Life in the Friend Zone

The Friend Zone is a real place. It is like a cross between a boarding school and a hospital. And Dakota Fenway knows it all too well. She entered the friend zone for the first time when she was in fourth grade. She is one of the only girls. The Friend Zone is a mind set, not a physical place. It connects all the minds together who are in the friend zone and you stay there until you break away from the friend. You are told no one has ever broken through the friend zone into something more because it would upset the balance. Dakota has entered in the friend zone once again during her senior year two weeks before prom. She is determined to get her friend Harry Warren to see her as more then a good friend. And no one, not even the Heads of Fate, are going to stop her. Watch as she jumps between the real world and Friend Zone and adds her own sarcastic touch.

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15. Camp Friend Zone (Prt 3 of 3)

    I shot out of bed frantically before banging my head on metal bar in front of me. I rubbed my head, annoyed at whoever thought putting metal bars on top of beds was a good idea. Apparently the sound of my head hitting the bar was loud because Brooke emitted an irritated groan. I looked over and saw her sit up and pull the comforter harshly off her head to reveal a tangled mess of hair. She looked at me with a scowl on her face. "Dakota, it's.." she reached to pick her phone up. "3:30 in the morning. What are you doing?" Her voice sounded like she had a frog in her throat. I tried to think of a reason, and one came quick. 
    "Nothing, just a bad nightmare. Then I kind of jumped and hit my head on the metal bars." I explained. She nodded in understanding. 
    "Okay, just try to think of happy things so you don't have a nightmare again. I really don't appreciate being woken up this early." she said. I apologized then snuggled back into my bed. The words that the council had said were still haunting me. As I shut my eyes all  I could think of was Scarlett's parting words before I was thrust into the real world. 
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    "Yo, Dakota! Wake up! Dakota! Senora Fenway! Mon ami! Hello?" I opened eyes to Brooke about to dump water on my head. "Oh, you're up." she concluded and got off of my bed. 
    "Why do you feel to wake me up now?" I asked. I pulled my mess of hair into a bun and grabbed a sweatshirt hanging on my bedpost before pulling it over my head. 
    "I want to do something today. We have one more free day before back to a month of class! Comprende?" she explained. 
    "Alright, let's invite Leo and Kyle though. They're always fun." I said, smiling as I said Leo's name. 
    "Yeah, alright. But, uh, Dakota?" she said, her voice sounding confused. I reached the door and pulled it open. 
    "Yup?" I said happily. 
    "Don't you mean Alan and Kyle?" she said, looking at me funnily. I laughed at her joke. 
    "Haha, very funny Brooke." I sang as I shut the door. I walked to  the door and knocked lightly. "Hello? It's Dakota!" I said happily. There were some groans before Kyle pulled open the door. Behind him I could see an unfamiliar face reading a book on Leo's bed. 
    "What do you-oh, hey Dakota!" he said, noticing my face. 
    "Hey, Kyle. Brooke wanted to know if you and Leo wanted to hang out. You can invite your friend too." I explained, gesturing to the guy in the room.     
    "Dakota, who is Leo?" he said, utterly confused. 
    "Leo, he's your roommate. He takes biology...." I explained, as confused as he was. Suddenly the guy reading came up. 
    "I know Leo! He's in my biology class. Super cool accent." he said. "What's going on Dakota?" he said lifting his hand up for a high five. I looked at his hand warily before lightly high fiving him. 
    "Dakota, have you gone bonkers? My roommate is Alan. Leo's just that british kid in Alan's bio class. And how do you not know Alan? He's been hanging with us since day one." Kyle explained. My breath caught in my throat. I forced a smile. Suddenly memories of hanging out with Alan appeared in my head. They were the same I had shared with Leo but like Alan was replaced. 
    "Yeah sorry Alan! I don't what came over me." I said as happily as I could. "But, uh, you don't happen to know where Leo's dorm is?" I asked. 
    "Sure, I studied with him and a couple other guys for a test there once. I think it's 221." he said, sounding as carefree as Kyle. 
    "Thank you! Go over to Brooke's room and when I get back we can head out to wherever you guys want to go." I explained before racing to the stairwell. I ran down to the second floor before scanning me key and stepping into the 2nd floor. It seemed colder than the other floors, but then I noticed I was still barefoot. I walked along the hallways until I reached 221. I knocked lightly on the door. A couple seconds passed before an unfamiliar face opened the door. 
    "Hello there? Are you a friend of Leo's?" he asked. I nodded, too nervous to say a word. He turned his head around. "Yo Leo, you got a visitor." Just as he said that Leo came to the door. The other boy looked at me and mouthed 'call me'. Leo noticed and punched him. "Tony, not every girl in this camp loves you." I chuckled under my breath. 
    "Uh, hi Leo, it's Dakota." I said hopefully. He looked at me for a few seconds before smiling. 
    "Oh, I think I've seen you around before. You're the really funny girl in the geometry course. One of my friends just won't shut up about you." Leo said. "But..uh...why are you at my dorm? You've never spoken to me before." 
    "Yeah, umm...do you by any chance remember me? I was friends with you the whole session?" I replied, my hope dropping with each word. 
    "Ummm..no I don't think I remember you. Sorry about that. Hey, you seem like a funny girl according to my friends. Maybe we could-" He was about to finish his sentence but shook his head as if to shake something out. "Sorry, I don't remember you. Goodbye!" Then he slammed the door in my face. I furrowed my eyebrows in confusion. The confusion was short-lived because I realized what had happened. The council had taken Leo away from me. They had made it so he was switched with Alan, the new roommate of Kyle. It would only change my course of history with Leo. He would just experience camp differently then what he had originally experienced. But I remembered all of it. I walked upstairs, a feeling of nausea beginning to wash over me. When I got to the room, I told them I wasn't feeling well and retired to my bed while they left for whatever it was they were going to spend their day doing. 
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    "I can't believe it's over. It feels like just yesterday I was introducing you to my music!" Brooke exclaimed. Our beds had been stripped. Our luggage bags lay on the floor. The room looked the way it did when we first entered two months ago. Brooke's parents were coming to pick her up soon, so we had said our fairwells to each other. We had even given each other something to remind us of each other. I gave her one of my sweatshirts and she gave me one of her CDs. As I gave her one last hug there was a knock on the door. A woman who looked like an older version of Brooke with red hair and a man with Brooke's jet black hair. Both wore business suits and had their hair neatly styled. They gave quick smiles at me. "We have heard so much about you!" The mom said. I gave a subtle wave and was about to respond when the mom turned her head and it was revealed she was talking into a bluetooth. I blushed in embarrassment. I looked at the and noticed one was in his ear as well. The father glanced at Brooke. 
    "Brooke honey, mom and dad have a meeting in an hour so say goodbye to your friend." the man quickly returned to his phone call. I remembered how Brooke had told me that her parents were major workaholics. Both were major lawyers who had covered some huge cases. Although Brooke was rich, she used to tell me how little she spoke to her parents. She told stories of going weeks on her own. Them being gone made her a very independent person for her age. 
    "Well, this is goodbye, Dakota." she said, her voice cracking at the end. We hugged each other tightly one last time. Brooke grabbed her suitcase and left with her parents. I sat on my bed and waited thirty seconds before pulling out a photo. It was a picture of Leo. I had snuck into the files and gotten his picture. I watched a tear splatter onto the photo and hastily began wiping my eyes. The council had gone too far this time. Put me in the friend zone multiple times, fine. Tell me I couldn't try to make someone fall in love with me, okay. Leo and I, even if we had a relationship, would have ended it here anyways and stayed friends. The council obviously had never heard of a summer love. They could've made Leo like me as a friend and forget the kiss, but making him forget everything including the friendship was too far. 
    Suddenly there was a knock again and I quickly shoved the picture in my pocket. It was a counselor. "You're Dakota right?" I nodded. "The shuttle for airplane kids just arrived. You all packed up?" I nodded. "Alright then, let's go." I got up and grabbed my luggage. We took the elevator and I got onto the shuttle. Once we reached the airport we were given our tickets and some of the younger kids were given UM cards and sent to a flight attendant. I went through check in and security quickly then two hours later I was on the plane. I stared out the window and tried to think of happier things. I'd be seeing my friends again. I would be a sophomore. I told myself I needed to get over Leo. I needed to move on and be happy. Soon I let myself smile and decided that no matter what the council did, they would never be the ones to make me perpetually sad. I  needed to stay positive. 
    I let my eyes drift asleep, hoping that being around my friends would lift my mood. Because no matter how many times I was placed in the friend zone, I would still have the people I liked as friends to lift my spirits. 

 

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Hello everybody! So sorry I've been gone. But I promise that two more updates will occur before New Year's Day, and I also am planning on writing a fanfic. I can't tell you what it is a fanfic of though! You'll have to find out ;) 

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