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I Didn’t Like Him

Gary and I
talked easily.
When I was with him,
it was easy to forget about everything else.
He treated me like nothing ever happened.
But I didn’t like him.
Not like my crush.
We walked out to the buses,
and before I got on mine,
he patted me on the back,
and said, “Stay fascinating.
I like it.”
He winked at me and left.
When I got on the bus,
everyone watched me with huge eyes,
like I would punch them
if they took my seat.
I sat in the very front,
took out a book,
and got lost.

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All day,
I kept
trying to push
him out of my mind
until a distraction came
in the form of Gary.
“You still look sad,” he said.
“Even though you’re practically
queen of the school now.
Everyone’s scared you’re gonna
smite them or something.
You’ve just become that much
more fascinating.”
He cocked his head, considering me.
I twisted away, mumbling,
“I’m just quiet and awkward.”
And I want to stay that way.
“Ah,” said Gary.
“But the quiet, awkward girl
is usually the most fascinating.”
He started walking away,
but I didn’t let him.
I walked with him.

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I’m Sorry

Tears sprang to my eyes.
I had to blink several times
to soothe the sharp pain they brought.
In the space of blinking,
he rose from his chair.
He was leaving.
But I called out his name.
“I’m sorry!”
He turned around to face me.
“I thought you were different,” he said.
“But you’re just like everyone else.
I really thought you were…
well, I wanted to think you were…”
But I am! I am different!
He could not seem to decide on his next words.
Tears stung my eyes again.
Before I could blink again,
he gave up
and walked away.

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