We Will Not Fall

The girl who has never had a friend finds a friend. Ryann is that girl. The one surrounded by whispers. The one who wishes to blend in. Who has had all her self-esteem drained out of her through bullying. A friend, to keep her from falling.

A short story based on the song by Zoe Altenau, "We Will Not Fall", which will be linked as multimedia to this movella.

No copyright infringement intended.

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2. Friend

Later that day, I am at lunch, staring at my congealed macaroni and cheese. I am alone, at the table in the corner. The laughs of my peers surround me.
“Can I sit here?” A voice cuts me out of my thoughts. I look up to see the girl from this morning standing there, holding a red tray of food. I nod, and she takes the seat beside me.
“This is a big school. My old school had less than a hundred kids in a grade.” She’s talking.
“Yeah, I guess.” I’ve been in this district since I was in preschool.
“Ryann, what do you like to do?” she inquires.
“Um, draw, and read I guess.” I answer.
“You can draw? I’m a terrible artist. Even my stick people are crooked.” She smiles.
“I suppose.” I take a bite of my food. It is disgusting. I wash it down with plenty of water. She must’ve noticed my expression because she comments.
“That doesn’t look good.”
“It’s not.”
“Hey, what’s your name?” I ask. Another first.
“Leah.” She smiles, and I smile back.
I think I just made a friend.

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