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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10. How...how could you?

I ran down the steps, crying. I headed for the girls bathroom, but before I could get far, my arm got hooked into someone else's and I spun around.
"What's the matter, love?" Louis asked.
"Za-Zayn...cheat-cheated..." I said before I completely lost control of the dam that was keeping my tears from over flowing.
"He couldn't have," Harry said. "I know he wouldn't!"
"Go up there and see for yourselves," I said. "Do you really think I'd be crying right now if I hadn't seen Zayn with Nadia? Do you really think I'd make up some story, after what I've been through?"
When they didn't say anything, I said, "I knew you couldn't do it. You believe the best in your best mate rather then me. And...I guess you have a really good reason."
I ran for the door. I heard Zayn calling my name from the railing on the second floor. When I turned, he said, "Tessa, I can explain."
I just looked at him, hurt. Finally I woke up to reality and said, "How...how could you?" and ran for the girl's bathroom.
As soon as I closed the door I heard Louis's voice. "C'mon, Tessa, come out please?" He asked.
"What do you want?"
"I believe you. You've been hurt too much to...to make up some story and I'm sorry for not realizing that sooner."
I opened the door. "It's ok. I..., um, I want to just stay in here though."
Louis nodded and left. I closed the door. After about five seconds Zayn's voice asked, "Tessa, let me explain. Please."
"You cheated," I said. "Cheated on me with Nadia."
"No, Tessa! That's not what happened. I can explain."
"Just...go away."
"Tessa, c'mon," he pleaded, his voice full of sadness.
Then I heard Harry say, "Zayn, she's been through enough. Leave her alone."
Then Niall, "Yeah, Harry's right. Let's go."
"I second that," Liam said. "C'mon, it'll all be okay."
I realized that second part was meant for me, "It'll all be okay," uh-huh, yeah right. I finally get someone who cares, and then they cheat on me. I sat down on the floor. I don't know why, but I let my mind fly to what I had seen.
As I peered over David's shoulder, I saw Zayn. He was sitting on a table with his back to me, talking to Nadia. Nadia was leaning against a pole, twirling her hair. I think she saw me out of the corner of her eye. At first I wasn't worried, but then Nadia suddenly kissed Zayn for like, two seconds, then pulled away. Nadia laughed, looking at me. Zayn turned and said, "Tessa..." I'd seen enough. I ran down the steps only to be stopped by Louis...
I started to cry. How could he? I knew it was too good to be true. He had gotten me to fall in love, and...all along was planning on a broken heart. But...I couldn't just let those populars bully me, could I? Zayn had made me realize that, even if he was really a jerk. I couldn't just lie down and let them treat me like dirt. And I DID have a friend, Nicole. I stood up, brushed myself off, and walked back to the cafeteria. I got a lunch and sat next to Nicole, and she was sitting at a table as far away from Zayn as possible.
"Hey!" She said cheerfully, but then saw I was upset. "What happened?"
"Zayn...cheated," I said in a whisper.
"He did not!"
"He did."
"How could he?"
"Well..." and I went on to tell her what happened.
When I was done, she stayed silent. Finally she said, "I can't believe he would do that, but I believe you. About what you saw anyway," she added.
"I don't WANT to believe it, but what do I do? Say, 'Hi honey, I saw you kissing the most popular girl in school but I love you anyway!'?"
"I don't know. Forget I ever said it."
And we ate our lunch in silence.

Zayn's P.O.V.

Great. Just great. Stupid Nadia. Stupid set up. I hate populars. I really do. I lost the best thing that's ever happened to me, all cause they wanted to hurt Tessa. Idiots. Leave her alone! Now what do I do?
"Zayn?" Louis asked. "You, um, have some explaining to do," he said once we were sitting at our seats.
"Guys, she came on to me. She invited me up there to see something really cool, she said, and then when we got there she said it wasn't there. Then she kissed me. Once she broke away, I turned, and there was Tessa with David. Immediately I knew it was a set-up. You have to believe me, please!"
"We believe you," Niall said, "But will Tessa?"
I sighed. "I don't know."
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