Standing Room Only

A World of Short Stories


The friendship Jacklyn and I shared started out of necessity.  We were both latchkey children and ended up walking to and from the bus stop together.  The other thing we shared was the idea that there was more to life than the ideas and plans life seemed to lay out for us.  Jacklyn’s grades were better than mine, but not by much.     

Jacklyn and her mom lived a few floors away in the apartment complex I lived in with my dad.  When she moved in, I had a small party as there weren’t many kids living in our complex and those that did live in the apartment were not close to my age. When school finally ended, Jacklyn and I spent almost every summer day together.  We fell short of matching our clothes, but definitely had matching tan lines from spending most of our days lounging by the pool.  By the end of the summer, most of the other residents of our apartment complex were confused.  They thought Jacklyn was my long lost sister and didn’t know why my father and I had never mentioned her.   

I had big plans for entering sixth grade with such a great friend, but that all changed on the first day of school.  It was the first day Jacklyn betrayed me to be a part of the ‘popular’ crowd.  The only real question I had now was: would I let this break me or would I enact my revenge? 

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