"Hey Tori, how's it going." Tori looked over her shoulder to see Cat standing behind her.
"Hey Cat," said Tori, as she made her way down the hallway of Hollywood Arts. She looked ahead and could see her locker in front of her. "Everything's the same as usual. Just going to class."
"Same here," said Cat, following Tori. She skipped as she walked down the hallway. "Is it okay if I follow you to class?"
"Sure," said Tori. She had reached her locker by now and was opening it.
"Hey, are you feeling okay?" said Cat.
"I'm feeling fine," said Tori.
"Are you sure?" said Cat.
"Why?" said Tori, turning around. She raised an eyebrow.
"I don't know, you look kind of...off," said Cat, biting her lower lip.
"Off?" Tori opened her locker and looked at her locker mirror. She didn't know what Cat was talking about. Sure, her face was a bit flushed, but only a bit. That could be explained by the fact she had to jog the rest of the way to school after Trina's car broke down. Fortunately, she got there with more than enough time, though her legs were a bit sore from all that running. "I'm pretty sure I'm okay."
"Alright," said Cat. "Well, if you do feel sick, don't push yourself too hard today."
"I won't." Tori smiled. Cat was a sweet girl, if a bit naive. She didn't like it if her friends weren't feeling well, whether it was a physical sickness or if the cause was mental. Tori put some stuff in her locker and picked up a few books. She turned to go to class, Cat still following behind her. She continued to skip as she followed Tori, who resisted the urge to giggle at the red-head.
"So what'd you think of the assignment Sikowitz gave us?" said Cat.
"The one where we were given a single line of dialogue, had to memorize it, and then act it out?" said Tori.
"Yeah, that one," said Cat.
"It was pretty easy," said Tori. "I'm pretty sure I'm gonna nail it."
"Same here," said Cat. "I've really got the emotion down. But I forgot my line."
"Do you have your piece of paper?" said Tori.
"I lost it," said Cat.
"Did you check you pocket?" said Tori.
Cat reached into her pocket. Soon, her face lit up. "There it is."
"Great," said Tori as they walked into Sikowitz's classroom. She could see the rest of her friends, and Jade, sitting in their seats. Beck was gone, having went to Georgia to film a movie. In the meantime, Jade had gotten more sullen and nasty. Sikowitz was at the front of the class, setting things up. As Tori sat down, she realized she was feeling a bit hot, though this was to be expected after running to school. It was also probably a good idea to take off her jacket. By now, Sikowitz had finished setting things up and class was about to begin.
Sikowitz turned to his students. "So the other day I gave you a piece of paper with a line of dialogue on it. I told you to memorize it and to be ready to act it out in front of the class. Do you have any idea why I want you to do that?"
"Because you were too lazy to come up with a real assignment and slapped together something at the last minute?" said Jade.
"Jade," said Sikowitz. "Raise your hand before you say something. But that's not why I gave you that assignment."
"Then why did you assign it?" said Andre.
"Andre," said Sikowitz. "Hand."
"Sorry." Andre raised his hand. "Then why did you assign it?"
"To help you understand to emote," said Sikowitz. "See, acting isn't just about saying lines correctly. It's about conveying emotions with that dialogue. Every line I gave you corresponds with a specific feeling. When you act this out, I need you to not only recite the line, but to portray these emotions."
"Sure," said Tori.
"Tori," said Sikowitz. "Remember to raise your hand."
"Sure," said Tori, this time raising her hand. She noticed that she was still hot, despite having taken off her jacket. Sweat was starting to bead up on her forehead. Not to mention, she was beginning to feel a bit stuffy. Maybe Cat was right and something was wrong with her.
"Anyways, let's being," said Sikowitz, sitting down in a chair by the stage. "Tori, how about you go first?"
"Okay," said Tori, getting out of her seat.
"Can you give me your piece of paper," said Sikowitz, putting his hand out towards Tori.
"Right." Tori reached into her pocket and pulled out a folded piece of paper. She handed it to Sikowitz.
"Thank you. And remember Tori," said Sikowitz. "Make us feel the emotion."
"Will do." Tori got up on stage and looked out on the class. She started to feel dizzy, but steadied herself. She took a deep breath to relax herself. She could feel her body start to warm. She could feel the sweat forming on her skin.
Sikowitz looked at her impatiently. "We're ready whenever you are."
"Right," said Tori, subtly wiping sweat of her brow. After class, she would go to the nurse's office. "Let's see. I don't feel so well."
Tori proceeded to collapse to the floor. Sikowitz got out of his chair and clapped. "Good job Tori. I really believed that you were unwell. The fainting was a nice touch. Now get off the stage and let someone else try. Tori? Tori?"
"Why are we here?" said Jade.
"Because Tori's our friend," said Andre. Him, Jade, Robbie, and Cat stood outside the Vegas house. Robbie had just rung the doorbell.
"She'll still be our friend after we go to the movie," said Jade.
"Come on," said Andre. "It's not like us visiting her for a few minutes will make us late."
"You don't know that," said Jade.
The door opened and Trina stepped out. "Hey guys, what are you doing here?"
"We just wanted to check on Tori before we go to the movies," said Andre.
"You're going to the movies?" said Trina. "Well I'll just get my purse and we can go."
"We didn't invite you," said Jade.
"What about Tori?" said Andre.
"What about her?" said Trina.
"We came over to see her," said Robbie.
"Oh right," said Trina, leading the gang inside. "I don't know if she's really up for this. She's out like a light. The school nurse gave her some extra strength cold medicine. I actually think it's illegal."
"We just wanted to see how she was doing," said Andre.
"Fine," said Trina. She lead them upstairs to Tori's room.
"So, where are your parents?" said Robbie, as they walked up the stairs.
"They had a thing," said Trina. "I was originally going to do a one woman show, but I guess no one bought tickets so I cancelled it."
"Really?" said Jade.
"Yeah," said Trina. "I think it was because I set ticket prices to high. The economy's tight right now, so I get it. Hey, do you guys want to see it?"
"Not particularly," said Jade.
"What she means is we're going to see that movie," said Andre.
"Oh right," said Trina. "Hey, what is this movie anyways?"
"It's a remake of this German horror movie," said Jade.
"Sounds cool." Trina opened the door to her sister's room, to reveal that Tori was asleep on her bed. "Tori! Tori! Your friends are here! See, she's out cold."
"Okay," said Andre. He and the rest of the gang stepped into Tori's room. "Well, I guess we don't want to disturb her. Let's get going."
"Sure thing," said Trina, racing down the stairs. "Let me get my purse."
"You know Trina, do you really want to see this movie?" said Andre, following her down the stairs.
Robbie followed Andre. "Yeah, this is really scary. I don't know if it's your kind of thing."
Jade and Cat stayed in Tori's room looking around. "I didn't know Tori is into MMA."
"She is?" said Jade, raising an eyebrow.
"Yeah," said Cat, pointing to a poster of MMA fighter Shelby Marx.
"Oh yeah, Shelby Marx," said Jade. "I don't know, it's kind of lame that she lost to a chick who makes web videos."
"I didn't see that fight," said Cat.
"Have you seen any MMA fights?" said Jade.
"No." Jade moved over to Tori's bed and sat down. "Jade, I don't think it's a good idea to do that. You could wake her up."
"Please, I'm not going to wake her. Look." Jade proceeded to pinch Tori. When this didn't get a response, Jade scratched her. Tori groaned and her head jerked to the side, but she remained unconscious. "See, what'd I tell you."
"Don't do that," said Cat. "It's mean."
"Oh, I wouldn't want to be mean," said Jade.
"Well don't hurt her then," said Cat.
"Trust me, this won't hurt her." Jade moved her hand towards Tori's face.
"What are you doing?" said Cat.
"Nothing," said Jade, with a mock smile on her face. She pinched Tori's earlobe, turning to Cat to take in the worried smile on the red-head's face.
"She's bleeding!" said Cat.
"What?" Jade looked at Tori to see that Cat was right. Tori's nose was bleeding. "Jesus Christ!"
They soon heard the sound of footsteps coming up the stairs. Andre was the first to enter the room. "What happened?"
"Tori's bleeding," said Cat, pointing to Tori's face.
"Well get her elevated," said Robbie. "We don't want her to choke on her blood."
"She's going to choke?" said Cat.
"Not if we get her elevated," said Robbie. He and Robbie went over to the bed, lifting Tori up so that she was elevated. The blood was now gushing out. "Get some tissues!"
"Sure," said Jade. She hopped off the bed and picked up a box of tissues. She rushed back to the bed and pushed the tissues in front of Andre and Robbie. Andre took some tissues and began to use them to soak up the blood on Tori's face.
Trina walked into the room. "Should I call a doctor?"
"No," said Robbie. "It's just a nosebleed."
"So she'll be alright?" said Cat.
"So long as we just keep her elevated," said Robbie.
"Great, so now that Tori's okay, can we go?" said Jade. She turned back to Tori. At this point, Andre had wiped up all the blood with the tissue and had shoved some tissues up Tori's nostrils. Tori then shot forward, her face landing on Jade's shoulder. "Ow!"
"Don't be so dramatic," said Andre. "It doesn't hurt that bad."
"She's biting me!" said Jade.
"She is?" Robbie and Andre pulled Tori away from Jade. Sure enough, Tori had bitten Jade. Jade's shoulder was bleeding and there were visible bite marks. Tori's mouth was covered in blood.
"Oh god, that's gross," said Trina.
"Yeah, we should probably clean that off of her," said Andre.
"No need," said Cat.
"Yeah, we should," said Robbie. "It's unsanitary. She could get diseases from Jade's blood."
"Hey," said Jade.
"No, I mean that Tori's got it covered." Cat pointed to Tori. Everyone followed her finger. Tori's tongue stuck out, licking up all the blood on her lips. She was still unconscious. Even Jade looked uneasy.
"That's just...disgusting," said Trina as she rushed out of the room and towards the bathroom.
Andre looked at Robbie. "Maybe we should call a doctor."