HERE COMES DOUBLE TROUBLE
I was standing outside my second hour class, busily engaged in conversation with another girl, when someone bumped hard against my shoulder. I turned and found two dark eyes penetrating mine. The eyes belonged to a girl twice my size (both up and out). She gave me a sneer with her upper lip and turned her back. Following close behind, as her shadow, was a small wiry girl. She scowled as she passed by me.
“Whatever you do, stay away from those two!” my friend whispered, “They are trouble!”
The following day, I met “trouble” coming down the hall. There was no way to avoid them. They were heading straight in my direction.
The small one gave me a “death stare” while the large one proceeded to be the mouthpiece for the two.
“You meet us after school this afternoon in front of the building, Hot Shot! We’re going to beat you to a pulp!”
I walked around them, trying hard to act nonchalant, but my knees were shaking.
When the dismissal bell rang that afternoon, I left by the side door and ran to the bus.
For two days I lived in fear of those girls!
It was the fourth hour and we were assembling for the PE class.
My enemies threw dagger stares in my direction. I did my best to ignore their hissing, “Chicken!”
The large girl came over to my pile of belongings, picked up one of my notebooks and began flipping through the pages. All at once I had had enough! I could feel the anger welling up inside of me, and the fear that had been binding me...evaporated! At that moment, I didn’t care if she was three times my size. I walked over to her and grabbed the notebook from her hand.
“You leave my things alone!” I demanded, as I stared her in the face. (I was shocked at the forcefulness of my own voice.)
Her face registered shock and then her features transformed into a smile! Her “shadow” stared at me in unbelief.
From that day on, the two that were known as “trouble” never troubled me again.