Ugly Things

Her mother always warned her about monsters. She should have listened. If you don't believe in ugly things, look closely at yourself. You may find something repulsive and sickening that you didn't see before. I know I did. [student/teacher]

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7. 07.

First I drove home. The house was quiet, as I expected because my mom was at work, and as I settled on the couch I thought about calling her. I knew she’d be angry that I skipped out early, and even more upset to know the reason why. She’d probably have told me to suck it up and go back.

My phone vibrated before I could get comfortable. I glanced at the screen.

ONE NEW MESSAGE: ARIA.

Hey, are you okay? I came back to apologize and you were gone. Mr. Mills told me that he saw you leave in a hurry. I’m worried. Call me.

I wanted to write back. I wanted to say that I wasn’t okay. I wanted to tell Aria that she was a bitch and even that I was sorry for what I said, too. Instead I erased the message and curled up.

It wasn’t long before my phone vibrated again. Another text. It was probably from Aria. I opened my phone.

I’m home. You can come now - looking forward to seeing you.

Despite how shitty my day had been, I couldn’t help the smile that spread across my face at the last sentence. He wanted to see me.

I jumped up and ran into the bathroom. The jeans and shirt I wore were stained with my tears, so I had to find something better. I brushed my hair and pulled it away from my face, letting two strands fall in the front. Then I went to my room.

Finding something to wear was difficult. I wasn’t sure how I should dress. I wondered about wearing a dress but finally decided on a pair of shorts and a tank top since it was so hot out. Before I even left the room, my phone went off again.

Tate, where are you?

I decided I’d tell her where I was going. Maybe then she would back off.

I’m going to see a friend. I’ll text you later.

She replied very quickly.

Which friend?

No one you know.

Her response was one word. It made me feel bad.

Teacher?

I sighed, texted Elias and told him I couldn’t make it, then texted Aria back.

No. But I’m not going out anymore.

I didn’t expect my phone to go off again. When it did, I was suspicious. Caleb’s name shown on the screen.

I heard about the fight. You okay? Doesn’t mean I’m not still mad at you. Later.

Frustration seeped through me. So much so that I put my phone on silent and returned to the couch. If my mom came home I’d just tell her I felt sick so I came home. It was starting to become true.

I must have fallen asleep, because the next thing I knew it was dark out. The only light was coming from my phone, and it was blinking furiously at me. I wondered how many texts I had to deal with now.

FIVE NEW MESSAGES

I groaned and opened the first one. It was from Elias.

That’s okay, I’ll see you tomorrow.

The next four were from Aria.

Where are you?

I need you to call me when you can.

I hope you’re not still mad at me when we see each other.

Caleb’s worried about you, too.


I knew that the last one wasn’t true. I told her that I was okay, I just fell asleep. She didn’t reply after that, so I went back to sleep.

Maybe tomorrow would be a better day.

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