Ake's mom stayed quiet as she drove him to school. He attempted a smile before wincing at the level of awkwardness felt. Instead, the teen unlocked his old iPod touch, scrolling through the music library. Finally landing on a Panic! song, Ake shut his eyes to better focus on the lyrics. His mother's voice brought him back to reality.
"Are you at least a little excited, sweetie?" Her face showed her wrinkles, which crinkled when she smiled.
Ake laughed a little under his breath before replying with a shrug and a drawn-out "Sure."
"Good, because you are going to be here for the next four years of your life! Isn't it just great?"
Her son grinned a little as he rolled his eyes at her enthusiasm. If I'm ever that excited, I'd probably explode from good-feelings overflow.
The teen looked out the passenger window at his neighborhood, as they passed by dozens of different trees.
The car pulled to a stop at the bottom of the stairs, which wound up to the school, higher up on the hill. Large numbers of high schoolers hung out outside; most wanted to wait until the last minute to have to enter, unhappy at the prospect of eventual homework.
School to Ake was nothing too special. Obviously, I have to do it, so I might as well just get through it.
With that thought, Ake faced his mother once more and noticed her frown.
"Mom! Why do you look so sad? Don't try to guilt trip me now!" He gave her a hug and a kiss on her check before releasing her with a simple "I love you, and I'll see you later."
As he pulled out his backpack from the trunk, the teen could hear his mom's voice over the music in the form of "Have a great first day! Attack today with enthusiasm unknown to mankind! I love you!"
He smiled in answer, and waved goodbye to the vehicle that drove away. Then, he faced what would be his new semi-home: high school. Lovely.
Ake pulled out his phone to ask his friends where they were. Lat and Nath claimed to be only a few feet in front of him, so he squinted his eyes, contacts and all, to attempt to find them. After a couple of failed tries, he gave up and told them to just go to his position instead.
Within a minute, the twins greeted him with a hug each, then questioned him about everything from his summer break to his non-existent glasses.
"Nice look A!" Lat nearly shouted.
"Hm. I myself found them rather charming, but oh well," Nath's casual shrug made Ake raise a brow in surprise.
"Really? Huh. I just thought they were annoying," he replied, "they never stayed up, ever."
Lat grabbed onto his arm, as fierce as a needy kitten, "Don't worry! You still look great! Better even!"
"Thanks," his smile lasting only a moment before disappearing. Too many of his friends made fun of him in the past when he showed any sort of emotion, so he morphed all of his feelings in a slightly cold, snarky attitude.
"You want to step in together?" Both of the sisters' eyes shone with such a strong light that Ake couldn't help agreeing.
"Fine, but this is way too childish, even for you two."
They dragged him up the stairs in their excitement, leaving the teen with feelings of regret. I have to work on that in the future, thanks to these two.
When they reached the top, all three paused for a moment. The buildings around them towered above them, somewhat due to the fact that a few required elevators. Just how big is this place?
Feeling daunted, Lat and Nath linked their arms with Ake's, then tried to stroll through the front gates. They most likely seeemd way more intimated than they intended, but none of them were thinking about that.
All they were able to process was that they were in ninth grade and that school was starting. Alright, high school, here we come!
Author's Note: I haven't really written actual chapters of any sort in probably over a year, so this is probably going to read a little rough. Do you think this is boring? Is the wording awkward in both the story and the dialogue? Am I telling or showing more? If you want to edit my grammar and spelling and all that, then that's fine, but I don't really care if something's a little off unless it distracts the reader. Thanks!