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Pen Your Pride

Chapter 6: Fast Forwards

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Ever since homecoming, I started talking with Dylan much more, and we were beginning to become really good friends. Frequently after school, I would wait with Dylan until his he got picked up, and we would chat about life, and school, the things we liked, and disliked, and all that jazz. Sometimes Laurel would hang out with us, or we would go study at the library with some other students in our math class.

One day after school Laurrel, Dylan and I were hanging out after school, and Laurel was singing songs from Fame, and dancing. She took her iphone, unplugged the headphones and blast the music loudly dancing along, causing a scene in the main hallway. I just laughed as she tried to get me to dance with her.

"I love this song!" She told us, while she spinned around.

"Good movie too" I added, then turned to Dylan and asked "What sort of music are you into?"

"I don't really listen to a lot of music, and I don't have an iPod" he told me.

My jaw just dropped, and Laurel just gave him a weird look, and continued to practice dancing.

"Are you kidding me?! Wait but sometimes I see you with headphones in" I replied.

"Yeah, doesn't mean I'm listening to music. I just do it to shut out the world sometimes, or to prevent people from approaching me, but it didn't work with you haha. And nope, I'm not, I don't really know what's so great about it" he said

"What's wrong with you? Haha, dude I love music!"

"I know you do! You always have your headphones in when I see you walking around in the halls" I was surpised he even noticed such a thing. 

"Well, that's it....time for a music intervention!"

"Oh please no" Dylan begged.

"Nope too late haha I'll send you some songs and artists to listen too!" I laughed.

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A few weeks later Laurel came up to me during lunch and asked,

"Do you have a thing for Dylan? You're always talking with him and always seem to be hanging out with him."

"No" I replied "He and I have just gotten to be really close friends that's all, why do you ask?".

"Oh I'm just wondering" Laurel said.

"Hey we should hang out sometime, I never see you anymore! When are you free?" I asked. This was true, we only ever saw one another at lunch and we have been growing apart.

"I'm not free sorry" She said dully.

"Oh ok, well maybe some other time" I said cheerfully.

"Maybe...."She said, then ran off to greet Allison and Maya.

What had I done. I'm so confused, I haven't been spending that much time with Dylan. Most of my time is spent at home studying or with some of my other friends from orchestra. 

After school that day, I found Dylan standing in his usual spot.

"Hey" I said.

"Hey Brianne! I listened to the Fall Out Boy song you sent me.... what was it...Dance Dance? It's pretty catchy. I love the electric guitar." 

"Great I'm glad you like them! They're one of my favorites, but hey listen, I need to talk to you"

"Oh....what's up? You ok?" He sounded concerned.

"I'm fine! It's about Laurel, she seems upset with me, cause I haven't been hanging around her enough, and I'm always either studying or talking with you.

"Oh you should hang out with her then"

"Yeah I tried asking but she acts like she doesn't want to have anything to do with me anymore and I don't know what I did."

"Don't worry, she will come around" Dylan said.

Well Dylan was wrong, because she didn't. Laurel became more distant and snobby which was surprising because I've known her for five years, and she was never like this. I went up to her, Allison, and Maya one day during lunch.

"Laurel can we talk?" I asked. It had been a few weeks since I had last talked to her.

She hesitated but stood up, out of the lunchroom. I just followed her. When she turned around she had a serious look on her face.

"What" she asked.

"What's going on? I tried texting you and getting ahold of you for the past few weeks. And you never responded, I made time in my afternoons in case you wanted to hang, you haven't talked to me that much since November, and you just seem so distant. I miss you" I said.

"Look....Brianne, you're nice you are, but you just don't fit in with Allison and Maya and I. You started talking to that loner Dylan much more, and you are constantly studying at the library with your math and physics geeks."

"I thought you liked Dylan? You even commented on how cute he is. I'm so confused, are you saying you don't want to hang around me because I'm not "cool" enough for you and your friends?"

"Well I mean yeah but...."

"Wow...wait are you forreal? What the hell Laurel, after five years of being best friends you decide that you just want to walk away? Because I don't hang out with the same people as you? Do you know how confused I feel right now?"

"Don't take it personally" She replied.

I just looked at her in disbelief. "Don't take it personally?!" I was shocked that she would respond like that. 

"I'll see you around" She said. and brushed passed me. All I could do was stare as she walked off.

"What the hell was that?" I thought.

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Dylan found me after school sitting on the benches in the main hall.

"Whoa bro...you don't look so good" He said as he approached me.

I just glared up at him. "Laurel basically told me that she didn't want to be friends with me anymore because I don't hang out with the same people as her"

"What?" He sat down next to me "What are you talking about? She is your best friend I thought, you two were so close"

"Yeah that's what I thought too, but I guess we both were fooled"

"I'm sorry Brianne. But hey look at me" He said "It's her loss. Screw her for not knowing how truly awesome you are, and how good of a friend and person you are. She can go die in a hole" 

I just looked at him.

"I'm always here for you Brianne! You know that, I wouldn't dump you as my friend for such a superficial thing like that." He said.

"Yeah I know....Thanks Dylan" I smiled, as he reached over and gave me a hug.

"And don't be sad! Just forget about her, because we have track season coming up in a few months!"

I had participated in track in middle school, and had convinced Dylan and Serena (another friend from our math class) to sign up this season. 

He was right, I had something to look forward too, and I wasn't about to let Laurel ruin that for me.

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