Copyright 2002

Michelle Carr pushed the book cart slowly down the empty aisle, looking for the correct spot the book was supposed to be. It was 6:45 p.m. and she was glad that her job was about to end in fifteen minutes. She was tired from school and still needed to finish her homework.

When it was finally 7:00, she left the book cart in the storage room and went to the front desk. She informed Ms. Sullivan, the middle-aged librarian, that she was leaving for the day.

"Alright, Michelle. I'll see you tomorrow," she said with a smile.

Everyone in the small town of Kay knew Ms Sullivan. It's just that many people don't take the time to get to know her. Ms. Sullivan was the type of woman who needed a routine to survive. Without one, Michelle was pretty sure that the librarian would go crazy. She would arrive at the library at 7 a.m., an hour early, always wearing a tight bun in the back of her head and a brown suit that matched the color of her hair.

In a way, Michelle was like Ms. Sullivan. A lot of people know her, but they don't notice her.

On her way out of the library, she said good-bye to John, the guard, and the regulars who come to the library everyday.

"Bye, Michelle. Be careful out there and don't study too hard," John said while holding out the door for her.

Michelle smiled and replied, "Thanks, John. I won't."

She walked out and felt the coolness of autumn at once. She loved autumn; it was never too hot nor too cold. Michelle walked slowly, enjoying the peace she felt. Kay was a small town that she was very familiar with since she lived here her whole life. Although a lot of people knew did her, she wasn't popular like the way Veronica Andrews and Shane Mitchell was. She didn't mind, though. She never did like a lot of attention drawn to her.

With all the attention Shane and Veronica got, Michelle didn't know how they took it. To be watched and noticed at so much, they had to be careful not to do anything that would embarrass themselves. Unlike Michelle, who could dig her nose for a full thirty minutes and wouldn't have to worry about someone looking at her.

It took her fifteen minutes to get home and when she finally did, she was greeted by her mom.

"Hi darling. How was school?" she asked.

"Fine, mom," she replied with a smile.

She kissed Michelle on the forehead and smiled back. "That's good. Listen, dinner will be ready at 7:30, so do whatever you need to do now, alright?"

Michelle nodded and walked upstairs. She dropped her backpack on the floor and laid down on her bed, which she missed. She stayed in that position for a while, thinking about school. She lied to her mom, she had a bad day at school. She was late for class, forgotten her homework, and had also forgotten about the pep rally. So when she got to school, she was one of the very few people not wearing the school colors, red and white. That rewarded her with snickering from her classmates.

She sighed and walked over to her closet to change into more comfortable clothes. She tortured herself with thoughts of Shane Mitchell. She had a crush on him ever since middle school, and the only person who knew about it was Rian Moore, her best friend. Michelle was pretty sure that Shane knew she existed. She was also pretty sure that Shane doesn't see her, even though he knows she exists.

She was still thinking about Shane when her mom called for her. Michelle walked downstairs, following the smell of beef stew. She found her mom, dad, and 21-year-old brother, Riley, already at the table.

"I guess someone decided to finally grace us with her presence," Riley said when she sat in her seat.

Michelle smiled apologetically. "Sorry. Caught up with homework," she lied. She didn't know why, but she felt the need to lie to her family lately. She figured she didn't need to have them worry about her all the time.

While they were eating, her dad announced that he had an announcement to make. He cleared his throat before speaking.

"Guess where the film "Green Fields" will be taped?" he asked.

Everyone on the table looked at him strangely.

"Uhh. we give up, dad. Where?" Riley asked smirking.

"Kay," he replied.

".Kay?" her mother asked.

"That's right, our very own town, Kay. Guess who's helping to cater at the movie set?" her dad asked with a big grin.

"Carr Catering?" Michelle asked.

"That's right, sweetie!" he exclaimed. "I got a call that the making of "Green Fields" will begin taping here and I will be catering!"

Everyone on the table suddenly burst a lot of "Congratulations."

Michelle was happy for her father, who worked very hard managing his own company. This was exciting news, for her family and the town.

* * * *

"That's so great!" Rian shouted when she learned the news about "Green Fields."

Michelle nodded. "Can you imagine, though? A movie being filmed here of all places? Things are certainly going to liven up."

The two friends were sitting in their usual place during lunch, under the big oat tree. They liked it there, where it was quiet, unlike the very crowded and noisy cafeteria. Rian sat across from her, picking at her sandwich, which she managed to eat ΒΌ of in the last half hour. Michelle, who had totally opposite eating habits from her friend, finished her lunch a while ago.

They sat in silence for a while, until Michelle noticed Shane leaving the cafeteria, with Veronica glued to his side. She watched him walk across the courtyard and kept her eyes off of his girlfriend until they disappeared around the corner.

"I see you got your Shane radar on again," Rian said.

Michelle smiled meekly. "I just wish he wasn't so cute!"

Rian smirked. She obviously didn't share the same interest in Shane like Michelle did. "I'm sure you'll get over him. I don't know how, I don't know when, but really, there's a hundred guys in this school that are better for you."

Michelle laughed and said sarcastically, "You do know that there are about one hundred guys in this school?"

"Oh right. So let me rephrase. There are still ninety-nine guys in this school that are better for you," her best-friend said with a smile.

Suddenly, the PA announced that there would be an assembly after lunch. Michelle and Rian could hear the cafeteria cheer happily, glad that they get to miss sixth period. Michelle and Rian joined in with the cheer, except not so noisily.

They started for the gym, since they didn't want to be stuck in the back of the crowd and have to fight for a seat. As they walked across the courtyard, and pass the student parking, Michelle saw from the corner of her eye Shane and his Siamese girlfriend who's sewn to his side, Veronica.

Michelle didn't realize she was staring at the two of them until Veronica stopped playing tonsil hockey for a minute, looked straight at Michelle and asked her what her problem was. Shane snickered.

Michelle, as embarrassed as can be, stammered an apology.

Veronica and Shane looked at each other and laughed. Michelle could feel the heat rising to her cheeks, and she could feel Rian's anger rising as her friend stepped forward.

"Don't," Michelle whispered.

Rian looked at her in the eye. "You're not going to take that, are you? Because if you're not, I certainly am."

Michelle's eyes started to tear up, still hearing Veronica and Shane laughing. This time, Veronica was mocking her apology.

"Please. Don't, Rian," she pleaded.

Luckily, the bell rang, signaling that the lunch break was over. Rian stepped back and walked to the gym with Michelle who had her head hung low. Michelle led the way, walking as fast as she could and cutting in front people, trying to keep the distance from Veronica&Shane as far away as possible. Rian kept trying to catch up with Michelle's pace, but they were able to find seats without much problem.

Michelle was still feeling bad when the assembly started. The crowd in the gym was loud, even for such a small school. It took the Principal, Mr. Healy, several times before the assembly actually started. It was about the production of "Green Fields" and to October High School's surprise, the producer was there.

Kimberly Tom was a short lady, with big green eyes and wild red hair. Although she appeared small, her voice was very loud and commanding. She got October High's attention in no time.

"Alright, guys. And ladies. As most of you already know, the filming of the movie "Green Fields" will be taped here. Now, what you don't know is that we need a good number of extras in the movie. If you're interested in being on film for a good ten seconds, just grab an application and drop it off in the office by next week Monday."

Michelle could hear almost all of the girls squeal with delight. Rian just pretended to stick her finger in her throat and gag. Michelle laughed, feeling better and trying to forget what happened earlier.