“You have to stop letting them bully you. I’m going to school with you tomorrow, and I’m going to talk to them.”
JADA: Main character
GABBY: Jada’s best friend
JUSTIN: Jada’s brother
MADDIE, CORA, and STEPHANIE: Mean girls
DAD and MOM
Samantha: STEPHANIE and MOM
Belinda: GABBY and NARRATOR
Andrew: DAD and JUSTIN
Waking up in bed. JADA puts clothes on, brushes hair, goes downstairs, brushes teeth, and eats cereal. Bus honks. Thirty minutes later, she is at school.
MADDIE: Hey, did you finish my homework? I’m not gonna pay you this week if you didn’t.
CORA and STEPHANIE cross arms. JUSTIN arrives.
JUSTIN: Stop bullying her. What did she ever do to you?
JADA (to JUSTIN): Thank you so much.
JADA exits. GABBY enters.
GABBY: What happened over there? Did they want to get their homework again? You should stop letting them do that to you.
JADA: I have to get money to get a new car.
GABBY: Only until you get a new car.
Thirty minutes later. Lunchtime. JADA sits down with GABBY. CORA, MADDIE, and STEPHANIE arrive at their table.
MADDIE: Where’s my homework? I’m literally not gonna pay you for three weeks!
JADA: Okay, okay, I’ll give it to you tomorrow.
MADDIE: Don’t tell Justin I told you this, or you know what’s gonna happen.
MADDIE exits. JUSTIN enters.
JUSTIN: Did she ask you for her homework again? Tell me the truth.
JADA: She did not ask me.
GABBY: Why didn’t you tell him the truth?
JADA: Because you know what’s gonna happen. She’s not gonna pay me for the whole month
GABBY: You can’t go on like this! You can get a job.
JADA: I don’t want a job! I have to do this.
GABBY: Whatever you say.
GABBY exits. Five minutes later, bell rings, and JADA exits the lunchroom. Three hours later, she is done with school, and GABBY is walking home with JADA. GABBY goes home first because her house is closer.
GABBY: Bye, see you tomorrow!
Five minutes later, JADA is home,
JADA (to her MOM): Um, Mom, the girls also want their homework, and I forgot where I put it, so I need to find it today.
MOM: Honey, you have to stop letting them do these things to you. You have to stop doing homework all the time, you have a life.
DAD: What’s going on in here?
MOM: Oh, well the girls still want her homework, and they’re still bossing her around to get money.
DAD: You have to stop letting them bully you. I’m going to school with you tomorrow, and I’m going to talk to them.
JADA eats dinner, takes a shower, brushes her teeth, and goes to bed.
The next day, JADA sees GABBY, and they walk to school. JADA’s dad meets JADA at school, and JADA sees her dad talking to MADDIE, STEPHANIE, and CORA.
STEPHANIE: Hey, what do you want? Oh, and by the way, we still need our homework from your daughter.
CORA: Yeah we do! You know how much homework we gave her? We need it today.
JADA: Dad, what are you doing here? Go home! It’s embarrassing!
DAD: Okay honey, I’ll go home.
MADDIE: Dad calls you honey, not princess?
CORA: Where’s the homework? We need it today. You know that!
JADA hands them the homework.
JADA: Here’s your homework.
Gives the homework back.
It doesn’t look like our handwriting. Just do one more line, and it will look like our handwriting.
JADA takes the homework back.
JADA: Okay, but you have to pay me extra this week, or I’m not giving your homework back.
MADDIE (rolling her eyes): Ugh, fine.
JADA walks off to class.
MADDIE: Where’s our homework? We need it now! She’s calling us up!
JADA: Where’s my money first?
MADDIE gives JADA the money, and JADA gives MADDIE her homework.
MADDIE, CORA, and STEPHANIE go to the teacher and gives them the homework. Three hours later, she is done with school. Gets home and counts all her money and runs downstairs.
JADA: Oh my gosh, Mom, I have enough money to buy a new car! I don’t have to do their homework anymore!
Runs down the street and knocks on GABBY’s door.
JADA: Gabby, I have enough to buy a new car! I don’t have to do their homework anymore!
GABBY: We have to have a celebration at my house tomorrow!
JADA: Okay, tomorrow it is.
JADA gets back home.
JADA (to her parents): We’re gonna have a celebration tomorrow!
MOM and DAD: Okay, let’s go!
MOM: Go eat dinner, brush your teeth, get in the shower, and then get into bed.
JADA: I don’t have to do their homework anymore! I have the right amount to buy a new car!
JUSTIN: Oh my god, I’m so proud of you!
JADA: Okay, could you come to my celebration? It’s tomorrow at eight.
JUSTIN: Sure, I’ll be there!
JADA exits. The next day. A huge celebration. GABBY calls JADA’s MOM and DAD.
GABBY: It’s time to do the decorations! Hurry, my house!
GABBY calls JUSTIN.
GABBY: Hurry, the celebration! We need decorations!
JUSTIN: Okay, I’m gonna call everybody from school to come. And I’ll get some decorations too.
MOM and DAD (to JADA): Honey, we’ll be back later.
JADA: Okay, see you later! Remember the celebration! Don’t be late!
MOM and DAD: Okay.
JADA arrives at GABBY’s house. GABBY opens the door.
JADA: Oh my gosh! I can’t believe you planned this!
JADA sees MADDIE, STEPHANIE, and CORA.
What are you doing here? I thought you didn’t like me or something.
MADDIE: I’m sorry for bossing you around with all these things. I got this car for you.
JADA: But what about all that money you gave me for doing your homework?
MADDIE: It’s okay. You can keep it and buy another car.
JADA: Well, do you want to hang out sometime? Just not this time because we’re having a party.
NARRATOR: And they had a great time.
JADA: Friendship comes with a key everywhere,
MADDIE: Even if it’s harder than it looks.
GABBY: We’re all in it together,
JUSTIN: No matter if it’s rough.
EVERYBODY: We can do it,
Because it goes on, it goes on,
Because friendship is the key to victory.
JADA and MADDIE: We started off as enemies, but then we became good friends.
GABBY and STEPHANIE: We both found something interesting we like together,
EVERYONE: We all end up friends.
Typed by Belinda Becker Jacob