And then she woke up. It was just a dream, just a bad dream, but no. Suddenly Katie remembered, and she felt bad because for a moment, she had forgotten about Kerry. The pain in her heart magnified, and she knew she had to go to school today and pretend that everything was okay. But it wasn't. Katie hurt. And everyone just pretended it hadn't happened, that a man from the mental hospital escaped and broke into the Leary home and killed Kerry.
Kerry. If anyone deserved to die it would not be Kerry. Kerry was kind. Kerry was the one that protested when they made fun of Xavier. Kerry was the one that always tipped way too much at restaurants because she felt bad for the waiters.
It was Katie that should have died then. Katie, who made Jeremy miserable because he had a middle-school crush on her. Katie, who was always mean to her brothers and sisters. " Katie!" yelled Mrs. Brown." Are you up?" " Yeah, whatever." Katie got up and dressed. It was time to pretend that she wasn't hurting. Tears welled in her eyes but she pushed them away. It had been nearly a week. Time to pretend.
Jamie was gulping down his breakfast when Katie came down. Jamie was in high school, and he had cute friends. Jenna was still asleep. Jenna was also in high school, and she always gave Katie her old clothes and make-up. Since Jenna was pretty, stylish and popular, Katie loved her hand-me-downs. Lauren was at the counter drinking juice. Lauren was in first grade and so adorable and innocent. " Hi Katie!" Lauren said happily. Her curls bounced and Katie moved to tousle her hair. She loved Lauren so much that tears formed in her eyes. " Katie, why are you crying?" Lauren asked. But Katie just ran from the room, crying and shivering.
Fiction » Young Adult Rated: T, English, Tragedy, Words: 2k+, Published: 1/1/2004 Updated: 7/2/2004}
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