Alex, a completely ordinary child with black hair just moved to Lightning Primary School. Since he's new to the school, he has not made any friends yet, so he wanted to find the right one. Someone whom he could get along with.
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His attention was caught by a crowd of girls by the gate. They were whispering, laughing, and talking about something that was probably funny. Alex stepped towards them and asked them if he could join their conversation.
“Oh!” says the most popular girl, Alicia. “This is the popular GIRLS group. You can join only if you dare to use the women's bathroom, Dumbo!” All the girls laughed so hard that they bent over holding their stomachs.
“Too mean” Alex mumbled.
At recess, Alex met two boys playing a weird game. They were wiggling their bodies and shaking their hands like they were dancing. He stepped towards them nervously and asked politely if he could join them.
The boys turned around and stared at Alex for a while. Then they said with a tiny smile, “YOU would like to join US?! Sure, it might be too weird for you though. You might not understand the game.”
“Too weird,” he thought. After a while, he turned and staggered away.
Time flew, it was lunch recess. Alex walked down the stairs, wondering if he could find a friend.
“Don't worry,” he optimistically told himself. “The school is huge! Of course, I could find someone!” But in the back of his head, doubts fluttered around like crows.
Weeks went by and Alex still searched for a place he belonged. He failed time and time again. He felt like he was the only person in the world. His heart pounded as he walked around the playground, listening to the others play. Their voices slowly faded in his head.
Sitting on the icy cold bench, the wind messed up Alex's hair. Alex stared at his shoes. He noticed that they were alike, not like him with nobody. He felt sad. His heart beat faster and faster. Tears rolled down his cheeks and dripped down his chin.
When he went home, his bag seemed to weigh his heart down more. He laid down on his bed, staring at the ceiling. Maybe he was alone, maybe that was how it was supposed to be. Alex shut his eyelids as he entered dreamland.
In his dream, he met someone who looked just like him.
“It's okay to be alone like me. Just be yourself! Maybe nobody is like you in the world, and that's fine. You're alone, but you're special too. You are the one and only Alex.”
Suddenly, the boy disappeared.
The next day, Alex felt completely different. He felt special. Alex appeared at school with hair dyed blue. Hope flared in his heart. That dream changed his perspective.
At lunch, he sat at an empty table with the smile from the morning still on his face. He was special.
“You are not alone, you are special.” That became Alex's motto.
His question was would he ever find someone like him? No. But that will never be a problem again.
He had found the truth, he was meant to be special.