Being For The Benefit Of Paramount Kites
Author: Sega Parks

Chapter 13
Breaking Up

   Holly sighed as she paced around her bedroom. Her cell phone was glued to her ear while the dial tone played. She was trying to call Peter, but the dial tone seemed to have taken forever. Finally a voice picked up.
"Peter, it's me," she began. "Can you come over later? It's an emergency."
"Sure," he said through the phone. "What is it?"
"I'll tell you when you get here. Just hurry."
"Okay," he said, sounding confused. "I'll be here in a few."
 Holly was relieved. Maris had suggested to bring Peter over to her house to do the official break up. Her stomach fluttered just thinking about it. She was worried he would be so hurt that they wouldn't be friends anymore. She hoped not. Peter was such a great guy, it would be ashamed if they stopped being friends. 
"Where are your friends?" her younger brother Elliott asked as he entered her bedroom.
He was a year younger than she was, had freckles, and blue eyes just like Holly.
"I told them not to come." she answered. "Today is not the time to have friends over."
"Why not?" he asked.
She groaned. He asked way too many questions. She didn't like explaining a lot to people. And besides. It was none of his business anyway. But she decided to answer him anyway just to be a good big sister.
"Because I'm gonna break up with Peter." she said. "Is that enough for you?"
"No," he said. "Why?"
"Nunya," Holly said, shooing him out of her room.
She hadn't said "Nunya" since the second grade. She sort of wished she hadn't said it because it made her sound just as immature as Elliott.
 Holly's father, Robert, called her downstairs to let her know that Peter was there. Out of habit, she began to fix her hair in the oval mirror that hung above her dresser. When she realized what she was doing, she began ruffling her hair up to make her less attractive.
"Hey, Peter." she said, making her way down the white curved staircase.
Peter sat on the brown sofa, watching ESPN. Holly sort of felt guilty for what she was about to do. Her and Peter used to sit and watch sports all the time when he came over.
"Hey," he said, giving her a half smile.
"How's it going?" she said awkwardly.
"Is Brandy alright?"
 Brandy Sumner was Holly's friend since the beginning of their lives. She recently found out that Brandy had been arrested at a party along with fifty other kids for possession of marijuana. Brandy was the only one who had been in serious trouble since she was the one who had brought the drugs to the party. Holly worried about her because ever since she had started dating Jim Harris, the slacker in the eleventh grade, her grades had been plummeting. 
  "Not too good." Peter said somberly. "She's still grounded."
"Sucks." Holly looked down at the floor.
"Is there something wrong?" he asked, wrapping his arms around her.
"Don't," she started out loudly, but then lowered her voice, "do that."
A look of hurt flashed across his face for a half a second. "Why not?"
"Because I can't do this." she said, covering her face with her hands.
"Do what?"
"I want to break up."
  There was a moment of silence. Peter just stared at Holly. Holly thought Peter was going to say something, but to her surprise, he didn't. Instead he simply got up and left.
She knew she shouldn't felt guilty because it was the right thing for her to do, but she couldn't help but feel terrible about this.  She had just hurt his feelings.
Peter wasn't her first boyfriend, but he was her first serious boyfriend
"Hey, princess." Robert said, entering the living room. "I heard the whole thing."
Holly sighed. Her dad was so nosy.
"Of course you did."
"I'm sorry." he said sympathetically. "I know it must have been hard for you to do."
"If it makes you feel any better, I have a hundred dollars of spending money for you."
"Maybe not today." she said dully.


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