Chapter 2: Life in the Suburbs
Life in the suburbs:
I stepped outside the airport with my bags as my dad pulled up with our rent-a-car. Our own car would be here in a few days along with our moving truck. The air was very moist and there were clouds hovering over us. We all put our stuff in the car and got in, and pulled out into the city.
“I wonder what the house is like,” said Ethan.
“Oh I think you guys will like it.” My mother said to us from the front seat.
“Yeah, I hope so.” I said under my breath as I gazed out the window. My dad hopped onto a freeway and we suddenly found ourselves on a road of hundreds of cars.
“Omg, we’re gonna be here all day.” I groaned. My dad turned on the radio and flipped through the stations until he came across an old school station that was playing some Al Green song.
“Aww, daddy… I don’t want to listen to this,” Whined Lila. “Can we listen to Justin Bieber or something?”
Without another word my mother flipped the station and my dad looked over at her, mad that his song was off. She finally found a station that was playing a song by Rihanna. Satisfied, Lila started to sing along.
I pulled out my phone and called Mea. On the second ring she picked up.
“Mel! Omg, are you there?” she yelled into the phone. I laughed. “Yeah Mea, I’m here. We’re on the highway though and the traffic is really slow.”
“Well it is 5:30 out there. It’s Rush hour. It’s busy like that in cities.”
“Oh. Well, Maybe you should’ve came out here instead of me. You’re more familiar with everything than I am.”
She giggled. “Aww, Melanie. You’ll adapt to it. Just hang in there. How was the flight?”
“Long, but it wasn’t too bad I guess.” I tried to brighten up a little.
“Cool. Well, you called me in the middle of dinner. Can I talk to you in a little?”
“Sure. I’m gonna call Shavon now.”
“K. Bye sis.”
“Bye.” I hung up then dialed Shavon’s number. She answered just as excited as Mea and I suddenly got lost in conversation with her.
Before I knew it we had pulled off the freeway and were driving into a very large gated community. My dad punched in a code and we drove in. I was amazed. Every house we drove past was beautiful, and I couldn’t believe we were going to be living in one of them.
“These houses are on point.” My brother said, just as excited as I was to see ours.
We pulled up to our house, and a huge smile came across my face.
“We’re living here?” I said to my parents. They both smiled, feeling satisfied with my reaction. Before my dad could turn the car completely off me and my siblings hopped out of the car and ran to the building.
“Open it up!” Lila screamed. “I wanna see it, now!”
My dad walked up to the door and unlocked it and we all walked inside, amazed.
“Wow. I can’t believe this is our house! And everything is already furnished too,” I said, walking around. For the first time all day I truly felt excited. “Can I see my room? Oh, and my bathroom too?”
“Sure can, my dear,” my mom said as she began walking up the stairs. I followed behind her and we made a right when we got to the top. She opened a door and I looked inside.
“Wow… this is amazing mom. “ I gave her a hug. “Thanks…I’ve always wanted a room like this. Now all I need are my clothes, shoes, jewelry, and pictures,” I thought out loud. We had given all of our furniture to my grandmother, and had boxed up all things we really wanted to keep.
“Well it’ll all be here soon,” My mom told me. We all finished touring the house. I felt so happy to be living in a place like this. I loved our house back home, but this was something I never imagined myself living in.
After we finished looking at everything I walked back to my room and flopped on my bed. It was so comfy.
I closed my eyes for a few seconds and before I knew it I was sleeping. It had been a long day.
The next day my father took me, Lila, and Ethan to register at the schools we’d be attending. Me and Ethan were going to a school called Palo High School. I could feel my stomach turning as I looked at my printed schedule for the rest of the year. I didn’t know who I’d be meeting, if anyone would like me, and who was going to be giving me a hard time as the new student. Ethan didn’t seem anxious at all though. But then again, of course he didn’t. He was a fearless person who took challenges head on.
When we got back home I sat in my room for a little while and watched TV. My favorite show, The Game was on. As much as everyone hated the new characters and seasons I remained a faithful fan. I laughed every now and then at the screen, while texting Mea. I was telling her how nervous I was about starting school tomorrow and she was trying really hard to keep me calm.
A few minutes later Lila walked in and sat on my bed. I smiled at her. “What’s up, Lila?”
“Oh nothing, I’m just really happy that we’re in Los Angeles.”
“You really like it, huh?” I asked her, genuinely interested.
“I do. This city is so huge,” She said to me.
“I know, it’s really beautiful…Hey how about we walk to the park and get familiar with the neighborhood?”
“Ooh, that would be fun!” I loved Lila’s enthusiasm about just about everything.
“Well go get your shoes. I’ll meet you downstairs,” I told her. She disappeared into the hallway and I applied a little deodorant then grabbed some sandals, my cell phone, and my keys. I turned off my TV and walked out of my room, shutting the door behind me. Downstairs Lila was waiting so I let my mother know where we were going. She gave us an okay and we went outside and started down the sidewalk that lead us to the park.
When we finally approached the area, I found 6 guys at the park’s basketball court. I stopped for half a second, falling deeply into shock. I grabbed Lila’s hand and walked to the swing set as fast as I could.
“Umm, Melanie why did we just practically run away from that basketball court?” Lila asked me in confusion after we got there. I couldn’t believe she didn’t see what I saw.
“Lila did you not realize who four of those guys were? They’re the boys from Mindless Behavior!”
Just as her mouth flew opened I covered it with my hand. “Lila, NO. Do not scream or else we will seriously go home. Promise me you won’t draw any attention to us.”
She nodded her head and I gave her a serious glare for a few seconds, and then let her mouth go.
“Oh my gosh,” She whispered, “I’m their biggest fan ever! Do you think they live in this community?”
“I don’t know. But I’m sure if they do they want privacy. They have enough girls obsessed with them across the country. They’d flip if they had groupies in their own neighborhood.”
“Nothing, Lila. Let’s just stay over here. I’ll push you on the swing.”
She got on and I pushed her as she continued to beam with excitement over the fact that we were just a few yards away from Mindless Behavior. I, on the other hand, was a bit nervous. I was star shocked. I didn’t look there way at all, because I honestly didn’t want to draw any attention to myself.
“Hey Melanie, look at them. It seems like their looking this way.”
“I doubt it,” I said as I stared at the ground.
“Just look, Mel.”
I looked up and saw that Roc Royal and Ray Ray actually WERE looking at us. My whole body flushed and I put my head down once again, self cautious of them looking at me. Five minutes later, the two of them started my way. “Oh no” I thought to myself.
“I think we should go Lila.” I said as I grabbed her hand. We started walking away.
“But Melanie I don’t wanna go,” She whined to me.
“Hey!” Roc Royal shouted at me. I turned around and looked at them. My heart started beating really fast, I couldn’t believe who I was standing across from.
“Oh, hi.” I said shyly, as if I didn’t know they had walked over here. “You guys are in Mindless behavior right?” I asked them so they’d know that I knew who they were.
“We are,” Ray Ray said as he gave me a quick smile. I gave him a confused look so he wouldn’t know how flattered I was at that point.
“We saw you over here ignoring us. Most girls would’ve came up to us in seconds.” Roc explained to me.
“Oh, well yeah…I didn’t want to bug you guys. I don’t think it’s most fun thing.
“You’re right,” Ray Ray said. “So I see you know us already. What’s your name?” He asked me in a friendly way.
“It’s Melanie.” I said. I was starting to feel a little more comfortable now. “We just moved here yesterday. I wanted to let my sister get familiar with things a little bit. She’s excited to be here.”
They both looked at Lila and smiled. “Hi, I’m Lila. I’m Melanie’s sister. I’m your guys’ biggest fan. You guys are amazing. I love the way your songs-“
“Lila, please.” I groaned. Roc and Ray Ray started laughing but I was a little agitated. “Well welcome to the city. Our manager lives in this neighborhood, so all of us kick it here a lot. I’m sure you know who Princeton and Prodigy are. Those other two guys are the manager’s nephews. Hella cool.”
“Oh. Nice.“ I said, becoming a little nervous again. I didn’t know what to say. Ray Ray smiled at me for the second time. He was so handsome in person. Not that he looked bad on TV though. Suddenly there was an awkward silence between all of us, even Lila.
“Umm, I think me and Lila are gonna head home now. We start school tomorrow and I think we need to get ready for that.
“Oh. Okay, then.” Roc and Ray said to us.
“Nice meeting you guys,” I said as we started back to our house. Right before we stepped back onto the sidewalk I felt a hand on my arm. I turned around to see Ray Ray had followed me a little.
“Can you come here again tomorrow? At like the same time?” He asked. My face turned red again. “Yeah…sure. If my mom let’s me.” I told him.
“Ok, coo. Bye Melanie. Bye little miss Lila.”
“Bye.” We both said. I gave him a little smile as we walked away. As soon as we were out of their sight I pulled out my cell phone.
“Gotta tell Mea and Shavon about your new CRUSH?” Lila teased.
“Oh hush, “ I said. I really did send them both a message though.
ME: Three Way Call TONIGHT. I don’t know how I got this lucky already.