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Ch. 7 - So Act Like It



“Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.” ~ Unknown


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J: Hey, what’s up Kiki?

A: Um, not much..but how do u have my number?

J: I asked Sunny for it

A: Oh, well y did u want to talk to me of all ppl?

J: Well I was bored, and ur rlly close wit Mat so I thought ur probably a fun person to hang out with

A: oh ok, so wyd?

J: nothing much, just texting Mat

“Why? Why is he texting her?“, I thought to myself. “Wait stop, you sound stupid and unnecessarily jealous right now, he’s allowed to talk to whoever he wants.”

A: oh cool. wait, do u mind giving me his number?

J: um sure why not, I would’ve thought u already had it since u two r sooo close. lol.

A: thanks a lot Jules, I owe u one

Ignoring her attitude in the last text, I texted Mat as soon as she gave me his number, eager to see if he would respond or not.

M: Hello? Who is this?

A: Kiki. I got ur number from Juliana

M: OMG KIKI HIIII, THIS MEANS WE CAN TALK OVER THE SUMMER NOW, Y DIDN’T U TELL ME U COULD TEXT? WE COULD’VE BEEN DOING IT THE WHOLE YEAR

A: SAME DUDE, I’M SO GLAD. AND SORRY MY DUMBASS DIDN’T THINK ABOUT THAT EARLIER

After getting his number, we ended up texting almost every day during the summer and FaceTimed each other like two to three times a week. But one day, I got a really random text from Juliana.

J: Hey, Mat told me to tell u that ur annoying and bothering his life. He doesn’t ever want to see u again and said to just delete his number. I’m so srry but idk y he did that :(

A: ok.

At that instant, I felt a rush of emotions go through me and I couldn’t tell them apart. But my first instinct was to text Mateo and ask what I did for him to feel that way, so that’s what I did.

A: Mat, wtf? u didn’t have the guts to face me and tell me urself? if u rlly hated me that much then y didn’t u just tell me to leave? y does she have to be the one to tell me?

M: Wat do u even mean Akira? I never said u were annoying, and y would I want u to leave?

A: If this a joke then pls stop, it isn’t funny. Here I’ll even send u screenshots

M: I never said those things, I promise I didn’t. She’s lying and it’s prolly bc she likes me and I don’t like her back. Don’t let some bitch get in between us kiki, I meant it wen I said I loved u and were my best friend. I’m not that untrustworthy and I would’ve told u myself if I didn’t want u in my life anymore

A: I’m so srry Mat, I rlly don’t know wat came over me. I should’ve asked u first about the truth. I just got so upset at the thought of u not being in my life anymore and ended up saying those things on impulse, pls don’t be mad at me

M: don’t apologize kiki, it’s not ur fault. If she lied to me too and that about u, then I would’ve lost my shit. I need u in my life and that’s never gonna change

Lies

A: Thank u so much Mat, I’m so glad ur in my life <3

M: Me too :)


Just like that, summer was over in the blink of an eye. I started going to my new middle school, excited to make new friends, but sad at the same time because Mat was no longer in front of my eyes. The only time I was ever able to see him now was through video calling, which was upsetting but I still walked into my morning meeting classroom with a smile on my face.

Everything was really different from what I was used to, but I tried my best to be happy and adjust myself to the new environment. Within the first few weeks, I ended up meeting the ones who would eventually end up becoming my best friends; Mai, Chesa, Genesis, and Jaslene.

In the beginning, Chesa used to be scared of me for whatever reason. Maybe I seemed a bit too aggressive or intimidating to her since she was a really soft person, but she wasn’t the only one who was scared.

I wanted to go up to her on the first day of school and then decided not to since I was too scared at first thinking she wouldn’t like me, but it’s not like I would admit that.

My friend Brian was in this school too, and so were Aaron and Alex.

Aaron would still jokingly flirt with me 24/7, but Alex stopped doing so anymore, especially because he started dating Jaslene, which was one of the cringiest things I had ever witnessed. Not because of Jaslene though, it was because Alex was annoying and seemed horny all the time now to be honest. Nonetheless, I supported them because it made Jaslene happy and that was the most important thing.

Other than that, school was going by pretty well and I was really happy to say the least. Liam was in the same gym class as me so that meant I could still talk to him at least, unlike my situation with Mateo.

It was around seven at night one day, when I got a weird text from Mat.

M: Hey kiki, wouldn’t u like it if I came back to bother ur life again?

A: Huh? Wat u mean?

M: Hehe, you’ll see eventually

What could that possibly mean? Coming back? How would that even work?

I was at school the next day, walking to my next class, when all of a sudden I thought I saw a familiar face.

I quickly stopped in my steps and looked back to see if my eyes were deceiving me, but they weren’t.

It was Mateo, and I was so shocked to see him at Edison so randomly in the middle of the semester, so I ran up to him to ask about it.

When I reached him, the first thing he did was smile and hug me before telling me about how much he missed me.

“I missed you too!“, I giggled, smiling widely up at him. “But tell me how you’re here right now? You’ve been going to Washington for the past few months, right? Then how?”

“Remember how I told you that I got put on the waiting list for this school? This weekend I got a call from them saying a student dropped out of this school and I happened to be the next in line on the waiting list, so I decided to come here to see you.”

“Oh my god you got so lucky!! I’m so happy you’re here, but why did you wait ’til last night to tell me? Even then, it was so vague.”

“I wanted to surprise you obviously.”

“Aww that’s so cute of you.”

“I’m not cute.“, he pouted.

“Okay okay my child, calm your man boobs. Now go to your class, we’re both gonna be late.”

“Kay, bye Kiki, see you later.”

After school, I went home and screamed into my pillow out of happiness.


The next couple of months went by really well. We didn’t have any classes together, but whenever we saw each other in the hallways we’d start doing awkward dances, scream each others names, roast each other, or just fool around in general.

I was in my room, talking to both Mat and my friend Alana on a group Skype call.

Alana came to me two weeks ago and said that she liked him, so I set both of them up even though I liked him. As long as he was happy, I guess that’s all I needed.

But that day when we were on a call, I forgot to plug in my headphones and my parents were home too. My mom barged into my room upon hearing Mat’s voice laughing and grabbed my iPad away, storming off to tell my dad that I was talking to a guy.

“AKIRA WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING HUH?! WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO A GUY?“, my dad screamed, but I stayed silent out of fear. “I taught you better than that, yet you do this! You’re a disappointment to your mother and me, and if I knew that this is how you were gonna grow up to be then it would’ve been better if you were never born in the first place. I’ve been letting it slide but you’re constantly acting like a disgrace. You always laugh too much with your friends even though you’re a Muslim girl. You’re a girl, Akira, so act like it and stop looking like a goddamn slut all the time!!”

Wow, I had to hear ALL of that just because of something so trivial as this?

“Who knows if the guy was her boyfriend or something, next thing you know she’s gonna come home one day and tell us that she’s pregnant.“, my mom scoffed to my dad, all the while eyeing me like I committed some sort of gruesome crime. “You’re never allowed to talk to him again, let alone any of your other friends. You’re supposed to be cleaning the house and cooking like an actual girl, got that?!!”

I again, didn’t say anything and just nodded my head, accepting defeat. I already knew there was no point in trying to say anything back to them, it would only make things worse for me if I did.

At that moment, the only thing that went through my mind was, “Why is this happening to me right now?”

My parents walked out of my room, slamming the door closed as I fell to my knees. Tears stung my eyes and what I felt at the moment was indescribable.

In hopes of being able to console myself, I wanted to listen to some music and clicked on the first one that popped up, but the song only ended up making the wound sting even more to be honest. I just had to unconsciously pick such a song, didn't I?


Part of Me - By: Katy Perry

Days like this I want to drive away
Pack my bags and watch your shadow fade
You chewed me up and spit me out
Like I was poison in your mouth
You took my light, you drained me down
But that was then and this is now
Now look at me

This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no

I just wanna throw my phone away
Find out who is really there for me
You ripped me off, your love was cheap
Was always tearing at the seams
I fell deep, you let me down
But that was then and this is now
Now look at me

This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no

Now look at me I’m sparkling
A firework, a dancin’ flame
You won’t ever put me out again, I’m glowin’ oh whoa
So you can keep the diamond ring
It don’t mean nothin’ anyway
In fact you can keep everything, yeah, yeah, except for me

This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul

This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me, no
Away from me
This is the part of me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me
Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no


My heart ached so much and all I could possibly do was scream my lungs out and cry until I couldn’t breathe anymore. My throat and my head hurt when I calmed down a bit, but that didn’t last long since I started crying again shortly after. Having your world shattered like that is something no one wants to go through.

Mat and I already aren’t able to see each other at school that much due to having completely different schedules, and now this?

Not only did I lose my main connection/source of communication with the most important person in my life, but I lost it with everyone else precious to me as well.


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Author’s Note:

Let me know your feelings about this chapter! I know some of you may think that a lot of the things in this book are childish and make it seem like this book isn’t meant for mature readers, but please keep in mind that the characters are still very young.

+ This chapter was hard for me to write too omg, but I’ll tell you guys why, later. - Venus <3

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