"12:30. Lunch. Daycare."
"Wha?" Jenny asked, her mouth full with grilled cheese.
Ala looked up, and blushed, "Oops, I said that out loud, didn't I?"
"Yeah, you did." Jenny said, gulping down her grilled cheese. "Ala, if you do what I know you're going to do, I'm not going to be your friend."
Ala snapped to attention, she looked at Jenny before saying, "You're bluffing... Right?" The last word came out like a squeak.
Jenny glared at Ala, "No, I'm serious, you can't go through with this!" She said. "You'll get in huge trouble! Besides, this is obviously a huge misunderstanding!"
Ala could barely hold in her tears. "But- Jenny..."
Jenny sighed, "Let me know when you change your mind, then." She said, before picking up her tray, and moving to a different table.
Ala felt herself curl up into a ball and rock back and forth.
You know what? I can still do it. I'll talk to her later, and maybe than we can be friends again.
Ala took a breath, and stood up on her chair. She cleared her throat, and straightened her back. "Attention everyone!" She shouted.
For a moment, it felt great when everyone, even Tiana, turn and look at her with their eyes wide. But then she could feel the pressure of everyone staring. She saw Jenny's face pale, as she mouthed the word no, she saw Henry's face twisted in fear, and confusion, and she saw the teacher stand up, waiting for what was about to happen.
Alright, just do it, before you chicken out.
Before she had another moment to think, before the teachers made her sit down, before Jenny's doubt made her fall flat, she opened her mouth.
And then she sung.
"Hey, hey, everybody,
"I have something to say.
"Tiana's a Poop,
"Dig a little deeper, and you will see,
"That just maybe,
"We could work together
"To stop Tiana the bully-"
"ALA! GET DOWN FROM THERE!" The Chef shouted as Ala began to walk along the table.
Ala froze. There was a long silence that pounded against her ears. Then, there was a chuckle, and then a giggle, and then, everyone, every single student, howled with laughter.
Rocky, who was sitting right in front of her, pointed at her, and said, "You'll be paying for my hospital bill, I think your song made me deaf."
Ala couldn't hold it in anymore. She jumped off the table, and ran out of the cafeteria, the teachers hot on her heels. She ran as hard as she could, but she soon felt the teacher grab her arm, and pull her to the office. Ala screamed, and cried, her face a red tomato. Her fists clenched and unclenched, but eventually, she became limp, and became content with the silent tears rolling down her cheeks, and the emptiness in her stomach.
Through Ala's tears, she heard the head teacher.
"Yes, Mrs. Fawn." There was a pause. "Okay, I'll see you in a bit."