"Alright everyone, for our next assignment, we’re
going to do something a little different." Mrs. Hablar, the middle-aged English teacher at Harmony High said
to her class. Kay looked over at Simone and rolled her eyes. It was another assignment from the queen of boring
assignments. In the past semester Mrs. Hablar had assigned five book reports, three speeches, two group projects,
and one original story. Her class was almost never fun. It involved mostly book work and comprehension.
"Instead of making you read the next book, we’re going to act it out. I’ve accessed a proper high school script
and we’ll have auditions in a few days for the parts. If you are not assigned a part, or choose to not audition,
then you are to write a report on one of the main characters." Mrs. Hablar continued.
"What’s the book?" Susie Johnson asked.
"Gone With The Wind." Mrs. Hablar answered in a dreamy tone. A collective moan could be heard from all
the guys in the honor’s English class, all six of them. "Mrs. Hablar? Do we have enough guys?" Jamie
"No. We will have a few from the other honor’s English class, but the audition for guys will be open to the
whole school. Girls are also welcome to fill the roles of guys." Mrs. Hablar replied. "I’ll have selections
for you to read from tomorrow, and auditions will be on Monday." The bell rang precisely at that moment, and
the students began to gather their things.
"See you tomorrow." Mrs. Hablar called out as they left the room. "Oh wow! This play is going to
be great!" Kay enthusiastically remarked. Simone looked at her with awe and shock.
"Kay, are you serious?" Simone asked.
"Yes! This is the perfect way to get Miguel. He can be Rhett, and I’ll be Scarlett." Kay replied.
"Oh Kay. You forget one tiny detail, you have to get the part!" Simone remarked. "Ah but I will!
My mother has watched Gone With The Wind hundreds of times. I know that movie like the back of my hand. ‘As God
as my witness, I’ll never go hungry again.’ See, I pulled that off with ease." Kay smiled, perfecting the
"Okay, so you’ll get the part. But what if Miguel doesn’t audition for Rhett?" Simone questions.
"Impossible? Miguel loves the spotlight. He’s a natural on stage and he knows it. And who else would want
to be Rhett? Who else could play him?"
"I don’t know." Simone replied.
"Rhett is supposed to be roguishly handsome, sexy, and debonair." Kay rambled on as they walked down
the hall towards their lockers. "Whoa! Who’s the hunk?" Kay asked out of the blue, causing Simone to
locate the guy walking down the hall, and roll her eyes.
"Kay, that’s Reese." Simone replies.
"Reese? What? You’re kidding!" Kay said, a smile coming unto her face.
"I kid you not. That’s Reese, minus his glasses. His sister stepped on them yesterday, so he had to wear his
contacts." Simone informed Kay.
"Oh my God! It is Reese! But how come he never looked this good before?" Kay asked.
"As I explained, he isn’t wearing his glasses." Simone felt like smacking her best friend on the back
of the head. For being a pretty smart girl, Kay could be dense at times.
Kay carefully watched Reese as he approached the two girls. His hair was left loose, and trimmed the upper part
of his face. His green eyes sparkled and a light, smuggish smile lit his face.
"Hey Simone, Kay. What’d we do in English today?" Reese asked, pausing by the two girls.
"We do vocab, go over our test from yesterday, and talk about our upcoming project." Simone said.
"Another project?" Reese whined. "She does have a knack for giving us things to do, doesn’t she?"
"Yep. Although this one might be fun." Kay added.
"Really? What are we doing?" Reese asked, his eyes on his distant girlfriend. He still relished in the
fact that she was his, even though they barely spoke or did things other couples did. But he figured that if she
wanted to take her time, then he could wait.
"We’re going to do a play. Gone With The Wind." Simone remarked.
"Gone With The Wind? That’s gonna be a tough play to do." Reese said, his face changing to a mixture
of confusion and thought.
"Yep. That’s probably why she’s going to have us do it. Simone, we gotta go. We’ll see you later Reese."
Kay replied, starting to walk away from him.
"Bye Kay. See you later." Reese called out.
Once Simone and Kay rounded the corner, Kay’s face burst into a wide smile. "Okay, now he makes Miguel look
bad. How come he never went without his glasses before? And he didn’t put all that gel in his hair either."
"Kay Bennett, you sound as if you’re actually beginning to like your boyfriend." Simone said in a mocking
"Oh no, I’m not liking him, I’m just saying that now he’s easy on the eyes." Kay smiled and continued
to walk to her next class.