Chapter 2:

Volleyball Club

Locker 263

It's been two weeks since I saw them, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. The prettiest person I have ever seen graced my eyes, and they had been burned into my memory.

Club pairing day is tomorrow, and I wanted to become a part of the volleyball club. It's been my favorite sport since middle school, and I was a great player. The sunset was beaming through my window, and I was starting to get tired.

I took out my phone and looked at the school's website. They posted all the clubs and what room to go to, I had to go to room 217. All I had to do was sign up, since sports team tryouts weren't for another week.

I really hope that they join the volleyball club as well. It would give me an excuse to be with them more, especially since we only share English class for fifth period. Sharing a club would give us a good excuse to become friends.

Time flew away, before I knew it the clock struck 10. I had to get to sleep, because if I didn't, I wouldn't be on time to get to volleyball club. So I laid down, and closed my eyes.

I woke up to my alarm blaring in my ear, I grabbed my phone and silenced the alarm. 6:30, I still had an hour and a half to get to school. I tried blinking the tiredness out of my eyes, but I couldn't. 

I walked over to my closet and grabbed a random outfit. I went into the bathroom and brushed my teeth, changed my clothes, and brushed my hair. I never really eat breakfast, and I don't think I ever will.

I checked the time, 7:15, I still had 45 minutes to bike to school. I grabbed my backpack, and went outside into the cool autumn air. I went around the side of my house to get my bike, and I started riding it down the street.

The cold air blew against my face, but something about this felt freeing. Just riding around felt calming, like I was in control of everything. But I didn't get to enjoy the freedom for long, because soon I was at school.

I locked my bike in one of the racks, and I walked inside the giant building. The hallways were busy, unlike on the first day. I walked towards room 217, I knew it was near Mr. Kane's room, so I just went in that direction.

When I got to the hallway it was on, I saw them. The divine person of my dreams, the love of my life. They were going into the room for soccer club, so they must like soccer. I walked into the volleyball room and saw a few students inside, and a sheet of paper on the desk.

There was a pencil next to the paper, and I wrote my name down. I already had my physical exam results from the end of last year, so I shouldn't have to do it again until spring. I looked around at some of the other kids.

I saw some people I knew, Layla had returned to the team again since last year. Connor never played but he always showed an interest in the sport. I knew a few of the others from seeing them in the hallways. 

I saw the volleyball coach looking over papers in the back of the room, Coach Khiro was one of the nicest staff members in the school. He wants nothing but the best for his students, and he was a great trainer. All of his students were great athletes, because he was so good at making them skilled.

I walked over to him and asked "Hey, how well do you think we will do? Especially since we are starting late. Last year they started the sports team a week earlier. What happened this year?"  he looked up from his papers and said "I think we will do alright. Near the beginning of the season we can rely more on the experienced players. Then we can all train the newbies together. Hopefully we can do well that way."

He went back to his papers and said "I need to look back over the physical exam results from last year. So please don't bother me. You have class soon." and I walked away. I had my answers, I would need to step up my game to carry the team near the beginning.

Our schools started volleyball games in late august, and we were already halfway through. We wouldn't have enough time to train everyone. We would only have time for a few practice sessions before we had our first game. Hopefully they already knew what to do.

I heard the bell ring, that was the warning to get to class. I had five minutes to get to my biology class. As I walked out of the volleyball room, I saw them walking out of soccer. They went in the opposite direction to me, but I had an urge to follow them.

I denied this urge and rushed off to biology. Hopefully one day I would have the courage to speak up about this, instead of just suffering in silence and being creepy all year. I walked into biology class and took my seat. I sat next to my friend David.

The teacher Mr. Lukas was always giving really boring lectures. I always just tuned him out and read from the textbook later. I always carry a book with me just for this occasion. I took it out and started reading from chapter 3.

Chapter 3 will be posted on 6/4/22