Misconceptions of First Impressions

Who are you? Can you ever really tell without the influence of what others say? In this story Anna dictates the troubles she encounters when she is changed by the manipulation of another girl, Ulna. Once confident, independent Anna was changed by Ulna's manipulation and mind games into a timid, unsure being on the brink of suicide. When somone knows all your weaknesses and targets them, how can you not collapse?
(Closley based on a true story)

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8. The Beginning of the Battle

The following day Ulna returned to school. I kept in conversation with the others as if it was normal. It wasn’t until the first recess did Ulna mention anything.

“Did I do something wrong?” she feebly asked.

“No, why?”

“Why are you acting like this?”

“I just want to make more friends that’s all.” As I said this I saw her eyes grow dark, she bowed her head and simply walked away. Since then she hasn’t directly spoken to me, that day is when the trouble started; when I finally saw how monstrous she could really be.

For a few days she tried to get by attention by slouching in a corner solemnly listening to music. It was for my attention or for my guilt, either way I had seen this manipulation technique once too often to care. My aunt said that even we were no longer friends I should try to include her when I converse with the others. When she said this, two things came to my mind; one, how could we no longer be friends, from me just talking to our other classmates our one year relationship was over? Two, how could I try to include her, the one person I hold nothing but feelings of pure loathing? I knew it was the right thing, but that didn’t make me warm to the idea.

From then on I gave Ulna the occasional nod or smile to keep things civil, but that was the best I could do. She has manipulated me to feel guilty for her own academic success; she made sure I succumbed to her every whim whilst thinking it was my idea, for a whole year. But even trying to keep civil didn’t work, because she had other ideas.

By the fifth day she decided to do everything in her power to ostracize me, to isolate me. Megan, her sister-like best friend, Malorie, Sonya and Adriana were the only other four girls in the class. They were all Croatian, as was Ulna; in fact I was the only one in the class who didn’t speak the language; knowing this Ulna ensured they all spoke Croatian in order to exclude me. Small indirect comebacks such as these were only the beginning...

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