Hometown Girls: Beginnings
by Tressa Messenger
Life for Marissa Lou was great. She was a popular senior in high school with great friends and an even greater boyfriend. She was on top of the world. That was until she made the greatest sacrifice of her life.
Daniel and Katie both loved Marissa Lou but neither of them could deny the intensity of their growing affection for one another, no matter how hard they tried to fight it.
Being the selfless person she was, Marissa Lou gave Katie and Daniel her permission to date. Little did she know it would be the first day of a hellish nightmare. One where, in her depression, she falls from grace and gets mixed up in a life she never would have expected.
With a growing addiction she fights to right everything that went so wrong, but will it be too late?
“Senior year girls!” Becca said holding up her red plastic cup full of cold, frothy beer.
“Senior year!” Marissa Lou, Katie and Jess said in unison holding up their plastic cups as well to meet Becca’s before all four girls tipped their cups back and swallowed the liquid inside.
“This is going to be the best year ever,” Becca said smiling mischievously. “We are going to rule the school.”
“As if we don’t already,” Marissa Lou said, raising a perfectly shaped eyebrow at her.
“True, true, but this year is different. This is our last year of high school. No more waking up early, no more homework, and no more school!”
“You do know that there is a thing called college right? And guess what, it starts up right after high school ends,” Katie asked. “Not only that, but there is also something called a job. A place where, most of the time, you have to wake up early and slave all day. I hear it’s a lot like school but at least you get paid for it. Oh, but then, most people have to start paying their own bills so you’d basically be working to live.” Katie and Marissa Lou smirked at the look on Becca’s face.
“The horror,” Marissa Lou said with a shiver.
“Whatever! You know what I mean.”
“I do,” Jess said sympathetically.
“Thank you Jess, at least one of you has a brain.”
The girls had a good laugh for a few minutes before the night grew quiet, which wasn’t usual when the boisterous girls were all together. Each stared into the bonfire, ignoring the rest of the party goers around them, thinking about the school year to come. They all knew Becca was right. This would be their last year of high school together. Kids usually hated school because of all the work it took, but most kids thrived on it and the social interaction it gave them. This group of girls were no different. Next year everything would change. Some in the group may even go in a different direction, to college and what-not, like Katie who always talked about leaving the small confines of their hometown for a bigger life. Everyone was rooting for her, but they all knew how hard it would be when that day actually came. Katie and Jess had been best friends since birth, long before Marissa Lou came into the picture when they started middle school, and later Becca made her grand entrance when they started high school. The foursome had been inseparable since. The thought of not having their everyday interaction was daunting.
“To senior year,” Marissa Lou said sadly, while the other girls continued to stare into the fire.