Title: Dear Diary
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, Gwen
Summary: Merlin's first day of middle school is not what he expected.
Word Count: 704
Prompt: #205 First Day of School
Author's Notes: This is based on a typical "middle school" in my area of the U.S., ages 11-13 attend.
Today was my first day at middle school. I was so scared I didn’t want to get out of the car but Mom told me that she loved me and that I could get through the day if I just tried my hardest. I wanted to make her happy, so I got out of the car and waved goodbye. It was still scary but I made it inside all right.
I’m glad I practiced opening my locker, because with how nervous I was I wouldn’t have remembered the combination otherwise.
My first class is science, which is my favorite subject. I sat down in the middle of the row and 2 girls came and sat next to me. The one right next to me is named Gwen. She’s really nice and introduced me to the girl next to her. Her name is Morgana and she kind of looks like me—pale skin and dark hair. She has a really weird sense of humor but that’s okay. I like it.
My second class is math. Morgana’s in that with me too. Third hour is P.E. (YUK) and all the sixth graders are in it. That’s where I met Arthur, Morgana’s half-brother. It must be weird having a brother your same age! But I met him while he was teasing another kid. I asked him to stop, but then he started mocking me. Thank goodness the teachers came in then because I don’t know what I would have done.
After P.E. I had Social Studies, which was okay. Gwen was in the class with me again. But then came lunch. Gwen invited me to sit with her and Morgana, which was nice. Then Arthur had to walk by, and of course he had to say something. He had to make fun of me again, but I ignored him. Morgana stepped in and made him stop, but then he looked at me funny and said, “There’s just something about you, Merlin.” That puzzled me but I didn’t get time to think about it again before I was off to band.
Band was pretty good. Some kids there are obnoxious, but I get to sit next to some really cool kids so it’s okay. After band I had Literature and Skills. They are 2 different classes but kind of the same because the same teacher teaches both. Morgana is in these classes with me. It’s nice to have a friend—at least I think she’s a friend now. The rotten thing is Arthur was there too. Good thing I saw him when I came in so I could sit on the other side of the room from him.
After school I saw Arthur walking in front of me with his obnoxious friends. He wasn’t paying attention and stepped into the path of an oncoming car. I yelled “Watch out!” the same time I reached out and grabbed the back of his shirt and pulled him backwards. He turned around and looked at me with big eyes. It would have been funny if he hadn’t been nearly mowed down.
“You saved my life!” he said, sounding really amazed. A lot of other kids looked at us then, including Morgana, who was behind me. “Thank you so much! I’m so sorry about how I treated you earlier—can you forgive me?” he asked.
I was too surprised to say anything else besides “Yes.” He grabbed my arm, looked both ways then crossed the street to a really fancy car. “Dad, this is Merlin. He saved my life!”
Arthur’s dad looked at me in surprise and thanked me a lot after Arthur described what I’d done. He offered to give me a ride home but I refused because Mom’s coming, of course. Arthur’s dad asked him to get in the car then told me he’d think of something to give me as a reward. I said that wasn’t necessary, but he insisted. So now I guess I have that to look forward to!
So that, diary, was my first day of school. I started out afraid but met some cool new people and have 3 new friends I didn’t have before. I think I’m going to like middle school!