Chapter 1: Prologue
Life in the country was great. It was small, quiet, and I was well known by everyone in my town. My family and I lived in a comfy house with a huge front and back yard in a small town in Georgia. I had two best friends, Mea and Shavon, and we had been friends since the 1st grade. When I was 16 years old though, I got news that turned my whole world as I knew it upside down.
“I’m moving? We’re moving? Los Angeles? But…why?” I screeched in shock. My mom and dad had sat my little sister, my little brother, and me down at the dinner table after we had all gotten home from school one fall afternoon.
“Your mother was offered a new job at Smilez Corporate, and with me only working from home, we could really use the larger income right now,” My dad informed to the three of us. I looked over at my sister, Lila, who was beaming with joy. “So we’re moving to a city? And where they have a beach at? Oh my gosh, I’m so excited!” I rolled my eyes.
“Yeah, well I’m not.” I looked back at my parents. “Can’t you guys move when I graduate? I’m in the middle of having a life, and you guys are going to ruin it if we move across the country.”
“I’m sorry, Melanie, but we have to make this move. This job offer is going to pay your mother three times as much as she makes now. Wouldn’t you like to be able to afford more things?”
“No. I’m fine with the things I have right now. Didn’t you guys always tell us that money isn’t everything anyway?”
My mother sighed. “Look Mel, I know that this sounds like the worst thing you could ever experience in life, but it’s not. We’re moving into a two story house where you’ll have your own bathroom, and the high school you’ll be going to is one of the top rated in the country. They have a lot of extracurricular activities for their students.”
I wasn’t moved. “So a new bathroom and a few clubs to join is worth leaving my best friends and everyone else in my life?” I sat there for a moment. “I have an idea. How about I move in with Mea and you guys go without me?”
“No Melanie. We’re going as a family. Ethan, how do you feel about all of this?” My dad asked. He thought for a second and then responded.
“Well, I’m not looking forward to leaving my friends either. But I mean it probably won’t be too bad going to LA. I always did want to experience the city life.”
“Are you guys serious right now? So I’m the only one in this family who doesn’t want to move? Wow.”
“I don’t think it’s going to be bad Mel, it’ll be great actually.” Lila said to me. “No it won’t, Lila. You’re leaving grandma, aunt Brittany, and all your little friends at school. How is that great?” She sat in silence.
“I’m going to my room now, and I’m not coming out until school tomorrow.” I said as I stormed to my room and slammed the door. This was not happening to me.
The next day at school I sat at a table with Mea and Shavon at lunch as we all moped about my soon to be departure. “I mean this just sucks for me, I’m two years away from graduating and then suddenly they want to make this big move. Why do they insist on torturing me? Tyler was just going to ask me out too. I just know he was.”
“I mean look at the bright side though, Mel. You get to live in a town filled with celebrities. Who knows who you’ll run into. Maybe you’ll even wind up with a famous boyfriend and forget all about Tyler.” Shavon said to me.
I laughed. “wow, you really think I’m going to meet someone famous and date them? Ok.”
“You never know,” said Shavon. As much as I didn’t want to admit to myself, I gained a teensy bit of excitement about this move. LA was swirming with celebs and it would be the best thing ever to become friends with some of them. But that still didn’t make me happy about leaving my friends behind.
“Look you guys, the three of us have been invincible since 1st grade. I don’t want that to end.”
“We won’t be together forever, Melanie. In two years we’ll all be in college anyways.” Mea said. “True,” I sighed. The lunch bell rang, and it was time for us to go back to class. I grabbed my books and walked alongside with Mea and Shavon out of the cafeteria and into the hallway. Our trio would soon only be a duo and I could do nothing to change it.
1 week later: I watched some professional movers take the last few things out of my room to put in the truck that would arrive in LA in three days. I had been crying all morning, and now that my room was completely empty I began to sob some more. This move was a reality now and I was dreading it. I walked into the kitchen where Lila and Ethan were eating the last of the cake from our going away party we had the day before at a park. “Want some?” said Lila. “No thanks.” I mumbled.
My mother walked in and gave me a hug. “Melanie, I just wanted to tell you I’m very proud of you for being so mature about this move. I know it was hard when you first found out, but these past few days you’ve been very strong.”
“Oh, so crying makes me strong?” I said. She smiled. “Sweety, it’s going to hurt and I know that. But you haven’t been giving me and your dad any problems and we appreciate that.”
“Well, I guess I have to be a big girl right?” I said as I looked at her.
“Alright. Everybody ready for this move?” My dad said as he walked into the kitchen. He had to be the most excited out of all of us. “I am!” Lila said as she ran into my father’s arms. Well, maybe Lila was the most excited.
“We need to get to the airport in the next hour, so grandma will be here soon.” My dad told us. “Ok.” We all told him.
Suddenly the doorbell rung and I offered to get it. “Who is it?” I said to the other side of the door.
“It’s Mea and Shavon. Open up!” I grinned and quickly open the door. I stepped outside and hugged them both really hard.
“What are you guys doing here? I thought we already said our goodbyes yesterday” I said to them. “Mel, you know we were not gonna let you go without seeing you on your very last day here.” Mea said to me. “Yeah,” said Shavon. “We just want you to know we love you with all our hearts. You’re our sister and that will never change. We got you something.”
“Aww, the perfume set and diary was enough you guys.” I said.
“Well we wanted to surprise you with this.” Shavon pulled out a silver diamond studded bracelet that had all our initials engraved on it: M, S, and M. Friends for Ever.
“It’s beautiful.” I said as I wiped another tear from my face. I put it on as my grandmother pulled in the driveway and blew the horn. “Well, I guess this is goodbye.” Mea said to me. I hugged them one last time as my family all started coming outside with their packed suitcases.
“Time to go, Melanie. Go get your suitcase.” Ethan said to me. “Bye you guys.” I said to Mea and Shavon.” “Bye Mel.” They said back and then walked to Mea’s car and started it. “Call us as soon as you get to LA!” Shavon yelled out the window. “Ok!” I yelled back, and they were gone. I went into the house and got my suitcase and carry on and went to my grandmother’s SUV. My dad locked up the house and we all loaded the car and left. My new life was about to begin.