Chapter 2 of 2 – It is normal and natural to feel angry or sad when someone disrespects you in some way. What do you do if you are the person who is in the wrong? How do you make amends if you realize that you are the one who accidentally or purposely mistreated a friend?
Here is a true story about a sixth-grade girl named Debbie who did just that.
- Click to read Chapter 1 of “Her First Kiss”
Chapter 2: Debbie falls for the false rumor and gets revenge on the wrong person
About three weeks passed. One day at school, Debbie was sitting on the floor talking with Nancy and Chuck during their study hall period. Her boyfriend Chris was out of the room. Nancy whispered a piece of gossip that she had heard from Chuck.
“Debbie, Chuck said that Chris said that you had iron lips.”
“What?” Debbie asked in shocked disbelief.
Nancy repeated this discouraging piece of gossip.
Debbie turned to Chuck and he confirmed, “Yeah, Chris has been telling all the guys that you have iron lips.” Debbie wanted to disbelieve them. For after all, neither of them had been at that party. How could they know? She realized that it was her first kiss and maybe she didn’t know what she was doing, but IRON LIPS? What an insulting thing to say!
Debbie nursed that hurt and anger for several minutes. She gave no thought to questioning Chris about this when he finally returned from the library. She was determined to let him have it.
Chris walked into the room. He looked over at Debbie and gave her the most loving, trusting look. She did not allow her heart to soften. She did not allow herself to think of the friendship bracelet he had given her for Christmas nor the friendship ring he had given her for Valentine’s Day. She forgot all about how he saved her a place next to him in the cafeteria every single day, including that very day. Debbie looked at him with hard, cold eyes and yelled, “I HATE YOU!”
That’s all she said. But it was enough to totally sever any hopes of a reconciliation. She later realized that Chris either probably didn’t say those words, or he didn’t mean it the way it sounded. But unfortunately, Chris never forgave her. Debbie spent many months regretting her impulsive anger. They ended up going to different Middle Schools, so she never did get a chance to straighten things out. Unfortunately, that was the end of Debbie’s first boy-girl relationship.
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