The Path to Choose

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A girl named Haley has had trouble her whole life with everything. Her life only seems to be getting worse, and she doesn't know how to turn it around. Will she turn it around? If so, how?

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18. A walk

The next day was very different than any day I had ever experienced.  I woke u and got dresses, taming my unruly hair.  At 12 o'clock, I heard a knock at my door.  I walked downstairs and opened the front door to find Jake standing there, smiling widely.  Mom and Dad had gone out with Aunt Clare and her husband today so I was home alone.  When I opened the door, Jake asked me if I was sure I still wanted to go.  I smiled at him and nodded my head, walking onto the front porch and shutting the door behind me.  

Jake and I were going to walk to his house.  I felt sorry for him though because he walked all the way here just to turn around and walk back to his house.  He didn't seem to mind though.

It was sunny outside today.  The heat from the sun was was beating down, warming everything outside.  The heat felt good on my cool skin.  The bird were chirping and butterflies darted everywhere.  I was so consumed by the nature that I didn't realize Jake was staring at me.

"What?" I asked when I finally caught his eyes on me.

He smiled and shook his head a little.  "Nothing."

"No, tell me."

"Don't worry about it."  He looked away and watched a bird flying around, but he kept smiling

I shoved him playfully, making him lose his balance.  He caught himself and laughed, shoving me back.  I was prepared though so I didn't fall or anything.  We walked for a while, talking about anything we could think of.  I asked him about his family for a while, wanting to be prepared for when we made it to his house.  We talked about school a little, only touching lightly on the subject.

Jake was still ticked about Amber.  I didn't really understand why he disliked her so much though.  No one disliked Amber Corrett, and if they did, they didn't say it to her face.  Jake didn't seem to have a problem in doing so though.

"Why do you hate her so much?" I asked, looking over at him.

"I don't hate her.  I just don't like her."

"Why?  Sure she's conceded and everything, but she's never been mean to you really."

"It's nothing." He said, keeping his gaze away from me.

"I just wanna know why."

"Don't worry about it."

"Oh come on Jake."

"It's you, Haley." He said, turning to look at me.  "It's because of you."  He had a look in his eyes I couldn't understand.

"Me?  What did I do?"

"You didn't do anything."  He sighed.  "When I first met Amber, she tried to flirt with me.  You know, try to get my attention like every other guy.  Well, after she saw me setting with you at lunch one day, she got mad.  One day in class she asked me why I hung out with you instead of her.  When I told her I liked you, and I didn't like her, she got upset and called you... Well, she called you something I didn't like at all so.. I said some things I shouldn't have said to a girl, but I don't regret it. She had no right to talk about you like that.  Especially when she doesn't even know you."

He looked at me, waiting for my response.  To tell the truth, I really didn't know what to say.  

"You didn't have to do that." I finally managed.  

He looked down at the sidewalk.  "Yeah, I know.  It just made me angry, and I do stupid stuff when I'm angry."

"Thanks though.  It means a lot."

He looked up at me and smiled.  "Anytime.  I'd do anything for you."

 

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