From then on we became fast friends. You were a little mean to me but mostly to Annabell. It wasn’t all you though, she didn’t like you very much from the start either. I don’t really know why the two of you couldn’t get along, but I guess after that incident it was impossible.
The two of you came over to my house to play. You remember that day? It was warm and sunny, and one of the last times I saw the two of you together. I remember it like it was yesterday.
We were all playing outside on the swing set, you on my left and Annabell on my right. You two refused to swing next to each other. Annabell said something about upsetting the balance of the friendship by her swinging next to you. You didn’t fully understand what she meant, but you went along with it because you preferred not to be close to her. It was one of the few times the both of you agreed on anything.
I was getting bored on the swings and remembered that my dad had just finished building a tree house for me.
“Hey guys,” I said hopping off the swing. “Let’s go play in my new tree house!”
“New tree house?” Annabell asked. “Where is it?”
“In a tree, duh, Smellabell!” You teased, leaping off the swing, landing perfectly next to me.
Annabell glared at you. “I know that. I’m not an idiot. I meant in which tree, Dirk the Jerk.” She spat back.
The two of you stared at each other with an immense dislike. I knew I had to defuse the situation.
“That one over there.” I spoke up. I pointed to the tree to the far right of the house.
You and Annabell looked in the direction I was pointing at and your eyes both lit up. “Wow.” You said in unison.
She looked at you and you looked back at her and smirked.
“Last one there is a three-legged llama!” You yelled, sprinting towards the tree house.
“Wait up!” I yelled after you, and Annabell was right on my heels. She passed me by with ease and came creeping up on you.
You looked startled as she passed you, and leaped onto the tree house ladder. She was the first one in the tree. She smiled down at us, because she knew that you couldn’t say anything to her about winning. You were next into the tree house, making me the three-legged llama.
I pouted as I squished my way into the tree house. We all realized that the tree house was a tad too small to fit three kids.
“It’s kind of crowded in here, don’tcha think?” Annabell said trying to squeeze her way past you.
“Yeah, a little bit.” I said trying to not touch anyone.
“So it’s settled then; one of you has to leave!” You said. “I vote for Smellabell to leave.”
Annabell was shocked. “What? No way am I leaving! I got here first. You leave! This is Raya’s treehouse!”
“Well, I’m not leaving! I’m the one who decided the race!” You shouted back.
You both looked at me with anger in your eyes.
“Raya, which one us is going to leave?” Annabell asked, hands on her hips.
I just stood there, head down. I couldn’t very well tell either of you to leave, for fear you’d both be mad, and one of you would leave. Too bad I didn’t pick one of you before it all went downhill. Or maybe I should have left to save the trouble of picking.
“Ugh! Raraya, you’re taking too long!” You snarled at me. “Here, I’ve got a solution.” You looked at Annie and pushed her out of the tree house.
I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was in total shock as I watched her fall a few feet. I should have done something that day. I should have told you to go home and I should have helped my best friend up, but I didn’t. I let things escalate.
“Whoops!” You yelled down at her.
Annabell stood up and brushed herself off.
“You jerk! You did that on purpose!”
“What?” You acted surprised to hear this like you couldn’t have possibly done it. You would have had me fooled if I hadn’t seen you push her with my own eyes. “No, I didn’t. You fell on your own ’cause you’re clumsy.”
“Annie, are you hurt?” I called down.
“I didn’t fall you pushed me! That was your solution!” She yelled up at you, completely ignoring me. I guess she wasn’t physically hurt.
“That wasn’t my solution, but if you’ve got a problem, we can solve it!” You spat back.
You jumped out of the tree and landed right in front of her. If there was anything I could say about you, it was that you had keen accuracy and you weren’t the nicest person.
“Oh I’ve got a problem and it’s about to be solved!” She leaped at you, pulling you into a fight.
I was so terrified that I stayed up in the tree house. I should’ve called my mom. I should’ve done something, but I did nothing. I was frozen.
As soon as the fight was over and Annabell won, she shouted up at me.
“Raya, I can’t take this anymore! I’m leaving! I’ll talk to you later.”
I finally had the courage to come down from my tree when you yelled at me.
“It’s either me or her. You have to pick. You can hang out with her when you’re not with me, but if she’s around when I am I can’t be your friend anymore. She’s crazy!”
“I’m sorry…” I whispered. I was sorry, but not for what Annabell did. You deserved it. I was sorry that the two of you couldn’t be friends. I was sorry I suggested the idea of the tree house. I was sorry for not being able to stop you.
“Sorry ain’t gonna cut it Raraya! If she keeps hanging around you, I don’t think we’ll be able to be friends anymore.” Then you stormed off.
I still remember those words, that we wouldn’t be friends anymore. Turns out that those words were never truer, and I lost you as a friend. I would still see you around during school but that was it. Everything changed once we entered high school.