TITLE: First Time
GENRE: Young Adult
I don't know this girl sitting across from me. I may be at her table, in her kitchen, drinking her coffee, but I don't know her. Or at least, I don't think I do. As I take another sip from the steaming mug and choke back the two Tylenol she gave me, I wonder what to say. Should I ask if she knows what happened? Maybe I should find out her name first and thank her for letting me crash at her house. I should know her name at the very least. I'm sure she told me at some point. Didn't she?
The pounding in my head persists and I glance at the round clock on the wall behind the strange girl's head. I have about twenty minutes more to endure before the pills will take affect. I can't bear much more of the throbs or the memory flashes. But I do my best to suppress each recollection and the sense of dread that accompanies them.
"Some party last night, huh?" I'll start off with the obvious.
The girl jerks her head to the right, then looks back at me and mouths, "Shhhh."
The woman that enters the kitchen is tall and looks like an older version of the girl across from me. "Good morning, Gwen. Who's your friend?" she asks, only looking in my direction for a brief moment before getting a coffee mug out of the cupboard.
The girl I just learned is Gwen answers, "This is Bree."