TITLE: Walking Away
GENRE: New Adult
Mia was perfectly happy living a rather solitary life, an introvert by both birth and training. She was also a people pleaser. Not because she wanted people to like her, but because it was effective. Mia hated conflict and so she did whatever she could to avoid a fight. Go along to get along had become her life motto.
That’s how she found herself walking down the sidewalk in a clump of girls heading toward the row of parties that circled the campus. She didn’t want to be wearing other people's clothes, a shiny tank top and shorts. She hadn’t wanted to sit and have her hair curled and sprayed and styled and teased just to look like she had woken up and rushed out the door. She hated the gloss slicked across her lips and the mascara that made her lashes feel heavy. But Sarah had left her no choice. Go along to get along.
Just an hour earlier, Sarah had commanded, “Put these on.”
Mia felt the clothes fall into her lap before the words processed, covering the book she was reading on the couch. She rarely studied at the house she shared with four other girls for just this reason.
“Why?” she asked, holding the sparkled tank top up for inspection.
“Because I said to,” answered Sarah. “You are going with me on a party crawl.” And with that declaration Sarah turned and went back into the bathroom to finish her primping.
“Isn’t it a little late?”