Without You (Book 1)

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Chapter 3: Remember When?

One year ago

I was hanging out with Kayla, a childhood friend. We were pretty close, but I wouldn't call her my best friend.

I was 15, turning 16 tomorrow and Kayla wouldn't stop talking about all the fun she had planned.

"Is it okay if I invite my friend Tia? I know it was just supposed to be you and I having a girls night but I think you'd like her." Kayla looks at me with pleading eyes.

"I guess so" I smile while walking toward the park, sitting on a swing and gentley pushing myself forward.

She joins me, matching my pace "How about I text her to come over and you can meet her now?"

Sighing I say "Sure" I'm not a fan of meeting new people, I like sticking with what I know but Kayla has never been one to let that happen.

Soon after she sends a quick text she gets a reply, she looks up at me, beaming. "She'll be here soon."

I can't help but genuinely smiling back at her. She's always been easily excitable and it's funny from my point of view. Always having a great outlook towards life whereas I'm skeptical and cautious.

Shortly after a girl with long, wavy blonde hair and hazel eyes comes walking up to us, Kayla immediately jumps of the swing running towards the girl and wrapping her up in a hug.

The girl, who I'm assuming is her friend lets out a light, melodic laugh before hugging her back.

Once she notice's me she walks over, smiling. "Hi, I'm Tia. You must be Dawn"

I smile back at her. "Yeah."

Kayla looks at both of us, seemingly uncomfortable. "So tomorrow we're sleeping at my place, playing truth or truth, at Dawn's request because shes too lame for dare's and then ghost stories" she almost squeals, excitement brightening up her face.

I just nod.

"What about mani-pedi's?" Tia asks.

"That actually sounds fun" I smile in agreement.


The next night we're all in Kayla's bedroom, sitting on her kingsized bed playing truth or truth.

"Dawn, Have you ever been kissed?" Tia asks.

"Once." I reply.

"Oh...That's boring."

"Tia, Have you ever been kissed?" I ask back.

"Oh honey I've done more then just kissing."

My cheeks redden at the thought. not something I wanted in my brain but okay.

"My turn" Kayla states. "Dawn, Is there anyone you like?

"No" I answer honestly.

"God Kayla where did you find such a boring friend? innocence isn't cute anymore." Tia rolls her eyes.

"Why are you so rude?" I snap at her.

"Why are you such a bitch?" she snaps back.

"Whatever I'm not dealing with this," I say as I stand up. "I'm going home."

Without looking back I head home. Why does Kayla hang out with people like that? she can do so much better.

6 months after Dawn's birthday.

Kayla keeps making me hangout with Tia. We still have arguments a lot but we've been talking more and actually trying to get along.

She's not so bad once you get to know her, I'd actually consider her a friend at this point.

It doesn't hurt that she lives closer to me then Kayla and we've been hanging out one on one.

walking into my backyard, i look around to spot Tia across the road at the park, crying.

Quickly I go over to her to make sure she's okay. As soon as I get to her, her eyes shoot up looking directly at me with anger mixed with pain written all over her face.

"Probably a stupid question.." I pause. "but are you okay?" I continue.

"If I'm being honest..No." She lets out a quiet sob.

I sit down beside her, pulling her into a hug. "Well whatever it is, I'm here for you. I know we don't get along but I don't like seeing anyone upset and if I can help, I will"

"My boyfriend cheated on me." she admits, wiping a tear from her face. "I know I'm not perfect, That I have a lot of issue's but I really cared about him, why wasn't I good enough?"

"Hey, It's his fault. Not yours. He's the asshole that cheated. There isn't anything wrong with you, Yeah you can be harsh and hard to get along with but you are good enough, he obviously isn't. You're so pretty and are pretty great, You're funny and smart, the way you hold yourself amazes me, you're so confident and you know what you want in life. Don't let him break you, show him you're better off without him." I gently rub circles on her back, trying to comfort her.

"I'm so sorry I was so rude to you. You're pretty amazing" She slightly smiles before continuing. "Friends?"

"Friends." I agree.

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