Just Don't Ask
"Dana, I wanted to ask you this with your mother out of the
room," says the doctor, "these bruises all over your
body and a broken arm- well abuse is nothing to be ashamed
of." I stare at the shining door knob. "Is there
something you'd like to tell me. I'm only here to
help." I stare at the floor. "Dana, this doesn't
define you or mean anything pernament. We can just get you and
your siblings the help you need."
I clear my throat. "Sorry, I was spacing out for a bit,
must've been those painkillers you gave me." I laugh but
his face stays concerned. "Trust me, I'm fine. If you
must know I was biking when it started raining yesterday and I
totally wiped out. I think the wheel went over something. It was
actually kinda' funny 'cause I was talking on the phone
with my friend and it like flew when i went like onto the
neighbor's property and like-"
"Dana, are you being honest. This is for your
"Yes!" I smile-groan. "Now can I get home soon? I
start school tomorrow with this block on my hand. A month
He nods and takes me to my mom who spends the entire carride
crying and apologizing while I cry and promise never to lie again
and we finally reconcile and agree to never bring it up
I tip-toe into my siblings' bedrooms and kiss them on the
foreheads. "It's all okay Leslie. It's all
great." I whisper. I sneak into my room and curl under the
6:15 Beep Beep Beep
I stumble out of bed and go into my bathroom, initiating my
morning routine for the school-year. I apply my makeup while my
straightner heats up. Cover up, eyeshadow, blush, eyeliner,
glitter eyeliner(for the top), and mascara. I straighten my hair
in about twenty minutes and apply lip gloss. Finally, I walk
downstairs in my denim booty shorts, flip flops, and neon pink
I twirl in front of my mom. "You like?"
"Oh baby, you're gorgeous! Are those my earrings?
It's alright you can borrow them. I made you an omlet but you
might just need something quick- how much time do you
"Enough to eat this." I laugh and sit down as Jack
starts pulling on my chair.
"Is your arm better? Did it hurt?"
"Oh Jack I knew we could trick you! Mommy and I were doing a
joke. It's okay though you can go tell Leslie you knew. Crap
Mom, I have to go. Love you bye!" She hugs me and I run out
the door to catch my bus.
I see Jessy sitting with a group of girls and I see Ethan sitting
alone. I nod to Jessi and sit next to Ethan.
"Hey, did you miss me?"
He laughs. "Oh hey. What happened to your arm?"
"Nothing." I say a little too quickly. "I um just
fell. And the bruises on my stomach, I fell on the way back from
your house." He seems to be concerned for a bit , but drops
"My parents could've driven you." He shrugs.
I lean in and press my forehead to his. "But I'd just be
dying to do this and then your mom might embarass you more."
I press my lips against his. He leans back as he puts his arms
around my back. I lean on top of him. I pull away after a few
minutes. "Am I right?" He's speechless. "I
won't see you until Math, third period. Talk to you
then." I stroll out of the bus in front of school right to
Jessi. "Yeah that's the new kid, and I already called