Accomplishing the Goal (Part 3)
Stephanie, Age 11, Wanganui, NZ

"I'll meet you at the diner in an hour, okay?" Melissa said as she tore down the street towards her house.

"Okay!" I yelled back. Melissa always seemed to be in a hurry or having to rush somewhere.

She gave me a thumbs up sign. As I was about to hop into my car, Alex came running up to me. I stood up and slammed the door behind me.

“Hey, stranger,” I joked, grinning.

“Yo! Sorry I didn’t meet you today. We had football practice, then a couple of the teachers kept me after class,” he said, putting his arms around my waist. “How can I make it up to you, gorgeous?”

I put scratched my chin, pretending to think. “Hmm......let’s see? Maybe by doing this,” I said, giving him a kiss.

When we parted, I noticed Veronica and Elantra across the parking lot, glaring right at me. Veronica had a major crush on Alex, and ever since Alex told her that he wasn’t interested in her, seeing us together didn’t help. I turned back to Alex, focusing on him.

“There. You have now made it up to me. So what’s going on these days?” I asked, swaying slightly from side to side.

“Nothing much. Only that I have to go meet Paul in like, 20 seconds. How’s about I meet you guys at the diner in an hour? I overheard you yelling at Melissa about going there in an hour. How ‘bout it?” he asked, flashing his green specked eyes.

“How could I not accept? Sure. She you then,” I said.

“Righty-o. See ya later,” he said as he kissed the tip of my nose, then loped off to meet Paul.

I hopped into my car, turned on the ignition, and pulled out of the parking lot. I sighed and put the car into drive gear, heading towards home.

If you are thinking that school, ended right after Biology, it didn't. I just didn’t feel like telling you what happened the rest of the day, too boring.

"Allison? Are you home?" I called up the stairs, hanging my coat up on the rack and dropping my backpack on the floor by the door.

"I'm in my room, Cal!" she called from upstairs. "I'm working on my Science fair project, and it's due on Friday!"

I smiled. Allison loved Science as much as Veronica did clothes. She got A's in Science every term, for she did her best work and effort into every project she was given. She planned to be a scientist when she grew up.

"Okay, I’m just getting changed and then I’ll be in the living room if you need me, okay?" I called back as I walked up the stairs to my room.

When I didn't hear an answer, I knew that she was back at work on her project.

Me? Well, I have never been into Science and that kind of thing, Physics, French and Spanish are my kind of things. I have been a whiz at Math since I was 8 years old, and I love French and Spanish because I think it is nice to learn a new language.

I peeled off my dress, then pulled on some dark navy blue bellbottom jeans and a orange tie-dyed sunflower T-shirt, one of my favourite outfits. Walking over to the mirror, I picked up my brush and pulled my straight, shiny blonde-brown hair up into a ponytail, getting it out of my face. I put on some new wool socks and then headed downstairs, passing Allison’s bedroom on the way. I knew better than to disturb her, so I just passed by without a word.

I pulled open the refrigerator door and grabbed an apple out of the crisper. I shut the door with my foot and walked out to the living room, flopping down on the couch and flicking on the TV.

"Yecch!" I said as I took a bite of the apple. It tasted like soap, which doesn't really appeal to me all that much. I threw it into the garbage can about two feet away, then switched through the channels until I found a show that I liked. Okay, I admit it. I'm a couch potato. I love to watch TV or read Archie Comics every day after school. I know that it is a bad habit, but I just LOVE Archie Comics and TV at the same time.

I heard footsteps coming through the kitchen, and I knew it was Allison. She had a very distinctive walk, and when she has shoes on it always sounded like she was skipping.

"What's up, sister?" She asked as she flopped down on the couch across from me. Allison had this great look to her. She isn't skinny, but she isn't overweight either. She was just right for a fifteen year old, plus she has this great tan and a good complexion. I am not bragging when I say that I have a nice look to my body also, with a really nice tan and just the right weight for my age, which is seventeen and a half.

"Nothing much. Just hanging around here for awhile, then going to the diner to meet Rachael, Carole and Melissa. I'll be home around 5:30-6:00 pm so tell mom and dad that when they get home, okay?” I said, pausing to take a breath.

“Sure,” Allison said with a smile. She was never unreasonable, she was always understanding. That is another thing I like about her.

“Thanks.” I looked back at the TV and stared at it until I noticed it was time to go. I hopped up from the couch and tousled Allison’s hair.

“See ya later, Alli.” I started towards the door.

“Okay. See ya later, Cal,” She said, as she hurried past me and up the stairs to go back to her room.

I grabbed my coat and my purse and hurried out the door to my car. I jumped in and started the ignition, snapping my seatbelt together. Putting it into drive gear, I headed toward the diner just a few blocks away.

“Hey, Callie! Over here!” Melissa called to me as I walked in the door of the diner. I looked over and saw that Melissa, Rachael and Carole were already sitting at our favourite booth, the farthest back in the corner where we usually sat every day, if it wasn’t taken. I noticed Alex and Paul squeezed into the booth also, so I hurried over to them and took my seat beside Alex, giving him a quick kiss before turning to my friends.

“So how’s everything going, guys?” I asked, stuffing my light autumn jacket into the space between Alex and myself.

Rachael shrugged. “Oh, nothing much. I just went home, watched a bit of TV, got changed and came here.”

Carole and Melissa nodded. “Same,” they said.

“Can I help you?” the waitress, that had just come out of nowhere, asked.

“Yes....I’ll have a butterscotch sundae with crushed peanuts, please,” said Rachael.

The girl nodded. “And you?” she said, gesturing to Carole and me.

“Um....I’ll have a hot fudge sundae with mocha sprinkles,” I said, while Carole asked for vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce in a bowl. I laughed quietly to myself. Carole hated ice cream in a cone, so she always got it in a bowl, which always made me laugh. Alex ordered a bowl of coffee ice cream with hot fudge sauce, sprinkles, and one cherry, and Paul ordered a chocolate sundae with crushed walnuts and raspberry sauce poured over the top. And last but not least, Melissa asked for a chocolate sundae with some crushed walnuts and raspberry sauce poured on top, the same as Paul. People had the weirdest tastes.

When the waitress had our order and had scurried off to tend to someone else, I sat back in my chair and sighed.

“What’s wrong, Cal?” Carole asked, yawning.

I shrugged. “Oh, nothing. It’s just these days I have all this pressure with all the finals and stuff like that, it’s a wonder sometimes how I can spend time here with you guys,” I said.

The finals for the year were coming up, and everyone had been spending a lot of time studying for them. Rachael, Carole and Melissa had been studying, but not as much as I had been over to past few weeks. I wanted to cram as much studying as I could into the days, so that I would get a decent grade or maybe even a scholarship to a Veterinary Training School like I wanted. On the finals last year I had slacked off and got a grade that surprised my parents, my teachers and some of my friends. My teachers had got together with my family and discussed it, and finally came to a conclusion that I was just slacking off and it wasn’t because of family problems or anything. So this year I was determined to bring up that grade by 100% and surprise my teachers and family in a good way, if that was possible.

“Yeah.....I guess this year all of us want to study more, way more,” Rachael said, smiling sheepishly.

Rachael, Carole and Melissa had slacked off a lot too last year, and had got a grade that was as low as mine. Awful.

Melissa and Carole nodded. “Yeah....” Melissa said. “We want to spend a lot of time studying, but we just can’t not see our friends once in a while, can we?”

Although I didn’t really agree with that, I just nodded anyway. I liked school, I liked to study, and I thought that that was more important than chatting with your friends. But she was right, in a way. You did need a break once in a while.

“So....what do you guys want to do until six, that’s when I told my parents I’d be home,” I said, taking my sundae from the waitress, who had suddenly appeared again with our orders. I started digging into mine as soon as I got my hands onto it, ignoring the dirty looks from the waitress, who had now rushed to a boy who had just walked into the diner. She put her arms around his neck and gave him a quick peck on the cheek, then getting back to work, she rushed off to another table which was in need of service.

“That waitress is such an airhead,” I said, glaring after her. “She looks at me like I’m an alien just because I am hungry. Jeez.”

Melissa chuckled and wagged her finger at me. “Now, now, Callie, don’t go after her throat now, she doesn’t deserve that. She just deserves to be told off by her boss, that’s all.”

Rachael snorted. “Totally. Anyway, let’s go shopping. I need a new sweater and skirt.”

“Me too. I need some jeans and a shirt, also some new sandals,” I said.

“You guys all agree that we should go shopping?”

We all nodded eagerly. I had some prize money left over from a Young Writers Short Story competition, and it was burning a hole in my pocket. The first prize for high schoolers was $500, and that is what I had won. I had spent about $300 of it, and I didn’t need the rest, for I had already had enough to keep me going through the second or third year of College. My parents had promised to pay my way through the first year of College and my grandparents, who died last year, had been keeping a special account of money for Allison and I for College since we were born. So, today I could spend as much as I wanted, as long as it was under $200...

To be continued.....

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