((Skipping post order to get Courtney out of the thread.))
A new girl showed up. Under normal circumstances, Courtney would have turned and ran immediately. These weren't normal circumstances. That much was certain. Making no attempt to acknowledge her, Courtney kept her gun lowered for now. Courtney wasn't thinking this through much, was she?
No time to decide. Point the gun. How many bullets? Didn't matter for now. Courtney ducked down and picked up the one she'd dropped on the floor, though. Stuffed it into the pockets of her sweatpants. Were they called sweatpants in America? Courtney had never asked. Normally just called them what she called them at home. She'd never wanted to be here anyway. Courtney missed home, even more so now. If they'd have never moved, this wouldn't have happened. This wouldn't be happening
. She'd be back in London, see it on the news, maybe a small story in the paper about the kidnapping of a senior year from Minnesota. One survivor found, the rest still missing. Sad story for the day, forgotten by tomorrow.
It wouldn't have mattered to her. She was on the other side of the world, right?
But no, her Dad had
to get the job, he had
to make them leave the country. They had
to go to St. Paul, not Minneapolis. They had
to put her in Bayview, instead of lying and getting her into the Catholic School. She could have dealt with a Catholic school. She'd have adjusted eventually. But no, Mum and Dad had
to say "Sorry, Courtney, you're going to Bayview! Don't worry, it'll be fun!" She had
to go on this trip. All of the fucking
chances she had to avoid this and still she was here.
This shouldn't have happened. Not to her.
She shook her head and looked around. Judged the situation. Reiko was distracted with the new girl, the other guy was still whispering sweet nothings to his out of it friend, the noise she'd heard earlier hadn't shown up since. Things were going to get messy, Courtney was certain.
Still barefoot and shouldering her bag, Courtney quietly slipped away.
((Courtney Bradley, continued in That's a bout. Salute. Shake hands.