Be Strong

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Alyssa and her twin sister, Aly, live with their grandparents, though very few people know why. Their parents and their life before moving to New York is a mystery to most of their friends. But what happened right before their move is their real secret, their real thing to hide. It’s a secret that’s been haunting both twins for half of their lives. Alyssa turned to music to deal with her pain, while Aly turned to something darker and less innocent – drugs. So while Aly tries to fight her addiction, Alyssa joins a local band. Just as Alyssa’s life is finally starting to look up, her world comes crashing down around her. Will Alyssa be strong, or will she crack under the pressure?

**NOTE** the comments on chapts 17-38 are all off. so ignore them if you're in the middle of reading this for the first time, because they don't match the chapter. the chapters before and after those are fine, though. it was just my idioticness that messed things up...lol

i'm currently in the process of rewriting this book, and the new version will hopefully be a bit better than this amateur version. i'm not saying this version is bad, i just know it could be a whole lot better.

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Be Strong

Submitted: April 18, 2008

Alyssa has always been the invisible twin. After a tragic incident the summer before middle school, she stopped caring about friends and life altogether, occupying her time with only music She looked up to her perfect sister, until she found out her sister's secret, changing her life forever... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 18, 2008

2 “They’re gone,” Aly informs me. Like I couldn’t hear all the voices downstairs, telling each other that they have to h... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 18, 2008

3 “Want to try?” The temptation is offered. Immediately, alarms go off in my mind, set in motion from all the lectures and s... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 19, 2008

4 “Now don’t open your eyes until I tell you to.” I shut my eyes obediently. “If you peek, I’m just going to stop what... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 20, 2008

5 “Stop it!” The voice was pleading.Aly. She sounds desperate. Almost weak. I glance down at my arm. Covered in blood. See A... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 21, 2008

6 “Aly, come with me to the bathroom?” I watch Heather give Jessica a thumbs-up. She glances at me and her face quickly chan... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 22, 2008

7 I don’t leave Aly alone for the whole of the next day. I follow her around like a baby duckling, making sure that she’s ok... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 23, 2008

8 Thump! The noise came from across the hall, Aly’s room. Adam must be visiting again. For the past week, he’s been sn... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 24, 2008

9 Since Aly’s not home and Gram has pretty much gotten the point across that she never wants to speak to me again... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 26, 2008

10 It’s such a bizarre feeling walking into school after spending three months in the safety of your own home. I feel strange ... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 27, 2008

11 I survive the rest of the day. My teachers are all good enough, but none of them stand out as being particularly outstanding ... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 02, 2008

12 “Are you okay?” the voice makes me jump. I was just about to doze off. My eyes open to the sight of Kevin st... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 03, 2008

13 I look up at the kid. Say something, I think. But nothing comes out. I can only stare at him, hoping he’ll ask me a questio... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 07, 2008

14 I’m going to kill him. Adam is dead. He has the nerve to come here now? I watch him shuffle front one foot to the other on ... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 09, 2008

15 “What happened to your sister?” “What?” The birdie flies at me. I smack it with my... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 14, 2008

16 “You made it,” Luke says. “We were starting to think you’d never get here.” ... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 16, 2008

17 “So how was band practice?” Aly asks. We’re sitting in my room, listening to music and talking. “It was o... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 17, 2008

18 “Going Green?” I ask at band practice the next Saturday. Dylan shrugs. “It’s the best name we could come ... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 18, 2008

19 “I have a quarter,” Jake offers. “I got nothing,” Dylan replies. “Why?” “Ethan be... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 19, 2008

20 The school is abuzz with right-before-Christmas energy. The last day of school before Christmas is always like this. Everyone... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 23, 2008

21 Later that day, I enter Aly’s room to find them frantically searching for something. “My glov... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 24, 2008

22 Christmas is a tense ordeal. Amber goes home on Christmas Eve, leaving me and Aly alone together. I refuse to talk to her. Sh... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 25, 2008

23 “Want one?” The temptation is offered again, but this time to Aly. I wonder if she feels like I did. Like sh... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 29, 2008

24 Weeks pass, and February comes in the blink of an eye. Valentine’s Day, I watch all the various couples giving... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 31, 2008

25 “Come on, Alyssa.” I put my bag down and follow Aly and Amber out of their room in the rehab center. It’s ... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 04, 2008

26 Laughing. If I have to hear that sound ever again, I’ll definitely die. It echoes around me, reverberating against the wall... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 06, 2008

27 “I have some news,” Dylan says at band practice the next Saturday. “What?” Jake asks. “I ta... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 07, 2008

28 By the time the expensive-looking car rolls down the driveway, leaving our first non-official performance, I’m about ready ... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 08, 2008

29 Weeks pass faster than they ever have before. I spend all my time preoccupied by thoughts of the coming concert. As it looms ... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 09, 2008

30 The first face I see is Aly. She’s sitting right in the front, a huge smile covering her face. As the curtain opens she nud... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2008

31 Kevin doesn’t show up the next day. And Luke seems to think that we’ve become closer. I guess you can say we have, but st... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 14, 2008

32 “And here’s yours,” Luke says, handing me a huge wad of cash. “Enjoy your pay.” ... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 17, 2008

33 “So how long have you been driving?” I ask as Kevin drives me to wherever it is we happen to be going. He won’t tell me... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 19, 2008

34 “What?” I exclaim. “What happened?” “He had a heart attack,” Aly answers. “G... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 21, 2008

35 Laughing. Again. Why can’t he just leave me the heck alone? My arm stings. It’s bleeding, pouring out crimso... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 24, 2008

36 I watch Luke talk to our mentor backstage. We just finished our concert, and let me tell you, never in my life had I been so ... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 27, 2008

37 “Where’s Cassie?” Jake asks. “Huh?” I ask. “Where’s Ca... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 30, 2008

38 “And the winners are…” The lead singer of The Oohlas is on the stage and she’s about to announce the win... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 02, 2008

39 They know. Everyone. Everyone knows. I hear the whispers as I walk down the hall to homeroom. They’re all behi... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 03, 2008

40 I walk in the door after school and the phone starts ringing. Gee, this sounds familiar. I drop my bag and run t... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 06, 2008

41 I collapse into my bed and hold my breath. He’ll go away if he thinks no one’s home. But, now that I think a... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 09, 2008

42 School is completely different. I’ve turned into old news. I’m now just ‘that girl who tried to steal Cassie’s boyfri... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 10, 2008

43 It takes me almost an hour to get the paint out of my hair. When I’m finished, I sit down on my bed and attempt, unsuccessf... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 12, 2008

44 I barely remember half of what happens after that. Gram comes and hugs me, repeating over and over that it’ll ... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 13, 2008

45 Money back then was a little tight. Mom worked two jobs; the first from seven in the morning to five in the evening. Then she... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 14, 2008

46 Officer Peck listens to me telling this whole story. So does Mom. The whole entire time, she stares at me with a saddened exp... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 15, 2008

47 Sun creeps over my face. Right up to my eyes. I open them and look out the window at the bright sunlight coming through. Thou... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 16, 2008

48 “Ok, so what’s the molecular formula for carbohydrates?”Heather asks. Kevin and I both slam our hands down ... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 17, 2008

Epilogue-One Year Later ~Luke~ I t’s been one hectic year. The guys at the record company, Jagged Line R... Read Chapter

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