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As a concerned friend I think you should check out www. Open Westerly SHS link. I stared at the email in disbelief, the skin around my mouth prickling in horror.
What the hell was a blog page? I had to know what they were saying.
I shut my eyes and clicked on the link. I waited a moment and then opened my eyes, breathing in deeply. The online journal page opened. Numbly I followed the directions as instructed. My neck was rigid and my hands trembled as the page took a lifetime to load. And then, there they were. My eyes quickly skimmed them but my stomach was churning and tears blurred my vision. Six entries about the new girl at school. They were all about me.
You know how you feel at the start of the school year: This year all those feelings were magnified ten times, because I was going to be the new student. Mum had got a posting back into the metropolitan area. After serving ten years in the country, she finally got a Head of Department position.
I knew everyone in town; I had heaps of mates and a social life. I was captain of the hockey team and a member of the swimming squad. The night Mum and Dad sat me down and announced their new plans was, at the risk of sounding overly dramatic, like the bomb the Yanks dropped on Hiroshima. I sat there in disbelief. What were they thinking?
What could possibly be fantastic about leaving it and going somewhere new? What about my friends — and the hideous prospect of having to make new ones? This is my home. You dragged us out to the middle of Woop-Woop and now you think you can shift us back, just because you want to.
What about me and Ruby?
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What about what we want? Three hundred and four to be precise. They were full of this crap about the better lifestyle you could have in the country, with cleaner air and fresh, organic produce. And how we could live more individual and fulfilled lives, free from the life-draining, soul-destroying city, with its crime and drugs. Now they were saying the city had better opportunities for me — I felt like an Amish kid being thrown into Rumspringer.
And Mum and Dad believe in democratic decisions. Everyone is supposed to have a vote in our family. Strange idea of democracy, hey? They made sure to deliver their bombshell at the start of the Christmas holidays.
That gave them nearly seven weeks to wear me down. Their trickery started to work on me. I began to see how exciting it might be. The houses we were looking at were new and modern, with theatre rooms and separate teenage wings.
And Ruby and I would have a bathroom to ourselves while Mum and Dad had their own — surely a better option than queuing cross-legged on a Sunday morning while Dad read the entire Sunday Times on the only dunny in the house.
With a family of teachers, what real choice do I have? Over the last few years my local school had dropped its tertiary entrance subjects, and kids wanting university acceptance had to travel an hour and a half to the nearest Senior High for years eleven and twelve.
Even then, the uni offers were limited. Christmas holidays were a blur of packing and travelling between Grace Point and Perth.
We spent hours on the road, Mum, Dad, my little sister Ruby and me. Those trips were long and tedious. Ruby is a lot younger than me; I was eleven when she was born, but the age gap has never bothered me.
I was happy as an only child. I never understood when my friends complained about their annoying siblings. Ruby was like my mini friend. I was in the mindset now that this was going to be a great change. I wanted to join the hockey team and the swimming squad, meet people I could go to parties with, the movies, all that sort of stuff. When the time came to say goodbye insecurity overwhelmed me again and I clung to my friend Jake.
I buried my face in his flannel shirt.
He had that unmistakable warm, earthy smell of horses mixed with the sweetness of freshly cut hay. But it was easy to be brave and adventurous when there was no opportunity to put it into action.
In the milking shed, listening to the milk squirting into the metal drums, everything seemed more appealing. Ruby was in her booster seat reading her nursery rhyme book upside down. I nodded and took a deep breath. We both knew that would never happen. I was going, for good, and it would just have to be wonderful.
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Bye, bye Grace Point , I waved out the window as we joined the stream of traffic heading north. To Perth. The new school had a strict uniform: The guys wore the same, except for the skirt of course; they had to wear navy trousers.
It was really different from the relaxed uniform at my country school, which was more a dress code, not enforced at all; this was mature looking.
I really felt like things were changing when I put it on. It was like I was leaving the old me, the boring country girl, behind and becoming someone new.
It seemed to hold out the opportunity to be anyone I wanted.
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The night before school started I looked at it lying on the end of my bed like a flattened person and I was excited. At breakfast I felt really sick. Looking at my bran flakes floating in a puddle of milk made me want to puke. Around me the timber and granite kitchen was still piled ceiling high with unpacked boxes of cups and plates and stainless steel appliances. The smell made me feel like retching. Ruby looked up from where she was kneeling on the kitchen chair, porridge in her wispy blonde hair and hanging off the end of her nose, and responded by flicking globs of it at Mum.
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