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"Mary-Kate, please." He said

"Let me go!" I said as I yanked my arm free. I rubbed my arm and saw it had reddened a bit. "What was that for!?"

"I,..I didn't want you to go" he said apologetically making a puppy face "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you"

"I gotta go" I said running up the slope back to the town.

"Mary-Kate!"

Great! Brett...

***Brett***

She was running up the hill and I caught up to her. I stopped her and said "Hey, I just... is everything ok?"

"Of course. Why wouldn't it be?" She said, although she didn't sound too convincing.

"I don't know."I said. "You're shaking a bit." I said, putting my coat around her shoulders.

"I don't need your help. I'm fine." She said as she took my coat off her shoulders and gave it back to me.

I sighed. "Are you sure you're ok?"

Just then Ryan walked past looking kind of guilty "Call me?" He said to Mary-Kate then disappeared. Mary-Kate ignored him.

"What was that about?"

"What was what about?" She said as if Ryan hadn't walked by.

Although I enjoyed the fact that Mary-Kate was mad at Ryan, I had to know why.

"Mary-Kate, what is going on between you and Ryan." I asked her.

"You just don't get it do you?" She said angrily. "There is NOTHING wrong!" She began to stomp off.

I ran up to join her again. I was getting sick of this really fast. I stopped her and turned her around to face me.

"Mary-Kate," I said, holding both her shoulders with my hands. She turned away. "Look at me, Mary-Kate." She hesitantly loked into my eyes. "What is going on? I've known you long enough to know when something is bothering you."

"It's nothing" she said slowly and evenly "We just had a little disagreement. Nothing to worry about!"

She tried to go again but I stopped her. "Disagreement about what?"

"Brett, please don't. Just let me go back to my apartment." She said in sort of whining voice.

"No, no more running." I told her. "I'm not letting you go until I get an explination for what is going on. I hate seeing you this way. I want to see that smile that I love."

"Well, I don't feel much like smiling"

"Please?"

"Maybe you'll feel better once you tell me." I said. "I'm only trying to help you. Why do you keep pushing me away all the time?"

"Fine!" she said "Ryan snapped at me so I started to leave and he grabbed my arms roughly. See?" She pulled back her sleeve to show a red mark that was coming in "See nothing too worry about!"

"Please tell me that was sarcasm" I said examining the mark.

"No"

"Mary-Kate!"

"What?"

"That's not right at all! You shouldn't have to take this. You deserve better!" I said trying to make her see my point. "Has he done this before?"

"No..."

"Are you sure?" With the way she has been answering my questions I didn't know if I should believe her or not.

"Yes! I'm not stupid you know."

"If you stay with him you are" I said under my breath not meaning for her to hear.

She stared at me open mouthed then flounced off.

I watched her for a few seconds before shouting what I felt like saying for a long time. "You're right! My fault for trying to help you! SOMETIMES I WONDER WHY I TRY! Oh yea!" I said slapping my forehead with my hand. "I remember now! You were my friend and I thought YOU WERE WORTH IT!!!" I yelled loudly and heard an echo saying 'worth it' repeatedly.

I think she heard me.

***Mary-Kate***

GRRRRR that brett! How dare he!? Not worth it? I'll show him not worth it!

I was muttering away to myself all the way up to the apartment. I let myself in and found Ashley sulking on the sofa and Marc-Andre standing by the window.

Oooooooook

I walked to Ashley and asked her what was the matter, but she didn't want to talk. I, then, went over to Marc-Andre and asked him what was going on. He only kept looking out the window. I was getting irritated now.

"Ok, what is going on in here! Why isn't anyone talking to me?" I asked them both. I thought to myself 'All I wanted to do was help them because they were in pain.... oh no.' It was then that it hit me, no wonder Brett was so mad. I did to him what they are doing to me. Brett will have to wait for now.

"Somebody say something!" I said annoyed.

"Nothing to say" They both muttered in unison

"AUGH!" I said throwing my hands up into the air then storming out of the room....

To find Brett...

Chapter 29

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