Different from the Rest

Kady used to have a normal life. She loved to shop, listen to music, and play field hockey, she was on the reserve list for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She was even lucky enough to meet One Direction at one of their concerts and she kept in touch with them. Liam and Kady developed feelings for each other and started casually dating. That was until Kady discovered she had a life-threatening sickness. She was in the hospital for months, but overcame the sickness. But, the illness left her with a learning disability and now all her dreams are shattered and she has to rebuild her life. She must go from black to white but must learn there are shades of grey in the middle which are needed for healing.


16. Christmas

I wake up to Samara jumping on my bed. She's wearing flannel pajamas with snowmen on them. Her hair is in two braids and she's wearing Ugg slippers to cover her toes. Her cheeks are a rosy color and her nails are painted a pastel orange. 
"Santa came, Santa came!" she keeps jumping on top of me. I figure it's no use trying to get Samara back down, so I stumble out of bed. I slide my feet into the Homer Simpson slippers which are on the ground next to me. I trudge down the stairs as Samara pulls my wrist. If you haven't noticed, I'm not a morning person. The first thing I see is the flashing lights of the tree. Red, then blue, then green. Mom is on the sofa drinking a cup of tea and reading The New York Times. She smiles when she sees us, "Merry Christmas girls!"
"Merry Christmas," I mutter back. Samara dives right into her presents. Before I even get to my pile she already has five Barbies, a Ken, and a finger painting set. I kneel down right in front of my pile. I open the smallest box first. It's a pair of Starbucks earrings, just because I love Starbucks so much. Next, I open a medium sized box. There's a box inside the box. I open the second box and it's the iPhone 5s. In the end I have Starbucks earrings, a new phone, a MacBook Pro, Kansas City Chiefs tickets (even though I live in New England), One Direction's movie, a pair of golden heels, $30 iTunes gift card, a lava lamp, a $100 gift card to Delia's, new makeup, and a Nothface hat and gloves. It was a really good Christmas, this is more than anything I could hope for since the economy is in the toilet. I take out my old iPhone and I text everyone my new number. Before my number got leaked to the press, so I'm careful of who to give it to. Harry, Liam, Niall, Zayn, Louis, Josh, Eleanor, Perrie, Lilly, Lena, Lucinda, Allie, Ellie, Katharine, Melinda, Jana, Ed, Cher, Jesy, Leigh Anne, Jade, Demi Lovato, Paris, Sophia, Oliva Holt, Peyton List, and Brooklyn Beckham get it. I tried to make the list small, that didn't really work. Mom speaks up, "Under one condition can you keep the laptop. You must put a sticker over the camera. Miss Teen USA got videotaped without even knowing it."
I sigh, "Fine."
I guess it's for the best. I go over a hug Mom. I pick up my presents and bring them to my room. I drop them all on the bed and I open my new MacBook Pro. The first thing I do is take a star shaped sticker and put it over the video camera. It's better to be safe then sorry. I spend a good hour setting up the computer, putting in the wi-fi, and putting in Norton. My new iPhone pings:

To: Kady Brown
From: Peyton List 

U got a new phone?! Im so jely! I 4got 2 say this but i had so much fun @ ur party thx 4 inviting meh

I completely forgot that I still haven't opened my gifts from the party, they're all still wrapped in the basement.

To: Peyton List
From: Kady Brown

Glad u had fun! It was a surprise party 4 meh from Li and nialler

To: Kady Brown
From: Peyton List

Oh well it rocked! Wanna hand out w/ meh and my Jessie costars in NYC on nye?

To: Peyton List
From: Kady Brown

Thx but im goin b in England w/Li, we datin again dont tell the paps

To: Kady Brown
From: Peyton List

Wouldnt dream of it

It feels so good to be talking to Peyton again. I love how she never lets fame get to her head. I go to the basement to open my birthday presents. If I don't open them now, I'll forget about them. I make a list of what only a handful of people get me so I can email them thank yous:

Peyton: Union Jack clutch
Sophia: K initial necklace
Paris: K initial ring
Ed: Cowboy boots
Brooklyn: Kate Spade bag
Zayn: Sunglasses 
Niall: Sneakers
Lou: Silly String
Harry: 1D wall decal
El: Perfume box
Perrie: The Joy of Hate book
Olivia: Pink rolling suitcase
Lilly: $30 Charlotte Russe gift card
Lena: Forever directioner bracelet
 Lucinda: Essie nail polish
Allie: Sunglasses
Ellie: Smencils 
Katharine: Pink gloves
Melinda: The Hunger Games books
Jana: Portable iPhone charger
Jesy: Florida Georgia Line, Robin Thicke, and Aerosmith CDs
Jade: Forever 21 hairbrush and makeup bag
Leigh Anne: Anklet and toe ring
Hunter: Light blue hat
Josh: Sunglasses
Simon: Combat boots
Cher: All Lying Game and Pretty Little Liars books
Justin- All his CDs and a Believe iPhone case

Those were only gifts from people I know the best. There is still a huge pile of presents left, but I'm done opening them today. I look over the list and I notice I don't have Liam's gift yet. I search through the pile until I find a medium sized box. It had pink wrapping paper and a gold bow on top. I carefully unwrap it and I find a pair of black pumps. They're so beautiful, I'll wear them to Lou's birthday bash. I need to pack for England, I think to myself. I put on Sophia's necklace and Paris' ring. I take Olivia's suitcase and I put a few things in it, Ed's boots, Nialler's sneakers, Simon's boot, Jesy and Justin's CDs and Jana's portable iPhone charger. I'll use Brooklyn's bag as my carry on. I take out my old iPhone, put Justin's case over it, and I put it in the Kate Spade bag. I also put in gloves, hats and sunglasses since I don't want to be seen. Maybe I should put in books, no there won't be a lot of downtime. I put in Jade's hairbrush and makeup bag along with a few perfumes from El's gift. I put the perfumes in a plastic bag so they can be in my carry on bag. I bring the suitcase and my bag up to my room to finish packing. I throw both iPhones into the bag and I take out a pair of sunglasses so I have something at the airport. The rest of the day was a pretty low key day. We stayed in our pajamas all day while we watched Christmas specials on TV. I didn't text much, expect the morning to Peyton. Family was coming tonight, so Mom and I were cooking up a storm. We had turkey, gravy, stuffing, potatoes, mixed vegetables, chocolate pudding pie, and apple pie just to name a few. Right before our family came is when we changed. I put on a black sweater dress that I'm not wearing to The Melting Pot. I also fish out the golden heels I got for Christmas from my suitcase and I put them on. I brush my hair, but I don't do anything special with it. I walk downstairs to finish the cooking, guests should come any second now. The first guests to  was my aunt, uncle, and cousins. Mom hates them, especially her sister, but invited them though they don't invite her to anything. Mom put on a super-fake smile and hugged them. I pretend to be working on the dinner because last time Aunt Rosemarie and my other aunt, Aunt Kathy, threatened to hurt me. And don't get me started on my cousins, they will destroy anything of yours. The oldest one is my age, so she's just immature. This'll be an interesting family dinner. 

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