They'll Never Hear a Word We Say: Part Six
The Cool Kids
Over the next few months, Mel and Sam made up about the
Krystal argument, but there was still something between them that was causing
them slowly but surely to become more distant. They no longer played together
every day after school. They rarely hung out or went to each other's houses.
At school they only sometimes talked, and they started seeing one another less
and less. Krystal and Sam had become closer. Mel's worst fear had come true.
Though Mel and Sam didn't speak very often, there was
still something holding them together. They were still best friends, and they
both knew it, but neither of them wanted to admit it. The bond that they had
built over their years of friendship together hadn't broken yet.
The bond kept getting weaker and weaker each and every
day, however, and by the end of the year it was just a thin little string. On
the last day of school, Mel had even forgotten the last time she and Sam had
done anything together. She then realized that she had to somehow save their
friendship before it was too late.
That summer, Sam and her family went off to vacation
in Mystery Island, like they had the previous year, so Mel had no choice but
to let the string get thinner and thinner. She had sleepovers with Kira, though,
and those were great fun. But they just weren't the same as the ones she used
to have with Sam.
When Mel got her letter from the school that told her
which teacher she would have for fifth grade, she didn't even hear from Sam
like she usually did. So the night before the first day of school, she took
a walk over to Sam's house. She looked up at the giant Neohome that she hadn't
visited in so long. She smiled as she thought about the memories it held of
her and her best friend as she rang the doorbell.
Sam opened the door slowly and looked down at Mel,
wearing a surprised look on her face. "Mel! I haven't seen you... in a really
long time," she said softly. Her eyes were filled with sorrow as she looked
at the Usul. "Well, come in!"
Mel stepped inside of the house, which smelled like
cinnamon and honey, like always. She was instantly reminded of the time she
and Sam made hot cocoa together on that snowy day in first grade...
"So, who did you get?"
"Who's your teacher?" Sam repeated, sitting down on
a big sofa. Mel sat down next to her.
"Hedbird... same as last year," Mel told her, shrugging.
"Yeah, I have Vasen again too. I guess all of the fourth
grade teachers decided to teach us again another year. Must've liked us a bunch,"
Sam said, laughing slightly.
Great, Mel thought. Nothing's going to change this year. It will
just be the same as last year was. Krystal and Sam will become even better friends...
She sighed, looking down at the floor.
"Anyways, Mel, listen. I'm really glad you came. In
fact, I have wanted to visit you for such a long time, but I was just afraid
that you were still mad at me. I hope we can save our friendship... I mean,
we're still best friends. Right?"
"Right," Mel replied monotonously, still staring at
The next day, Mel and Sam walked to school together.
That was something they hadn't done in a very, very long time, and Mel was extremely
glad that they were finally hanging out again. But she knew that it all would
change as soon as they got to school and Krystal took over.
And take over was exactly what Krystal did. She and
Sam behaved exactly like they had the year before. They went off all by themselves,
and Sam would never even speak one word to Mel during recess. So the yellow
Usul spent time with Kira as usual. But one recess, a few weeks after school
had started, Mel was quite surprised when she saw Sam and Krystal walking her
"Hey, Mel." Sam waved, smiling. Krystal smiled too,
which Mel was very shocked to see. She didn't think she had ever seen Krystal
smile genuinely at her like that before.
"Hi," Mel and Kira replied together.
"Um, yeah. Krystal and I were just starting a club,
and well, we were wondering if you guys wanted to be in it," Sam explained.
"It's called the Cool Kids Club. So, do you want to?"
"Of course they do," Krystal said cheerfully. "They
would never turn down an invitation to be cool."
"They already are cool," Sam corrected. "Otherwise
we wouldn't be asking them to join, would we? Anyways, do you guys want to?
Mikey, Chad, and Garret are in it too."
"Well," Mel murmured, looking at Kira. The yellow Cybunny
shrugged and then after a few moments, nodded in approval. Mel wondered about
this herself for a second. Krystal was in it, so she wasn't sure if she really
wanted to join. But then again, she would get closer to Sam and be able to hang
out with her more, and maybe she would get to know Krystal even better. "All
right, we're in."
"Great!" Sam exclaimed, and handed Mel a piece of torn
and crinkled paper. "Here are the rules, by the by."
Mel straightened the piece of paper out and read it.
Congratulations! You have been chosen to be a 'Cool
Kid'! However, with this great honor, there are always certain rules you must
follow. Any breaking of these rules will get you immediately thrown out of the
group, so you must obey the following.
1. You can never, EVER talk to a nerd.
2. Or a geek, for that matter.
3. You cannot read a book unless you have to for school. I mean, reading
was so two years ago.
4. You can only hang out with other Cool Kids. If anyone sees you interacting
with unpopular people, you WILL be banned from the group. (Note: if you have
to be in a group with a person who isn't a Cool Kid for a project for school
or something like that, it's okay.)
5. The only person who can recruit pets to be in the group is Sam.
6. If you agree to these rules, please sign your name below.
SIGNATURES: SAM~, *KrYsTaL*, Mike-Man, Chad-meister,
Mel frowned and looked up at Sam when she was through
reading. "Garret can't even spell his own name? He's stupider than I thought--"
"Here's a pen," Krystal interrupted, holding one out
for Mel. She took it and signed her name on the paper, then handed it to Kira.
Life in the Spotlight
From then on, the Cool Kids went everywhere together,
all seven of them. Sam and Krystal were considered the 'leaders', and Mel didn't
really have a problem with that. By then, she was used to Sam and Krystal being
together all of the time. She enjoyed hanging back with Kira and Garret, while
Chad and Mikey would talk to Sam and Krystal more often.
They traveled in a big group, and never went off to
do anything unless they were doing it together. Everyone in the fifth grade
knew who they were now, since they stood out so much and were always laughing
and attracting attention to themselves.
The other kids didn't call them the Cool Kids, however.
They didn't even know that that was what they called themselves. So they just
called them 'The Seven'. The unpopular kids often wished that they could be
in the group, and sometimes one of them would even go up to the Cool Kids and
ask them if they could be their friend. Sam would always snort at them and walk
away. The other six would follow her, and as the kid who had been rejected walked
away with their head hung and spirits low, Mel would always secretly look back
at him or her, with a frown on her face, and feel sorry for them.
With being popular came being respected, sometimes
even hated. But Mel had to admit that she loved it when people always said sorry
to her so sincerely even if they had just bumped into her in the lunch line.
The rude remarks from the popular wannabes she just ignored, though, and tried
not to let them get to her. Whenever she and Kira heard something nasty being
said about them in class, they would shoot dirty looks at the people who had
said it for the rest of the day, sometimes even the next day as well. Maybe
even longer, if the remark had made them really mad.
After about a month of being a Cool Kid, Sam started
to hang out with Mel much more often within their group. Krystal seemed to be
over her hatred of the yellow Usul as well, and this brought great joy to Mel.
Her best friend was finally noticing her again.
Pretty soon Mel had practically became the new leader
of the group, thanks to the constant attention Sam was giving her. Chad and
Mikey started to talk more with Mel too, which made the whole group come together,
unlike they had been before. Before, they were two separate groups, acting like
they were one.
One day while walking home from school, Sam said to
Mel, "I'm so glad we're best friends."
"Are we?" Mel said in a harsh tone. She suddenly regretted
her remark however. But she did have a point.
Sam raised an eyebrow. "You know, Mel... you haven't
really been the same since... well... you know. When we got in that fight last
year, and didn't talk to each other for the longest time. Something isn't there
that was there before. I feel like the Mel I used to know is, well... gone."
"Remember what I said last year?" Mel asked. "The last
thing I said to you that day we got in the fight? I am different."
And she was. Ever since that day her emotions exploded
as she watched Krystal and Sam laughing like she used to with Sam, her attitude
had become sour and she wasn't the same fun-loving Usul she used to be. She
didn't read her favorite books anymore; she didn't spend time with her family
that much. She wasn't very kind to all of her classmates like she used to be.
She couldn't even remember the last time she told her owner that she loved her.
She did not like the different Usul she had become.
But she was giving in to it. She was no longer the sweet Mel that she once was.
To be continued...