I (Don't) Care

I (Don't) Care

Bullying is too common today. It has always been too common. I don't know why it doesn't stop. But I still believe that it can.

Chapter 25

It's Never Too Late

Laney's POV

Everything seemed quieter, even though no one turned the music down. Some people were still singing and dancing to the music, having conversations in the crowded halls, making out sloppily in dim corners. It was like tunnel vision, but with noise. Tunnel hearing, I guess.

Everything was slower, too. A blink lasted way too many seconds. Riley moved so slow, closer, closer, grabbing my arm, dragging me away. Then it was so fast, her pulling, me reaching my fingers out, Charlie's fingertips brushing against mine, too far away. Then we were outside.

It was like a different world. I could hear and see and even feel the party, but it was like a dream. Riley was the only reality.

Raining, raining, raining. I wished I was inside with Charlie, with the music, with the faces and the smiles and the words. I was there though.

"Listen...." Riley barely whispered. I hopped from foot to foot.

"Here, Riley, let's sit in your car, okay?" I offered. Goodness, she looked so..... messed up. It hurt to see.

It hit me like a brick to the face: She's me know, I am more like her.

No one should be me.

She hesitated, "Laney, I need to apologize..... please...."

"Riley, it's OK. It's never too late."

And so we started to speak.

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