Lacey’s Big Change was written and copywrited to buttercup-baby.
All characters, places and events are pure imagination. Any resemblance
is a coincidence. Do not alter story in any way.
“Hello, Mr. Dawson, Can you send Lacey down to the office with all her things, someone is here to see her”
“No problem, she will be there in a few seconds:”
“Thank you. Lacey, you can go, do page 67 for homework”
“Ok no problem”
I wonder what was going on. I never get into trouble, why are they sending me down to the office? With my stuff too, well at least I’m getting out of the rest of the day, it’s only first period. A half hour of school, that’s the best way to do it. When I got down to the main office there was a dingy, proper looking woman there who came to greet me.
“Yea that’s me, what’s going on, why was I called down to the office?”
“I’m going to need you to come with me”
“What the Hell?! I’m not going with you, I don’t even know you! You’re crazy lady!”
“Lacey calm down, I have some very bad news but I would like to discuss it in my office, where you will be more comfortable”
“I’m comfortable here thank you very much”
“I’m afraid there has been an accident, and your father didn’t make it, I’m sorry”
I couldn’t believe my ears, what was I hearing? Not my father, it can’t be!
“Is this some kind of sick joke?”
“Lacey, please come with me to my office, we will discuss it there”
I felt defeated, what was I supposed to say to the news she just gave me? I followed her to her car, a nice new black Lexus, its interiors smelling of vanilla. The car ride felt like it took years, but really took only moments. She stopped at a big white building with a great big sign that read “Children’s Aid Society” She parked in a spot only a few feet from the main doors. I silently followed her through the double doors, up an elevator and to a room marked “Mrs. Rivers”. I trailed behind her through the door and was issued to seat myself in a big swivel chair opposite of hers.
“Lacey, As I already told you your father has been in an accident and unfortunately died instantly from impact. I am sorry about the news but we will have to get right down to business. I believe your father will be easier to talk about now then it will later once the news has sunk in. I have already looked through all of his files and he has left an accidental life insurance policy that you can claim when you are 21. Seeing as how you are only 13 and cannot live on your own we have some details to work out. Do you have any family that you can stay with?”
“None at all dear, I’m sure you have someone, aunts, uncles, cousins?”
“No one at all, my father doesn’t really have any friends that I know of and it’s always been just him and I, we never visited anyone and he has never said anything about relatives”
“Okay thank you Lacey. There is a couch in the next room with a television. You can go into there until I come get you.”
I walked into the next room and flopped into a big squishy green couch. I turned on the television to Ellen, I liked to watch her. I wasn’t in the mood and ended up staring into space for almost three hours when the door opened.
“Lacey, I have good news”
I stared at her with a blank stare; I don’t think anything could be good at the moment. I think she sensed my feelings and continued on.
“There is a couple who is looking to adopt a girl between the ages of 12-15, and as you fit the category they are willing to come and meet you today! This is great news as you have an unusually short wait. Of course, if you are not comfortable with being in a permanent family already we can always put you in foster care until you adjust, and then find you a permanent home. So what do you say?”
Frankly, I didn’t know what to say. I could meet the people and if I didn’t like them I could go to foster care, but why would anyone want to move around from house to house?
“Sure, I will meet them”
“This is great! They will be here at Five o’clock. If you want in the mean time, there is a McDonalds across the street, I could give you five dollars and you can get yourself something to eat.”
“I have money”
“Oh, Okay, just make sure your back by five.”
I walked down the hall to the elevator and then out the big double doors. I didn’t know what I felt about moving in with a new family, or even meeting a new family so soon, one that can take the place of my father so quickly. I walked in to McDonalds, noting how cold it was. School is over in a week, the weather was hot and humid, and walking into a cooled place was always refreshing. But today it wasn’t, it seemed like my whole life was turning cold, nothing was going right. I ordered a Big Mac combo and sat down at a table and ate. I stayed there until two o’clock, sipping on my coke. My butt was getting sore from the hard seats so I grabbed myself an Oreo McFlurry and headed back across the street.
“Hello Lacey, you can go sit where you were before, just make sure not to spill any of that ice cream on the furniture.”
I turned on the TV and started watching one of my favorite shows, the Weekenders. I know I’m a little to old to watch cartoons but after school shows are boring, and cartoons catch your attention so quickly. After I finished my ice cream I walked back into Mrs. Rivers’s office and asked her where the bathroom was. She pointed down the hall. I walked to the bathroom and did my business; I had to pee real badly. While I washed my hands I stared at myself in the mirror, trying to see if I was the reason my father died. I wasn’t too bad in the looks department. I was 5’1" and about 110 pounds. I was the average size for someone who just turned 13. I had strawberry blonde hair that went a little past my shoulders and had a nice curl right at the end. My eyes were like saucers, full of sadness at the moment, and were bright green. My eyes tended to change color, usually a green but they always turn bright, bright blue when I cry, I liked that about my eyes, I didn’t need contacts to make them look pretty. I also had a few freckles on my nose that ran along the top of my round cheeks. I wasn’t developing in any way yet. It kind of made me mad. All of my friends already had there periods and breasts, but I didn’t. The most I could wear was a training bra, but what was the point if I didn’t need it? I didn’t have hair on my legs yet or under my arm pits, but I also didn’t need to worry about using deodorant because I never smelled. Some people thought I was pretty, but I thought I was just average.
After I was done washing my hands I went back to watch TV. When Lizzie McGuire was done I heard the door open.
“Lacey, I would like to introduce to you Mr. and Mrs. Grandee”
A young looking couple walked in and…Oh My God! My Teacher? My gym teacher was the person that was going to adopt me?!