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Write Now Prompt (Sept 6)

Allison’s nerves were on edge as she walked into her new school for the first time. Over the summer, her dad had uprooted the whole family and taken them away from the town that she knew, friends and places that were familiar, and thrust them into a new place, full of terror and horribleness. The last month before school was a whirlwind of moving things; she felt like Dorothy. Only, in this case, where she moved to was Kansas.

The school, Ridgemont High, looked like her old school – faded red bricks, tri-pane windows that didn’t open, creaky doors that slammed too quickly and caught her heels. The main difference though was the students. She knew no one. She didn’t even really know where to go.

“Oh just go to the office when you first get there, they’ll guide you straight.” Her father had said to her, ushering her out the door while he got ready for work. Allison expected other kids who moved across the country probably had some sit down with the principal or maybe a tour of the school first, but her father was too busy with work for that. Always too busy.

Others were jostling by her as she stood in the lobby, overwhelmed. Allison could feel tears welling up as she looked from hallway to hallway for some sign of the right way to go. She had just about made her mind to head down the corridor to the left when an adult stepped up to her.

“Are you Allison dear? You look too lost to be one of our returning students.” The woman offered her a kind, caring smile and pointed with her palm toward a door labeled Office in clear black letters on the wood. How could she have missed that? Allison took a deep breath, nodded, and stepped toward the new beginning.

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