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from Don't Let Go by Karla Martinez

Copyright © 2019 Karla Martinez

Spring Break

"Samantha, get the hell up!" Aubrey shouted after a loud bang behind my door. Her hysteric voice made Mimi bark loudly. The dance was over, my feet were killing me, but Spring Break had just begun and I knew, I wouldn't get to rest.

After I got home from the dance, I had to wait until morning for Aubrey to come home to give her the news that I didn't feel like going to her trip anymore. To my surprise for the first time in my life, Aubrey begged me to do something for her. Trying to find a good excuse not to go, I couldn't tell her that I was at my breaking point. That my body was holding on a threat that every second was a second I could not get back because I had no strength anymore. Plus, the tension between Yael and Cameron also worried me. It seemed breakable now, and I didn't want to see that. For the first time, I thought coherently and was making the right choice to stay home.

The only reason Aubrey wanted me to go was that she would be doomed if my mom found out she was actually going with guys. I tried anything to get her out of the idea of taking me. After last night, I knew that seeing her and Cameron being so friendly was going to hurt me more. I wasn't going to live for long, but at least I wanted my life to be a little peaceful. Seeing Aubrey and Cameron together wasn't helping at all.

"Are you up already?!" Aubrey shouted opening the door. I didn't find it surprising the bitchy get up she was dressed in. With Mimi in my arms, I sat up on my bed and just glared at her. Wondering how could she be so energetic after just four hours of sleep? for a moment, I wanted to be like her, full of life. Full of energy. Enjoy every day without worrying that it might be my last.

"We talked about this," I said my voice was dead, I was already giving up I wasn't trying to fight my options with her anymore.

"And I say we're going! Why can you do this little thing for me? You always get whatever you want, why can you let me have what I want!?" Aubrey shouted hysterically. She was desperate, threatening, but at this point, there was nothing to fear anymore.

"What is it that you want?" I asked tired or arguing, though I already knew what Aubrey wanted, it's what I wanted, what any girl wanted. Cameron. Aubrey stopped in the middle of my room, her eyes turning serious for once. I sat up straight.

"At first, I just wanted to play with Cameron. All...

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