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“Hey, watch it.” Bitter green eyes glare down at me from a narrow face framed by tangled dirty-blond hair. Not someone I recognize, but he looks vaguely familiar. Maybe he's new to the school too.
“I'm so sorry,” I mumble. I shift to a more dignified position and swallow when the new boy seems to really see me for the first time. I tense, my heart racing .
Shock and anger widens clear green eyes. I bite back a cry when they flash with brittle anger. He backs away, his eyes wary and radiating such fury that I forget my own face is now visible. “You! Why you?”
He doesn't answer, but keeps his burning glare on me until he's backed far enough away to turn and make a break for it. He spins and darts through the now thickening crowd, and I freeze as dozens of eyes turn accusingly at me. Staring quite pointedly at me, their whispers filter through the crowd, cruel and cold. My heart crumples, seizes.
Isn't she the one who—
—how did she survive?
I bet her scars are epic—
I hear she has to eat through a straw—
I choke on a half-laugh, half-sob, and lunge to my feet. Head down, I shove through the throng of students. Their eyes are all on me, full of disdain.
My trembling fingers drag tangled strands of my hair over my face again as I stumble toward my locker. I stuff the hurt deep inside and lock it away with all the other pain I feel on a daily basis—but nothing stops the squeezing in my chest or the prickle of tears stinging the corners of my eyes.
My hand freezes over the combination lock. A small wad of paper taped to the dented metal door crinkles in the cool morning breeze. I pluck it off and unfold it.
Twice now. Third time's the charm? Care to try and see if you could survive just one more time? Why you?
The last two words are almost identical to the ones the strange boy had just spat at me. I crumple the note between my fingers and jam it into my pocket.
Yep, today is just like every other day.
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