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From Popular to Freak
Writer Jennifer
Writer Michael Evening
  • G: General Audiences
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Self Acceptance is Hard
Sep 15, 2017
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No Plagiarism!LGmXIXShb4KiLcr8mxr5posted on PENANA

She looked at me sadly and led Brandon away to dance.copyright protection36PENANAkeFtsT8Urj

"Let's go outside and get some air," Luke said. He gently put his hand on my back and guided me through the crowd.copyright protection36PENANAFc01aIY30a

Outside the gym, there were a few other couples talking and getting into their cars.copyright protection36PENANA7KsSXU0jss

Luke and I walked over to an empty bench and sat down. The cool, night air felt good after the stuffiness of the gym.copyright protection36PENANApMG4g8Yp3p

"Are you cold?" Luke asked.copyright protection36PENANAJICJJNsIQt

"No, I'm fine."copyright protection36PENANASXelQbgQuI

"Sure."copyright protection36PENANAiTvZYM8Wbc

We sat there on the bench for a few minutes until I broke the silence.copyright protection36PENANAmUVZEEM7nC

"I'm so sorry, Luke."copyright protection36PENANAAgAOCq0Shv

"For what?"copyright protection36PENANABAp6znTIk4

"For keeping this secret from you."copyright protection36PENANAVHZQGEvtLS

Luke said, "Look at me."copyright protection36PENANA6l9GaL7aDo

I felt so ashamed and wanted to look away but I couldn't. Then I started crying like a dork.copyright protection36PENANAFeY4lysehN

"Hey, don't cry."copyright protection36PENANAjcuj2bXxEI

"Aren't you mad at me?"copyright protection36PENANAqL4zrekypY

"No. But I'm a little hurt that you kept this from me. You need to understand that you can tell me anything. You need to trust me. Also, you worry too much about what others think, Julianne. You focus on the outside when you need to look inside."copyright protection36PENANAX4cW9yuCNL

"I know." I looked down.copyright protection36PENANAp7YUq06nyL

Just then, some guy and his pals walked by snickering. They looked our way and one of them said, "Hi, Freak Girl."copyright protection36PENANA5Yw9yXoSwN

Another guy yelled, "Julianne Steele, the druggie! No wonder you're the most popular girl in school. You're probably a dealer to the stoner crowd."copyright protection36PENANAQuS3q2CVEp

Luke jumped up, got in the guy's face and told him off. Luke is one of the sweetest people, it was so weird seeing him so protective and defending me, but I liked it. When he sat back down he apologized for losing his temper and took my hand in his.copyright protection36PENANAH3xFYXG4ke

"I know it must have been lonely keeping such a secret. I really like you, Julianne. I like what's on the inside. I've seen you put on this 'cool' front and you strive to make everyone like you, but you don't have to try so hard. Just be yourself."copyright protection36PENANAPqdlALjYEQ

After hearing him say that, it made the tears fall again. Luke handed me his handkerchief. I dabbed at my eyes.copyright protection36PENANAMvlEzLGbHk

"I like you too. A lot."copyright protection36PENANABoo83n6Ksq

"You want to back inside?"copyright protection36PENANAYhRcDrYXqD

"No. I can't face Maddie or anyone else. Anyways, my best friend is so ticked off at me. I think she hates me."copyright protection36PENANAOc8aQHVxTD

"If she's a true best friend, and I think that she is, she'll come around. Just give her some time. C'mere."copyright protection36PENANASv1gD4EJO6

Luke hugged me close and kissed my forehead. We held hands and sat in silence for a little longer until a voice interrupted us.copyright protection36PENANAaNo202tY0T

Maddie stood there. "Julianne, can we talk?"copyright protection36PENANABO5KZWsVtl

"I'd like that," I said.copyright protection36PENANAylQzCuEhet

Luke said he would go hang out with Brandon for a while.copyright protection36PENANAnphMrhOVgO

"Thanks," I smiled up at Luke. "Thanks for everything." He smiled back and walked into the gym.copyright protection36PENANAPSDVCCR4xl

Maddie sat down next to me and sighed. "I'm not angry anymore. I was just so mad that you didn't  feel you could count on me enough to be able to talk to me."copyright protection36PENANAq5HhEkLiB0

"I'm really sorry I kept such a secret from you, Maddie.copyright protection36PENANALZq2LRkzNA

Truly."copyright protection36PENANAnCs1x5Dp9a

"I know. I forgive you. I just wish you would have talked me. I want you to know you can talk to me about anything. At any time."copyright protection36PENANAKAfsRUMDdo

"I was worried about what you would think of me just...sometimes I feel like I can't live up to anyone's expectations and I feel like I must hold everything together."copyright protection36PENANAEZn429WmIJ

"Julianne Steele, I'm your best friend and we might not always agree, but I would never think badly of you, or judge you. Do you get that now?"copyright protection36PENANAW6lp7TuLiE

I half smiled. "Yeah, I get it."copyright protection36PENANAV3ebv66hJj

"You are the strongest person I know but you worry too much about being popular. If someone doesn't like you, it's their loss. Also, your moment of fame or infamy is being stolen by Chantal." She grinned.copyright protection36PENANAGni4skdoHV

"What happened?"copyright protection36PENANA7E2t3amyVE

"She was caught with a tiny bottle of liquor in her dress. When she started doing her crazy dance moves again, it fell and broke. You should have seen Principal Jensen."copyright protection36PENANAcRHr3dx9vh

I laughed. "Poor Chantal."copyright protection36PENANAtbFMf77svO

Maddie said, "Let's go back in and see what we missed."copyright protection36PENANAoDtr6xBt5x

As we were about to open the gym doors, Maddie gave me a quick hug.copyright protection36PENANA7ipPJs2hCx

"You're my best friend and you're like a sister to me, Julianne. Don't you ever forget it.copyright protection36PENANAy5JdSYlZqQ

"I never will."copyright protection36PENANAOPuhgAOR3U

Comments ( 3 )

Rosemary Dawson - Just, one word:


I love Maddie and Julianne's friendship. <3
3 months agoreply

Jennifer - Best friends are awesome! :)
3 months agoreply

Rosemary Dawson - @Jennifer, They sure are! :D
3 months agoreply