11: Nobody likes a tattletale

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"No way!" Nichole exclaimed and slurped loudly from her orange juice. Amber glared at her because she claimed the sound Nichole was making kept irritating her. She tried to swipe the drink, but Nichole slapped her hand away. She glowered at Nichole before returning her attention to me.

"Are you sure about this Mel?" She asked, concern written all over her face.

"Of course I'm sure. I know what I saw" I scoffed. It was lunch time and Nichole, Amber and I were seating at our usual table. I finally told them about what I saw on Friday night and as I suspected, they didn't believe me.

"Do you really?" Nichole asked and exchanged worried glances with Amber. "You yourself said it. It was dark, your eyes may have deceived you".

"No, I'm very sure of what I saw" I shook my head in disagreement. I knew what I saw and I was sure of it. It wasn't some stupid trick of the light, or my eyes deceiving me.

"That's a very strong allegation Mel. Do you have proof?" Amber asked and I sighed in irritation. Of course I didn't have proof! How was I supposed to know someone was going to try and break into the school. People didn't just randomly walk around hoping to catch someone in the middle of a break in.

"No" I grudgingly admitted and scooped a spoonful of ice cream then placed it in my mouth.

"Well there you go!" Nichole said grimly. "It just doesn't make sense if you think about it. Why would he and his friends want to steal a creepy teacher's porn collection?"

"You can't just go around accusing people like that Mel. Especially without being able to prove it! You could get in a lot of trouble" Amber tried to reason with me but all I heard was Nathan's stupid voice saying something very similar to her words.

As if on impulse, my eyes wandered up to the table on the highest point of the cafeteria and locked on his face. He was saying something to Charlene, but abruptly turned in my direction. It was as though he knew I was already looking at him. He cocked his head to the side and gave me a bored look before he looked away.

"What are you going to do?" I heard Amber ask and I returned my attention back to my table.

"Huh?" I asked when she kept looking at me expectantly.

"I said, what are you going to do now?"

"I don't know" I sighed in defeat.

"What do you mean by what is she going to do?" Nichole asked with a raised eyebrow. "It's very obvious, isn't it? She's going to pretend she never saw what she said she saw and never speak about it to anyone again".

"Why the hell will I do that?" I half yelled.

"Because it's not going to end well for you" she sighed and placed a hand over my own. "Listen Mel, I'm telling you this as your friend and because I have your best interest at heart. If you go to the principal with this, he's going to want proof. And when you don't deliver, he's going to think you're nothing more than a liar. Don't forget that Samantha's already labelled you a liar to him before".

Her words hit home hard and Amber nodded her head in understanding.

"She does have a point Mel. Not to mention the fact that if Nathan's parents hear about this, they're going to be very displeased and they might make your stay here very uncomfortable".

My eyebrows scrunched up in confusion at her words, "why? What have they got to do with this?".

"Nathan's parents are a major contributor to this school and they have a lot of influence on the school's board" she said quietly. "If they found out someone was accusing their son of something as bad as breaking and entering, much less without proof, then there will be hell to pay".

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