This Is How It Goes *UNDERGOING REVISION SOON*

(Book Trailer Included) Four teenage girls, Jane, Carmella, Mia, and Lily are experiencing some of the most difficult situations a teen could possibly have. Each of their lives shall intertwine with one another. This story exemplifies the often not so perfect lives of teenage girls by diving deep into the emotional struggles of adolescence.


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43. Mia's Story Part 11:

   

   "I have a plan," I declare, turning to face Jane. 

   We ditched the rest of school and headed down to the sanctuary where no one can hear or bother us. It was time that I do something about Gwen, and I was going to need Jane's assistance. 

   Jane looks a bit worried, as she has been ever since I brought up the gang meeting. Her dim eyes move from her lap up to my face. We're settled on that log in the middle of the clearing, only the sound of birds chirping and the wind blowing gently all around us. 

   "A plan for what?" Jane asks softly. I can tell she truly wants no part of this, but that's too bad. She decided to take part in this a long time ago. 

   "A plan to destroy Gwen," I say, looking out into the deep forest. Usually when I look out into the cryptic woods that seem to never end, I wish to run away, but today all I want is to focus on making Gwen suffer. I want her gone. I don't necessarily mean dead, but just nowhere in sight. I want her to pay. I want her to pay for everything she's done.

   "And how do you suppose we destroy her?" Jane inquires, leaning her head on her fist as if she's expecting some incredulous plot. 

   "It's going to take some effort and we need to be real sly about it," I say with all seriousness.

   To my bewilderment, Jane chuckles a little and looks down at the ground for a small moment. I keep my eyes on her state of amusement, not having a clue why she could possibly be laughing at my completely humorless words. 

   "We have to be sly?" Jane asks, beaming and still chuckling a bit.

   I simply just blink my eyes in return, not following her hilarity in the phrase. 

   "What?" she asks, as if what she's saying is obviously funny and I'm just dumbfounded. "Sly is a funny word. You make it sound like we're in some mystery novel." She laughs once again, expecting me to join in, however I don't.

    I close my eyes and sigh before reopening them and speaking furthermore. "Jane," I begin, but she cuts me off.

   "Okay, I'm sorry. It's just, do you really think this is a good idea? Y'know, plotting revenge and what not on one of your gang members?" 

   I look at her, feeling my throat tighten with displeasure. I wonder if she's aware of her poor choice of words in which I find slightly offensive. 

   "You mean one of our gang members?" I spit defensively. 

   Jane looks muddled, just then realizing her mistake. She glances away and mumbles, "Uh..yeah, that's what..." but then her sentence fades off from there. 

   "Is that really what you meant?" I demand, choosing to finish her sentence for her. 

   She looks back up at me, startled that I'm making a big deal out of this. She opens her mouth to respond, but I know she doesn't know what to say or how to say it.

   "Jane, you made a commitment to this gang!" I tell her sternly. "You act like you plan on backing out of this, like it's all fun and games! Well, it's not! If you think you can just back out of this now, let me tell you you're--"

   "Mia, I know!" Jane intervenes. 

   I close my mouth and relax a little, keeping my gaze focused on her. Fine. It's time to hear what she really has to say. Because honestly, I'm starting to believe she's not taking this seriously enough anymore. 

   "I know I made a commitment to this gang. Trust me, I know. This is just a whole new territory for me and I need some time to take it all in. But you're wrong, I wasn't planning on backing out at all. Sure, the old Jane would've backed out of it, but she wouldn't have joined a gang in the first place, now would she?" 

   Jane pauses to look at me, her green eyes filled with promising truth. I narrow my eyes a little and continue to stare at her, awaiting more words.

   "I'm different now, Mia. I'm not the same old 'Plain Jane' that I was a few weeks ago. I've changed. I'm a whole new Jane, today. It's not like I have anything left to lose, right?" 

   My expression suddenly softens as I realize something. It's something I knew was true, something I didn't want to believe was true. I didn't want to believe that I was taking Jane's future away. I knew that I was, but I kept it way in the back of my mind. 

   "Jane," I say mildly, opening my mouth slightly to tell her something important. She eyes me curiously, wondering what I'm about to say since my voice is much more gentle than usual. 

   I hesitate, holding back all of a sudden. Jane tilts her head a bit, unsure of what's causing this delay. 

   "I'm..glad..that you're willing to change," I say with a half grin, but I'm lying.

   That's not what I was going to say to her, but I couldn't tell her. I couldn't tell her the truth, that she actually has a whole lot to lose and I'm taking all of that away from her. 

   "It's time to move on and forget about the past. Forget about all those people who made you feel like shit," I say, looking away. "It's time to show them who's better, who's stronger." I look back at her once again, "Isn't that what you want? To show everyone not to mess with you? Aren't you tired of being called weak?" 

   "You're damn right," Jane says, rolling her left hand into a fist. She's facing me, but I can tell that her eyes are looking off into the distance. 

   "Well then isn't this a good start?" I ask, leaning in to convince her. "We'll eliminate Gwen and show the gang that you're not a weak link."

   Gradually, Jane begins to nod. "Yeah..." she says quietly, "you're right." A smile begins to spread across her face and she sits up straight, determination sparkling in her eyes. 

   I smirk in a way that looks as if I knew she'd come around eventually. "Well then, are you ready to discuss the plan?"

   "Wait," she says, prompting me to hold back for another minute. "On our way here, I asked about what happened at the..meeting..Can you just explain to me what all that was about..exactly?"

   I laugh shortly and ask her, "Do you really think I'd let that creep willingly beat me up without a reason? Obviously, I could have snapped her right in half."

   I notice Jane's eyes widen a little, clearly quite astonished to hear this. Apparently, she didn't take my words, "Just don't take much that I do tonight as spontaneous" to mind very well. As revolting as it is that she honestly thought I was seriously being beaten up by Gwen...

   "It was part of the plan," I inform her, lifting up the bottom of my shirt a little to reveal the horrendous bruises on my stomach. 

   "Oh my God.." she mumbles, eyeing the bruises with disturbance. "You--you let her do that to you...as part of a plan?" She looks at me as if I'm insane and I simply nod in response.

   "Whatever it takes to get rid of her, I'll do." I turn to the side, showing off more bruises along my back. 

   "Oh my God," Jane repeats, "I mean, wow...I guess you really want to get rid of her."

   "How bad are the bruises on my back?" I ask, having not been able to see them.

   "Uh, they're terrible! Like, wow..she could've killed you, Mia!"

   I twist back around and lower my shirt. "Please, I would never let it get that far. As I said, it was all part of the plan to get rid of her. It was also part of the plan for her to bruise her hand terribly."

   "So," Jane starts slowly, "how exactly does this follow your plan?"

   "We'll get to that. But first, I'm gonna need you to do me a favor."

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