Chapter 4: Who is this man?
As most people would know, there is always a huge rush during the morning of the First Day of School after the long, hazy and relaxing summer holidays. Students can of course show off their new tans, or show off how pale they are, and chat maniacally with their fellow classmates. Of course, waiting to finally know who you are going to have to put up with for the new school year is a very daunting. Your fingers hurt after crossing them for too long, hoping that your best friend or friends will be in your homeroom class.
Dawn broke, and the girls all woke up with mixed emotions. Molly’s face was in a scowl, as she hated school. But she also loved it because she could boss every one around like usual. Grace’s face was in grin. She loved school. The smell of new books and meeting her new teachers and classmates made her enjoy the start of the year even more. Sienna’s face was also in a broad grin. A new school year meant a new sports season, which means that she would be exercising like crazy once again. Hooray!
Molly opened the door to her room, and walked towards the Gym.
Sienna opened her bedroom door once she heard footsteps in the corridor.
“Put some clothes on!” Sienna harshly whispered.
Molly started, she turned her head towards Sienna and stopped, “What about you, stalker?”
“At least I have a dress on,” replied Sienna, and she went back into her room. Sienna took her jeans and blouse from her dresser, and went into the bathroom.
Grace was still lying in bed, as she liked to sleep. ‘Dreams are a gift, they are telling you something in every dream,’ was what Grace would constantly say when a person would ask why she would sleep so much. Deep down inside, Sienna thought she was some hippy from the 70’s. Those were one of the few things Sienna and Molly agree on.
The rush for the Lindsay girls in the morning was horrendous. Grace was running about, trying to find her laptop charger. Sienna’s face was put in a frown, as she realised that her runners were too small for her. Screaming and shouting could be heard from Molly’s bedroom, as today was one of her bad hair days. The smell of hairspray and hair products could be smelt from the gap under Molly’s door.
And surprise, surprise. Kelly was as calm as ever, she didn’t aid her daughters in the very slightest. Kelly just went outside in her pyjamas and got a drink from the bar. She dreamt of the quiet Mondays she would experience now that the school year has finally started. Lounging by the pool, having a stroll down the beach, actually doing things with the girls not nosing around.
The silence was broken by the horn of a bus blaring.
“Come on girls, time to go!” Kelly yelled from the top of her lungs. Luckily their house was the first stop from the east side of town, so none of the students would’ve heard their crazy mother. The girls ran to the bus, constantly turning back just in case they forgot something.
Sienna and Molly boarded the bus first, waiting anxiously for Grace to finally come. Where was she? Finally, a panting Grace boarded the bus, sheepishly saying her apologies to the bus driver. When Grace’s back was toward the driver, she pointed behind her and mouthed, ‘Who is she?’ Sienna and Grace gave a shrug.
The bus suddenly jolted as Grace was still walking up the aisle to her second favourite seat. She nearly toppled over, and immediately grabbed a handrail. Molly started to giggle; Grace’s clumsiness seems to come at the worst of times. Grace looked back at Molly with a stern look, but Molly continued to giggle.
“Oi, look to your right! The postie is running!” Grace screamed and pointed once she sat in her seat. The new bus driver looked in the rear-view mirror and said, “No screaming, girls.” Molly rolled her eyes.
“Hey, you, Lindsay kid, I saw that,” the bus driver said sternly.
“I wonder why she’s running?” asked Sienna with curiosity.
“Maybe it’s because she wants to run. You run all the time,” Molly snapped.
“There’s a different between jogging and running…” Sienna said for the billionth time to Molly.
Molly rolled her eyes once more, “Whatever.”
The bus continued to fill up, with each student precariously stepped over Molly’s extended leg. The bus stopped with a halt as they reached the school. The Lindsay girls left the bus last, as they wanted to say a special goodbye to the bus driver, who looked at them uncertainly.
“What are you most looking forward to, guys?” asked Grace. She loved school, and the other two did two, but for wildly different reasons.
“I can’t wait to see who I can pick on this year,” Molly said, effortlessly.
“Uh, okay. I can’t wait for the new sports season,” Sienna replied enthusiastically.
“What’s with you and sports?” Molly asked rudely.
“I think it’s great that she has an interest in something useful, unlike you. Showing off and picking on everyone doesn’t help,” Grace said intelligently and bravely.
Sienna mouthed a thank you before reaching the front steps and Grace smiled in return.
Only when the school bus turned the nearest corner and was out of sight, did Kelly start to feel relaxation flow through her veins. She made another drink for herself and started moving around like she was free once again. Her bones loosened and her arms and shoulders moved gracefully. Her gymnastic and dancing days were long gone, but she keeps the secret that she is as flexible as ever.
Kelly instantly felt carefree once she finished her drink, and she continued to move away in that manner towards the trampoline. She climbed up the short flight of steps, and started to jump. She didn’t even care that she was still in her sleepwear and was jumping up as high as her glorious house.
And she didn’t have a single care in the world.
The end of day school bell’s tolling sliced through the already bustling town square, and the noise of excitement came immediately afterwards. Students just fresh out of pre-school, to students that are experiencing their last year of school rushed down the front steps so they could finally relax at home.
Molly, Grace and Sienna all came out of the front door together. Grace and Sienna were chatting delightfully, sharing their experiences of their first day back. “It was so awesome! My friend Michael is in my class again!” Sienna yelled with delight.
“Bebe is in my class as well. Now we can continue chatting throughout PE,” Grace’s smile was prominent.
The three girls all boarded the bus, and handed the new bus driver their tickets, and then sat in the bus seats. The bus was empty as quite a few students were going to their friend’s places after school.
As the girls waited for the other students to come, a normal looking man jogged past their bus.
He looked normal, but the three girls felt a tingle go up their spine. The jogger looked into the bus, and saw the three Lindsay girls staring at him as one.
The jogger wanted to look away, but he couldn’t. The three blonde girls entranced him, and made him want to stop jogging and just stare.
Another feeling rushed into the girls’ systems, familiarity. The man just made the girls feel as if they knew him, as if he was close to them at one stage. Molly and Grace looked at one another.
The girls’ trances flashed away once another student, River McIrish, boarded the bus. She looked at them weirdly because of how they were staring at the jogger. Once the girls looked back at the window, the man was gone.
Sienna head was pounding because of the load of homework she had received on her first day. Trying to remember everything from last year was extremely difficult. Sienna was also continuously distracted by thoughts on the jogger.
“Who was that man?” Sienna whispered when she couldn’t contain it for any longer.