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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!8rw4hm9B7yV8QlqYE3Uiposted on PENANA

She looked at me sadly and led Brandon away to dance.copyright protection52PENANATYvpsZX697

"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 protection52PENANA4hyBlQXur4

Outside the gym, there were a few other couples talking and getting into their cars.copyright protection52PENANA2mdTIDSmHN

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 protection52PENANAFAMaZeaWlj

"Are you cold?" Luke asked.copyright protection52PENANA4qBC1WtZrU

"No, I'm fine."copyright protection52PENANA4uhhoZUglB

"Sure."copyright protection52PENANA40cQbc5l9q

We sat there on the bench for a few minutes until I broke the silence.copyright protection52PENANAFdRgQScjSE

"I'm so sorry, Luke."copyright protection52PENANAeW8vdwu8NQ

"For what?"copyright protection52PENANAKRRXH39Npj

"For keeping this secret from you."copyright protection52PENANAd4x5knXxHQ

Luke said, "Look at me."copyright protection52PENANAbVMkr0RW8E

I felt so ashamed and wanted to look away but I couldn't. Then I started crying like a dork.copyright protection52PENANANTwFQeI018

"Hey, don't cry."copyright protection52PENANAjecQkxeh4W

"Aren't you mad at me?"copyright protection52PENANA8gSUBjVsg3

"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 protection52PENANA63XCJNQrOR

"I know." I looked down.copyright protection52PENANAA86MZqkeIp

Just then, some guy and his pals walked by snickering. They looked our way and one of them said, "Hi, Freak Girl."copyright protection52PENANAaRF2LhmGJD

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 protection52PENANAKQGHsqvjSk

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 protection52PENANAbssiesJyGs

"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 protection52PENANAXQjDT4UfLE

After hearing him say that, it made the tears fall again. Luke handed me his handkerchief. I dabbed at my eyes.copyright protection52PENANASwuzeXZKgR

"I like you too. A lot."copyright protection52PENANA4sjxKyZu7F

"You want to back inside?"copyright protection52PENANAW5wfJpkEF6

"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 protection52PENANAiyCN7QK7A0

"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 protection52PENANAZFtjdeScIZ

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 protection52PENANASE5oUPOett

Maddie stood there. "Julianne, can we talk?"copyright protection52PENANAkM1Xz9Njgo

"I'd like that," I said.copyright protection52PENANAkg4Nzh2stK

Luke said he would go hang out with Brandon for a while.copyright protection52PENANAsmpxKknyyQ

"Thanks," I smiled up at Luke. "Thanks for everything." He smiled back and walked into the gym.copyright protection52PENANA2TD3RccEwt

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 protection52PENANA3RK7FkoHMS

"I'm really sorry I kept such a secret from you, Maddie.copyright protection52PENANAseeRMZb9xK

Truly."copyright protection52PENANA0AEDDvQQan

"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 protection52PENANAjde3lToJAa

"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 protection52PENANAC2oQUbP6kn

"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 protection52PENANAQkXvYA1Prb

I half smiled. "Yeah, I get it."copyright protection52PENANAcLpqPKkduU

"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 protection52PENANAn6XLWRXMXh

"What happened?"copyright protection52PENANA9OC7jAIlq9

"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 protection52PENANAwCUW3JGnWb

I laughed. "Poor Chantal."copyright protection52PENANAijhf5e6204

Maddie said, "Let's go back in and see what we missed."copyright protection52PENANAkaSWhcxZxX

As we were about to open the gym doors, Maddie gave me a quick hug.copyright protection52PENANA84A20ELG1I

"You're my best friend and you're like a sister to me, Julianne. Don't you ever forget it.copyright protection52PENANARk19z7nG9o

"I never will."copyright protection52PENANAKtyDqPQXPn

Comments ( 3 )

Rosemary Dawson - Just, one word:


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

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

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