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The Glittery Girls Gang, Chapter 2

I take a deep breath and walk over to Kayla, Avalon, Maggie, and Mercedes. I practiced what I will say to the GGG in front of the mirror countless times last night. I don’t think I could possibly be better prepared. I muster up all of my courage, walk over to the GGG, and I deliver my first “line.”

“Hi, my name is Devyn De La Rosa.” I say, trying to sound somewhat confident.

“Yeah. We know.” Kayla said flatly, rolling her eyes at me.

“We’ve been in your class since, like, the first grade.” Maggie adds, sounding identical to her leader.

“We’re not totally stupid, just in case you’re too stupid to know that.” Avalon adds snarkily. All four girls laugh their guts out. It was just like all of the teenage movies my older sister, Mirabai, watches.

“Well, I, um, was wondering what I have to do to join the Glittery Girls Gang.” I ask patiently.

“Fresh meat,” Mercedes whispers to Maggie loud enough for me to hear. Both girls snicker, and I laugh in my head at their failed attempt to remain inconspicuous about their teasing.

“Just run from the slide to the swing set in under thirty seconds and you’re in.” Kayla says with a broad smile.

“I’ll do it.” I proclaim with determination. The Gang and I walk over to the slide. Kayla puts her watch in stopwatch mode.

“Ready, set, GO!” Kayla yells, and starts her stopwatch. I run faster than I ever have in my whole life. The whole fate of my future social life rests on these thirty seconds. I get to the swing set, out of breath, heart pounding like a cacophonous drum.

“Twenty-eight seconds!” Kayla exclaims.

“I’m in!” I exclaim.

The other girls chortle. “You really thought it would be THAT easy?” Avalon says, barely able to contain herself.

“You are so freaking stupid.” Mercedes says, also guffawing.

“If you think we let stupid people into the Glittery Girls Gang, you don’t know anything. Now run along and get on with your miserable little life.” Kayla says, doing a fake frowny-face.

“SO sad,” Avalon says. And the GGG starts laughing like I was Ellen DeGeneres interviewing a little kid. My vision gets blurry. My eyes get watery. My stomach lurches. I feel a lump in my throat. I tell the recess monitor that I am going to the bathroom. When I get to the bathroom, I lock myself in and cry for the rest of recess. How could I have ever thought that making friends was so easy?


The Glittery Girls Gang, Part 1

The events in this story are inspired by events I experienced in real life. All names, places, and things have been fictionalized for the purpose of privacy. The leaders of the Glittery Girls Gang are still among us, and I don’t want them to know I’m writing this. Anyhow, on with the story.

Chapter 1

I am all alone.

My best friend, Jesy, just moved to Iowa. Ever since kindergarten, we have done everything together. We went to the same school, the same dance class, and the same synagogue. But her mom just got a really good position at work in Des Moines, and obviously Jesy and her family couldn’t travel from Iowa to Massachusetts every single day, so my best and only friend has to move all the way across the country. And that’s where my story begins.

My name is Devyn, by the way. Devyn De La Rosa. I am eleven years old, and I love to act, sing, dance, read, and write. I read so much that my mom jokes that I came out of the womb with a book in my hand. I am also incredibly shy, and the only friend I have ever had is Jesy, partly because Jesy is also very shy. But I’ve decided to take it upon myself to make some new friends. Jesy wouldn’t want me to be alone.

There’s this group of girls in my class named Kayla, Avalon, Maggie, and Mercedes. They call themselves The Glittery Girls Gang, or the GGG for short. I, and everyone else in the universe, know this because they all wear shirts with the words “Glittery Girls Gang” printed on the front in big, gold, shimmery letters, and on the back of the shirts, their names and numbers are printed. Kayla’s number is 1, because she is the president of the gang. Her shirt even says “Prez of the Glittery Girls Gang.” They wear their official tees every day. Kayla’s mom also owns CoolTees.com, a website where you can design and order your own custom t-shirts, so the Gang got their shirts for free. Kayla’s family is also incredibly rich because of her mother’s success in business. I wonder if I’m going to get a GGG shirt.