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Chapter 46 - Millie

“How's Austin?” Alesia asked Xavior. It was the day after Austin's cheating scam had been revealed by Tabby. Alesia, Xavior, Toby, Angelica, Grace, and I were on the oval as usual.

“Alright,” Xavior replied. “His parents are pissed.”

I refused to look at Xavior. Every time I did, I just wanted to punch him.

“I didn’t realise Tabitha had it in her,” Alesia told Xavior.

I looked over to Grace. I was expecting some cruel comment about Tabby, yet she was just sitting there quietly.

“Just stop talking about her,” Angelica commanded.

“You can’t tell them what to do, Angelica,” Toby told her. “You don’t control them.”

I looked at Toby in surprise. For once instead of just listening and following Angelica’s commands, he was voicing his own.

Angelica glared at him. “Do you really want to do this now?” she asked angrily.

“Trouble in paradise?” Xavior asked, smirking.

“Butt out Xavior,” Toby command; not taking away his attention of Angelica.

“Does anyone else have to go to panel next week,” Alesia asked, changing the subject.

“I have to,” Angelica told her.

“Me too,” Toby added.

“And me,” Xavior added as well.

“I don’t have to go,” I told them.

“Neither,” Grace added.

“I'm nervous,” Alesia said.

“Don’t be such a baby, Alesia,” Grace told her. “Panel is not that bad.

Alesia glared at her. “Have you forgotten that panel is a meeting with your parents and the principal about why you should be allowed to remain at the school?”

“I've been to panel multiple times before,” Grace reminded her.

“Why don’t you have to go?” Xavior asked.

“Because unlike you idiots, I never cheated,” Grace told them.

“Do they actually know everyone that cheated?” I asked.

“Yes, Austin ratted everyone out,” Toby told me.

I looked over to where Angelica was sitting quietly. “Are you alright?” I asked.

“My mum is going to kill me,” she told us. “This is the second time I have been sent to panel this year.”

“When was the first time?” I asked curiously.

“When Alesia, Lisa, and I got drunk at Deb,” Angelica told me.

“I didn’t think the school ran the debutante ball,” I said, confused.

“They don’t, but they sponsor it,” Alesia told me. “And having three under-age girls drunk supposedly isn’t good for the school publicity.” She looked at Angelica. “If it makes you feel any better, I’m in the same boat as you. My parents are going to be pissed.”

“You'll be fine, Angelica,” Toby told her. “Your mum is really understanding.”

Angelica glared at him. “Don’t act like you don’t know what she is like.”

“I don’t know what you're talking about,” Toby told her defensively.

“You know what,” Angelica snapped at him. “I’m done.” She stood up and walk away.

Xavior, Grace, Toby, Alesia, and I watched on in silence.

“Who is going to see if she's alright?” Xavior asked. He looked at Toby.

Toby shook his head. “She's, already mad at me, this would just make it worse.”

“I’m not going,” Alesia said nervously.

“I’ll go,” I told them as I stood up and followed Angelica.

I called after her, but she didn’t answer. Instead, she just kept walking. At first, I thought she was ignoring me until I realised she actually couldn’t hear me.

Angelica walked towards the year 9 and 10 girl’s bathroom. I quickly followed behind her. The year 9 and 10 bathrooms were at the back of the school. Barely anyone actually used them. Most girls used the year 7 and 8 bathrooms. It was a much nicer bathroom and was located in front of our locker bay. The year 11 and 12 bathroom was also a better bathroom if you were able to get past the fact it reeked of cigarette smoke.

Angelica entered the bathroom. I quickly followed her. Instead of entering, I lingered at the door.

Angelica stood in front of the large bathroom mirror. She rested her hand on the rim of one of the bathroom sinks.

What happened next surprised me.

Angelica began to cry. Not silent tears but full on sobbing. Still crying, Angelica glared at her reflection. “You’re an ugly, worthless bitch,” she told her reflection with more hate than I have ever heard her use. “No wonder no one likes you.”

I was about to shut the door when Angelica spotted me.

“Amelia,” she said as she turned to face me. She sounded scared. “How long have you been standing there?”

“A couple of seconds,” I lied.

Angelica nodded in response.

“Are you alright?” I asked.

“Why wouldn’t I be?” Angelica snapped at me as she turned her attention back to her reflection.

“I’m sorry,” I said nervously. “I didn’t mean to upset you.” I turned to leave Angelica alone.

“Why does everyone like her better than me?” Angelica called after me.

I stopped and looked back at Angelica, her eyes haven’t moved from the mirror. “Who?” I asked confused.

Angelica quickly turned around. “Katarina,” she said, holding back tears. “Why does everyone like her better than me?”

“I don’t know.”

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