Don't change

I was tired of being the geek, the loner, the fat one. I wanted more than one friend. I wanted to be popular, pretty, sexy. So I got a makeover..


10. Make them proud


Once I was home I locked the door and went up to my room. I tore off my uniform, and put on some comfy trackies. Lying on my bed, I gazed up at the ceiling. Last year, I had made a collage of my favourite pictures. There were photos of places I want to go to, showing famous landmarks and sunny beaches, photos of animals, many of chameleons which were my favourite, and all of them were revolving around a photo of me and my parents when I was little.

I never really saw my parents now. They were away on business lots, being executives of a big company. We had lots of money, but they had worked hard for it. I appreciated that, but it annoyed mevas well.They were never there for me, never a shoulder to cry on, never a warm embrace on a bad day, never their to share my big moments with. I missed them. Deep down, I knew they were disappointed with me.

My mum had been the most popular girl, not slutty but just loved by everybody, with good grades, good friends and a line of boys queuing up for her (who she all refused). She had come second in a county beauty tournament. My dad was the top athlete who also got good grades, and had represented the school in many tournaments, both maths and sport. They had often told me stories, about parties and friends, and the game of spin the bottle that got them together.

I was unpopular and they knew it. They offered to hire a DJ for a party when I was 13, but I refused. My mum would try to make me have a girly sleepover, take out girls on a beauty day, even going to ring some girl's mums who she knew. I begged her not to, but she eventually stopped when she rung up Courtney's mum who laughed when she said my name. When I had brought home my top grades, they hadn't batted an eyelid, not even a well done. Instead they said about me being alone, and how it worried them, how they wanted me to be popular, not to be a disappointment to the family. It was all I had ever wanted; to make them proud.

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