Chapter 1

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"Audrey! Come here!"

I turned around and two pair of arms wrapped around me.

"I'm so sorry about Justin, babe. I know you loved him." Zoe smiled at me. "But I'm here if you want to talk about it."

That's all I've been hearing all day. Justin here. Justin there. Justin this. Justin that. I'm almost sick of it.

In fact, I don't want anyone to ever talk about Justin.

But I have to be polite. So I turned to face Zoe.

She is so pretty. She has this strawberry blonde hair and eyes of emerald green. Whenever she smiles, she seems to charm every guy that looks at her. Zoe and I met last year and we have been close ever since.

Which makes me even sadder.

Because I've made my choice.

After finding out my boyfriend of four years cheated on me, I've had enough. Of everything.

So I decided to join my brother. He was the only one to ever care for me, anyway. He passed away a few months ago because he went hiking and fell off a cliff.

That's how he goes. And that's how I'm going.

"Eh." I shrugged. "I'll be going home soon. I'll see you soon okay?"

I won't but you don't have to know.

I feel selfish. Zoe is a really good friend and has always been there for me from the very first day we became friends.

I still remember how devastated I feel after my brother died. I'm still devastated. Imagine how Zoe would feel.

But Zoe gets along with everyone so well. I'm sure she'll be able to find another close friend soon.

"Audrey? Earth to Audrey?" Zoe called, waving her hand in front of my face.

"Yes? Sorry, I was uh—"

"Daydreaming. Yeah." Zoe sighed. "I was asking, are you sure you don't want to stay for practice? Haylee's waiting."

And, sure enough, Haylee, with her amazing blonde locks and almost Barbie-like blue eyes, comes trotting in. I never thought the high school stereotypes were true until I met Haylee. You know, the 'queen bee'. Basically, the girl who rules the school.

Also the one who Justin cheated on me with.

For three years and a half.

"What's happening?" She looked at us, crossing her arms.

I never thought of her voice as annoying because I'm so used to hearing it. But right now, I want to claw inside her throat to make sure she doesn't speak again. Ever.

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