Tessa's Story

Tessa Jackson has been bullied since the 8th grade and has never had a break. The "popular" people, David and Nadia and their followers, bully her because she didn't have to try to get all the boys to like her, she didn't have to try to be pretty, and she didn't have to try to have a nice life. When they asked her into their group in the 8th grade and she said no, it all started. The bullied her to make her seem small, weak, unwanted. Tessa's whole world changes into a dark, lonely place. But Tessa's whole world changes again when she meets this one guy that makes her feel special, wanted, strong, and big. She gains back confidence with his help. But when she sees him supposedly cheating on her, will she be able to stay strong, or collapse and become what she was before?

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9. Cheated

The next day, I woke up again with out a tear-soaked pillow. I got ready for school, anticipating more bullying.
But when I got there, no one came up to me demanding why I was wearing that stupid shirt, shoes, pants, etc. etc. It was really nice. When I got to my locker, I saw a note that was a little longer then the rest.
"Hey, Tessa. Guess what?!" it read. "Some how, word of our date leaked out, and all of a sudden you're considered cool! I know, ridiculously shallow of people, but hey, you won't be bullied any more! Luv Zayn."
"Yes!" I screamed. I sank to the floor, having like a laughing/crying fit. No one was there in the hallway. It was just me. This was wonderful.
Once I finally got it together, I stood up, and opened my locker. Thankfully I hadn't been wearing any mascara, cause it would of ran. Then Nicole came up to me, and actually said something.
"Hey, um, are you ok? You've been crying," she said a little hesitantly.
"Everything just perfect, for the first time since 8th grade," I said and showed her the note. She smiled, like it was a benefit for her.
"I know this is going to sound like I don't care till you're not bullied, but...would you consider being friends with me?"
I was taken aback, I mean, I've never had a friend before. "Yeah, sure...I've never had a friend before, really. Since eighth grade...why would you want to be friends with me?"
"Because, you're a really good friend. And you're strong, too. I would've collapsed and just committed suicide. I wanted to be your friend, but once when I tried to stand up for you, David and Nadia told me to back away or I'd be bullied worse than you were. But I should never of listened. You needed a friend, didn't you?"
I nodded. "More than anything..."
"Well, I'm sorry. You know how on the intercom we learned that the people who sit there and do nothing actually are like the bullies?"
"Yeah."
"That was me, and I'm sorry."
"It's ok, I don't blame you. I would've done the same thing you did."
"So we're good?"
"Yeah. I gotta go to class."
"Bye. I'm glad I have a friend, now."
"But don't you have Dannie?"
"She, um, I uh, I caught her helping David and Nadia a couple times...I didn't want her to, but she didn't listen. I uh, 'dumped' her, you could say."
"I'm sorry... I gotta go to class. Bye!"
"Bye, Tess. Oh! Can I call you Tess?"
"Sure, as log as I can call you Nick, or something."
"I like that. Very tomboyish," she said, smiling.
"Good. Bye, Nick!"
"Bye, Tess!"
At last, things were looking up for me.
I walked in the door to my language arts class and sat down in my seat, but now before David bumped into me, and not on accident. "Hey, watch where you're going."
He whispered in my ear, "Just cause you're now dating Zayn Malik doesn't mean it'll stop like that," he snapped his fingers.
"Go away, David," I said tiredly.
He stalked away, leaving me to wonder how was it that all of a sudden BOOM! I go on a date and now I'm considered cool.
When I was at my locker heading for lunch, David came up to me. "Tessa! Guess what!" He said.
"What, David?" I sighed.
"You've GOT to see this!"
"No, now wai-" but David had already grabbed my arm and was running down the hall.
We ran up the stairs into the cafeteria. The cafeteria had two levels, the bottom level was where the un-popular people sat, and up the stairs and on the second level was where the popular people sat.
I looked around for Zayn and the others. But...while I saw Louis, Niall, Liam, and Harry, I couldn't see Zayn. Oh well.
"What did you want, David?" I asked.
"Come up here with me."
"Wait, up there?" I hesitated.
"Yeah! Come on," he said.
"Oh no."
But before I could say, "No way," David was pulling me up the steps.
Then once we got there, all he did was stop short. "Oh, this wasn't what I wanted to show you..." he said looking at me.
"What?" I asked, craning my neck to see over his shoulder. But I immediately wished I hadn't.
Because what I saw, I couldn't believe. "How...why...what?" was all I could say and then I turned and fled from the scene, Zayn calling my name
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