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                                              Chapter One


The cold, dreary rain mingled with her hot, furious tears as Emma sat huddled and shivering on the old stone bench. She licked the moisture from her cheeks with the tip of her tongue. It tasted of salt. The bench was well hidden behind a large bush. Hopefully, no one would notice her.

     I’m such an idiot. I thought I was special to him.

      She clenched her fists and punched her backpack, as a fresh set of tears spilled from her eyes and silently coursed down her face.

       Shawna. She didn’t have to be so nasty...and Cally... Cally is MY friend, or at least I thought she was.


       Now Emma was alone and her chest felt as if a huge rock was pushing on it, making it hard to breathe.


       The girls had cornered her when she had gone out of the school earlier.

     “Are you still hanging around?” said Shawna, her jaw clenched as she stalked towards Emma. “I told you before, Kyle doesn’t care about you. Maybe you should go to the auditorium and find out the truth.” The other girls started to cover their mouths and giggle. White faced, Emma didn’t say a word but turned and ran into the school.

     “Emma, come back,” called Cally. “Don’t go in there.”

      Yeah, right, like I’d stop for you. That’s so not gonna happen.

      She walked down the hallway to the auditorium, thinking about Kyle. Just yesterday he had given her a small heart bracelet as a present. Shawna had always been a bully and a liar. Emma didn’t really believe anything she said, did she? Hesitating, she approached the room. “Stupid, stupid, stupid,” she muttered to herself as she paced up and down in front of the door fingering the bracelet. “There’s probably no one in there.” She took a deep breath. “Ok, I’ll just take a quick peek and then go home.”

      Emma put her hand on the door handle, gradually pushing it open as she peeked in. It was dark and quiet. Emma realized that she had stopped breathing and blew out a huge sigh of relief. Thank goodness. Shawna had been lying.

      Her eyes got used to the darkness and she glanced around the room. She heard laughter from the far side. Her heart leapt into her throat and started to beat a little faster. Opening the door, a little wider, she slipped through. With her sneakers making no noise, she tiptoed across the floor to the corner of the stage. Her eyes widened. Emma gasped. Her stomach flipped over, and she felt sick. She didn’t think her legs were going to hold her up. Kyle was there and what’s more, he was laughing with Cindy.

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