Chapter 3:

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Chapter 3



That afternoon, the whole youth group was back at church for lunch. Brynn was eating alone as usual, when her friend Jason sat down across from her.

“Alone again? Brynn, this rebel charade is getting old,” he remarked. Brynn smirked.

“Says the rebel king,” she shot back. Jason smiled and turned behind him.

“What are you staring at?” Brynn asked. Jason pointed to the tall, dark-haired guy behind him. Brynn’s jaw dropped. He was cute.

“Make a friend. God knows you need one right now,” Jason said. Brynn nodded, and stood up. The guy looked at her when she started walking over. Immediately, she knew he wasn’t like the rest of the crowd. He was strange, like her; to her surprise, he had friends.

“My name’s Brynn,” she said, sticking her hand out. The guy took her hand and shook it.

“Chris,” he said. His words were slurred, like he had a speech impediment. Brynn liked him.



6 weeks later


“You can’t go anywhere near him, Brynn. He never really liked you, and never will,” Ashley said. She seemed happy that Brynn was miserable. According to Ashley, their youth minister Benjamin had told Chris either to stay away from Brynn, or the cops get called. When was she to know about any of this? Tears slid Brynn’s face, and she ran off.

Next thing Brynn knew, her mother was driving her home. Her mother had asked what was bothering her, but Brynn refused to answer. She knew her mother would blame her for her friendship flushing down the tubes; Brynn even blamed herself. If only….

“Brynn, please tell me what’s wrong. I’m on your side here,” her mother pleaded. Brynn shook her head.

“You wouldn’t get it, mom,” she said, tears thickening her voice. Her mother looked just as sad as she felt. Brynn couldn’t burden her mother with her problems. She was already going through enough, and certainly didn’t need to make it worse.

At home, Brynn called Klair. She hoped to get answers, and Klair wouldn’t lie to her.


“Klair, what’s going with Chris? Ashley mentioned Benjamin and calling the cops…” Brynn started.

“Brynn, all I know is that Benjamin got spooked over something. Sorry I can’t tell you any more,” Klair said. Brynn sighed in disappointment. She could tell Klair was being honest; Klair knew nothing.

“Ok. Thanks Klair,” Brynn sighed. She snapped her phone shut and face-planted on her bed.

Alone, Brynn was left with her own thoughts. She felt isolated, but what did she do wrong? She didn’t understand; she couldn’t. As she thought more about the situation, tears flowed freely. Brynn kept silent; she wouldn’t let her parents hear her cry, especially her dad. Her dad would tell her to toughen up and get over it. Only one problem…there was no getting over this. It was too raw still.

A knock on Brynn’s door shook her out of her thoughts. She sat up as her mom came in.

“Come into the living room. Family meeting,” her mom said. She stood up and left the room. Brynn followed her mom.





Now that Brynn’s family knew her side of the story, they marched to the church the next day. Benjamin was confronted, and came close to losing his job for his actions.

Turns out, Benjamin threatened Chris over a fear, a fear of Brynn and Chris having a sexually intimate relationship when neither one of them believed in sex before marriage. Besides, Brynn and Chris had no romantic feelings for each other, and sex hadn’t even crossed their minds.

Now, because of Benjamin’s actions, most of the youth group avoided Brynn. They ran like she had the black plague every time she came near. Brynn got punished for Benjamin’s actions against her and Chris. A year later, she walked away from the church completely.

Submitted: October 08, 2013

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