Kennedy is determined to graduate with her class.
"Hello mommy," a girl sneered as she walked by. Kennedy pretended not to hear.
"Hey, how's it goin'?" asked her friend Lauren.
Kennedy just shook her head.
"Don't let 'em get you down."
"I'm trying not to."
"I admire you, not many girls would do what you did."
"Especially me. How is Melanie?"
"She's doing well; Grandma's watching her while I'm here. I can't wait to get back home to her."
"Has Josh seen her yet?"
"I figured as much. Oh, look, speak of the devil."
Kennedy looked over her shoulder to see Josh coming towards her. The last time they spoke she informed him of her pregnancy. He told her that was her problem and walked away apathetically. She never bothered to tell him when she gave birth or that he has a daughter. She still remembers completing the application for Melanie's birth certificate, leaving the father's name space blank.
"Lauren, can you give us a minute?" asked Josh.
"Sure. I'll catch you later."
Kennedy turned to Josh, "You have one minute."
"I'm sorry for the way I acted. Can I see her?"
One short year ago, life was full of parties and fun. Kennedy was student body president and dance team captain. Now, her life consisted of school, work and caring for Melanie, whilst Josh lived a care free life. Still, a child should know her father.
"Come by about five. She should be awake by then."
The first warning bell rang as the pair scrambled to get to class.
Daily Flash Fiction Contest 08-23-18
Prompt: The First Day of School