Who Am I?
By: Gabriela Acosta
“How would you describe me Lilly?” I asked.
“Paula, you’re a very smart and unique person. But also mysterious. In a good way.” She replied.
“How am I mysterious? I mean, I never thought of myself that way.”
“Because you’re always so quiet around people. Not around me, of course. It’s like you shut yourself down completely, like you don’t want them to know who you are.”
“But you know I’m very shy! Besides, I’m not very good at socializing, you know? I always make myself sound like a total freak!
“Hey, you asked for my opinion!” She answered quickly.
“You’re right. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have reacted that way.”
“Hello? Oh, hi mom.” Lilly answered her cell phone.
She was an 8th grader with medium short hair and pale skin, and also very popular at school. I knew her since she was in kinder. Since then, we were inseparable. She was my only real friend. I could be myself around her without having her stare at me like a total weirdo.
“You’re already in the front? Ok, bye.” She quickly hung up.
“I have to leave already. But, I’ll see you on Monday!” She was already walking toward the car.
“See you then.” I whispered.
* * *
“Honey, dinner’s ready!” My mother yelled from the kitchen downstairs.
“Coming!” I yelled back.
I quickly changed into a T-shirt and shorts. As I was walking down I bumped into Kati, my older sister.
“Watch were you’re going, you little punk!” She exclaimed.
“Sorry!” I yelled back. My sister is very mean, and only thinks of herself. She has a boyfriend, of course. She is a beautiful 18 year old, who has long wavy hair and a perfect shaped body. She always hated me no matter how incredibly nice I was to her. Sometimes I feel like I can never be accepted by her.
I quickly rushed down the stairs, hiding my face from embarrassment.
“How was your day today, Paula?’’ She asked while putting a plate of chicken and rice in front of me.
“It was fine. We had a pop quiz yesterday, and I got my scores today. I got a 100%.”I replied without surprise in my voice.
“Miss. Know-it-all.” Kati said angrily.
“Stop it, Kati. You should be proud of your sister.” Dad replied to Kati’s comment.
I always knew Kati was jealous of my intelligence. She never admitted it, though.
I was half-way done with my dinner, when Mom announced, “I got a promotion!” She exclaimed happily.
“Wow. Really Mom?” I asked.
She nodded. “Yes. The boss says that I did an excellent job on my last patient.”
“Let’s all go downtown to celebrate!” My father exclaimed.
“Yippy.” Kati said with sarcasm.
“I think that’s a great idea, but I’d rather go to bed early today. I have a huge test for math tomorrow.” I said.
“That’s all right, Honey. You get all the rest you need.” My mother said.
“Thanks for understanding Mom.” replied.
I went to the kitchen sink, and washed my plate. I hurried off to my room, and changed to my PJ’s. I washed my teeth and combed my hair, and went to get a good night’s sleep.
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