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Chapter 5: March 6nd
Who knew water could be so much fun? I certainly exploded in my head half a dozen times and had a figurative blast with my friends. This birthday was certainly special for me. Not to mention, I saw Steve get sick after a few fast rides. I did get a little worried, but we all just started laughing, even Steve. Even as a creeper who has never been to a waterpark, I was able to not get sick, though. It was fun all around.
Oh and best of all, I no longer dislike Troy. In fact, I’m quite sorry about the things I said to him yesterday. I misunderstood the situation and should not have been so quick to judge and speak when I didn’t have all the information. Troy was, in fact, helping the poor, young creeper that was getting bullied. He was telling his friends to stop teasing the kid since it wasn’t nice. In fact, he came all the way to the waterpark without knowing if I would want to see him. When I did, I didn’t act so friendly.
“I don’t want to see a bully like you,” I had said to him. He looked sad, and I realized there was something more he wanted to say. Instead of returning and leaving like I was going to, I stood there, and he explained:
“I’m sorry,” he began, “that’s what I’ve been trying to say from the start. I’m sorry for all the times that I bullied you in school. I hadn’t really realized how awful I was to you. It did make me feel good at the time, but now… things are different. I saw you that day and wanted to apologize. But your chicken friend was there, and I really couldn’t bring myself to say anything. Next, you were with that human. It really vexed me, and that’s why I thought I’d ask you to hang out before. And yesterday, I wasn’t bullying anyone. I was trying to stop my friends from bullying that kid. He’s new here, and he reminded me of you, so I had to stop them. But no matter what I said, it didn’t make a difference. Then you came in. I was surprised and felt bad when you considered me one of those guys. But I suppose I deserved that. I hadn’t treated you much better. You shut those guys down in an instant. It made me both happy seeing your courage, and sad seeing all the feelings you had pent up inside of you because of me.”
I was taken aback as he said everything. My mind wandered off to all the bad things I had said to him a day earlier. I did feel bad now. He had changed, and I just ran my mouth. Even the days earlier, everything he did, said and the way he talked all made sense.
“I am sorry,” he repeated. And I smiled.
“You’re forgiven!” I announced happily as I jumped up and down, “I’m sorry for yesterday as well. You didn’t deserve that. But all’s forgiven. Get over here and let’s have some fun!”
He hadn’t exactly been looking forward to going to a waterpark and being surrounded by non-Creepers, he confessed. And I understood. Baby steps, I thought to myself. After all, I got to this position by taking baby steps as well. So I don’t think I should push someone into taking steps they don’t really wish to.
That said, I totally did invite him to stay long enough for Felicia to unveil the cake she had promised to make. And what a cake that was. It was a towering behemoth of a cake that tasted as fascinating as it looked. I do think Troy was happy to stay long enough to taste that. He left soon after. I promised to hang out with him more often, and we’ve even made some fun plans for later this week. I can’t help but feel excited about it all.
In the end, I had a better time than I had even imagined I could have all those weeks ago.
People can really change and judging appearances isn’t the best way to handle any situation. I’ve learned that through this experience and I’ve also gained a new friend.
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