Chapter One (pt.
I quickly brushed my golden brown hair, and wiped my face dry
with toilet paper. I finished caking on my concealer
(covering up my black eye), and put eye drops in.
I looked in the mirror. I looked okay.
I unlocked the door and walked over to Krista, who was lying
on my bed with my laptop. She was on facebook, flirting with
Ian, her 'boyfriend' (they weren't officially
dating) over chat as usual. She thought he was oh-so-cool,
because he was Irish. His accent was pretty sweet, but I
didn't think he was that good looking. And from what I
had heard, he was kind of a douche.
"Hi Hun." Krista said, glancing up at me, "Why
were you in the bathroom-" She broke off what she was
saying and sat up, with a concerned look on her
I felt my stomach do a flip-flop. What if she sees my black
eye, i thought frantically, what do i say if she asks how i
"Sit. Now." She demanded, patting a spot on the bed
next to her.
"I, um," I stumbled over my words- trying to
collect my thoughts.
"No. Be quiet. April," She said, "Your eyes
are red, and you have that panicky look on your face you
always get when you're hiding something from me. Its
obvious you've been crying. Now tell me why."
"No," I said, laughing nervously, "I... I was
at the pool earlier today and I um," I was completely
bullshitting this as I went on, "I had ,my eyes open
underwater. That's all. I had to use eye drops to um, to
soothe my eyes, but I had a... an allergic reaction to them,
and my eyes watered up."
She looked at me, processing my words, then shrugged.
"Kay. You know you should use Visine Eye Drops.
That's what I use, they're like all natural or
something." She turned her attention back to the
"Oh... okay." I replied, nodding furiously.
"So I think Ian and I are like official now... he told
his friends we're 'going out', and in my opinion,
I think that means were official." She beamed at me.
"Oh wow Krista I'm so happy for you!" I
shrieked, giving her a big bear hug.
"Aww! thanks babe!" She giggled, "So how are
you and Alex? I heard you're going out tonight."
"Oh, yeah," I said, my stomach droppin once again,
"he said he's talking me to that new Japanese
"You mean 'Benihana'?" She asked.
"Yeah, I think thats the one."
"Cool, I wish Ian was talking me there. Hes talking me
"Of course he would take you to the one Irish place in
town, "I scoffed.
"Yeah... he thought I would like to see Irish stuff with
him," She frowned, "But whatever, as long as
I'm with him, I'm happy."
I nodded and tucked my hair behind my ear, smiling
My mind wasn't in the conversation at all... I was
worrying about my 'date' tonight with