Her name was Katie
Author: Auty

Chapter 15
Trying to help

After a month has passed, I decide I need to do something. I can't just stand by and watch someone starve themselves to death. Only problem is, I don't know how. I promised Katie I wouldn't tell and I can't break my promise. Well what if I don't tell someone, instead I accidentally bring their attention to it? I decide to write a note to my form tutor, Mrs Dean. I decide to type it on the computer to disguise my handwriting. Whatever I do, I can't let Katie find out it was me. Then I have a terrible thought. If Mrs Dean talks to Katie and says someone was 'worried about her', she's going to know its me as I'm the only one who knows. Shit, I think to myself.
Then I have another idea. Maybe I could somehow convince Katie to eat and not throw it up afterwards. Maybe if I tried to shock her at what could happen, she might realize it isn't all worth it to be thin. I log onto my computer and print out three pages of long term after effects of Anorexia. Then I print out a page and a half of pictures from Google of painfully thin looking women, who are literately just a bag of bones. If this doesn't shock Katie into eating, then I don't know what will.
At Monday break time, I find Katie frantically running up and down the fields.
"Katie!" I call out to her but she shakes her head at me, saying something about eating 23 calories last night so she has to burn it off. I sigh, deciding the shocking truth has to wait until lunch time.
After she has sat down at the table, I pull out the papers and show Katie.
"Listen Katie. If you keep on starving yourself like this, then you will end up like these women. Plus your bones could break easily, you could never have kids and..."
"Stop it Summer!" Katie shouts, stopping me in mid sentence. A couple of kids look up from their lunch but Katie takes no notice.
"Look, I know you think your being helpful but I wish you would just but out! All you talk about is that and I don't want to talk about it. I already think about every minute of everyday. Please just leave me alone", and with that, she picks up her bag and storms off leaving me feeling like a right idiot. I hear Hannah and Danni laugh and I turn my back on them. I stuff the papers back in my bag and try to stop the blushing on my cheeks. God, I was only trying to help!

 

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