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I Wish


Chapter 1 - Wishes Are For Dreamers

"Lissa, Lissa look at me!" Harriet squealed, twirling around in her black dress.

"Look at me!" Lissa said back, her yellow dress swirled around her as she ran down the hall towards me. I grabbed Harriet's arm and pulled her out the back door.

"Run, she likes your dress better," I joked. My short pink dress made it hard for me to run but I kept going to the swing still with my grip on Harriet. I heard a beeping sound and turned around to see Sally holding up a camera pointed at me, my greatest fear, me on film.

"Turn that off, you're wasting the battery pointing that at me," I said wryly back.

"Aww don't say that Kiley, you look great."

We were all dressed up for our own private New Year's Eve party. We had been planning it forever and Lissa and Sally made the food and Harriet and I did the rest, the important stuff. Like entertainment; a few good movies, girl stuff and prepared lots of good gossip.

"Hey, should we get the book out," Harriet whispered in my ear. I nodded and she smiled one of her huge smiles that made me laugh.

We slipped out of sight of our other two friends and headed back inside to Harriet's room. We opened her cupboard doors and dug through her piles of clothes to the back where we had placed the book.

It had a black hard cover and its frayed pages gave it a vintage feeling, which I liked. Inside was everything that had ever happened to us; Sally, Lissa, Harriet and me. It had only stated halfway through last year when all of us had become friends. Before that Harriet wasn't part of our group.

I opened to the first page where there was a photo of all of us.

I looked over at Harriet who was admiring our work. We had started to put together this book just after Harriet joined our little group, Lissa and Sally didn't know about it, but we intended to show them soon.

"It's almost 8 lets go get the movies ready," Harriet suggested.

"Sure." I left the book on the bed and followed Harriet to the living room.

Following behind her I watched her shoulder height light brown hair sway behind her, she was lucky. I hated my oily split ended hair, which was just past my shoulders. I always thought it took a year to grow an inch. I reached a hand up and tucked a strand of hair behind my ear. When my hand came up towards my face I could smell both nail polish and nail polish remover, both smells seemed to me to be revolting.

While walking through the kitchen I picked up a cookie off one of the plates Sally cooked. Wow she could cook. Not like myself. "Hey I saw that," Harriet said slapping my hand away from picking up another.

"But there so good," I whined.

"I know I had one before when no one was looking."

I gave her a disapproving look and she just shrugged her shoulders in a 'what did you expect way'. She ate a lot. Once she told me she had already had 3 packets of chips before midday. And somehow she is still so skinny.

"So were we going to watch some movies now?" Sally said walking in followed by Lissa who came in and jumped over the couch.

"How about we watch eclipse," I suggested.

"NO!" They all yelled. I sighed and went through the rest of the movies.

After the first movie we were all getting a bit tired so we choose a sad movie to watch next while we snacked.

I wiped the tears from under my eyes and looked at Harriet who wasn't weeping at all. "I can't believe you don't think this is sad," I said to Harriet.

"I do its just I prefer movies like the Last Song, I cried in that," she confessed. Less than an hour after that we had settled down in our beds and fallen asleep.

Early in the morning when I thought everyone was asleep I felt someone moving around. I sat up and looked at Harriet next to me. She was restless, moving around, as if she was having a bad dream. "Harriet," I say placing my hand on her shoulder. She didn't notice me but she kept moving around more and started murmuring something.

"Harri is that you?" Lissa was now starting to move. She sat up and leaned over Harriet. "Harriet, wake up." She kept moving and saying something I couldn't understand. She thrashed around kicking the sheets off her legs. "Harri, Harri," Lissa said holding Harriet down. Her eyes flashed open and started starring at us like we were strangers.

"I'm fine," she said.

"No. Kiley get her some water."

I jumped up and walked over Sally who still was asleep.

When I got back Harriet seemed almost back to normal. I didn't get back asleep so I was a little tired the next day. But it didn't matter I had like three coffee before breakfast so I had a lot of energy but was dreading the moment when all the caffeine suddenly ended.

That day we had a cake, for celebrating a new day and because for a new friendship. It had four candles on it, one for each of us. "Ready on three," Sally said. "And remember to make a wish." We all leaned down and breathed in then on the count of three we blew them out.

I never believed in those entire things like blowing out candles and making a wish, or when you saw a shooting star or when the time on a clock was eleven past eleven. Superstitious nonsense, Just for the dreamers.

I had a slice of cake, when I looked down at my belly I knew I was going to regret all this food, I would have to go to the pool and swim like 100 laps.

I walked with Lissa down to the park and all the way she kept her head down and had some strange expression on her face. "What's up?"

"Nothing. Why?"

"You look different," I said. Lissa reached up and ran her fingers through her long blond hair. Another reason I was jealous of her, other than she was very smart and brave.

I looked back over my shoulder at Harriet and Sally who looked deep in conversation. "Hey Harriet, do you want the bigs kids swing or the baby swing?" I asked jokingly. She started running down towards the swings but I beat her there. She pushed me higher and higher. "Stop it I'm going to fall off!"

I jumped off in mid-air and landed safely on my feet, I turned around and she was already swinging high.

I walked back to the bench where Sally was sitting. "Having fun?"

"Yeah this is great, best friends forever."


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