The Secret Life of That Teenage Girl: Part 3

By Dhvani, age 14, Oman

The next day I awoke and got ready to go to school. I sat there on the table, staring down at my bacon on the plate and fiddling with it.

Dad came down and sat at the table. "Linn, good morning, darling! Did you sleep well last night?" He smiled at me. Henry was my step-dad. I've never really liked him a lot. He had been married four years to mum. He loved me and Lynn, but I just never loved him as much as I had loved dad.

"Good morning, Henry. Yeah, I think I slept well, did you?"

"Oh yes, of course I did!"

Mum came to the table and sat next to me. "Linn, can I have a word with you in the living room, darling?"

"Yeah, sure." I followed her to the living room. We sat there on one of the couches.

"Okay, so tell me what happened, Linn. With Jake? And please, honey, tell me everything!"

"Nothing, mum, okay? It's just a break-up. Someday this relationship had to end, right?" I sighed.

"Well, honey, maybe it did have to end someday, or maybe never. If it was like this, then there is definitely something wrong." She put her hand on my shoulder. I looked at her in the eyes. Mum knew if I couldn't tell someone something when I said I was not lying I would look at them in the eye, but this time I wasn't. I just looked down.

"Mum, well...I don't know. Everything just went wrong. One mistake and BAM! Your life is gone!"

"Honey, can you please explain?"

I told her about the fight we had at Emily's, but nothing about the night before yesterday. I didn't have the guts to say it to her. We spoke for about another 10 minutes, and talked things through.

I got into dad's car, and he drove us off to school.

"Dad, what would you say if the guy I liked asked me out?" my sister Lynn asked. I turned back to stare at her and my dad looked at her too for about two seconds.

"WHAT? NO! YOU CANNOT SAY YES TO HIM!" he yelled. I was covering my ears.

"What? I was just asking! Nothing to get all angry about!"

Well, not all parents are the same, right? Some parents let their kids go on dates, have boyfriends, have their boyfriends over for dinner and stuff. I was allowed, why not Lynn? Well, ohhhh ... because she was only 13! Haha, poor Lynn.

We reached the school and got out of the car. I walked in and saw Emily, Tracie, and Tiar at their lockers. They were my best buds. I got to them, hugged them, and opened my locker. We were talking, and they saw I was sad. On the way to class I told them everything. They promised to support me no matter what.

"Do your parents know, Linn?" Tiar asked.

"No, I don't want to tell them yet. I'm too scared!" I replied quickly.

"Well, you are going to have to tell them sometime soon, you know!" said Emily.

"Yeah," echoed Tracie's voice after Emily's.

"I know, I'm just waiting for the right time."

Class started. I couldn't concentrate. I wasn't getting anything right. None of the questions I was asked to answer or anything. That's not me.

During break, I walked to the Cafeteria along with my mates. We sat there on a table just talking when all of a sudden Jake came up to me.

"Uh, hi, Linn. Hey guys!"

"Hi Jake." everyone said. But I just kept quiet. I didn't even look at him.

"Linn, hey ... can we please just talk? Please?" he begged.

"No. Why do you want to talk? I thought you said we would never talk again! Go away, Jake. Just leave me alone!" I yelled back.

"Linn, please! Please!" he pleaded. He sounded like he was about to cry.

I turned back and said, "Jake, we're over, okay?! It was all your fault in the first place! You said we were done too! Just go away!" I replied harshly.

"Jake, just please go away and leave us alone!" Tiar repeated.

He walked off. I stared at him. He was walking away from me, from me! God, help!

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