic.The whole car ride so far was Zaniyah and Cara talking,but they never heard a word from Ke'Vante.When they turned towards Ke'Vante they found him sound asleep.Zaniyah grabbed a small carton of fishing and worms and opened them.
“What are you gonna do with those?,”Cara asked curiously.
“We’re going to put them on Ke'Vante’s face,”Zaniyah said while letting out a quiet laugh.
“Are you sure that’s a good idea?,”asked Cara worriedly.
“You really are a good kid.Here,”said Zaniyah while grabbing a few worms and placing them in Cara’s hand.
“What do you want me to do with these?,”Cara asked.
“Follow my lead,”Zaniyah said while grabbing two squirmy worms and strategically placing them on Ke'Vante.
Ke'Vante began to twitch as the worms slithered around on his face,leaving a slimy path behind them as they moved.
“Now your turn,”Zaniyah said to Cara.
With a shaky hand,Cara placed the worms on his head.
“YOu could’ve done better,but for your first time you weren't that bad,”said Zaniyah.
Ke'Vante began to open his eyes to see what was on his face that was making him twitch.When he saw the worms he quickly sat up as the worms slid into his lap.A worm from the top of his head began to slither down the middle of his head.Ke'Vante screamed and shook his head to get the rest of the worms out.Jaxx and Evan then opened the small window to the trunk.
“What’s going on back there,”said Jaxx while looking in the back to find Cara and Zaniyah laughing and pointing at Ke'Vante.
“Oh,nothing.Just laughing at Ke'Vante,”Zaniyah said.
“And why is that exactly?,”Jaxx asked curiously.
“THEY PUT WORMS ON ME WHILE I WAS SLEEPING!,”Ke'Vante shouted in anger.
“You guys did what?,”Jaxx said with a silent chuckle.
Jaxx,Cara,and Zaniyah began to laugh again.
“YOu’re supposed to be on my side,”Ke'Vante shouted towards Jaxx.
“Sorry dude,but that was a pretty good prank.You got to give them a little credit,”said Jaxx.
“I guess it was pretty funny,”Ke'Vante said with an appearing grin.
Finally the traffic began to speed up and everyone calmed down.Once they reached the mall Jaxx and Evan hopped out of the car and helped the girls out while Ke'Vante jumped over.Once they got into the mall everyone got out their money.When Cara opened the envelope and pulled the money out something drifted onto the floor.When she picked it up she found that it was a picture of a man and on the back it said “Damion Merk”.
Cara’s jaw dropped.
“What’s wrong Cara?,”Zaniyah asked while glancing at the picture.