Hi, my name is Sammuel Rowl. I'm a middle child, I have an older sister and two younger sisters. My greatest life changing journey happened one sunny, chilly day in November at the bus stop.

I was waiting for the bus when I heard snickers. I looked up and saw a girl with black hair and green eyes, no shoes, and a tattered dress walking down the sidewalk. She was all smiles and acted like no one was laughing at her or gaping. I shut my gaping mouth real fast, and looked away. Out of the corner of my eye I was she wasn't completely barefoot, she was wearing some sort of ace bandage-like strips on her feet. Her dress wasn't really tattered, it just had three good-sized rips in it.

When we got on the bus people snickered and pointed, and the bus driver was suspicious, but said nothing.

After all that she still smiled and let me tell you I could not grasp how she could do that. I sat beside her, though mind you, I sat the farthest away on the seat as I could.

Then halfway to school she did the unthinkable. She turned to me and said, "Hi. I'm Sabrina Carter. What is your name?"

"Um, my uh, my name is, uh, uh, Sammuel um Rowl," I stammered really nervous. "Sammuel Rowl."

"We just moved and my mom said that Emerald Junior High was the closest junior high around this area," Sabrina explained, "I am so sorry I made you nervous, I guess. I look a mess. I couldn't find my box of clothes and if I would have looked for a suitable dress, I might have been late. I do not want to be late on my first day."

Then we arrived at school. When she got inside the building, she raced off to find the principle's office to get registered. I went to my locker, got my things and went to homeroom. Sabrina came a little late to homeroom. She handed Miss Harper her registration and introduced herself. I was surprised by the extras she said about herself. Like her dad died of cancer, her mom not being able to buy her shoes, and that she had ripped her dress climbing a tree last year. And through it all she was all smiles. After Sabrina sat down Miss Harper announced that the Christmas dance was on December 7. I had Sabrina in my Language Arts and spelling classes, but after that I didn't see her til lunch. And that's when the teasing began. Then Cayla Hawks stomped over to Sabrina and dug into her. By dug in I mean she started to make horrid, smug, put-down remarks, and let me tell you once she started the cafeteria was quiet and hushed. There was no sound except silverware dropping in surprise to Sabrina's remarks back.

"Poor farmer girl lost her daddyཀ We're sooo sorryཀ" Cayla Hawks says in a fake pity voice.

"You don't need to be sorry. I know that my dad is happy where he is right now," answered Sabrina quietly while staring at her food.

Cayla fumed, then screamed at Sabrina, "You don't know anythingཀ"

"What do you mean?" Sabrina whispered.

Cayla snarled and hissed. She was angry. Every one in the cafeteria was stunned.

Then the principle came in. "What in the world is going on here?ཀ" he demanded.

Cayla started to say, "She was yelling at meཀ"

"Enough Cayla Hawksཀ We need to have a chat," boomed the principle.

"But, but," sputtered Cayla.

"Comeཀ Nowཀ" shouted the principle at Cayla.

"Hmmph," grumped Cayla as she stormed out of the cafeteria after the principle.]

Meanwhile Sabrina had sat down and put her head in her arms. She was crying you could tell. I tried to comfort her but she pushed me away.

Later that day her mom called saying she had to work till 8:00 pm.

"I have no friends and who knows where Gavin is," wailed Sabrina.

Gaven. I dreaded that word. It sounded like he was her old boyfriend, and I was suspicious. I had to ask. When she got off the phone I asked, "Who's Gavin?"

"My cousin. I haven't seen him since he was in 12th grade. Which was 5 years ago," Sabrina said with a shrug.

"Oh," I said.

Then a smile lit up on her face. "Could I, I mean may I, come to your house?" Sabrina asked.

So I checked with my mom and she said yes. So off we went.