Just as the digital alarm clock hit 7:00 am, the blaring sound of the radio echoed through the small 300 square foot living room. With a groan, Roanna extended her long, skinny arm from underneath a small fleece blanket on the couch and ran her fingers over the buttons until the radio song ‘Die Another Day’ turned off. A tired, groggy groan came from underneath the tangled fleece blanket until Roanna threw it off of her, letting it pool to the floor. She sat up slowly, twisting her back in different directions hearing and feeling her back crack and pop a few times. She ran her fingers through her short tangled hair before rubbing her tired eyes, forcing herself to her feet. She took a chance to look at the alarm clock which now read 7:10.
“Too bad time doesn’t go that fast when I’m at work.” She grumbled to herself. It was the first day of school, and she was already running late. She must have slept through the first alarm that was scheduled to go off at 6:30, or maybe she just didn’t set it the night before. She pried herself to stand up off of the couch, picking up the blanket and folded it up, setting it on the back of the couch before going to the bathroom for a quick shower. With a towel wrapped tightly around her, she walked to her mother’s even smaller bedroom and opened up the dresser that the two of them shared and quickly got dressed in a pair of tight blue worn jeans, a white cami and then a long-sleeved V-neck deep purple shirt over the top. She returned back to the bathroom to quickly run some gel through her hair, styling the short brown hair to the side and spiking up the ends of the back of her head.
Now back in the living room (which was also openly attached to the kitchen), she picked up a small cel phone from the coffee table, seeing that the backlight had just recently lit up. She flipped it open and saw that she had a text from her friend Stephanie.
‘I have a surprise. Can you be ready in 10?’
Roanna quickly typed back a ‘sure’ before stuffing the phone into her pocket and took three steps to the fridge, opening it to find it unhealthily empty. She pulled out a bottle of Dr. Pepper, closed the fridge and then gathered up her books and backpack. By the time she was ready to start walking to school, she heard a couple car honks from outside. She opened the door to find her best friend Stephanie pulled alongside the curb in her Olive Green Jeep Wrangler, top down and her blonde curly locks flying freely in the wind.
“Get in stupid! Unless you want to walk?” Stephanie taunted her, honking the horn twice more. Roanna’s tired expression melted into a smile as she ran and jumped into the car, not bothering to open the tiny car door.
“If this means what I think it means, I think you just made my entire year.” Roanna said throwing her backpack into the vehicle’s tiny back seat. Stephanie nodded, revving up the engine and took off leaving the tiny one bedroom apartment far behind.
“I convinced my dad to let me transfer. I’ve known for about a week, but I figured I’d surprise you in style.” Stephanie smirked as the two headed towards the school.