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It was my first day and I wished it could be the last.
Everyone stared as I walked in. My face was hot; someone made a ssss! sound, and giggled. I tried to keep my gaze fixed on the wall at the back, but by accident I caught the eye of a boy in the middle row. He was looking at me in a way that said I know what it’s like. I’ve been there.
I glanced away, keeping my face stern, then risked another look. His eyes held mine, and his mouth curved into a faint smile. He was a handsome boy, dark-haired, even-featured, but something about him told me he was a loner. We’d been warned against loners. Loners didn’t last long.
“This is Rain,” said the man in steel-grey uniform who’d brought me from the office. “He’ll be joining us. I know you’ll help him to fit in.”
“Yeah. We will,” someone muttered, and there was a ripple of laughter.
They were all boys in that room. That was what I’d been told to expect. They took the girls somewhere else. I wondered about Sky, and whether I’d ever see her again.
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