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TITLE (EDIT)
The Cool Clique
DESCRIPTION
I actually did some reasearch for this, interviewed a few older friends... they don't understand it anymore than I do.
[837 words]
AUTHOR
Pearl S
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm a teenager; I like to write, play music, and read old English manuscripts.
[November 2002]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (14)
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Sounds Of Silence And What I Can't Say (Poetry) - [358 words]
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The Masochist Boy (Novels) A neglected teenager confronts his addiction and depression with the help of an insecure friend. [35,178 words] [Teenage]
The Waves (Songs) - [160 words]
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We Are Connected By A Net Of Faith (Songs) I guess the title doesn't say much, but this is my feeling about the coming war with Iraq. [296 words]
White Washed Walls, A Collection (Poetry) Acollection of verse: White Washed Walls: Something that came to me while I was sitting by my window... it was a bitter kind of day. Empty Wind-blown Streets: Pieced together from different hospital... [707 words]
Why I Got High, Ran Away, And Just Generally Screwed Myself Up (Poetry) A thought that popped into my head today. I think it might actually explain something. I don't know, I just want it to be out there. [34 words]
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Pearl S

Do you know what hurts?

I want to be let into your little group. I like the things you like. The things you say I find interesting. The things you do I find fun. I want to be let into your little group. Why not? Iím more like you than any other.

But you wonít let me in.

At first I didnít understand; I thought it must be me. I thought I wasnít cool enough, I thought I wasnít popular enough. I thought I must be strange. I thought I must be pathetic. You say that Iím pathetic.

I want to slap you.

So I tried. I let you do whatever you wanted with me. Whatís mine is yours. Whatís yours is not mine. You do not share with me. When you and your group start talking and I walk in, you start talking someplace else. You walk away.

You wonít let me in.

So I asked my mother what to do. My mother says Iím not trying hard enough. She says I must talk only about what you find interesting. My mother says I must do only what your group is doing. She doesnít know that every time I try to talk to you, you stare me down until I feel worthless. She doesnít know that each time I try to speak, the words die in my mouth. I stand like an accused or a beggar; you sit like a queen or a police man. I stand in silence, pleading to you with my eyes. You sit in silence, glaring at me, another unwanted fly.

You wonít let me in.

Iíve done everything for† you. I laugh at all your jokes. I say what you want to hear. I like what you like. You hateful person, donít you† realize everything Iíve sacrificed for you? Iíve sacrificed my mind and my identity. Iíve sacrificed my opinions, my interests, my time, my music, my grades, my money, my food. Iíve given it all up for you. And what have you given in return?

Nothing. Youíve given nothing. You wonít let me in.

Youíve taken taken taken. Once I was crying. You asked me what was wrong, listened without listening, and walked away. Taken taken taken. You laugh at me and mock me, you and your entire group. You talk to me only when thereís no one else to talk to. You call me pathetic and tell me that I can only dream about fitting in with the rest of you. Then you laugh, and I laugh with you. When I donít laugh, when I bend my head and scurry quickly away, you say I am being too sensitive. In your eyes, nothing I do is of any value or any consideration.

I wanted to be your friend. I liked you. I thought you were interesting. I just wanted to be your friend.

And what do I have now?

I have nothing.

Nothing.

I have no identity. I have no interests. Iíve thought about drugs, but I donít have any money left to buy them with. Donít you realize what youíve done to me?

I have no friends. I have no friends. You step on me and use me, but you are not my friends. The rest of the school has a nametag for me now: ďWannabe.Ē I used to have a choice of a few labels, a few groups I might have fit with. Now I have only one.

Are there others like me? Iíve looked, but I donít see any. Oh, I see the other girls in your group. They do everything I have done. They scramble in their search for the right words to say, they give you whatever you want, pay homage to you like a queen. But you let them in. You talk to them, and they listen. And I walk past, and the groupóqueen bee and all her little workersólaugh at me.

And that hurts.

I thought that maybe Iíd move to a different high school, a different city. Start all over again. Pick up the ashes of my identity; patch it back together with scotch tape. This time, I would protect that identity with all my heart. There would be no sacrificing. There would be no stooping. I would respect others, but I would not try to fit in. I would have no friends. I would have no peers. I would graduate, and then what? Go through the rest of my life that way?

It used to be that people respected me for who I was. But now I no longer know who I am, and no one respects me. No one takes me seriously. No one listens when I talk. No one speaks to me or laughs with me. I am alone like a caged dog. Every now and then some one pokes me with a sharp stick, and some one else laughs. Then they leave me.

And that hurts.

I have nothing left now.

No, that is not true.

I have one thing.

Hate.

 

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"Read this a couple times Pearl and it seems you captured the angst many probably felt going through their teens. Things have a way of evening out and suffering can be a great motivater. Nice work." -- Just A Guy.
"thanks...i hope i didn't scare anyone, but i try to get these things down so i can understand them later and prevent other ppl from feeling the way i did" -- pearl.
"u took the words right out of my mouth. how could you get inside my head so perfectly. after a while, i just think - why do i want to be like them? it's not doing me any good to try so why try at all? don't bother, don't stoop low and beneath urself for s/o else who won't even give u the time of day. i think it but when i'm actually in the situation, i can't overcome my desire to be 'one of the group'... i'm sure u know what i mean. " -- miriam.
"lol miriam...you have no idea how funny it was to see your review here. i guess i never realized how many ppl have the same problem. and the point is, no matter how much their behavior may turn you off at times you still half wish you could be them. lol we have to deal with a lot of the same junk, dont we?" -- pearl.
"My gosh! i learnt a long time ago that trying to be someone you're not doesn't work. It gets annoying when you're trying to hard. I know ppl like that and they drive me nuts. The adults don't always understand what you're going through. But you're story was great!!" -- turaliz.
"that story was so touching and i know exacly how you feel. i also know a certain someone who is like that well its a good story" -- sara , wagga wagga, nsw, australia.

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