A Stranger to Myself

"I feel like I don't even know myself. And if I don't know myself, how can anyone else ever know me?" Autumn has always felt alone, like an outcast. But when a girl comes into her life and reveals things about Autumn she never would have known otherwise, can Autumn learn to accept her differences she's so used to hating?


2. Street Oddities

You may think that I could find an automatic friend in my older sister, but that wasn't true in the slightest. She didn't like me. Or at least she didn't like the person I was trying to be. Odd, to me, since I was trying so desperately to gain everyone's approval. Maybe she could tell. The girls at school could.


My dad wasn't pleased with me either. He didn't think that anything I did was right, making me feel as if I simply wouldn't ever be able to please him. That was no booster to my self-confidence.


The street that I lived on was also boring. Everyone in every house had the same family layout, not including mine. There was a mother, a father, and an only child. Now, in mine, my mother walked out on us after I was born, my older sister was refusing to go to college, my father was struggling to keep a job, and I was the girl that nobody could properly describe, including herself.


My neighbor next door moved away. It was abrupt. Either that or I hadn't noticed the "for sale" sign in their yard. They moved out and new people moved in. These new people were life-changing to me. I never would have expected it.


Instead of the typical Caucasian idealistic family of three, in moved a Hispanic, lively, tightly-knit family of more than six. Their presence was disturbing everyone else on the street simply because of how much they were used to general quietness. I, however, didn't mind the slightly amplified volume every now and then. In fact, my room was on the side of the house closest to theirs, and I occasionally left my window open to listen to them talking in Spanish to one another or laughing heartily at something I didn't experience alongside them.


I didn't meet any of them until I walked to the bus stop one day.


And Carmen showed up.


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