1. Annie and the Exchange Student


    Date: 11/18/2017, Categories: First Time, Author: sunshinegal, Source: LushStories

    Taking a sip of her herbal tea, Annie double-checks her things for school. Her berry-coloured lips twist as she goes through her mental checklist. Textbooks, notebooks, pens and her phone…yep, everything is in there. Slinging the satchel around her and settling it onto her shoulder, she adjusts her ponytail containing her thick brown curls and leaves her room, before knocking on the door next to hers. “David, are you ready?” she asks nervously. “Yep, two secs!” a deep, smooth yet muffled voice replies before the door opens, causing Annie to take a sharp mental breath. For six weeks, she and her father had been hosting David, an exchange student from Minnesota while he takes part in a study abroad programme. She recollects the moment she first met him. She was standing nervously outside her principal’s office as she aimlessly thought about the person who would be living with her for the next six weeks. She had agreed to host a student as she thought it would help her with her college application. She imagined it could be a cool girl who would actually be nice to her, rather than the stuck-up girls who ignored her at school; someone that could teach her to tame her long, dark brown curls or make her green eyes look less big. As her thoughts are interrupted by her principal, she entered the room and instead of an average-sized super-smiley girl, she was greeted by a six-foot, dark-haired, blue-eyed boy with a devastating smile. At first, Annie was excited to be ‘stuck’ with ...
    such a good-looking guy but her father made sure that no ‘funny business’ would be going on and as a gentleman, David promised nothing would happen and a sibling-like friendship quickly developed between him and Annie. But David’s charm and good looks quickly made him one of the most popular boys at school. All the guys wanted him on the sports teams and the girls just wanted him. As for Annie, all she could do is watch as everyone swarms round him and go on being unimportant… “Annie?” Shaking her head slightly, she looks at David, who is looking at her with a raised eyebrow. “C’mon, we’re going to be late,” he says, heading out of the door. “Sorry, was just thinking…” she mumbles, but he is already out of earshot. As Annie’s father drops them off, David waves bye to her as he bounds off to the main building. She walks slowly behind, knowing that in a few days, his exchange programme would be finished and he would be leaving to go home. Part of her is sad as she is losing a friend, but something else is bothering her, though she didn’t know what. She is playing with a loose curl that has escaped from her ponytail when Kelly walks straight up to her. “Hey Annie.” Stopping dead in her tracks, Annie looks at her dumbfounded. Kelly is one of the most popular girls at school and with her athletic figure and blonde, sun-kissed hair, she certainly has no reason to be talking to a relative nobody. “Kelly…what’s up?” she asks, clutching the books in her hand closely to her chest in a bid ...
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