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Chapter 48 - Tabby

I was in the quiet study room. Thankful no one else was in the room so I had it all to myself. Kitty, Aiden, Jude, Blake, and Jonah were trying to figure out who else Xavior had raped.

I wasn’t ready for that yet. I wasn’t ready to help. I still needed more time. I am not sure how long it will be until I'm ready.

Yesterday afternoon I had my weekly appointment with Elizabeth. She was so proud of me. Not just for standing up to Angelica but for telling people I trust about what had happened to me. I also told her that they were going to help me get justice. Elizabeth told me I was lucky to have friends like them, and she was right.

Instead of being with my friends, I was attempting to complete my further math homework. Math was made even harder because of my dyslexia. Unlike in English where you could figure out what certain words were because of context, you couldn’t really do that with numbers.

“Tabitha,” I heard someone say from behind me.

I turned around and spotted George. “What do you want?” I asked annoyed.

“To apologise,” George told me.

“What for?” I asked.

“The things I said to you about Xavior,” George told me.

I felt the colour drain from my face as my body tensed up.

George looked as if he might cry. “I didn’t know,” he told me. “I swear Tabitha; I thought it was concessional. I didn’t know he had raped you.

“It is fine George,” I told him.

“No, it is not,” he told me. “Xavior raped you, and I congratulated you on finally losing your virginity.”

“You didn’t know,” I told him.

“Tabitha, did Grace know that you had been raped?” he asked nervously as if he was almost scared of what my answer would be.

“Yes,” I muttered.

George clenched his fist. “That bitch,” he growled. “So all those times when Xavior was bothering you and Grace would tell you to lighten up or deal with it, she knew he had raped you.”

I nodded.

“I have never hated someone so much in my life,” he growled.

“Grace has always been cruel,” I told him. “You of all people should know that.”

“Make sure you remain friends with Katarina, Jonah, Blake, Jude, and Aiden,” George told me. “Unlike a lot of people I have known that seem to be real friends to you.”

I smiled. “They are.”

“You did the right thing coming forward about what Austin was doing to Blake,” George told me.

I looked at him with confusion. “I was expecting you to be mad at me,” I admitted. “Considering I’m the reason you have to go to panel.”

George shrugged his shoulders. “You did the right thing. I also stopped cheating over three months ago. Which is why I am barely passing Legal Studies. At least, it is actually my own work.”

“Wait, Blake doesn’t do Legal Studies,” I said confused. “Why would Austin get Blake to write an essay on a subject he doesn’t even take?”

George looked at me slightly annoyed. “Seriously Tabitha, did you really think Blake was the only person Austin was blackmailing.”

“I guess I didn’t really think about it,” I told George.

“Well I will see you around, Tabitha,” George told me. He turned around to leave.

“Hey, George!” I called after him. He turned around to face me. “Do you still need help with Legal?” I asked.

“Yes, but I didn’t realise you took Legal Studies,” George told me.

“I don’t, but Aiden and Jude do,” I told him. “I could ask them to help you with the work if you want.”

George looked at me questionably. “Why do I feel like you want something in return?”

I grinned. “Guilty as charged. You take Methods right?”

George nodded.

“And because it is a harder math then further you should be able to understand the further context even though you don’t take the class.”

“Why did you just ask in the first place?” He smiled widely. George pulled out the chair next to me and sat down. “What do you need help with?”

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