Many people enjoy sitting far too much. Television these days is loaded with commercial advertising on ways to lose weight. And teenagers sit more than many other ages. Teens sit at school, when on the computer, at the television, when playing video games, and in cars.
The girls were sitting accompanied by Andrea Smith who was glaring at her studded black flats. The office was quiet besides the roaring of the air conditioner which was on full blast. Nadine, who could break the awkwardness of any situation, decided to break the silence.
“So...” she said in an awkward but comfortable voice, “It sure is chilly in here!”
Jocelyn laughed quietly. She had only ever seen Nadine do things like this when it was just the two of them. And if there was one thing that Jocelyn knew to be annoying about this was that Nadine didn’t give up until she got a response from the person whom she was annoying. And Jocelyn was glad that for once that person wasn’t her... but Andrea Smith.
Nadine continued to annoy Andrea, “So, Andy, where did you get your shoes from?”
Andrea hated being called Andy, but still remained quiet.
Nadine continued on, “I only ask because you seem pretty interested in them... you know. Being that you’ve been staring at them for the past ten minutes.”
Jocelyn laughed even harder than before and failed to conceal it, so she decided to add a stupid addition to Nadine’s annoyances, “Are you counting the studs or something?”
Nadine burst out laughing. It wasn’t at the dumb remark but at the fact that Jocelyn knowingly contributed to such idiocy that had annoyed her for years.
Jocelyn started laughing too, and then Andrea had had it. She started screaming and swearing at them in the superintendent’s office who was late to meet with them. She waved her hands when she talked - and was getting very into it - and waved her arms a little bit too far. A frame which held a picture on the wall came crashing down.
Andrea leaped from her chair to save it, but instead, accidentally pushed the chair on top of the fallen picture and landed on top of it. Glass shattered onto the floor and the picture of the happy family inside was ripped and creased.
A woman who had been working in the neighboring office opened the door and didn’t say anything for a moment and then harshly stated, “You’d better have a pretty damn good explanation for this.”
No one said anything and then the woman asked, “Who did this? Was it you?” she asked pointing to Jocelyn who obviously hadn’t done it since she was farthest from the mess.
Nadine looked to Jocelyn who was pointing at Andrea and Nadine decided to point at her too.
The woman was angry and told the girls that the superintendent was sick and would not be coming in to work today.
“So can we go?” asked Nadine.
The woman nodded.
Nadine was the first out the door and Jocelyn followed. They were both holding back huge smiles. Andrea followed them out but the woman stopped her.
“You will be coming back in tomorrow to explain to the superintendent how this happened.”
The woman wrote the time to come in on the back of a business card and let Andrea go.
The girls laughed all the way to the parking lot and then realized that Andrea’s parents weren’t there yet.
Jocelyn got into Mr. Hart’s car and left the door open for Nadine. But Nadine just stood on the sidewalk looking at Andrea.
“Nad, you coming?” Jocelyn asked.
“Gimme a sec,” Nadine said.
Nadine walked over to where Andrea was standing and asked, “Are your parents almost here?”
“I’m not sure,” Andrea answered.
Nadine pressed for more information, “Well how long do you think it will take for them to get here?”
Andrea was looking at the studs on her shoes again.
Nadine sensed that something was wrong and asked if Andrea needed to talk.
Andrea Smith nodded her head and then spoke, “My parents are at work.”
“Oh,” replied Nadine, “So who is picking you up?”
Andrea’s lip quivered as she was about to cry.
“Nadine sensed that she wasn’t going to get a straight answer from Andrea without some tears, so just asked in her sweet little voice, “Do you need a ride?”
Andrea nodded again.
“Common, we’ll drive you home,” Nadine comforted.
Jocelyn was texting on her phone in the car when the door opened and Nadine motioned for her to scoot over. Nadine sat in the middle with Jocelyn to her left and Andrea Smith to her right. The car was silent until Mr. Hart asked what the address of Andrea’s home was. And then more silence until they arrived outside of an average looking house.
Andrea opened the car door and got out. Nadine got out too and walked her to the door. It was completely out of the ordinary for Nadine to be so friendly. She was always quiet and liked to keep to herself. Andrea opened the door with her key and Nadine said goodbye but was interrupted by Andrea giving her a huge bear hug. Andrea was at least a head taller than Nadine so they looked kind of funny hugging like that.
Nadine broke it off and then asked, “What was that for?” in a friendly voice.
Andrea smiled and answered, “For not letting me walk all the way home.”
Nadine said goodbye and then got back into the car to explain everything to Jocelyn. The car started and they were on their way home. Doing what every teenager loves to do... being in a car - sitting.
Just a girl...