We Didnt Ask for This by Adi Alsaid EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Adi Alsaid
- Language: English
- Genre: Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Self Esteem & Reliance
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The lock-in was going fairly well until Marisa unleashed her
cronies and chained herself to the main entrance.
No one really noticed right away, busy as they were taking
part in a number of lock-in-related activities: laser tag in the
parking garage, a sanctioned food fight in the cafeteria, a
photo shoot tutorial with a renowned YouTube influencer.
Once a year, in April, the doors at Central International
School’s K-12 campus closed—though they didn’t literally
lock—to allow the high school students to roam free for the
Having the next day off school was nowhere near
the best part. Nor, strictly speaking, were the activities
themselves, though they were extravagant and wonderful and
distracted everyone from what Marisa was doing.
People fell in love on lock-in night. They stumbled upon
new passions that would shape the rest of their lives,
discovered friendships they could not imagine living without,
before or after.
Traumas were resolved on lock-in night,
anxieties disappeared, never to return, not even after the buses
arrived in the morning to take the students back home.
This was well known to the few students who had been
lucky enough to have attended before, or who had siblings
who had attended in years prior.
At Central International
School, the student body ebbed and flowed, changing
drastically from year to year, and often even more frequently.
It was common to have different classmates every semester,
and sometimes students would find the person who sat next to
them in class—the alluring redhead who scribbled song lyrics
on the margins of their textbooks, who one time turned and
asked to borrow a pen they never returned, though they had
offered a smile that carried with it joy beyond a simple
gesture; the redhead who might have one day soon become
more than just a classmate—was simply gone from one day to
Even by international school standards, the turnover rate of
both students and faculty had always been high, though it had
a great academic reputation, and the city in which it sat was a
diverse and world-class cosmopolis.
Yet people never seemed
to stick around for long, as if families were carried in by the
seaside breeze, and carried away by the same. Most students
had multiple passports, and their parents were multinational,
or transient because they were diplomats, or titans of industry,
or missionaries, or digital nomads, or teachers within the
international school world. They had roots in many places,
thought of no one place as home—or rather, thought of
everywhere they’d been as home.
So it was rare for a student to be around for several lock-in
nights. Even the locals, who made up a mere fifteen percent of
the school’s population, often temporarily relocated during
their high school years—a boarding school exchange in
Switzerland, a South American road trip in a van with their
family, a missionary excursion in Central America.
Despite all this, the lore surrounding lock-in night was
always momentous, starting as an excited murmur the first day
of school and building to a frenzy by the night before the event
itself a month or so before the end of the year. Students
wondered how, exactly, their life would be improved by the
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