"Speak" by: Laurie halse

"His lips lock on mine and I can't say anything. I twist my head away. He is so heavy. There is a boulder on me. I open my mouth to breath, to scream, and his hand covers it. In my head, my voice is as clear as a bell: "NO I DON'T WANT TO!" But I can't spit it out."

"Where to sit? I've never been a backseat waste case. If I sit in the middle, a stranger could sit next to me. If I sit i the front, it will make me look like a little kid, but I figure it's the best chance I have to make eye contact with one of my friends, if any of them have decided to talk to me yet."

"IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding. And I'm not gonna to let it kill me i can grow."

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