Copyright 2011 Elsha Hawk
Photo by: Mandy Schütze
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This story is purely fictional.
I feigned happiness as I took huge bites of my sandwich. Amber had no idea how peeved I was inside. I tried to give my friend at least 75% of my undivided attention. But my eyes kept wandering across the cafeteria to him.
Amidst a gaggle of girls sat the guy who had the power to change my day from cheery to dark in two seconds. How I loathed the girls he gave attention to! How I longed for one glance from him! What I thought was once an easy friendship over a chemistry lab project, had turned an ugly shade of green and soured my mood for the whole week.
My stomach macerated the food as angrily as my heart pounded out death threats into my brain. On the outside, I smiled and nodded and took gulps of my soda while Amber spoke about her latest date with Steven.
Inside, all I could think about was my own jealous misery. I felt like I’d been cheated on. And worst of all, more than this non-relationship having a hold on my heart, was the thought that I may have caused my own troubles. It was an angry guilt and I didn’t know how to get rid of it.