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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1. The Beginning

I ran as fast as I could. I couldn’t take any more pain. I was always alone from the beginning, just because I wasn’t like the rest of the kids. I always got picked on because I liked both girls and boys. Was it a crime to do so, well obviously in my school it was. I just started high school, yes, I’m a freshman. I didn’t have any friends. I didn’t try to make friends because as soon as they found out that I was bisexual, they would all disappear.

I was a fifteen year old boy who had long brown hair and had dark blue eyes. I usually don’t care how I dress because I wasn’t trying to impress anyone. I continued my daily schedule: waking up, taking a shower, dressing up, eating breakfast, walking to the store to pick up lunch, and then head to school, but today was different. As soon as I walked out the door, I saw a girl about the same age as me getting picked on by two other girls. The girl had short black hair and wore glasses. She had the same color eyes as I did. At first I didn’t want to say anything or get involve, but she was in pain just like me. So I pulled myself together and took action.

"Hey, you two, you shouldn’t be messing with her like that. Let her go…NOW!" I bravely spoke. The two girls slowly turned around and stared at me. The two girls look gorgeous, I thought. One had long blond hair and had brown eyes. The other had dirty blond hair and had brown eyes. One of the girls walked up towards me and in a sweet tone said, "Don’t worry, we were just playing around. Someone as cute as you shouldn’t care about a girl like her."

Just then, my heart started to beat. Was I really falling for her? I finally came to my senses and told them to leave. In less than ten seconds, they were out of site. I ran by her side and started to comfort her. She looked at me weirdly and asked, "Why did you help me? If you are trying to impress me it’s not going to work." I was kind of shocked, almost any girl that meets me falls in love with me, unless they know about me being bisexual. I thought, what was so different about her? I asked, "How come they were messing with you in the first place?" She started to blush, not wanting to answer the question. She finally told me the reason and it all made sense…She was lesbian. That point I had just made a friend.

I woke up and did my same routine except before going to school, I stopped at the girl’s house. I ranged the door bell, in less than three seconds the girl opened the door. She stared at me and asked, "What do you want?" I answered, "Come on, let’s walk to school together." She still stared at me like I was a crazy person so I said, "Is there something wrong? Do you not like me?" She turned around and grabbed her bag and closed the door. She walked three feet from her house. She turned back and asked if I was coming. I smiled and walked towards her.

In class I stared out the window. I noticed the same girls that were messing with Vanessa were coming out of their car. They walked inside the school and came in the class. They both rushed to me and sat next to me. They both kissed me on the cheek. I started to turn red. The blond haired girl said, "I hope you are not mad at us from the other day." The dirty blond said, "If you are, we’ll make it up to you." I looked at the two girls, still red. I didn’t know what to say or do. Before I could think of anything so say, class started. The teacher questioned, "Are you two girls skipping?"

After getting things cleared the teacher told them to go and introduce themselves. The two girls stood up and walked to the front of the class. The blond haired girl said, "My name is Mariana Stone." "And my name is Karina Stone," the dirty blond haired girl said. I took another look at them and realized they were twins. The only thing different was their hair.

Afterschool I saw Vanessa waiting for me. I walked towards her and we started to walk home. Mariana and Karina showed up behind us. Vanessa got behind me. Karina walked up to Vanessa and whispered, "I’m so sorry for yesterday. I didn’t mean to make you cry, it’s just that the only way I can express my feelings for someone is to hurt them." Vanessa became shocked. I could tell that she was either nervous or straight up creeped out.

Mariana hugged me really tight and kissed me on the cheek again. "How are you, my helpful friend?" I replied to her like I did to everyone "good" I could already tell that Mariana was in to me. She asked me, "Are you going to walk me home like a gentleman?" Since I had no other choice, I did. Vanessa looked at Karina who was still there. Karina stared back. "Um…do you by any chance…um like me?" Vanessa questioned. Karina started to blush. "If I did, would you find that weird?" Karina questioned. Vanessa shook her head no. She had actually liked her too. Karina told her that it was mostly Mariana that made her do the extremely mean things. Mariana doesn’t like lesbians, but only bisexuals and straights. Karina also told her that if Mariana found out that she was lesbian, she would end up hating her and never speaking to her again.

After hearing all of that, Vanessa felt bad for Karina. She told her that she would never make her upset as long as she is with her. So they made it official that they were going out. I had finally walked Mariana home. Her house was big and had a lot of statues around it. She told me to come in. At first I was a little nervous to come in, but I realized that there was nothing to be afraid of. I sat down on her fluffy couch. She looked at me; I could tell she was going to do something. But what, that was the question?

Before I could say anything, she grabbed my chin and kissed me. I tried to pull back but I couldn’t, it was like my body was paralyzed. She finally came off and blushed. I was about to yell at her, but she started to cry. I slowly put my arms around her and pulled her towards me. I stroked her hair and asked, "Are you okay?" She didn’t answer, she just cried. I asked the same question, still no reply. So I asked the third and she finally replied saying, "You’re the only guy who doesn’t run away. You make me feel like being bisexual is nothing, normal rather." Just then I realized she was just like me. She told me she would always go to school and her and her sister use to always get picked on for being bisexual. I felt her pain and comforted her more.

Just as things were getting interesting between us two, Karina and Vanessa walked in. Vanessa kissed Karina on the lip and said good-bye. Karina said good-bye and closed the door. Karina turned and saw that Mariana was getting mad. I put my hand on Mariana’s head and told her to calm down and be nice. I was happy for those two; they made a pretty good couple. Karina ran upstairs into her room with sadness and tears in her eyes. I looked at Mariana and pointed to Karina’s room. She knew she made her sad and now she has to make her happy. I gave her my number and told her to call me after she made Karina happy. She blew a kiss at me right before I closed the door. Mariana made her way upstairs and to Elise’s room. She knocked once, no answer….second knock, nothing….third knock, silence. She then talked from the door. "I’m sorry, I’m happy that you’re with Vanessa. I hope you two have fun," Mariana admitted. Karina slowly opened the door and admitted her secret. "Um…Mariana…I’m not bi-bisexual…I’m les-lesbian," Karina admitted. Mariana was upset but didn’t want to show it. Mariana lied and said that she wasn’t mad, but in reality she was furious.

Meanwhile I was walking home and saw a girl. I walked up to her. She almost attacked me but she missed. She told me that she didn’t want to talk to me unless I was either bisexual or gay. I then told her I was bisexual. She then sprang up and introduced herself. "My name is Clara, and it’s very nice to meet you," Clara announced while shaking my hand, "I just transferred to your school and noticed that all the straight boys and girls are all judgmental. Well I can tell you for a fact that I hate judgmental people. All they want is for people to be like them too. I love all orientation: Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, etc. Do you have any friends that are bisexual, gay, or lesbian?" I told her yes. She was very unusual yet nice.

The next morning Clara was waiting at the spot that we were at yesterday. Clara had long reddish-orange hair and had purple contacts. She looked so adorable, I felt the need to hug and squeeze the adorable out of her…but I didn’t. We both waited for Karina, Vanessa, and Mariana to come. As they came we started walking. Mariana did the same routine: she came up behind me and kissed me. I didn’t bother to hold back this time. I was already getting use to her kissing me. All five of us walked to school together. When we got in the gossip began. Everyone turned to a friend and talked about us. A random girl came and said, "Ugh! Look at those two," she pointed at Karina and Vanessa; "Girls aren’t supposed to be dating girls. Are you people lesbian or something?" They both began to cry. I stepped in and said, "What the heck! It’s not wrong to be lesbian!" Another random person walked by and said, "Look who’s talking. It’s the boy that likes female and male; how sad." After he said those words I could feel that Mariana was about to say something she shouldn’t say. Since I knew that, I grabbed Mariana’s hand and we walked the other way. From a distance I could hear this kid shout "You lesbians, that’s how a couple supposed to be, girl and boy, not girl and girl!" I heard Vanessa burst and started to weep. Vanessa cried, "I hate my life. If everyone always picks on me, there is no point in living. I should just kill myself right now," But before she could run away Karina grabbed her hand and said, "But if you kill yourself I’ll be alone like I was before. Who will I love, who would return that love to me?" Clara found this moment very touching. Karina wiped Vanessa’s tears and kissed her. Vanessa felt better.

As we walked into our class I could see Clara talking to the girl who made Vanessa and Karina cry. I could tell she was going off on them, I smiled in the background. I was glad to finally have friends who care about me.

Class was over, and I decided I should go talk to Mariana. I waited by her class until she got out. Five minutes passed and she hadn’t come out. I wondered if something had happened to her. I quickly opened the door and ran inside. As I looked around for Mariana, I found her in the corner crying her eyes out. I went to her and asked her why she was crying. She didn’t seem to want to answer me, so I gently grabbed her chin and raised it up to the point where I could see her face. Her makeup was smeared really badly on her face, but I wasn’t the type to judge. I gave her a big hug and asked her the same question, "Why are you crying?" "I…I want to die. They’re just making fun of me. I feel as if I’m the only weirdo in school," Mariana cried. I put my hand on her knees and said, "You’re not alone. You have Karina, Vanessa, Clara, and I. They are just a couple of judgmental punks. Ignore anything they say, because I know the real you. Now wipe your eyes and let’s get home." Mariana wiped her eyes and took my hand and we went home.

Morning came and as always I walked outside and Clara was waiting for me. Mariana, Vanessa, and Karina came after. We all seem to all get along really well. We finally got to school and Mariana seemed like she wanted to talk to me so she pulled me aside, "Um…Zero…we been friends for quite some time and—," I interrupted her and said, "Yes," I was ready for it. I knew today she was going to ask me out. She blushed a little from the answer. I slowly grabbed her hand and was about to kiss her, but then a crowd of girls came and spilt us apart. We soon found each other and were very curious about what was going on. We both then made are way to the front of the crowd. When we got up there we saw a guy with long dark hair and sparkly green eyes. Every girl was over there thought he was sexy……even Mariana. But what seemed to bother me is that he didn’t pay any attention to any of the girls.

I walked up to him and he stared me in the eye, I too kind of fell in love with him. All of the girls turned from loving to hatred. The guy smiled at me. I smiled back too. All the girls started screaming out, "Call me! Text me! Come over to MY house!" Clara finally made her way to the front of the crowd. "Ugh girls crowding over this guy" Clara sighed. The boy turned to Clara. "I see, you must be, Clara, the girl who hates judgmental people." Clara nodded yes. He whispered into her ears, "You should know, I’m not straight," Clara looked him in the eye and asked what he was. He whispered "I’m gay." Clara smiled and screamed, "I finally found one!!! What’s your name?" His name was Dustin and he just transferred here. All the guys were jealous of Dustin. It was like today all the girls were going to ask their closest guy friends out, but then Dustin came and all the girls are over him.

Dustin happened to be in my class. He sat next to me and stared at me. I couldn’t figure out if he liked me or did he just hate me. Dustin finally talked, "We should do something together, something without all these screaming girls" I hesitated. I didn’t know if he was asking me out on a date or just wanted to be friendly. I finally answered yes. Afterschool we walked out together. I saw Mariana waiting for me; I was disappointed that I was leaving her. I quickly texted her saying that I had something planned. She was very upset; she had big planned out already. I apologized like ten times to her before putting my phone up. Dustin finally told me the reason he brought me here. This was the spot where he would ask guys out. I looked at him and blushed. I didn’t want to be mean and say no, but I couldn’t say yes because I’m dating Mariana. Dustin asked, "Do you want to go out with me?" I froze my face completely red now. What to say…what to do? I stared at him for a long time. Finally I said, "I’m sorry….I can’t go out with you. I’m already going out with Mariana." He turned away from me and softly whispered, "You’re just like the rest of them. Don’t care about the outcast. I can tell you are one of them…one of those straight people," I grabbed his hand and told him I wasn’t straight. His face looked as if he didn’t believe me, so I quickly kissed him on the lip to prove I wasn’t straight. He turned around, he felt better and a little happier. Just then Mariana came, she was shocked. She then started to get mad and started crying. Did she see me kiss Dustin? Did she not exactly hear what I said or what Dustin said? She walked over to me and slapped me really hard, "Don’t ever talk to me again!" Mariana shouted, "This is the last time I’m EVER falling for a guy like you." She stormed off dropping her phone on the ground. This didn’t go as planned, I thought. I told Dustin, "We could just be friends, but right now we can’t talk." I quickly left leaving Dustin alone.

As Dustin was leaving, he tripped over Mariana’s phone. He looked at her sparkly pink phone. He pondered trying to figure out whose phone it was. Then he looked through the contacts and found Karina number and thought it was Mariana. So he kept a hold onto her phone. The next day came and I did my routine. When I walked outside I saw Mariana storming out her house and walking off without Karina or Vanessa. I walked over to the girls and explained what happened. Clara walked up behind me and started telling me what I should do. But I didn’t listen. While Mariana was storming she bumped right into Dustin. "Geez, watch where you’re go—" Dustin paused. He looked up and saw Mariana. Since he thought that she was Karina he said, "I’m sorry; this must be your phone Karina." Mariana took the phone not paying attention to the name he called her. He explained what had actually happened the other day.

After Mariana heard she felt really stupid for her actions. Dustin was about to leave until Mariana grabbed his shoulders and said, "Is this why you don’t pay attention to girls? If that’s the case, I think you should stop. At least let them seem like they have a chance to be with you. You may not like it, but girls are fragile. You don’t want to hurt their feelings." Dustin nodded and walked off. Once again Mariana grabbed his shoulders and walked him back to the rest of us. As soon was Mariana saw me, she quickly ran to me and hugged me. She apologized to me for being an idiot and jumping to conclusions. I hugged her back and forgave her. Instead of kissing me on the cheek, she kissed me on the lip. Clara surprised both of us and commanded, "Less love, more walking. If we let you two start your whole romance, we’ll never get to school on time. Look at Vanessa and Karina; they aren’t stopping us from getting to school with their romance." Vanessa started to laugh. They did do their romance, but Clara never caught them.

The six of us then headed to school. Rumors spread around really quickly; the whole school found out that Dustin was gay. All the girls’ feelings towards Dustin were hatred. Mariana, Karina, Vanessa, Dustin, and I tried to ignore all the judgments from everyone at school, but it was way too much to handle. I was ready to die. The next day I didn’t come to school, the day after I didn’t come to school. I hadn’t gone to school all week. Mariana was worried the most about my absences. She had sent me over a hundred text messages per day, and not a single one I replied to. During the week I wasn’t here some of the straights noticed me not being here. The following week Mariana didn’t come to school. The third week Karina and Vanessa didn’t come to school. The fourth week Dustin didn’t come to school.

It has been a month now since we hadn’t attended school. Clara was at school, all alone. This random girl walked up to Clara and asked, "Clara, where are Zero, Mariana, Karina, Vanessa, and Dustin?" Clara turned around crying, "Don’t you people see what you’ve caused? Because of your acts they are ashamed to come out of their homes. You people have probably driven them into killing themselves. This is what happens when you judge orientations, you just bring destruction. Why do you people mess with them anyways? Aren’t they human just like you? Sure they either like the same or both genders, but does that make them really different? You people should rethink things before you people say it," Clara ran out of the school crying. She ran until she got to the place where I first met her. Every morning she would go there and stay there.

Two months have passed and Clara was still at that spot. She didn’t want to leave that spot. It brought so much memory, memories that she didn’t want to forget. She taught we were all dead. She decided that she wanted to die too. She ran inside her house and got a knife. She walked back outside to that spot. Before she stabbed herself she whispered, "I will soon be with the people I care the most about." Right as she was about to stab herself I saw her and tried to stop her…Did I make it? I didn’t know. I managed to stop her from stabbing herself in the heart. But her being alive, I didn’t know. I quickly called the ambulance. They didn’t take as long as I thought. They quickly rushed her to the hospital. I was really nervous about the results. I called the others to tell them about what had happened.

The results were finally in. I quickly ran into her room to find out she was alive. I looked at her, tears in my eyes. I was relieved that she was okay. Soon the rest came. We all asked her the same question, "Why did you do it?" Clara answered, "I thought you people were dead…and I wanted to be with you guys…forever." We all looked at Clara. Dustin finally said, "Don’t ever do anything like that again. We all were so worried about this; we almost killed ourselves thinking that you were gone." Clara smiled, "I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to cause so much trouble. I just missed you guys so much." We all stared at Clara again and said, "We missed you too."

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