Her name was Katie
Author: Auty

Chapter 8
Trapped dove

Katie avoids me for the rest of the day. In Art, I go over to her and ask if she wants to come in our group. Hannah sighs and hisses for me to come and sit down. She needn't have worried because Katie ignores me, turning her back and humming a little tune under her breath. I sigh and go back to my place while Hannah whispers in my ear, "I don't know why you bother Sum. She is just rude and weird".
'You don't know the half of it' I think to myself, staring at Katie's back. You can see her spine sticking out through the blazer and her shoulders are hunched like she's permanently cold. All through the lesson, my focus is on Katie which is probably why my painting turns out to be crap.
"What the hell is that Summer?" laughs Danni.
"It's meant to be a dolphin", I mumble, screwing up the paper and lobbing it in the bin.
"You didn't have to do that Sum, she was only joking", Hannah says, raising her eyebrows at Danni.
"Sorry", I say, wishing I could go over to Katie and put my arms round her cold shoulders, telling her everything will be ok.
At the end of the lesson, I watch her pick up her bag and put her painting on the rack to dry, before quickly hurrying out of the door. I go over to look at her work. She has painted a beautiful white dove in a cage, pecking distressingly on the sides, trying to get out. Katie has basically drawn herself, a beautiful pure girl, trying to get free from her illness which I'm now pretty sure is an eating disorder.


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