Another week had passed. The air was getting much colder, but I reckoned fall here was going to be something to look forward to. I wondered how I had survived this long. It was lunch and I sat alone at a table. What was I to expect? I had no friends here. Some people wanted to be my friends, but I felt like they wouldn't like me anymore as soon as they discovered more about me. As a result of me continuously refusing to talk much, I was left alone. People still approached me and tried to start a conversation, but I brushed them away. What was the point? Other people cornered me and jabbed fingers at me, questioning me in slightly menacing ways.
A girl sat down next to me. She had dark brown eyes, like me, and a slim body like me. She had long blonde hair in a ponytail and she had pale skin. I have long, flowing, dark chestnut-brown hair, and tanned skin, unlike her. She was about average height, while I'm under the average height for my age. The girl smiled.
“Hey, I'm Lyla Ashford. You must be Hana Tanaka!” the girl, Lyla, said.
I nodded and stuttered, “Y-yeah. T-that's me.”
“So, you're new? Where'd you move from?” she asked gently.
I stared at her. Why did everyone always ask me this? I didn't want to answer, so I didn't. For a moment, there was an awkward silence as we stared at each other.
“Alright, you don't have to answer.” Lyla told me kindly, and took a bite of her sandwich.
I started to eat, feeling kind of awkward and protective. I didn't have to tell her anything, and I didn't have to even speak to her if I didn't want to. We ate in silence, then she put her food down suddenly.
“I don't mean to be rude, but… what do you have against us here at this school? Did I do something?” Lyla questioned.
I felt hot and put my food down, then clenched my fists under the table. I blushed slightly and I felt mad at her, as well as embarrassed. Why did she need to ask me this? I didn't have anything against anyone at the school, but I didn't want friends either. Everyone I get close to ends up hurt in some way. For their safety, and partially for mine too, I didn't make friends anymore.
Okay, this part is a bit longer! Go back and read the prologue if you haven't already. I appreciate feedback!
Question: Whereabouts do you think Hana lives?