A Letter Never Sent

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Chapter 4

Chapter 4

I freeze. Literally. It feels like someone just made the room like 20 degrees cooler. Can that happen when you're nervous?

The clique's has gone silent, staring at me in anticipation. It feels like the whole school is watching me, though.

I blink a few times. I look like such an idiot. Say something! Say something! my brain says. But I know I shouldn't. I have to listen to my heart. (XDXDXD YAY!)

Why can't this be easy? Why can't it be simple? For just about everyone else on Earth the answer would be a no-brainer. Yes! Duh! But Luke just isn't... right. I know I don't belong with him. I shouldn't go out with him, I hate him. But how can I say no?

Think, Sapphire, think.

I can't concentrate. My heart is telling me no.

Come on, Sapphire. You look stupid. You look retarded.

"Saph? Hello?" Luke says, "Earth to Sapphire!"

Nikki smiles at him. "I'm sure she'd love to... right Sapphie?"

I realize what she's saying. "I-I... no!" I get out. "I mean I... need to think about it!"

I run out then. Out of the cafeteria. Into the girls bathroom, where Luke can't follow me. I lock myself in a stall. Finally, I can breathe again. I relax, taking deep breaths, filling my lungs with air.

But of course, someone followed me. I realize this when I hear the door open. My one wish is that it isn't Nikki. Anyone but Nikki.

"Sapphie? You in here?"

Nikki. Naturally.

"Hello? You know you can't hide from me, Saph. Just come out.

I figure I better get it over with. I open the stall door.

"Sapphire Anne Morrissey! What were you thinking? That was your opportunity! That was your chance! Every girl in the school wants to be with Luke. You do know that, Sapphire, don't you? You almost blew it!"

"Yeah, Nikki, I know."

"So why didn't you say something!" Nikki shrieks. "Why didn't you say yes?" She's getting really upset.

"Nikki. Calm down."

"CALM DOWN? WHY SHOULD I CALM DOWN? YOU JUST PRACTICALLY REFUSED TO GO OUT WITH LUKE! HOW ARE YOU NOT CRYING? HOW ARE YOU NOT SCREAMING? IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR ME, YOU WOULD HAVE DIED! YOU WOULD HAVE CRUMBLED! YOU WOULD HAVE-"

"Nikki. Be quiet. You don't want a teacher to take you to the nurse, do you?"

Trembling, she shakes her head.

"I didn't say yes because I don't know if I want to go out with Luke. I don't like him that much."

That really sets her off. Nikki is in hysterics. Crying, shrieking, practically pulling her hair out.

"SAPPHIRE!" she wails. "YOU HAVE TO SAY YES! YOU JUST HAVE TO!"

We've only got five minutes till the end of lunch. I have to fix this. And there is only one solution.

"You know what, Nik? You're right. Tell Luke I'll be there." The moment I say it, I wish I hadn't. But it's too late.

"Really? Ohmigod. You have got to come over. This just has to be perfect. Oh, Sapphie, you are going to look like a goddess tonight!" she squeals.

"Yeah, Nikki, I know."

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Apparently, a goddess looks like this:

-Low cut, black, lacy dress. Goes down to knees.
-Four inch black heels
-Smudged eyeliner, tons of mascara, way too much of everything else
-Huge silver hoops
-and hair piled precariously on head, secured with hairspray.

I certainly don't feel like a goddess. I feel like a nervous wreck. But we've got to go. I grab my black clutch.

Nikki returns from the bathroom.

"You look absolutely gorgeous! I just can't wait!" she breaths.

I take a deep breath.

"Lets go." I say.

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