Author: Devan Young
Table of contents
1.The Water Door.
2.The Gymnasium Smash.
3.The Text Fail.
4.The Trouble Round
5.The Test Fail
6.The Team Tryouts
7.The Coach Girl
Title: The Graceless Gymnast
By: Devan Young Chapter One
The Water Door
Illani was in her room thinking about why yarixa didn't like her.? All she did was tie water balloons to the top of her bedroom door, so that when she opened the door, water would get all over her. But what is more fun than that? Yarixa should of thought that it was funny but she didn't so yarixa was mad at her for a very long time, and Illani was mad at her because yarixa said that Illani was being mean to her. Right before she was going to say one more thing about yarixa, she heard a knock on
her bedroom door. It was her mom that just came home from work. Her mom said, “It's time to go to gymnastics!”
The Gymnasium Smash
When Illani arrived she saw yarixa doing a cartwheel, it was the worst cartwheel she's seen her do. It was horrible but Illani knew that she was way better than that, in fact Ilani thought she was so much better. She even thought she was better than the coaches at her gym especially her coach. So when they were doing their back handsprings, she did one right into yarixas face. Of course yarixa told the gymnastics coach Ms. Michelle, and when she asked Ilani if it was true instead of saying “yes” Ilani told Ms. Michelle a big fat lie. She said, “Oh no, I would never do that I guess she just ran into me as i landed, like I said I would never do that.”
Yarixa went up to Illani she said, “Your my best friend and you know that too. The problem is that you are super bossy, Mean and your not being a great friend and your turning into a bully.” Illani started to cry she said, “I thought that I was being perfect I just thought that you weren't good enough and i wasn't thinking and I am so sorry.” Illani ran away to tristin, Tristin asked what was wrong. Ilani said that she needed a break from a certain person, but she didn't say who.
Right after that they were working with teams and Tristin asked illani if she wanted to do gymnastics with yarixa after practice, Illani started to laugh and rolled her eyes at her. She said, “You're joking right and any ways if we did we would have gotten really bored really fast. Inside she was actually trying to get herself to say sorry to yarixa so she was saying say sorry, say sorry, say sorry, say sorry over and over again.
Ilani thought about what happened, “Why would yarixa ever tell on me im her best friend and why would Ms. Michelle ever believe that I would do such a thing even though I did?, and i know it was wrong.” She felt so bad she knew She had to do something about it.
The Text Fail
Ilani finally got home and invited yarixa over to play, but yarixa said no because of what she did at the gym. She said she had to take a break. All that Ilani did was text back with this she said: “Well I didn't really want you to come over any way your not even my friend I just wanted to see if you thought we were friends.”
Ilani felt bad she wished she never did that because she really wanted her to come over, she was really sad she wished she could go back in time, but she knew she couldn't. She gave up on thinking about it, she was to sad so she just flopped down and then started to ask herself why she was doing this to herself, and why she kept on saying she was better.
The Trouble Round
Ilani just didn't want to get in trouble, so she tried to do whatever she could to make sure that her mom didn't find out about this, and especially yarixa’s mom. She also wanted to make sure that everybody knew she was the best without getting in trouble. If she did end up in trouble, she would not be able to do gymnastics until she apologized. But she knew she was going to get in trouble so she just decided to keep her thoughts to herself. Illani thought that if she snuck a leotard out of the gym that she wouldn't get in trouble. But she did. She got in big trouble.
The gym called her mom and said that she was a thief. Her mom hurried over. When she arrived the front office they said that illani tried stealing a leotard. Her mom shrieked, and looked at illani, took her hand, and stormed out of the gym. Illani crying and her mom yelling was a lot for her. On the car ride home it was silent, not a peep came out of her moms or illani’s mouth, until… Illani said, “Sorry” in the smallest volume possible.
“I said i'm sorry”
“My, my, my”
“I really am though”
“I Know but you know we dont steel in this family.”
“ I know bu, but, I don't know i wasnt thinking.”
“ No buts.”
Her mom thought of a consequence she said,
“You are not allowed to watch electronics for a week.”
“No ELECTRONICS for a week is what I said.”
It got silent again.
The Test Fail
Once she got home she calmed down a little bit and fell asleep to silence. When she woke up the next morning she got ready for school. On her way to school she noticed that yarixa was going to be really mad at her so she tried hiding herself with her big hoody. She also noticed that she had a big test that day, and she didn't even study for the test so she was searching through her backpack trying to study as much as she could before she got to school. When she got in her classroom she saw a big stack of testing papers on her desk. On her first page she gave up, but she knew that she had to finish it. By the 15th page out of 20 pages she felt like she was rocking it, but by the end of the day when they get their scores when she heard hers she was furious she got a 5% she understood it but she was still really upset. She also knew that her mom would be really mad at her because if she does not get an A+ then she will get grounded and she already got an F- and she knew she was going to get in big trouble. When she got home she waited for a knock on the door from her mom to go to gym. She needed to tell her mom about her whole day without getting in trouble, which was going to be really hard because her mom was super strict. Illani wanted to just curl up in a little ball and hide.
Her mom finally knocked on her bedroom door for gymnastics. Illani sat in her bed until her mom asked to come in and then she said, “Yes.” Her mom came in and asked her if she was ok. Illani said that she had to tell her something her mom listened. Illani told her that she failed her test and felt superbad. This is what her mom said: “I know how your feeling, but when was the last time that you studied this week?” Illani said, “ I didn't.” her mom told her that she was grounded but not as long because she told her the truth.
The Team Tryouts
Illani really wanted to be on team, she went up to the couch and said, ’’I was thinking about what i really wanted to do and it was to be on team.’’ The coach just stood there and didn't say a word and then illani said, ’’HELLO!?’’ and then the coach said ’’no’’ Illani thought she was going to say yes because she was so good so she asked, ’’Why?’’ the coach explained she said, ’’Well because you can't handle being on team because you're too mean.’’ Later in practice she got a note passed to her by the coach it read: Hey Illani I know that you really wanted to be on team and its not that you are not good or that anybody thinks that you are not good, you are actually really good, but it's that you are pretty mean and if you can fix your behavior than maybe I will think about putting you on team, again I am sorry.
The Coach Girl
When Illani got home she ran to her room without saying hi and started crying. She thought to herself, “Why would she say no?” I'm a pro gymnast and she doesn't want me on the team. Illani went out in the living room and told her mom about what happened halfway through she started crying and mumbling. Her mom said, “You’re going to be ok sweetie, and I might have an idea. Maybe you can ask the coach instead of competing ask if you can help coach the team.”
So what Illani did the next day she went up to the couch and said, “I know i can't compete on your team but maybe can i coach on your team.” The couch finally said yes.
Three weeks later. Illani finally starts to couch some competing students, she is doing very well. her students are getting way better so her couch told her mom that she is doing very good at coaching so maybe could she compete? Her mom said that it was up to her so her couch asked her but Illani said no, and that she was happy couching.
Five weeks later. “The competition is today” everyone was saying. During the competition everyone on the team was getting a 9 and 10. At the end of the competition everyone on the team got a metals. And at the very end they got put into the second round all because of Illani. Everyone was cheering and Illani was crying happy tears. Her couch went up to her and said “You did it.” yarixa walked up to illani and said, “You've really proved me wrong. Don't take it the wrong way, But before… you were a little on the pushy side, Now… you have changed a lot by being a better friend and by being a better teammate.”
The Babysitting Job
When Illani got home she called Yarixa. When she answered,she started talking right away. “Hey umm so you know how you have always wanted to babysit?”
“Well i’m babysitting some of my parents friends kids.”
“Well I was wondering if you want to start a babysitting club, just like the books. And we can even have a phone that they can call us on and have a calendar and money box!”
“Duh. I’m so excited, when do you want to start?”
“I was thinking we could wait until tomorrow after school and we can walk home together.”
“Ok see you then.”
When Illani went to bed she couldn't stop thinking about the babysitting club. She kept on twisting and turning, after about 5 minutes of that she just laid still and she finally she went to bed. When she woke up the next morning she got ready for school, when she got there she just did her normal routine until after school. After school they walked home together, when they got home they dropped of there bags and rode their bikes to the store. They got a bunch of toys for the kids to play with, first aid kits, and two medium sized pouches to put all of the toys and first aid kits in. Yarixa said that they could do the babysitters club in her room. Illani had a disagreement, she said that she wanted to do it in her room because it was her business. They were fighting for about 3 minutes until yarixa just said that every saturday we can go to Illani’s house and every wednesday they can go to Yarixa’s house. Illani finally said yes. Illani found both of them backpacks so that they have somewhere to put everything ones they get more things that they need.
Saturday December 1 2018
It’s the first day of their babysitting job. Illani and yarixa have to stay over night with the baby because the parents are going for date night. The baby’s name was carmen but for short they just called her Bobo. It was only 5:00 and they did not know what to do with her, she was crying for something but they didn't know what for. They remembered that Bobo’s mom said that there was bay food in the cabinet. So yarixa went into the cabinet while Illani took care of the baby. Yarxia came back with the food, Illani then took some and gave it to Bobo. She rejected it by throwing it across the room. After they cleaned it up they decided to put her to sleep.
They locked the front door and grabbed her blanket and went to sleep. In the middle of the night Illani heard a knock on the door, she got up and checked the front door but she didn't see anything so she just went back to bed. Once Illani went to bed Bobo got up, went down stairs and explored. When Bobo looked up she saw a man with a black beanie, black mask, black sweatshirt, black sweatpants, and black shoes. She screamed on the top of her lunges, “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Illani and Yarixa came down with a baseball bat. They were getting ready to fight. Yarixa picked up Bobo and illani searched the house. Whenever she opened a closet door she stepped back just in case. Illani yelled to Yarixa, “CALL 911” Yarixa was right on it.
“911 what’s your emergency?”
“There is an intruder in our house!”
“What is you're address?”
“2624 SE 98th CIR VAN, WA 13245.”
“Ok we will be there as soon as possible.”
Yarixa called out to Illani, “Illani they are on there way!” Illani ran up to yarixa “We need to go hide. Like now” “I know where we can hide, follow me.” “Ok.” “We can go into Bobo’s room and hide behind the dresser.” They ran upstairs and quickly hid behind the dresser. All of a sudden they heard footsteps coming upstairs into Bobo’s room. Illani peeked out and saw the man. Illani’s heart started thumping really fast and her hand was quivering as she grabbed the baseball bat. When she looked over at Yarixa she could see her crying and holding her hand over Bobo’s mouth because she was screaming. When the man came in he went right passed them and into the closet. Illani grabbed tight on to the baseball bat to get ready to hit the man. She stood up and slowly squeezed her way out from behind the dresser. She swung it back and THUMP, he fell down farther into the closet. She closed the closet door and locked him in. Yarixa heard sirens she called out, “Illani they are here!” They heard the door being smashed down. They heard boots as the police searched the house.
“Up here up here!” When they got upstairs one of the policemen told her, “Thanks for doing our job and you should become a policewoman.” “No thanks i think i’ll stick to babysitting.” The police officer started to laugh. They all watched as they handcuffed the man and led him to the police car. Later that night she watched the news, she saw the man that broke into Bobo’s house on T.V., It said how yarixa and Illani were such brave girls to lock him in the closet and hide and wait for the police to show up.
Stay tuned for the next book!