Rose Petals: Annie moves to town #2
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A few days later, Annie got a call from Leroy, the guy she had met at the community dance. They visited a while on the phone; then he asked her out. She got permission from her mother, and they agreed on the following Saturday.
Leroy was two years older than Annie, so he had a driver’s license; or so he said. Actually, it was only a beginner’s permit. Nevertheless, he picked her up that evening, and they went to The Frontier, a local drive-in restaurant. This was Annie’s first experience at one of those hamburger joints that she had read about. As they sat in the car, waiting for the car hop to bring out their drinks and burgers, she and Leroy talked about his school and hers. He asked her about her country school and how she liked her new one here in the city. He also asked about her family and her pets, what she liked and didn’t like. Quite the charmer, he was attentive and a good listener, but eventually Annie would learn that he was a little bit ‘the bad boy’. But for now, she was really beginning to like him as he gave her his undivided attention.
Pep Squad was the perfect organization for Annie to get acquainted with the most popular girls in school. That class was first period, and the pep squad building was separate from the main ones. Every morning Annie walked to school, which was about six blocks from her home, and started her school day practicing drills and routines for the football game half-time performances. She just loved the precision of the drill team, which was part of her pep squad activity. When the position of drill team captain came open, she tried out for it and made it. That gave her a chance to make more new friends, except with Carol. She’s the one who had been captain but was demoted when she hadn’t kept up her grades.
But Carol had been snippy to Annie before all that happened. It seemed as if she was always looking for some reason to make fun of her...like when Annie kicked off her shoes at the desk one day, Carol chided, “In the city we wear shoes.” Annie felt her face flame but didn’t say a word. Margie was also on the drill team and she told Annie, “Carol’s jealous, but beware, because she doesn’t like anyone to cross her.”
The opportunity soon came for Carol to get even with Annie. One of the assignments pep squad members had to do was guard the entrance to the campus at different posts. Annie’s post one week was at the north gate, quite a bit removed from the campus activity. She looked up one day to see Leroy riding up on a motorcycle, even wearing a black leather jacket! And this was midday. Leroy should have been at school himself. But he knew Annie was at that spot during lunch that week, so he played ‘hooky’ from school to go visit her. Annie exclaimed, “Leroy, what on earth are you doing here? Why aren’t you in school?”
“Oh,” he said, “school let out early today and I borrowed a friend’s bike to come see you. “
“Really?” she asked, “Why is school out?”
“Oh, some holiday or something,” he answered, but somehow Annie didn’t believe him.
“And whose motorcycle was this, anyway?” she wondered.
But she said, “Leroy, you know I can’t be visiting with anyone off campus while I’m in school and on duty. You’d better hurry and get out of here before someone sees you.”
But someone did see. Always spiteful, Carol, who just happened to be standing around the corner, overheard the conversation. The first chance she got, Carol tattled to Mrs. Carson, the pep squad sponsor, that Annie was meeting her boyfriend when she was supposed to be ‘on duty’. When Mrs. Carson asked Annie about that, she explained with great embarrassment what had happened. Mrs. Carson let it go, but Annie was so humiliated to have gotten into trouble, or almost anyway.