Author's Note: I know what you are all thinking: Why in the world is Sunne starting a new story when she has two in the works on this site? What can I say? My muse was working overtime and this is the result. Plus, I wanted to try out a new style of writing. Enjoy!


Chapter One

"Expulsion, Duck Sweaters, and Uncertainty"


From the Desk of:

Principal Harding

Dryden High School

November 16, 2006

Dear Mr. And Mrs. Rodriguez,

I regret to inform you that the actions your daughter, Lacey Rodriguez, has chosen, violate more than half of our current school policies. Our faculty and staff members have tried every intervention available and are at a loss of what to do in regards to your daughter. You will recall the meeting you attended at the beginning of the school year in regards to this behavior and the agreement we arrived at. It is because of this, that I must express my wishes that Lacey not return to Dryden High School after Christmas break. Now would be a good time to look into other available schools to enroll your daughter in. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Sincerely,

Joseph Harding

Dryden High School Principal


PERMANENT SCHOOL RECORD

Dryden High School

Student: Lacey Rodriguez

Status: Junior

Academic Standing: Academic Warning

Current Grades:

American Literature – C

Pre-Calculus – F

American History – D

Chemistry – F

English – D

Physical Education – C

Absences:

Excused – 2

Unexcused – 13

Tardies – 20

Violations of School Conduct Code (Note: For a complete record of all violations, please see the discipline head.)

-Five counts of making a scene in the cafeteria

-Six counts of being in the boy's bathroom

-Placing plastic wrap over toilet bowls in boy's bathroom

-Lighting fire to the science laboratory, student claims this was an accident

-Theft of custodian's keys

-Toilet papering the West Gym

-Three counts of staging mass walkouts during class

-32 counts of being sent out of the classroom for disruptive behavior

-Stole entire supply of band-aids from Nurse's Office

-Placing mass amounts of dish soap in school fountain


District 141 Notice of Transfer

12/02/06

This is to notify that student, Lacey Rodriguez, is to be transferred from Dryden High School to Belleview Boarding Academy effective Monday, January 8, 2007.

Rhonda Reinfeld

Superintendent, District 141


Top Secret Diary of Lacey Rodriguez

12/27/06

6:23 pm

This is completely and totally unfair. Old man Harding gets his britches in a twist and before I know it I'm being kicked out of school. As if life could not get worse, my inconsiderate excuses for parents have enrolled me in Belleview Boarding Academy. BOARDING Academy, meaning I will live there. How unfair is that? I don't even know how my parents can afford this place. I have a sneaking suspicion that Aunt Frieda is in on this. My life is doomed. My lame Christmas couldn't even make up for the monstrosity that I've gotten myself into. One word can encompass my entire Christmas perfectly: Aunt Frieda. Well, perhaps two words.

P.S. I'm grounded for New Year's Eve. The unfairness of it all!!!

To Do List for 12/29/06:

-Find a way to get out of this

-Avoid Aunt Frieda until she goes home next week

-Hide hideous duck sweater dear Aunt Frieda gave me for Christmas



From the Desk of:

Headmaster Browning

Belleview Boarding Academy

January 2, 2007

Dear Miss Rodriguez,

I would like to welcome you to Belleview Boarding Academy. This fine learning institution has been educating the youth for over 100 years and we are proud to include you in our legacy. Typically, under normal circumstance, we do not allow students to transfer mid-year. However, your case is unique and we are willing to make accommodations for you as long as you display upstanding student behavior. Spring term begins Monday, January 8th and the dormitories open Sunday, January 7th. On behalf of the faculty and staff at Belleview, we are looking forward to your arrival.

Sincerely,

Fredrick Browning

Headmaster

Belleview Boarding Academy

Attached:

-Room assignment

-Class schedule

-Code of Conduct


Belleview Boarding Academy

Room Assignment

Name: Lacey Rodriguez

Room: 114A

Roommate: Tanna Reegal


Belleview Boarding Academy

Class Schedule

Name: Lacey Rodriguez

Status: Junior

Schedule:

9:00 – 10:00 – Literature of the 1900's (rm.100)

10:00 – 11:00 – Introduction to Calculus (rm. 210)

11:00 – 12:00 – Physical Education (Gym 1)

12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 – Break

1:00 – 2:00 – Introduction to Chemistry (rm. 121)

2:00 – 3:00 – English Level 11 (rm. 103)

3:00 – 4:00 – American History of the 1900's (rm. 233)


Belleview Boarding Academy

Code of Conduct

Students are expected to follow the following Codes of Conduct at all times. Any violations will be dealt with accordingly. For further breakdown of the codes, please see student handbook.

1. Students are to come to class on time and with all required materials.

2. Respect is to be upheld at all times.

3. Lights out is promptly at 10:00 PM during the week and 11:00 PM during the weekend.

4. Vandalism and tampering of property not your own is strictly prohibited.

5. Males are not to be present in the female dorms and vice versa.

6. Vulgar language and violence will not be tolerated.

7. Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are prohibited.

8. Student dress will at all times be appropriate. (This means no mini-skirts, spaghetti straps, cleavage of any kind showing, etc.)

9. The recreation room's hours are 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM on weekdays and 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM on weekends. No students are to be in the recreation room before or after its hours of operation.


Top Secret Diary of Lacey Rodriguez

1/6/07

7:31 pm

I'm all packed and ready to go. Everything I'm taking with me is crammed in our mini-van at the moment except for my diary and journal. I've parted sorrowfully with my friends and made extra certain that my parents know I'm not savvy on this whole boarding school thing (aka given them the cold shoulder). Everybody knows boarding schools are packed with little rich momma's boys and daddy's girls. I'll be surrounded by a mass of snobs and goody-two-shoes. My life is ruined!

To Do List for 1/6/07

-Too late to get out of this. On to Plan B: Devise plan to deal with this.

-Burn photo Aunt Frieda took of me in that hideous duck sweater she gave me.

7:49 pm

Mom caught me burning said picture of me in the duck sweater. Note to Self: Don't burn things directly under the smoke detector.


Lacey Rodriguez's

Top Secret Poetry Journal

(Entering this Journal without Permission

Equals Immediate and Painful Death)

Uncertainty

You see my actions

Upside down.

You hear my words

Inside out.

You see the negative exposure

Of who I really am.

You look at me and see

The backwards version of me.

You take me for wrong

And make decisions

Without properly

Thinking it through.

So here I am

On the eve of a great change

And I can't help but wonder

If all this uncertainty I'm feeling

Is in vain.


Author's Note: Let me know what you think about the style of writing. Thanks for reading.

-Sunne