understand it. All the work and the effort turned out to be no more effective than doing nothing. She spent
all her spare time doing her essay all over again.
"Are you all right, Saranda?" her English teacher peeped inside: " I can go over the lesson again, slowly with you, if you like?"
" No, thank you, Ms Shine, I am OK," Saranda hastily packed up her things.
" The modified English class will help you, don't worry, you'll soon get it right."
" Yes, Ms Shine," Saranda nodded and left the classroom.
The school was quiet and empty except for one little group of girls waiting outside the entrance. They all wore incredibly reveling outfits and were incredibly popular, especially among boys. But they were always in trouble with teachers. Her new school friend, her only friend told her about them just today during the Recess time.
They stared at Saranda: " Look at the goody, goody...." one of the girls with a pierced nose copied her talk
and others burst out laughing: " Oh, plese, Ms Shine I don't understand 'anyting' and I want to learn 'eeeverything', another mouth pierced girl jumped in front of her and shouted in her face: " What about f........g,
would you like to learn that too?"
Saranda pushed her away and start running towards the carpark.
" I'll teach you, for freee..." She heard them laughing behind her back.
Saranda blushed. That was odd. It had never occurred to her before that they laughed at her because of 'HER'. She had only thought that her name was funny to them. Suddenly she looked up. Her dad was leaning against the old car he bought from their allowance. She noticed his disaproving and horrified expression eyeing the girls in the background.
She reached the car, sat down and urged him to go.
He caught sight of her face and muttered in their language: " What happened to you?"
She did not say anything just looked down at her sweaty palms.
He continued putting his seatbelt on: " Just remember, God is here, even in this strange land and watching you, judging you..."
" Just shut up and drive," she blurted out in English without thinking.
They found themselves just looking at each other for a second. Dad looked as if he didn't believe what she had just said. Saranda thought he would probably feel better if she apologized.
" I am really sorry," she whispered.
Looking very angry he leaned forward and opened her door. Saranda felt Dad's hand on her shoulder pushing her out of the car: "Out!"
He drove off. Saranda stood there. The girls were gone. She looked expectantly around the empty carpark and imagined that he might come back and she could explain everything. But could she? After a while, she began to feel foolish for even emagining that and decided to move on. It took her a good two hours to walk back to Mrs Hysa's house.