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September 23

Dear Diary,

Good news! I passed my history test! I feel like a thousand bricks were lifted off me. That means there is nothing standing in my way to getting to the concert in a few weeks. Woo hoo!

There was a new girl at school today. Her name is Andie and she moved here from Colorado. She’s bubbly and loves dancing, so we hit it off really well. Tina and I invited her to come with us to the soccer game to watch Duncan play, so we’ll see how that goes. I think we could be good friends.

October 8

Dear Diary,

The concert was amazing! The High Flyers are even better in person that I could’ve imagined and somehow Justin is even cuter .

Tina, Andie, and I had a great time together. We didn’t stop dancing the entire night. On the way home, we stopped to get milk shakes. Pure deliciousness.

We talked about Duncan, too. Tina thinks he really likes me—internally screaming—but Andie thinks I’m too good for him. I don’t know what she’s talking about, though, because he’s always been great to me. Tina thought she seemed too against him for someone she only met a few weeks ago and I kind of agree.

When we dropped her off at the home, no cars were around, and no lights were on like at our houses. She said both her parents were out of town. They seem like they are gone a lot, which must be pretty lonely. But, I also wouldn’t mind some more time to myself, haha!

October 25

Dear Diary,

So today was really good but really odd, and I’m still trying to process. First, Duncan asked me on a date! He said he’s liked me for a while and has been working up the courage to ask me out. Swoon!

After that, I was basically walking on clouds until I got to dance practice. When I told Tina and Andie he’d asked me out, Tina started happy-screaming, but Andie just started regular screaming. She said I shouldn’t go out with him, that it would be a mistake. I told her she didn’t know what she was talking about, and then she called me an idiot.

I was so upset, I told her I couldn’t be friends someone who couldn’t support me, and Tina told her to stop being so obsessive. She stormed out before I could make my own dramatic exit.

Now that I think about it, Tina’s right. She always wants to know what I’m doing and who I’m with. When I got paired with Mel in chem, she almost threw a tantrum. It’s all just… weird.

October 26

Dear Diary,

Tina is in the hospital and it’s bad. Honestly, I don’t understand what happened. Duncan and I were on our date having a great time when Tina’s mom called and said they had found her outside their house unconscious. They think someone hit her on the head.

The doctors say it could’ve been worse and that she should come out of it, but they don’t know what her brain is going to be like when she does.

Andie said I shouldn’t be so upset. She said she’s not even that great of a friend, and that she’d take care of me. I don’t understand why someone would ever say that. Tina was a good friend to her, too, but she wasn’t even that sad. She seemed angry. I know everyone handles things differently, but it doesn’t sit well with me.

October 28

Oh my God, Diary. I don’t even know where to begin.

I couldn’t stop thinking about how Andie was reacting or just how she been acting in general, so, I decided I was going to get to the bottom of it.

When I got to her house, a woman I thought was her mom answered, but get this: she has no daughter and knows no one named Andie.

I told Duncan, and he said we should do some digging. So, we Googled it, and it turns out that Andie Carlton died in a car crash 2 years ago and only her sister, Jade, survived. When I saw Jade’s picture, she was an exact match for our Andie. When I saw the real Andie, she looked like me.

We knew we needed to confront her, so we asked her to come over to my house. She went ballistic. She knocked Duncan out and started hitting me. She said I should’ve never questioned her, that she was a great friend, and I deserved what she gave Tina. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing—she had tried to kill Tina—but I knew I had to get out. When I ran, she grabbed me and tried to throw me down the stairs. I fought and somehow, I was able to get my foot under hers and push her away from me.

When she landed at the bottom of the stairs, I thought she was dead. I won’t deny that part of me felt relieved. I felt the same way when the doctor said she would live, too.

December 2,

Dear Diary,

I am so happy. Tina came home from the hospital and she’s doing great. She still needs physical therapy of course, but she should make a full recovery. Duncan and I are going to take her to dinner to celebrate.

Next week, Andie/Jade is going to be in court and we are all going to go. She’s going to make an insanity plea, and honestly, they’d be right to give it to her. She needs to get help to sort through what she’s been through.

I can’t believe how much has changed in the past 2 months. It’s been rough, but from here on out, I’m going to focus on the good.

Oh, did I mention I’m going to a concert in a couple weeks?

Sarah Razner

Sarah Razner is a reporter of real-life Wisconsin by day, and a writer of fictional lives throughout the world by night.

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