The rest off the week, everything became hard to focus on,
especially for the candidates. Melissa would hand out pins, candy, and pencils
to random people, which all had Vote For Melissa inscribed on them . Luke, with
Sireana, would start making speeches about why voting for Sireana is good, in
absolutely random places, at random times. Tory would go around to people all
over the school, and shake their hands, and get to know them. John would also
go around school, and help people with their homework a little bit.
"Well what should we do next?" Sireana asked
at one of her campaign team meetings.
"Well I was thinking I could do a big banner,
and put it in the cafeteria, that might grab people's attentions," said Jane.
"Yeah that's good," Sireana said nodding, "We
have a week left to campaign, and this week's going to decide it all."
The next day, a beautiful banner by Jane was
put up, the writing was in gold sparkly paint, and the border, and various designs
were in green, and blue.
"Oh, it's wonderful!" Sireana said admiringly,
as she helped put it up.
Even though it was put up, pretty low, people
who passed by, always gave it a glance, which pleased Sireana very much. However
the next day, when Sireana walked into the cafeteria, she let out a long, loud
"What happened!" Lana came rushing in.
"Look, it's gone!" Sireana said pointing to
the empty space in the wall where the banner had been.
"Calm down, we better go to Mr. Brown, " Lana
said soothingly, leading her down the hallway.
Mr. Brown was reading his newspaper, when Lana
and Sireana walked in.
"Well good morning, how can I help you?" he
said putting his newspaper down.
"Good morning sir, umm, my banner in the cafeteria
has been stolen," Sireana said through her angry breath.
"Oh, that's terrible! Unfortunately, we do not
know who did it, so until then, I'm afraid, we can only wait," Mr. Brown said
"I bet it was Tory," Sireana said as they walked
out of the office.
"You have no proof, and that just wouldn't be
fair to go around accusing her," Lana said.
They were at Sireana's locker when Tory and
her gang came along.
"Well, if it isn't Ms. President-wanna-be,"
Tory said with a sneer. "Heard you scream this morning. Geez, it was just a
banner, really there was nothing special about it. I bet my 2-year brother could
come up with something prettier than that."
Before Sireana could reply, Tory and her friends
went off laughing.
"See!," Sireana hissed. "I told you she did
it! Who else would be so cruel and annoying?"
"Well even if she did, you have no proof," said
Lana with a sad face.
"Proof or no proof, she's not going to get away
with this!" Sireana exclaimed through clenched fists.
The next few classes were boring, and useless
in Sireana's mind. Because the only thing on her mind was how to get even with
Tory. It was in a bathroom stall that Sireana heard girls walk in, and she automatically
knew it was Tory and her friends.
"Hey Tory, you going to the party at the bowling
lane today?" a voice asked.
"Nah, low on money right now, and my parents
won't give me a single Neopoint," Tory said in a disappointed voice.
"Aww, to bad," the voice replied, and a couple
minutes later of chatting about fashion, the girls left.
Sireana left the bathroom and was walking to
art class, when she heard a yell from the kitchen. She quickly flew to see what
had happened. When she got there, she saw a cafeteria lady, Mr. Brown, and another
teacher all standing still with grim expressions on their faces.
"What's wrong?" Sireana said peering around.
Everything looked normal.
"It seems somebody has taken the lunch money,"
Mr. Brown said gesturing to an open, empty cash register."
"Oh!" the cafeteria lady said tiredly. "This
"Do not worry," Mr. Brown said in an assuring
tone, "we will get to the bottom of this."
Later at lunch, she told all her campaign team
what happened in the cafeteria.
"Oh, this is bad. First the banner, now this.
Maybe they're both connected?" Luke said, drinking his juice.
"Yeah, and you know what, I bet Tory was the
cause of both of them!" Sireana said flatly.
"Oh come now, Sireana. We've been over this,
Tory did not take you banner, and she did not steal the lunch money. Stealing
is beneath Tory, even," Lana said indignantly.
"Oh really? I overheard Tory telling her friends
that she couldn't go to a party tonight, because she couldn't afford it. And
it looked to me that she really wanted to go. So there is a perfect motive for
Tory stealing the money," Sireana said factually.
Lana grumbled, but did not reply, for she couldn't
come up with something to top that. After school that day, Sireana was putting
her books in the locker, when Charnel, a skinny, white Zafara, came up to her.
"Here you left your pencil I math," Charnel said, holding out a blue pencil.
"Thanks, I thought it had been stolen, of course
it wouldn't surprise me if that were true," Sireana said taking her pencil.
"Oh I know, can you believe that somebody would
have stolen the lunch money? It's terrible."
"Yeah," Sireana said putting on her backpack.
"You know, I think Tory did it."
Then Sireana went on explaining to Charnel,
how she had overheard Tory in the bathroom.
"Oh my, I can't believe Tory could have done
that!" Charnel said shocked. "Wow, I better tell my friends this!"
The speed of how one person could spread something
to the whole school was unbelievable. The next day, everybody knew of how Tory
could've possibly stolen the lunch money. And it was also said that Tory had
gone to the party, which confirmed the accusation. Tory traveled through the
hallways with her friends around her like bodyguards, as people tended to giver
her nasty remarks, and throw paper balls at her. Tory's friends kept telling
everybody that the rumors were false, and that the only reason Tory was able
to go to the party was because she had gotten an allowance raise. But nobody
Sireana however was very delighted when she
heard remarks such as, "I can't believe Tory could do something like that!"
or "Now way is Tory getting my vote!"
Lana, on the other hand, was very frustrated.
"How could you spread something like this Sireana!"
she said marching up to Sireana.
"I didn't! I just told Charnel after school,
and now everybody knows. Not my fault, I didn't tell her to tell everybody else!"
"Yeah, well we all know Charnel has to tell
"Look, it's not my fault!" Sireana yelled angrily.
Sireana and Lana did not speak to each other
at all the rest of the day, and ignored each other at the meetings.
Then it was the next day, which was also voting
day. Sireana woke up early, and arrived at school early. And was pleased to
pass some people who said they would vote for her. Sireana felt bright and cheery,
and felt almost confident that she would win. She got back on speaking terms
with Lana, but they didn't say much to each other. It was at lunch, right before
the students would vote, that Sireana decided to use the bathroom when she noticed
on the storage closets were wide open.
She peeked onside and gasped, inside were Neopoints
litter throughout the whole floor, and there was a crumpled piece of paper that
she realized was the banner. She immediately went and called Mr. Brown. "Now
who put all this stuff here?" he said.
Then all of a sudden behind a pile of Neopoints,
a Doglefox jumped out and started playfully hoping around Mr. Brown.
"Oh, well I see who the little thief was now,"
said Mr. Brown stroking the Doglefox, "This is my petpet, I thought he had run
away. Who would have thought he was here all along?"
And that moment, for the first time in he life,
she felt sorry for Tory. She couldn't believe that she had been so dumb, and
clueless in accusing Tory. And now the whole school thought she was the crook,
and they were voting the very moment, and it was too late to change their minds.
Sireana still voted for herself, but felt bad for Tory's unpopularity.
"See, I told you!" Lana said after Sireana had
told her what had happened.
"Don't start, okay? Trust me I feel bad, real
bad. And I admit you were right, so don't start lecturing me now," Sireana said
grumbling. They were at the assembly an hour after they had voted, where the
winners would be announced.
Sireana was getting ready to up to make her
speech, because she was sure she would have won, but it was a surprise when
she found out it was John who had won.
"I can't believe he won," Sireana said as she
and Lana were making their way to their lockers.
"Well, he was the second most known person who
was running, and since Tory became unpopular all of a sudden, he had a good
chance of winning," Lana replied.
"Yeah I guess so," Sireana said, as Lana turned
to her locker.
As Sireana walked down the hallway, she saw
Tory standing in the corner, putting things in her backpack.
"Hey," said Sireana walking up to her, "sorry
you didn't win. I guess it's my fault, since I did kind of start the rumor that
you stole the money, and I'm very sorry. And I'm also sorry for thinking you
stole my banner."
Tory sighed, but there was a small smile on
her face, "It's all right. To be honest, I never wanted to be president, I just
thought it would be fun to annoy people like you by saying I was the president.
I never really looked forward to winning and doing all the work I would have
"Me too, I never wanted to win, I just wanted
to defeat you, 'cause I wouldn't be able to stand it if you won, Sireana said.
"Well, um, bye," Tory said starting to walk
"Uh, yeah, bye," Sireana said as she saw Tory
walk around the corner, she hoped that maybe they could try to get along, but
she didn't count on it.
Later, when Sireana was walking out of the school,
did she see Luke, Jane, and Lana run up to her.
"Come on, we're going to get ice cream to celebrate!"
Luke said excitedly.
"But I didn't win, what's there to celebrate?"
"We're going to celebrate the fact that we survived
these last two weeks, they were pretty crazy," Lana said.
"Yeah I guess so," Sireana said with a smile,
and with that they set off down the road.