(Nori): "Okay folks, this is my first newsie fic in sometime, ::sigh:: it's good to be back. Now Katrinka wouldn't help me with this one 'cause she's really busy with….you know, stuff. So I'm riding solo on this one. Now, to start us off right I've brought in Trey Parker and Aaron Lohr to do my disclaimer!" (Aaron): "I can't believe this…" (Trey): "Hey, whatever pays the bills." (A): "Not that, I can't believe she made me a girl!" (T): "Oh right, hahaha." (David): "Hey you aren't alone." (T): "Hahaha, you guys are girls!" (Nori): "Ugh, nothings gonna get done with you guys around, away with you!"
!DISCLAIMER!: Okay, it's a gender-bender so it obviously AU it's in the 21st century, Mush is Erin "Mush" Mayor, Davy is Daisy Jacobs, Sarah's not her sister but her annoying cousin, Les is still her younger brother. Mush is pretty much the same as the Mush in the movie except he's a she, Daisy is more like Davy post-strike, more confident...and a girl. Besides that I'm pretty sure that everyone else is still gonna be themselves but I'm making this up as I go along. I try my best with the grammar and spelling but I'm human (as far as any of you know) so there will be mistakes. I don't own "Newsies," I've never owned "Newsies" and I never will own "Newsies." It belongs to Disney. ON WITH THE STORY!
Erin "Mush" Mayor walked happily through the halls of Our Lady of Sorrows' Catholic High School, smile on her face as always. Mushy was probably the happiest person in the school, there was seldom a moment that the tan girl wasn't smiling. She was a straight-A student, volunteered for community service, had gymnastics ever other day, a regular over achiever, but not in the way that was snooty or stuck-up. She was always willing to talk to anyone, as long as they weren't rude or mean.
At the moment she was walking over to the principle's office, not because she was in trouble, that wasn't her style. No, she had been called to the office to see her father, the principle of Our Lady of Sorrows', about a new job he had for her.
Fredrick H. Mayor was well respected among New York City principles and well loved by all of his students. Due to his fairness and love of jokes all the students took to calling him the Mayor, with the exception of Mush, who just called him dad.
Fredrick's wife had left him when Mush was only five years old, leaving him to raise the girl on his own. Because of this, Fredrick and Mush were each other's world (or as much as they could be without it being creepy). This is why Mush often helped out with whatever student was being problematic. That's why she was going to see him now.
When Mush came into her father's office her father turned to look at her, as did two of the three people sitting across from him. Mush smiled at them and nodded, ignoring the teenaged boy who was sitting between the two strangers, his parents probably.
"Ah, here we are," Fredrick said standing up. "Erin, this is Mr. and Mrs. Parker (like we didn't all know where this was going), they just enrolled their son Trey in our school and we were wondering if you would mind showing him around?"
Mush knew by her father's tone and by the look in his eyes that there was reason why she was being asked to do this.
"Sure dad," she said, now turning towards the boy, sticking out her hand. "Hi, I'm Erin, but you can call me Mush."
"Hey," Trey said, not returning her gesture of a hand shake or even turning to look her in the eye.
"Trey," his mother said to him quietly. "To your left."
Trey now turned to look at Mush, who only just managed to swallow her gasp. Trey's eyes were dead looking, almost completely white.
There was an awkward silence.
"So…how about them Sox?" Trey said, smiling.
Mush laughed, thrilled to know that he at least had a sense of humor.
"Well now that we're all acquainted I believe Mush can take it from here," Trey said pulling out a walking stick (what are those things called?) as he stood up.
"Ok, be careful," Mrs. Parker said, on the verge of tears.
"I will mom, don't be so worried."
With that Trey and Mush left the room.
"So where are you from Trey?" Mush asked as she wondered if she was supposed to hold his arm or something.
"I'll only tell you if you promise me to never call me "Trey" again," Trey answered.
"You put food on a tray, everyone, with the exception of my mom, calls me Blink."
"Ok then Blink, where are you from?"
"Boston," he answered. "We moved for my dad's job."
"How long have you been in New York?"
"A little over a week."
"What's your first class?"
"You sure ask a lot of question don't you?"
"Just trying to get to know you."
"Well I'm the one who's new, I get to ask the questions."
"Fine," Mush said, smiling slightly. "Have at it."
"Why do people call you Mush?"
"You know, I still have no idea."
Blink laughed at this, making Mush stick her tongue him despite the fact that he couldn't see it.
At about this time the bell rang, letting the students know that it was time to get to their next class.
"You need help getting to class?" Mush asked.
"Don't worry about it, I'm sure I can manage."
"You sure? It's a new place and all…"
"I'm fine, they showed me around the other day. If all else fails I'll ask for directions."
"Ok, see you later Blink."
On the way to her next class Mush ran into one of her best friends, Daisy Jacobs.
"Hey Daisy," Mush said smiling brightly.
"Hey Mush," Daisy said smiling back. "What's this I hear about you showing around a boy?"
"How do you always know everything?" Mush asked, exasperated.
"That's the power of the press," Daisy said, smirking slightly.
Daisy was a tall beautiful girl who had brown hair that was just slightly less curly than Mush's and amazing blue eyes. Like Mush, Daisy was smart and usually nice (assuming you didn't mess with her younger brother), but Daisy didn't take crap from anyone, if you gave her or any of her friends a problem she would talk you down in a way that not only made you feel like an idiot, it made you look like one too.
"Come on," Mush said, dragging her friend through the hallway. "We don't wanna be late for class."
Mush and Daisy walked into their class together and sat down next to Marty Belafsky.
"Heya girls," Marty (or Crutchy, as most of his friends called him) said, smiling. "How's you doing today?"
"Very well," Daisy said, sitting in her normal seat. "And yourself?"
"I'm doing just fine, did ya see the football game last Saturday?"
At this Daisy wrinkled her nose as she always did when football was mentioned.
"I did," Mush said, covering up her best friend's distain. "Cowboy kicked butt." (This made Daisy roll her)
"Of course he did," Crutchy said grinning as he always did when he talked about football. Crutchy had played football since he was five years old and he did pretty well for his size, he coved his quarterback and had a good time doing it. But because of his scrawniness he was he was constantly getting injured, often in casts or on crutches (hence the name). Despite this, he loved the game and played it well when he wasn't broken.
"When can you play again?" Daisy asked.
"Next game," Crutchy said, grinning like crazy.
"I'll watch that one," Daisy said, more to herself than anyone else. She and Mush had considered Crutchy their brother ever since fifth grade when they had met.
"Aw, you won't watch for me?" said a to Daisy's left, Jack "Cowboy" Sullivan-Kelly. "I'm hurt."
"Get over yourself," Daisy said, now looking at her papers.
"She's in a bad mood today, isn't she?" Jack said, now looking at Mush and Crutchy.
"Only when she's around you," Mush said, jokingly.
This made Daisy laugh.
"She's got you there Jack," Crutchy said, laughing along with Daisy.
"My own best friend, a traitor," Jack said, enjoying the whole joke.
"Alright ladies and gentlemen," their English teacher, Bryan Denton, said, walking into the room. "Let's calm down, shall we?"
Jack took his seat (which was directly next to Daisy's, much to her dismay) and leaned back.
Once the whole class had quieted down, Denton started to take attendance.
"She's late again," Daisy murmured/groaned. "She's gonna get detention again and then I'm gonna have to come get her be cause she doesn't like riding the subway by herself."
"It'll be ok," Mush whispered.
"Look on the upside," Crutchy said. "At least we don't have to deal with her in class today."
"Amen to that," Jack whispered.
"Yeah but I've gotta pick up Les today," Daisy said, while she tried to keep herself from banging her head into the table.
"I'll get him," Jack offered, always willing to play the hero (for Daisy anyway).
"No way, the thing I need is for you to infect him. Why don't you pick Sarah up?"
"'Cause she's a stalker!" Jack whisper-yelled.
"She kinda does fallow you around doesn't she." Mush laughed.
"It's not funny, it's creepy."
At that moment Sarah burst into the room with her usual…shall we say enthusiasm?
"I'm here," she said, sitting down next to her best friend, Octavia Delancey (I forgot to mention this bender).
"Yes, well, that's lovely, but you're late." Denton said dryly, he had grown tired of Sarah's constant tardiness.
"Oh?" Sarah said, playing innocent (poorly I might add).
"This means you will have detention this afternoon," he said, handing her a slip of paper.
"Oi," Daisy said, dropping her head on to her desk.
"All right everyone, let's get down to business. Today we're talking about developing a story….(yes, that was a joke)"
After Mush left Denton's class she said goodbye to Daisy, Crutchy and Jack and ran to Blink's class room. Her father had made it so that the two of them would have the same lunch period, this made it easier for Mush to make sure that Blink wasn't having any problems.
Mush made it to Blink's class room as he walked out the door, she waved to him for a second then put her hand down.
"Blink," she called.
"Mush," he said, walking towards her voice. "I assume you and me have the same lunch?"
"Yup," Mush said smiling.
"Good, I don't remember where the lunch room is," he then offered her his arm. "Shall we?"
Mush smiled and took his arm as her answer.
In the lunch room Daisy was sitting by herself quietly eating her lunch, she saw Mush walk in with a tall boy.
"Must be the guy she's showing around. Hmmm, no one told me he was blind."
Daisy waved to her friend as she began to guide the blind boy with her. Unfortunately for Daisy, Mush wasn't the only person who saw her wave.
"Hello princess," Jack said sitting down.
"Neanderthal," was Daisy's only greeting.
"Hey guys," Mush said as she and Blink sat down with their trays. "This is Trey Parker, he's new."
"You can call me Blink," he said.
"Heya Blink," Jack said with his usual friendly smile. "I'm Jack."
"Nice to meet you," Blink said, extending his hand towards the voice, Jack shook it.
"This is Daisy, she's grumpy but lovable," Jack said, introducing the girl who was now glaring bullets at him.
"Ha, I'm sure she's thrilled to hear that," Blink said, catching that it was a joke.
"You have no idea," Daisy said dryly.
"Jack are you bugging poor little Daisy again?" Asked the running back of O.L.S. (Our Lady of Sorrows), Sean Conlon. Sean, or Spot as his friends called him, enjoyed poking both Jack and Daisy about their…odd relationship.
"I don't know what you're talking about," Jack said, putting his arm around Daisy's thin shoulders. "She loves me!"
"Right," Daisy said, sliding Jack's arm of her body.
"Heya guys," Crutchy said, sitting down next to Daisy.
"Crutchy, Spot, this is Blink Parker," Mush said, cutting through the conversation.
"Hey," Spot said, eying the blind boy.
"Heya, I'm Crutchy."
"Nice to meet the both of you."
At that moment Mush's watch beeped.
"Shoot, I've gotta go to my peer counseling session," she said standing up. "Will you be ok getting to your next class?"
"Um…let me think," Blink said.
"What's your next class?" Daisy asked.
"Algebra with Mr. Sights," Blink answered.
"Anybody have that?"
"I do," Crutchy offered.
"Would you mind showing me where it is?"
"Not a problem," said the ever helpful Crutchy.
"Thank you Crutchy!" Mush said, relieved. "I'll see guys later!"
Mush was off like a flash towards the cafeteria door.
"You want me to show you to your next class?" Jack asked Daisy, raising his eyebrows.
"Yeah, no." Daisy said, standing up and walking away.
"You've gotta admirer his stick-to-itiveness," Spot said, smiling as he, Blink and Crutchy walked away from the table.
(N): "Ta-da! I'm pretty happy with it, but of course I'm an idiot so that's nothing to go on. I would love some reviews, positive or negative. Special thanks to who got me writing Newsie again, go read her story Song of the South (make sure you leave a review that says Nori wants her to update). Okay, that's all till next time."
Bravo Yankee Echo, Nori