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The Dance
Sep 13, 2017
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Nirvana's song, "Lithium," blared as I navigated through the dance floor crowded with teens. The music mixed with laughter and the overpowering scent of "Love's Baby Soft."copyright protection5PENANArJc7U3rlYc

I was confident in my walk. Some kids nodded at me as I passed. The boys gave me admiring glances, but some of the girls' looks weren't as friendly.copyright protection5PENANAuRVNHtkCTQ

I tucked my blonde hair behind one ear, and felt a surge of pride. I knew I looked stunning in my black satin and lace Vera Wang gown. The dress wasn't low cut. It was classy.copyright protection5PENANA8rQMPPEuPL

People often seem to think that popular girls are easy. I'm far from easy.copyright protection5PENANAVhu7pobRKa

As I looked around, I noticed that some kids wore the totally wrong clothes. I'm not a mean person, but I felt like they needed to watch that television show, "What Not to Wear."copyright protection5PENANA3f1Z2Jsnll

For instance, Alexander Chavez, the star basketball player, was wearing plaid slacks and a polka dotted tie. Seriously? Oh,Alex. And his girlfriend, Amanda Stevens, wore a dress with a thigh high slit. She also kept tugging up her strapless bodice.copyright protection5PENANAeuN4hCUV7K

Fashion Tape, Fashion Tape, I wanted to shout at her. Fashion Tape was double sided tape that was a Godsend for nearly everything. A few of its magical powers were holding dresses up and keeping bra straps hidden or in place. I made a mental note to let Amanda in on this secret when I had a chance.copyright protection5PENANAG22barAmjk

I noticed my best friend Maddie standing at the refreshment stand and walked over to her. She looked gorgeous in her shimmering red dress that was striking with her brunette hair.copyright protection5PENANAwnAymDhP0D

As we each grabbed a can of soda, we saw Principal Jensen trying to lecture Chantal on her sleazy dance moves. We watched as he made her sit out this dance.copyright protection5PENANAbe7YjoBekJ

"Oh, my God," whispered Maddie after she took a sip of soda. She was glaring at Chantal. "She deserves it. Trying to twerk and all."copyright protection5PENANAY1M0cWsMiM

"Yeah, ha-ha. Hey, remember the sleepovers we had? We never missed her show "Hannah Montana."copyright protection5PENANA7P9HnvkEkl

Maddie nodded. "That was when she was cute. I really miss the non-twerking Hannah."copyright protection5PENANAiwApuTO688

"I know you loved her, but Hollywood can completely ruin you. It's one reason why I'm going to be a psychologist. It's a very stable career," I said and set down my can of soda.copyright protection5PENANAP6aB7myA9R

"Come on, makeup check." That was my phrase for time to go to the Ladies' Room.copyright protection5PENANAmgGvY41jIm

As we walked, Madonna's song "Vogue," started playing."I love this song," Maddie said.copyright protection5PENANAE1Sfqn9eth

"Do you think she'll still be around years from now? Her music seems kind of like a fad," I nonchalantly said.copyright protection5PENANAnjoxVvUt63

"Of course! She'll be an icon by then. I just know it. Wait and see."copyright protection5PENANAltk1Yi50CO

"Maybe," I said as I pushed open the double doors to the restroom.copyright protection5PENANAmhPewgCFv6

"The guys should be here soon. Brandon better not be late. I don't know how he can be late to things more than I am," Maddie laughed.copyright protection5PENANAWSpkqkQkOX

"Luke texted me a few minutes ago," I told her. "He said they're on their way."copyright protection5PENANAn9qIbp1hpD

A stall door opened and I recognized the girl that exited.She was from my art class. She was pretty but would have turned heads if she wore a little makeup and ditched the huge glasses that hid her blue eyes.copyright protection5PENANA5MUV1rbD6G

"I love those beautiful sculptures that you made in art class," I said to her.copyright protection5PENANAJ3z9oZufji

"Thanks," she said and blushed.copyright protection5PENANAcHsDqE2rVs

She looked at me with with a sort of awe as if I were a movie star, which I kind of was. The movie star of "Lakeland High." I smiled at the girl.copyright protection5PENANA41fZWgq8Ux

"Hi there," Maddie said to her. "I think I know you. Your name's Nicole, right?"copyright protection5PENANAPEAoNYnhdH

"Yes."copyright protection5PENANAAqp33PH6hD

"I almost forgot," Nicole said. "Julianne, would you possibly have time to come to a committee meeting or two? I mean, both of you are invited."copyright protection5PENANAylENlB4MJY

"Which one?" I said.copyright protection5PENANAjyDUWqSkI6

"The one where we spread awareness about drugs and teen addiction. Next week, we have that trip planned to go to the grade schools in our district and give a talk about drug use. It would be awesome if you could talk to the kids and explain how you've handled high school and life in general without depending on drugs. You're a huge role model, you know." copyright protection5PENANA2iwslAi3Gz

I felt like a traitor as I remembered when I'd thought about joining the committee. It had been right before I had started taking my anti-anxiety pills. copyright protection5PENANAGfVk3gV72F

"Oh sure, right. We can meet sometime and can go over the details."copyright protection5PENANA6mdJgaa9vS

"We'd love to help," Maddie said.copyright protection5PENANAfybM0xniA3

"Thank you so much, guys. I really appreciate it." Nicole replied.copyright protection5PENANARhiMCl3yt6

Suddenly, I felt the familiar panicky feeling. I leaned my hands on the sink and took some deep breaths.copyright protection5PENANAdAsrkJBuS7

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