Shannon O'Reilly (Chapter 10, page 2 of 14)


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Chapter 10

After science there were two more hours of school left and she felt like she could use a nap already. She rested her elbow on her desk and held her head up with her hand and watched the old maple tree sway gently in the cold wind outside. Its' leaves had fallen off weeks ago and now the branches looked like old gray fingers reaching for the sky. While Shannon daydreamed she was suddenly jolted back to reality by a girl's raspy voice in the seat behind her. There hadn't been anyone sitting behind her a minute ago. Usually Daniel Jackson, the perpetual sleep walker, sat behind her in science class, but he was absent today. The hair stood up on the back of her neck when she heard Mindy Douglas lean forward on the desk behind her and whisper "you think you're really hot, don't you?" Shannon didn't say anything; she didn't even want to turn around and look at her antagonist.

Mindy Fairfield was the typical bossy cheerleader with a gaggle of equally mindless friends following her around wherever she went. Mindy spent her study halls brushing her curly strawberry blonde hair, putting on lip gloss and looking at herself in a compact mirror. "You'd better watch your step Shannon. Dan is already spoken for." Mindy stood up from the desk and shoved it into the back of Shannon's chair with a loud bang. Mrs. Greene looked up from her papers and asked Mindy why she wasn't in her own seat. Mindy replied in her best condescending tone, "I just wanted to make sure that Shannon had all of the assignments from yesterday since she just got out of the hospital." Mindy then muttered, "mental hospital" to which her friends all giggled out loud.

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