Secrets of Sisterhood
Stella, Cora Beth, Ami, Ivy,
Everyone has a secret…
Everyone has a secret…
Some are big. And some are little. But we all know everybody holds one. Some are meant to keep. Some are not. Some are forgotten. That is until just the right moment.
And that moment starts…
minor-latin""> If I said nobody was staring at
me, I’d be lying. Everyone was staring at me. Every member of the student body
of Cane Falls High had their eyes on me. And not in a good way.
I ignored the stares and walked on to my first period class not even bothering to stop by my locker. I took a seat in the back of the classroom hoping it would avoid the more staring I had yet to
face. I took out a book and attempted to read it. But I was too distracted. So
much was on my mind.
“Stella?!” I heard my name being called.
I looked up to find my friend, Cora, standing in front of me with a surprised smile on her face.
“Oh, hey Cora. How was your summer?” I asked her.
“Fine. But I have to say you look amazing!”
“Thanks,” I said as the teacher came in.
Cora sat in the desk next to me.
“Class,” the teacher said. “Welcome back. I hope you all had a nice summer. My name is Mrs. Meyers and I will be you’re English teacher this year.”
I looked back down at my book, again not reading it.
Mrs. Meyers continued. “And we have a new student, Mr. Conner Banely.”
“Oh crap,” a male voice said.
I looked up to find him staring at me. The new guy. Conner.
I don’t think I even blinked. I was beyond shocked. I was breathless. Last time I saw him was the day before I left Louisiana. The day I figured out he had gotten back together with his
girlfriend. But that was two weeks ago.
While I was in my commemorating the past, all eyes turned to me. Soon enough everybody in the classroom, students and teacher, were all staring at me.
I quickly looked down.
“Okay, class,” Ms. Meyers said trying to get everyone’s attention back on her.
I kept my eyes down on my book for the rest of the class period. I couldn’t believe he was here. In my town. Ruining my life. I said that I would never see him again. What a lie that was. But I
didn’t even remember telling him where I lived. So he couldn’t have just moved
here for me. He was clueless. That explained his reaction when he saw me.
As soon as class was over, I was out the door. I walked straight to my locker not bothering to notice Cora right on my heels.
“What was that all about?” she asked me. Of course she noticed. Everyone noticed.
I opened my locker. “Nothing,” I lied.
“Don’t lie to me, Stella. I saw what happened in there. I know something is going on. Do you two know each other?” Cora was going to be the one that new everything. That was what made her Cora.
I sighed and shoved my things into my locker. “You know how I told you that I met a guy over the summer.”
She nodded. “Was that him?”
“Yeah.” I closed my locker and leaned against it.
“Well, then what are you so jumpy about it?”
“I’m not jumpy,” I told her. “The thing is…he has a girlfriend.”
For the first time in forever, Cora was speechless. She didn’t say a word. She just stared at me in the weirdest way.
“But…but…” She couldn’t even get a sentence out. I knew this would be shocking but I didn’t think it would have this effect. “You’re the good one. You’re the good girl, the one who never does
anything stupid. The one who does what’s right, never anything wrong.”
“What can I say, Cora.” I shook my head wishing this had never happened, wishing everything that had occurred since the beginning of the summer had never ever happened. But that was impossible. We
could never go back. “I don’t know what has been going on. Ever since,” I
started to whisper, “the thing
happened back in June, things have changed. I have changed. I think all of us
She opened her mouth, but closed it. Then she opened it again and spoke in a whisper. “I know. But that doesn’t mean you can date a guy that’s taken.”
I rolled my eyes. “We are not dating. We never were dating. We were never even formally together.”
“Then why is he here?”
“I don’t know. This is just a mere coincidence. Some wild twist in fate. But it doesn’t mean that anything is going to happen.”
“I know. But what if something does?” One of Cora’s major flaws was not being able to let anything go. No matter how little it was.
I spoke each word as if they each belonged in their own sentences. “Nothing is going to happen.”
She threw her hands up in defeat. “Okay, okay. But what if it does?”
I shook my head. My eyes wandered over to the end of the hall where Conner was standing. Staring at me.
“Nothing is going to happen.”