My shoes clicked and clacked down the hall as I raced my niece to her class. "Jay, you're going to slow, come on." She rushed. "Seeing as I'm the once carrying all your stuff, I hope I am the one lacking behind." I said as we approached her door. She suddenly stopped and looked at me. "I don't wanna do this anymore." She whispered. "Why not?" I asked bending down to her level. "They aren't going to treat me like you and Daddy do." She pouted. "Sweetie, I want you to listen to me. Just because they don't do things our way, doesn't mean that it won't be fun. All you have to do is try your best, and I promise everyday after school, I'll be right here to talk about your day. Now lets go meet your teacher." I held out my free hand and we both took a deep breath and walked in. "Sorry for interrupting, but this here is my niece, Imani." The teacher smiled a warm smile. "Well hello Imani, I'm Ms. Williams, please have a seat in the front." Imani turned to me with a worried look on her face. "You'll be fine. I love you." I mouthed to her. She ran to me and hugged my leg and began to softly cry. "Oh come on Imani, don't cry I'll be here after you get out of school. I promise." I held out my pinky and she held out hers, we locked them together then kissed them. "Imani come sit next to me!" This girl called her over. "See she's already making friends." Me and Ms. Williams laughed at the site of the two showing each other their school supplies and snacks for lunch. I walked out without her noticing and began racing to my own school.
I was a senior in high school, I had many acquaintances, but not many friends. I kept a small circle, less drama for me. "Aye girl! You late!" I smiled at my best friend, Leo, we've been cool since the 3rd grade. "I know I know, you need to talk to that damn best friend of yours, he can't just up and leave for practice with a daughter at home.” He sighed. "That was actually my fault." He confessed rubbing the back of his neck. "What? How?" He shrugged and opened his mouth to speak, but my brother and his boys came. "Wassup." They all greeted us. They hugged me and dapped up Leo. "Not s***, oh wait there is something. I was almost f***ing late because you wanted to leave without giving anybody a damn heads up." I vented off to Darius. "I'm sorry Jay, but Leo called and said that all five of us are starters for the Varsity Basketball team." He explained. I jumped on him. "Oh my God D, I'm so proud of you guys!" I hugged them all and then we heard somebody clear their throat.
It was my other bestie, Bino, "Did you make the football team?" I asked walking up to him and hugging him. "Well damn, I can't get a good morning or a hello?" I smacked my lips. "Hello and good morning now answer the damn question." I demanded him. "Thank you, and yes I did. Now all we gotta do is get you on that basketball team and we'll be good." He swung his arm around me and we began to walked to class. "Okay, I see how it is! I don't get a hug or nothing." Kobe called after us I turned around and hugged each of them just as the bell rung. "s***!" We all cursed and raced to our classes. "All this damn running I should be on the track team." I thought to myself. I hope Mr. Fernandez doesn't have a stick stuck up his ass today.