The story takes place in an American classroom where Marcia is handing out spring formal papers and Maya takes a permission slip, but she knows she won't be allowed to go.
Maya was called down to the office to go into Ms. Johnson's office to be told that Nurzhan had gotten into a fight with another boy at school.
Nurzhan had gotten picked up by PaPa and Maya for getting in a fight with a boy. They brought Nurzhan home and he tried explaining to Maya what happened, but she didn't care. Maya just wanted Nurzhan to do his work.
Nurzhan came into their room after he had gotten Maya permission to go to the dance as long as he was there!
You're Going to the Dance
MaMa gave Maya the bracelet that her mother gave to her when she was sixteen for the dance.
Maya got to go to the dance after Nurzhan got his parents to give them permission.