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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 protection19PENANAFlhL7Hfm3J

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 protection19PENANA0GWg9K7LhD

I tucked my brunette 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 protection19PENANAu9rvUgQyPp

People often seem to think that popular girls are easy. I'm far from easy.copyright protection19PENANAqvLIhSqxft

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 protection19PENANAgg9dwjYE4f

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 protection19PENANAizpJ5k0VSQ

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 protection19PENANAlim61DZrae

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 blonde hair.copyright protection19PENANAUrv4F2nDGr

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 protection19PENANATY1iI6CJ2v

"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 protection19PENANAAnNWuPztgK

"Yeah, ha-ha. Hey, remember the sleepovers we had? We never missed her show "Hannah Montana."copyright protection19PENANAIaceeRgCvX

Maddie nodded. "That was when she was cute. I really miss the non-twerking Hannah."copyright protection19PENANA3oW5HEbkoe

"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 protection19PENANAPYBDU6suzJ

"Come on, makeup check." That was my phrase for time to go to the Ladies' Room.copyright protection19PENANAfiUrw9jNLO

As we walked, Madonna's song "Vogue," started playing."I love this song," Maddie said.copyright protection19PENANAKOdGUUl5fJ

"Do you think she'll still be around years from now? Her music seems kind of like a fad," I nonchalantly said.copyright protection19PENANAj5IVID1b7B

"Of course! She'll be an icon by then. I just know it. Wait and see."copyright protection19PENANAUnUPOrY7eJ

"Maybe," I said as I pushed open the double doors to the restroom.copyright protection19PENANAVZy9Fs31yj

"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 protection19PENANAKSotO66Pie

"Luke texted me a few minutes ago," I told her. "He said they're on their way."copyright protection19PENANArdBm2qN0x2

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 protection19PENANAJt1iCHKGIj

"I love those beautiful sculptures that you made in art class," I said to her.copyright protection19PENANAZtbnXZu3PM

"Thanks," she said and blushed.copyright protection19PENANAih0UD2kr3S

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 protection19PENANAuNlw5YdQFW

"Hi there," Maddie said to her. "I think I know you. Your name's Nicole, right?"copyright protection19PENANA9Eqk2nkxra

"Yes."copyright protection19PENANAkJrkD4mYwq

"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 protection19PENANAQ0dcxibL8Q

"Which one?" I said.copyright protection19PENANAHiv7DxvX5W

"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 protection19PENANA7pFzJjE6ha

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 protection19PENANAw7bJkI2vtb

"Oh sure, right. We can meet sometime and can go over the details."copyright protection19PENANAlbtQi6oO3t

"We'd love to help," Maddie said.copyright protection19PENANAKbTqKCJpJ1

"Thank you so much, guys. I really appreciate it." Nicole replied.copyright protection19PENANAzg8KZtt2YW

Suddenly, I felt the familiar panicky feeling. I leaned my hands on the sink and took some deep breaths.copyright protection19PENANAdj7GaqMzeQ

Comments ( 5 )

Rosemary Dawson - People who have pills to cover up their disorders are considered very lucky. I have no medication for my disorders. 
1 month agoreply

Jennifer - Hello.

I don't know if medication solves the problem exactly, I suppose it just depends on the person. For example, I was once given anti-anxiety medication but it didn't do anything at all to help relieve it.

Thanks for the comment and hang in there. Hugs.

1 month agoreply

Rosemary Dawson - @Jennifer, Thank you!
1 month agoreply

Jennifer - @Rosemary Dawson, You are so welcome. I am going to catch up on your story in a bit.
1 month agoreply

Rosemary Dawson - @Jennifer, Sure, anytime! 
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