Ch 2: Over A Boy

The halls of their High School buzzed with the excitement of another typical school day. Meredith and Mary Anne Wellington navigated through the sea of students, their footsteps echoing off the linoleum floor. Mary Anne, her heart aflutter with anticipation, had a secret she couldn't keep bottled up any longer.

"Hey, Meredith," Mary Anne began, her voice barely above a whisper, as they reached their lockers. "I need to tell you something."

Meredith turned to her sister, her eyes gleaming with curiosity. "What's up, Mary Anne? You look like you're about to burst."


Mary Anne took a deep breath, steeling herself for what she was about to reveal. "I have a crush on Todd Riley," she confessed, her cheeks flushing with embarrassment.

Meredith's reaction was unexpected. She threw her head back and laughed, a sound that cut Mary Anne to the core. "Todd Riley? Really? Well, I guess everyone has their dreams," Meredith quipped, her laughter ringing through the hallway.

Mary Anne forced a smile, masking the hurt that simmered beneath the surface. She had hoped for support from her sister, but instead, she felt ridiculed and belittled. Little did she know, this moment would mark the beginning of their first real fight.

Todd Riley was the star football player but he spent much time with Mary Anne since he was failing Chemistry. Mary Anne volunteered to tutor him after football practice each day. During this time, she learned a different side to Todd and he won her affection through his corny jokes.

She had never noticed his boyish smile and dimples or his tight athletic build. She even noticed his dreamy, baby-brown eyes and they formed a magnetic pull on her. Unfortunately, Todd had no idea of the crush Mary Anne formed for him. He was just being friendly and didn't see her in that way.

Behind The Gym

A week later, Mary Anne found herself wandering behind the school gymnasium, the memory of her confession to Meredith still fresh in her mind. As she turned the corner, her heart skipped a beat at the sight before her.

There, beneath the sprawling branches of the old oak tree, stood Meredith and Todd, their lips locked in a passionate embrace. Mary Anne's breath caught in her throat as she watched in disbelief, the sting of betrayal cutting deep.

"Meredith!" Mary Anne's voice trembled with anger as she confronted her sister, her eyes brimming with tears. "How could you?"

Meredith pulled away from Todd, her expression unreadable. "Mary Anne, I... I didn't mean for you to find out like this," she stammered, her voice tinged with guilt.

But Mary Anne was beyond consolation. The sister she had trusted with her deepest secrets had betrayed her in the cruelest way possible. With a heavy heart, Mary Anne turned and walked away, leaving behind the shattered remnants of their once unbreakable bond. From that day forward, their relationship would never be the same.

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