Alex felt the heat in her face when her friends were teasing her about the new girl having a crush on her. Then she heard them making fun of her beautiful red hair and was about to turn around to tell them to shut up, when all of a sudden the new girl was right there next to her table. She called them harpies, in an accent Alex wasn't too familiar with, then ran out of the cafeteria, leaving Alex with her mouth agape. Alex's friends giggled, calling the new girl a crybaby, like it was the funniest thing in the world. They started on her accent when Alex remembered how to speak.
"That wasn't very nice you guys! She's new, that has to be hard. Plus you made her cry. What's the matter with you?" Alex said quietly, but firmly, raising an eyebrow. When she spoke, even though her voice was so soft, they listened. A couple of her friends were still giggling, but the other three mumbled sorry under their breath, looking down at their trays in embarrassment. Alex got up from the table and quickly raced out the door and into the fairly empty hallway carrying her lunch, her knee length pleated skirt awkwardly sticking to her legs as she ran. Her lime green converses pitter-pattered against the floor.
She looked down one end of the hallway, trying to locate the fiery locks of the new girl. She didn't see anyone down that end, so she started walking down the other end, peeking into empty classrooms. She went inside the girls restroom to see if the other girl was there, peering under the stall doors. Finding the bathroom completely empty she continued her search down the hall looking through the windows on the classroom doors in vain, she thought.
Finally, she spotted the "harpie" girl in the chem lab, eating her lunch by herself. She hesitated only a moment, for she hated confrontation, and upon opening the classroom door, walked swiftly inside. "I'm sorry about my friends..." Alex said, trailing off, unsure what to say next. "They're stupid," she decided on. 'Lame' she thought, 'That sounded so lame....' At first the curly haired girl seemed to not hear her, continuing to chew her food, then swallowing. Slowly she looked up, hitting Alex with a piercing stare.