The Pain of Being Different

This story is about a boy who gets picked on at school for being bisexual. As the story continues, he makes friends who are just like him. (Meaning they are bisexual, gay, lesbian, etc.)

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2. Escape

Three days later we all went back to school. We all were surprise there were no negative comments about us in school. A lot of people started to ask if we were okay. People started to change their actions as they approached us. More people started talking to us. We didn’t feel like outcast anymore, we actually felt welcome in school. Afterschool the six of us went home together. "Hey did you notice their actions?" Vanessa asked while holding Karina’s hand. "Yes, I did. They were a lot nicer to us than before. I like the way they are treating us." Karina agreed. "I think we all know who is behind this mystery," I joked. Clara blushed, "Zero, you know you didn’t have to point me out like that," Clara said. Mariana said, "Yes, we must thank you." Clara smiled. "How shall we set things up Ms. Clara," Dustin said while smiling. We could all tell that Clara was happy to have found us. And we were happy to have found Clara. Without Clara we would have all killed ourselves because of all the negative comments we had gotten from school. We all thanked Clara for bringing change to the school. After all this Clara was elected president of the school student council. Everyone at school knew her; she was the known as the girl who changed the way of life. I kind of started to like Clara more than I did when I met her. Afterschool I walked up to Clara and asked, "How do you do it?" She turned and faced me, "How do I do what?" she questioned. "Change people." I answered. She smiled at me and laughed a little, "It only starts with a small group, then it gets bigger until it achieves," Clara said. She looked at me, her light blue contacts glaring right into my dark blue eyes. I stared back at her for a long time. There was nothing but silence.

A while past and we still stared. Mariana soon walked over and saw us staring at each other. "Umm..." Mariana began to talk. We both instantly looked at her. Mariana continued, "Sorry, did I interrupt something?" I answered, "No, it’s fine." Mariana slowly backed up, and then took off running. I could slightly see tears coming out of her eyes. Did she think that we were dating? Did she think we were about to kiss? I had no idea what she had in her mind, all I knew was it wasn’t a good thought. "I’m really sorry Zero, I didn’t mean for you to get in trouble by Mariana. Can you forgive me?" Clara apologized. I put my hand on her head and replied, "Don’t worry about a thing. It’s not your fault." I started to run after Mariana.

I finally caught up to Mariana. I grabbed her hand and hugged her from the back. She started to blush a little. "Leave me alone!" Mariana cried a little. I didn’t answer to that. I began to hug her tighter. Mariana looked down at the ground. "I’m sorry. I don’t know what you thought was happening." I said, "Please don’t be mad at me." She cried even more, I could feel her warm, wet tear drops on my arms. "Are you constantly trying to keep hurting me? First it was with Dustin, now with Clara. Who’s next my sister?" Mariana asked. I kept squeezing her tighter and tighter. I felt bad.

"I’m a horrible boyfriend aren’t I?" I asked crying a little bit on her. Mariana looked up and said, "You’re not horrible…just—" I stopped hugging her and kissed her deeply. Mariana’s face was red, she was shocked. I stopped kissing her and looked at her. Me kind of blushing I said again, "I’m sorry." Mariana said, "It’s okay. I know how much you care about me now." I caressed her soft pale cheeks. I kissed her once more. She kept blushing.

Meanwhile, as Clara was walking her head was down. On the opposite side of her, Dustin came along listening to his heavy music not paying attention where he was walking. The two met and bumped into each other. Clara looked up feeling a little dizzy, "I’m so sorry Dustin, I—" Dustin put his finger on her lips and got close to her. "Don’t worry, I’m fine. The real question is if you’re okay?" Now that Clara looked at him in a different angle, she could see why all the girls were drooling over him. She slowly put her hands on his cheek. Dustin looked at her hands, then back to her face. He could see Clara starting to blush. "So you have become one of them?" Dustin joked around while smiling. Clara backed up from Dustin, still blushing. "Did I make you feel weird?" Dustin asked, starting to tease her. Clara got up from the ground and tried to run away, but Dustin grabbed by the arm and pushed her against a tree. Clara tried to get away but she couldn’t.

She looked at Dustin again, her face nearly red. She thought that Dustin was going to rape her. Dustin put one of his hands on the tree and the other caressing her arm. Clara snapped, "Why are you doing this to me, I thought you were gay!" Dustin smiled, "Yeah, I did say that. It doesn’t mean I can’t change." "Wh-When did this happen? When did you change?" Clara asked. "When you hurt yourself," Dustin replied putting his hand on the stop here she stabbed herself. Dustin got closer to Clara, "I was afraid that you weren’t going to make it," Clara thought it was sweet and all, but she was still scared. Dustin then moved his face closer to Clara’s and kissed her. He wrapped both arms around her waist. What was a shock was that Clara didn’t hold back, she wrapped both her arms around his neck and kissed him back.

They finally stopped, Clara face pink, but in joy. "Well, you seemed to like it. Did you enjoy it?" Dustin asked his arms still around her waist. Clara blushed more and nodded her head yes. Right as they were going to kiss again, Clara’s older brother came out. "Who the hell are you, and why are your hands around my sister," Nick said. Dustin didn’t say anything, he just stared at Nick. Nick had short golden hair with two different color contacts on. "Oh crap!" Clara panicked as Nick walked up to Dustin and her. Nick grabbed Dustin’s shirt collar, "When I asked you a question you’re supposed to respond!" Nick shouted. Dustin closed his eyes then opened them, "Put me down…NOW!" Dustin demanded. Nick got frustrated and raised his fist. "Stop it, leave him alone." Clara said slapping Nick really hard on his cheek. It was so hard that it left her hand mark on his cheek, "What is wrong with you, putting your hands on him like that. You’re not a king" Nick put Dustin down and pushed him. Nick walked over to Clara and started to pull on her long reddish orange hair. "You listen to me kid, you don’t ever tell your older brother what to do," Nick said. "Ow that hurts, stop it. That’s my hair you’re pulling." Clara complained starting to cry. "No one asked you if it hurts or not." Nick said pulling on her hair harder. Dustin looked into Clara crying eye. He looked down, ashamed of himself. Nick kept pulling on her hair as he walked to the door and closed the door. Dustin stared at the door, and then walked away.

The next day I got up from bed and walked to the showers. I finished eating then got dressed and walked outside of the house. I saw Dustin walking to Clara’s house. I turned around and saw Mariana, Karina, and Vanessa walking towards me. I grabbed Mariana’s hand and asked her if she was still mad at me. She gave me a kiss on the lip, and with that I knew she forgave me. We four walked towards Dustin. As we got near Dustin, Clara came out her house and hugged Dustin tightly. We all stopped walking and stared. Clara put her arms around Dustin’s neck and kissed him good morning. We all walked backwards and hid behind a tree. I whispered, "Did you guys know about this?" The three girls replied at once, "No."

"I’m really sorry about yesterday." Clara apologized. Dustin caressed her cheek, "Don’t be sorry, you’re the one who suffered." Dustin said as he stopped caressing her cheek and started to stroke her hair. Clara blushed a little. "How could your brother do something like that to you? It was so cruel of him." Dustin said. "He’s really complicated, but I lived with it for a long time so I kind of get used to it." Clara said while starting to cry. Dustin hugged Clara, "I’m sorry." Dustin said. Clara looked into his eyes and smiled, "We need to get going. I wonder if the rest are late or something?" Clara asked.

As soon as Clara said that the four of us came from behind the trees and walked towards them. The four of us stared at Clara and Dustin. I finally broke the silence, "Why did you guys keep this a secret?" I asked. Clara answered, "We didn’t it just happened yesterday afternoon." The four of us stared like idiots. "Well like I was saying, we should all get to school. It’s getting close to the last day of school." Clara said. Well we couldn’t say no to her, so we all left. In class Dustin didn’t pay attention, he kept looking at the clock and outside; I could tell he wanted to leave. I wrote a note on a piece of paper saying "Dude, are you okay? It seems like you want to leave because you need to be somewhere. Is that right?" He looked at me as he read the note. He nodded his head yes after finishing reading the note. The teacher walked by and took the note from Dustin. "Ah, passing notes, Dustin? I never expected someone like you to do such a thing," the teacher said. Dustin looked up at the teacher. The teacher asked, "Who were you passing this to?" Dustin kept quiet. "I passed it to him," I admitted. The teacher looked at me, her eyes sharpened and only at me she stared at.

The teacher walked to the front of the class and read the note aloud, "Dude, are you okay? It seems like you want to leave because you need to be somewhere. Is that right?" the teacher read, "Now Dustin, where is it that you want to go? Because it seems like you want to go to detention, or maybe go to the principal’s office, Zero" We both slouched down into our chairs because the whole class stared at us. "Well then, Zero go to the principal’s office and receive your punishment and as for you Dustin, stay after class and we’ll discuss what happens when you take notes from other people while class is in session," the teacher said.

Like the teacher told me to do, I got out of my seat and made my way down to the principal’s office. This was my first time ever going there so I predicted that he would go easy on me. I slowly opened the door to the principal’s office. The principal looked at me as I came in. "Mr. Zero? What are you doing here? This is unlikely of you to ever come here." The principal asked. I told him what had happen. And like I predicted he let me off with a warning and told me not to do it again.

When I walked back, class was already over so I decided to tell Clara what happened. I waited by her class and when she came out she was filled with joy, but when I told her all that joy busted out and she was sad. "I’m sorry," I said. She told me it was okay. As she walked home she met up with Vanessa. "Vanessa?" Clara said walking towards her. Vanessa turned around and said, "Hey Clara, what brings you here? I thought you would be with Dustin." Clara told her that he got in trouble with the teacher.

After talking for a while, Clara told Vanessa to come in her house. They both went up into her room. "What about Karina?" Clara asked. "Oh, um she wanted to spend some time with Mariana." Vanessa replied, "Can you tell me about Dustin? How did you guys start to date?" Clara told her the whole story. Vanessa felt bad. "Aw, that’s so sweet, well except for the ending part. Does your hair hurt?" Vanessa asked. Clara giggled and shook her head. Just then as they started to talk about Dustin, Nick came by her door and began to listen. "Geez I’m really scared." Clara said. Vanessa looked at her confused, "Why?" "Well, um…my brother is one of those judgmental people I hate. And uh you know Dustin isn’t straight. If he found out that Dustin was bisexual he would forbid me from dating him."

Just as Vanessa was going to comment about that Nick opened the door. His face was furious. "You are damn right about that." Nick said walking up to Clara, "I’m tired of you and your judgmental stuff. You should only be friends with straight people. Any other are just freaks who should get picked on." Vanessa started to cry. Nick looked at her and asked, "Are you one of them?" Vanessa didn’t want to answer to that she just kept on crying. "Just answer me already!" Nick shouted. Since Vanessa didn’t answer he jumped to conclusions and said, "So you are one of those freaks. Why are you in my house? You are not welcome here what so ever. I don’t know what makes you think you can just come into my house like that."

Nick kept going on and on about how she was one of them. Clara couldn’t take any more of this; she had to do something about this. "Enough! I’m tired of you just picking on her like that, she’s my friend. Can’t you just at least try to care about her? She has had a hard time in school, and I don’t want her coming here and being hated. You need to learn to be like me instead of being what my school was." Clara said. Vanessa looked up and Clara as Clara grabbed her hand and lead her out the house.

"I’m truly sorry about him. I hope he didn’t hurt you as much as I think he did." Clara asked while letting go of Vanessa’s hand. Vanessa shook her head and answered, "I’m fine because of you. You protected me, even if it cost you getting hurt when you get back home. I’m lucky to have you by my side. Your words made me feel better anyways." Vanessa smiled at Clara. "I should probably head home now. Karina is probably wondering where I am," Vanessa said. "Okay, we should do this again sometime. I mean not at my house this time, maybe yours?" Clara asked. Vanessa smiled again and nodded her head. Clara could tell that she was getting closer to Vanessa. Clara’s plan was to get all of her five friends closer to her. She has already earned Dustin, Vanessa, and my trust.

Meanwhile, I was lying on my bed talking on the phone with Mariana. "I think when summer starts we should do something, like go out of town?" Mariana suggested.

I sat up from a laying position, "Uh, I think it’s a good idea, but what about Karina? I mean if she comes along she wouldn’t be with Vanessa." I argued.

"She doesn’t have to come with us. She can go somewhere else with Vanessa. Just because she’s my twin doesn’t mean we do everything together. We have different opinions. Zero out of all people you should know me better, I’m ashamed of you," Mariana joked.

"Aww, how could you say something like that to me?"

"Hehe, come on please. I want to go somewhere with you. Can you please do it for me?"

"Well, uh—"

"I’m not going to force you to do it. If you don’t want to it is fine with me, your decision."

I felt horrible for making her go that far and saying that. "Look I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I think it is a great idea. But…" I paused for a while, "Sure we can. I don’t know what I was being so stubborn."

"Really, you’re not just saying this to make me feel happy?"

"No. But yes. Kind of both. I want to make you happy and I want to do it because it would be a good thing for our relationship."

"Okay then. So now, where is the question?"

"Um," I got off the bed and went on the computer to search up places to go for summer. I scrolled down at the choices to see. I didn’t want anything to far from where we already lived. I wanted a place where if anything happened we could have a backup place to go to instead. "Oh look here I found a place."

"What is it?"

"Well the place is called Escape."

"Escape? Why there?"

"Well it fits us. It has quietness and peace. And a lot of couples go there if they want to get away and be with the one they love." Mariana blushed a little. She got a little too excited and fell off her bed. I laughed and asked her if she was okay. Apparently she bumped her arm on the edge of her bed. I hung up the phone and ran I fast as I can to her house. I knocked rapidly on the door until Karina opened the door. I looked upstairs and ran there. Karina looked at me run into Mariana’s room.

I opened the door and saw Mariana on the ground next to her bed, with her phone right beside her. I carried her up and put her on the bed. I wiped the tears that were in her eyes. I couldn’t believe that Karina didn’t hear or notice Mariana fall.

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