Grumbling, Nina Young stumbled out of her bed. The first thing she did was look outside at the raindrops that drummed on her window. As Nina tripped over her alarm, she remembered why she was awake at such an early hour.
“OH NO!” It was the first day of school.
Nina ran out the door ten minutes late wearing her school uniform which was a white button down and a black circle skirt. Nina hadn’t even eaten anything after saying goodbye to her parents, but she could handle hunger. What she couldn’t handle was being late. Luckily, she knew her way around Bayview, which was good considering she’s been in Japan for the past two years.
“It won’t be too long, don’t you dare forget me.”
He grinned. “See you around Nina.”
‘I wonder if he’s different,’ Nina thought to herself. She dismissed the idea. He had never really changed in the 10 years they’ve been friends.
Bayview High had come into view, a colossal staircase, lined both sides of the building leading to a balcony on the roof. Suddenly, image of a snapping tree branch flashed in Nina's mind. It had troubled her since that day.
It was a gorgeous summer day, and six year old Nina Young was sitting on a branch, whistling, on the tree in her yard, one that went over the fence. Until, she heard a voice through the leaves.
She found a boy standing under her. He was about her age, his hair was dark like his eyes.
“Hi!” Nina smiled at him, but he frowned.
“I can't see you.” It was Nina's turn to frown. Her mother warned her about the branches over the fence, but she wanted to meet him, so she decided to be brave. Nina went over to the weaker branches and finally saw him, the boy looked up.
“Hi,” he said, “Who are you?”
“I’m Nina Young, what's your name?”
“David Anderson” he replied proudly.
“Pleased to meet you, I’ll get down” but as she moved to go back to her backyard and go around the house over to him, a cracking began.
Terrified, Nina realized the branch was breaking.
“David!” she called in fear. He stared up and less than five second later, the branch broke, and Nina fell in screams. But thankfully, David was ready to catch her or more like break her fall. When Nina's parents found them, they found David gently hugging a weeping Nina.
Ever since that day, a fear of heights had haunted her. The thought of climbing those stairs was making her nauseous. But, never the less, Nina headed for the steps.
All types of students were clustered in various positions on the stairs grasping umbrellas. Nina kept her sight straight ahead; trying hard to ignore her twisted stomach.
She had reached the top and although she was afraid to, Nina made her way over to the balcony and leaned with great caution against the edge. The view was magnificent. She could see all of Bayview shrouded in mist, creating a serene effect. Tree branches swayed in the wind, water dripping off the leaves. Nina smiled to herself, speechless.
Her breath came out like a cloud, hovering in the air...