Anti-Bully

Life was great, until it happened. Now, it's spiraling out of control. What will become of former-bully, Mackenzie, now that "killer" isn't a nickname for her tennis skills? The guilt is the only reason she's still alive. Her abusive family, ostircized at school, it's only a matter of time before the guilt isn't enough.



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8. The Lie Begins...

 

I hobble out the door to catch the bus. I only have to wait a few minutes before the big, yellow beast pulls up. I manage to pull myself up the stairs and into my oh-so-familiar seat. I relax and stare blankly out the window. We halt at each stop briefly, I don't pay attention until I feel someone sit beside me. Someone's sitting beside me!!! Who?

"Hey Mackenzie!" Squeals a familiar voice. I spin around in surprise,

"Eva?" I gasp. 

"Yep! Is it okay to sit here?" She asks.

"Ummm- Yeah I guess." I manage awkwardly, either she doesn't notice, or doesn't care because she doesn't let her happiness slip for a moment! It must be exhausting to be so happy all the time. 

"So, are you trying out for the tennis team? I hear they're starting today! I was thinking of joining, do you think I should try-out?" She rambles and I feel an ache in my chest. 

"Sure. Why not?" I say without emotion. Then she gasps. 

"We should try-out together!!!" She says excitedly. 

"Oh!" I gasp, "No, that's okay! You just -uh- try-out!" I stammer.   

"Why not?" She pouts with her lip childishly stuck out. 

"Because I..." I falter and then hit inspiration, I sighed in preparation for my lie "fell down the stairs." She gasps in horror. 

"Are you okay!?!" She says with caring eyes. I feel so bad for lying to her, I feel like I've failed Mia. The guilt is pressing down, I want to come clean but that's impossible. No one must ever know.

“Yes, I’m fine.”

~

Could that girl ever talk!!! She yakked my ear off the entire time! She was still talking as I limped to my locker.

“Okay,” she said with her usual cheer “I guess I’ll see ya in Science!” We have Science today? How’d she know that? I guess she memorized the schedule. To me, that’s pointless. Why spend precious minutes memorizing a schedule that they print off for you? Just tape it to your locker people! What day is it today!?! I chew my lip trying to supply an answer. The days just blur together! I look sideways at a girl’s locker whiteboard. Day 3. Oh yeah! Math, math science. Ha, so she was right. I collect my binders and head off to math.

 

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