"You #*$#% $%#&," my aunt swears at me when I get back to the shack without her asprin. She storms out of the shack with the kids, leaving me there on my own.
Alone again. I don't mind right now.
Precious going home. The party. Getting drunk. Kissing Guy. Making friends with Lindi and Gorgeous. Meeting the Minister of Finance. And then there's Kim.
Sigh. All I want is to be someone like her. But there's trouble brewing there – I can feel it in my bones.
"Baby!" the sound of my name is like the crack of a whip, and I get such a fright I nearly jump out of my skin. Kim's standing right in front of me, outside my door, and the look in her eyes is not friendly.
"Who do you think you are to start interfering in my life?" she barks.
I gape at her blankly. I wasn't expecting that.
"Hang on a second Kim," I say in the calmest voice I can summon, "maybe you need to tell me what's going on here."
"I need to tell you?" she explodes. "Last night you were sucking up to my girlfriends and you kissed Guy and this morning you were flirting with my Minister of Finance. What's going on here is that you are trying to take away everything that's important to me!"
Her sentence ends in a piercing screech, and she's so angry she's shaking. I don't know what to say, so I start with the first thing that comes into my mind.
"I didn't know that you and Guy know each other."
For an instant I swear I see her eyes cloud with tears, but then she shudders and her words shoot out like poisonous venom.
"Listen Baby just face it, Guy's so not into you. You think you're hot stuff now, but you have no idea how to hold a man's interest. You need real beauty and personality to get a man, to be someone, to go to the right places. Trust me – you don't have what it takes. You're nobody, so do us all a favour and give it up now!"
My throat aches with tears and I feel like I've been kicked in the stomach. Inside me it feels like I'm swaying dangerously on the edge of a high building. That’s how I’ve been treated my whole life, a nobody with no real family. She is the first person who’s said it to my face. I want to stand up to her, I want to tell her she’s wrong. But the words won’t come so I stare at the ground as she leaves.
But I hear a voice inside me quietly promise. "I’ll show you Kim."
Kim' words lit a fire in Baby that may send her in the right or wrong direction. Have you found yourself doing something just to prove someone wrong rather than for your own reasons?