A Tough Choice

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Chapter 2

Over the next few weeks, James and I worked on my script. He was a lot of help, and before I knew it, we finished in time to send it.

"Well, I guess all we can do now is wait," I said as we put it in the mailbox.

"I feel proud of what we did," James said.

"Me too. And I even put your name on it. You were a big help. Thanks, James."

"I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Later that night, Aiden called me wanting to know how writing was going.

"I finally finished. With the help of James, of course."

"Uh, James?"

"Oh, sorry. He's this guy I met in drama club. We kinda share the same interests when it comes to theater. He helped me with my script."

"Oh, that's cool. So do you like him?"

"What? Aiden, he's just a friend."

"Uh huh. Sure."

"Oh, shut up, Aiden."

"Whatever. Goodnight, Anna."

"Bye, Aiden."

James and I started hanging out more and more, and soon our friendship grew. We became great partners in drama club, and we sat together at lunch every day. I was having so much fun with James that I almost forgot about the contest.
"Anna," Mom called up to my room one Wednesday morning. "Anna, get down here, quick!"
When I ran down the stairs, I saw her holding a big Manila envelope in her hand.
"Mom, is that what I think it is?" I asked as my eyes grew wide.
"Open it and find out, honey."
As I began to tear open the seal, my hands started shaking. When I read the letter, I couldn't believe my eyes. "Mom, I won. I won! Ah!"
"Oh, honey. I'm so proud of you."
"I gotta call Aiden. He's gonna be psyched."

When I dialed his cellphone, I was screaming inside. "Aiden, I won."
"The Playwright's Contest. I won. Well, James and I won."
"That's awesome, Anna. I knew you could do it. You just needed the right help."
"Well, I know you would've helped if you were here."
"Anna, I'm not much of a writer."
"Well, it still would've been cool to have you help me. I, uh, mentioned you in the dedication."
"Aww, Anna, you didn't have to do that."
"Aiden, you're my best friend, and you've always supported me. I wanted to show my appreciation."
"Thanks, Anna."
"Well, I'd better go. I'm gonna be late for school."
"Later, Anna."
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