Today was different, however. Her calendar was marked ten times over, and a green piece of string was tied to her wrist to remind her of what today was. It was 5:30 in the morning and her newly bought school supplies were neatly stacked on her personal desk, little notes stuck around her room to remind her of things to do. She had a tendency to forget things and run late, so her reminders and string were there to keep her in check.
So she went about her morning, getting ready for the first day with a bounce in her step and a gentle hum coming from her lips. After her shower, she wiped her hand along the cloudy mirror, a pleasant smile across her beaming face as she nodded she could do this. She leaned closer to the mirror, inspecting her freckled physique before running her fingers through her damp hair. She clutched the towel to her as she hurried back to her room, the light of the morning starting to spill into every crevice. She glanced at the clock, smiling as it reminded her that everything was okay.
"What would you like for breakfast?" Rina looked over her shoulder to the doorway, her mother leaning against it with a cup of coffee, the steam slowly rising from the cup and swirling around her face. "Big day today."
"Good morning, mama," Rina chimed, moving to her closet to take out her uniform and lay it out on her bed. She ran her fingers along the green skirt's hem, smiling to herself as she thought. "Eggs and toast would be great, if you don't mind." She turned back to her mother, sharing a smile with her before her mother took a sip from the mug she held. Her mother nodded, turning to head downstairs to the kitchen. Rina nodded back, closing the door behind her mother to change quickly.
She patted her skirt down and pulled her socks up a bit more, slipping her black shoes on before putting her things in her satchel for class. She let out a relieved sigh, mentally working through her to-do list; everything was going smoothly. She gave a light tug to the string on her wrist, tying it to a loop on her bag with a few other various colored pieces. She smiled, pulling off a sticky note from her desk before heading downstairs to be welcomed by the smell of golden brown toast and jam.
"Caterina, your eggs are almost ready. Don't forget your "
"I know, I know," Rina placed her bag on the empty seat at the table, quickly hurrying over to the fridge to pluck her school schedule off of it. She glanced down at it, reading the information for the hundredth time it seemed.
Pendleton High School Schedule
Caterina Marie Dovely
She grinned, folding the paper and tucking it away in her bag with a pleasant sigh she was finally an upperclassman. She sat at the table, humming a little as her mother placed her plate in front of her, Rina's fingers quickly moving to pick up a piece of toast with jam. She nibbled the corner, lost in thought as she reeled through her expectations of the day to come. She gave a dreamy sigh, excited to walk back on campus and be around familiar, and new, faces.
"I can do this." And with that, she crunched down on the golden toast with a beaming smile, the jitters starting to settle in. This was her year.