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Chapter 32 - Kitty

I was nervous as I stood in front of the front door.

I raised my hand and knocked loudly. I took a step back from the door as I waited for it to open.

The door was opened by Mrs Marsh.

“Katarina?” she asked. “I didn’t expect to see you here.”

I smiled sadly. “Hello Mrs Marsh,” I said. “Is Tabitha home?”

“She is upstairs,” Mrs Marsh told me. “Come in.”

She moved to the left of the doorway to allow me to enter.

“Tabitha!” she called loudly. “One of your friends is here to see you.”

There was a sound of movement from upstairs and footsteps approaching us until Tabitha came into view.

Tabitha was dressed in jeans and an oversized t-shirt. The t-shirt was so long, it reached her knees and hung loosely on her body. She was still extremely skinny and pale.

“Katarina?” She asked in surprise. “What are you doing here?”

“I came to see you,” I told her.

“Tabitha, why don’t you take Katarina up to your room? I have a lot of cleaning that needs to be done down here.” Mrs Marsh told Tabitha.

Tabitha nodded and led me to where her room was on the second floor.

I smiled as I enter it. “It's just as I remember it,” I told Tabitha with a slight laugh.

“What do you want?” Tabitha asked. Her voice was quiet and sounded afraid.

“To see how you are,” I told her. “Are you feeling better?”

Tabitha didn’t answer. She just looked at her feet. Eventually, she turned her attention back to me. “Just ask the real question you came to ask,” she told me coldly.

“Why did you ditch us?” I asked. “We were you, friends.”

“I can’t tell you why” Tabitha answer. She reminded me of someone. I just couldn’t work out who.

“Please, Tabitha, I just want to understand what happened.” I pleaded.

“That just it Katarina,” Tabitha told me. “You wouldn’t understand. Not then and not now.”

It was at that moment that I realised who Tabitha was reminding me of.

She was reminding me of Blake.

She wore the same scared expression that Blake had when we had confronted him in the library.

The pieces began to fall into place as I worked out what was really going on.

“She's blackmailing you!” I gasped.

Tabby looked at me in surprise and fear. “Stay out of this Kitty!” she told me. “You’re making it worse than it already is.”

“Just stand up to Angelica,” I told her in encouragement. “Nothing can be as bad as letting her walk all over you.”

“That is what you don’t understand, Kitty,” Tabby told me. “It will be so much worse if Angelica tells everyone my secret.”

“What is it?” I asked. “What is this great secret that could ruin your life?”

Tabby turned even paler. “I can’t tell you,” she told me quietly.

“How can I help you if you wouldn’t even tell me what you're afraid of?” I asked in frustration.

“I don’t want your help,” Tabby told me harshly.

“That's what friends do, Tabby,” I told her. “They help each other.”

“We aren’t friends anymore, Kitty,” she told me quietly.

“I know but once we were best friends,” I added.

“Let it go, Kitty,” Tabby told me. “You can’t help me. No one can.”

I looked at Tabby sadly, knowing that I was getting nowhere.

“If you change your mind, you know where to find me,” I told her.

She nodded in response.

I turned to leave but stopped short when I notice a framed picture on Tabby’s chest of drawer. I walked over to it and picked it up.

It was a photo taken from our grade five trip to Sovereign Hill. Millie had really wanted a picture of the four of us to take home. She had asked Abby to take the photo while we posed by the gold mines.

Tabby, Millie, Angelica, and I were all laughing as the photo had been taken.

“Everything was so simple back then,” I told Tabby as I studied the picture. “How did everything became so messed up?” I placed the photo back where I had found it and left the room. 

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