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From Popular to Freak
Writer Jennifer
Writer Michael Evening
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On the Path to Self Acceptance
Sep 15, 2017
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She looked at me sadly and led Brandon away to dance.copyright protection7PENANAPkJynIuwAo

"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 protection7PENANAip7Wtjx5x8

Outside the gym, there were a few other couples talking and getting into their cars.copyright protection7PENANAOxIgUtc2rX

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 protection7PENANAQhhAQEilbT

"Are you cold?" Luke asked.copyright protection7PENANAJtiRqMbYRI

"No, I'm fine."copyright protection7PENANA6FfPWai8cJ

"Sure."copyright protection7PENANA631oDR2Wdd

We sat there on the bench for a few minutes until I broke the silence.copyright protection7PENANAPWH8O8UZ6L

"I'm so sorry, Luke."copyright protection7PENANAHdrX2o7kxj

"For what?"copyright protection7PENANA4Dn610Y4Wb

"For keeping this secret from you."copyright protection7PENANAiL70TV8NVe

Luke said, "Look at me."copyright protection7PENANAzCs1zupHOW

I felt so ashamed and wanted to look away but I couldn't. Then I started crying like a dork.copyright protection7PENANA1TAoZBoXGk

"Hey, don't cry."copyright protection7PENANA8Y6gYZc6N7

"Aren't you mad at me?"copyright protection7PENANAlmKNnjhN16

"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 protection7PENANAJ20jq0VPXB

"I know." I looked down.copyright protection7PENANAa6AgnzgAG3

Just then, some guy and his pals walked by snickering. They looked our way and one of them said, "Hi, Freak Girl."copyright protection7PENANAH1prPNL7AM

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 protection7PENANAdkPeEgeA5c

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 protection7PENANAcgjMwGlMg1

"I know it must have been lonely keeping such a secret. I know you sometimes worry I'll dump you but you need to stop thinking that. 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 protection7PENANAQY3gqS3bZE

After hearing him say that, it made the tears fall again. Luke handed me his handkerchief. I dabbed at my eyes.copyright protection7PENANAYdYOrD4Gda

"I like you too. A lot."copyright protection7PENANASpqccXSxK9

"You want to back inside?"copyright protection7PENANAzA8CQyuUKt

"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 protection7PENANAyJHxy8aCPn

"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 protection7PENANANHNeTZcMxW

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 protection7PENANAW6w5JnEdho

Maddie stood there. "Julianne, can we talk?"copyright protection7PENANAHP8omGxwjm

"I'd like that," I said.copyright protection7PENANAU64IlYHxLe

Luke said he would go hang out with Brandon for a while.copyright protection7PENANAtIl0N4nriE

"Thanks," I smiled up at Luke. "Thanks for everything." He smiled back and walked into the gym.copyright protection7PENANAQ0uYpQFXnY

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 protection7PENANAji5o0qnIY8

"I'm really sorry I kept such a secret from you, Maddie.copyright protection7PENANAXsQisEnQ5F

Truly."copyright protection7PENANAvVFZU4Qz2e

"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 protection7PENANAxlwDKx37f2

"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 protection7PENANAgcu7vWLSNR

"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 protection7PENANAxiNdhHi8hk

I half smiled. "Yeah, I get it."copyright protection7PENANAmPGTsrrwyG

"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 protection7PENANAyPT2WpZIhM

"What happened?"copyright protection7PENANAzP4m3m4mvm

"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 protection7PENANAHRbnLEOcbn

I laughed. "Poor Chantal."copyright protection7PENANATJcNM9cMRu

Maddie said, "Let's go back in and see what we missed."copyright protection7PENANAyrkDOn0SKv

As we were about to open the gym doors, Maddie gave me a quick hug.copyright protection7PENANAfrnrO85Dkg

"You're my best friend and you're like a sister to me, Julianne. Don't you ever forget it.copyright protection7PENANA1e0d1Nndze

"I never will."copyright protection7PENANAI7F2LtqLma

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