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Tess Whittaker
Feeling slightly the same
Fri Oct 21, 2016 14:48 (XFF:,

Being back at Sonora was definitely going far better than Tess had expected. The distractions of everyday school life did help take her mind off all the things she couldn’t control, although she was still looking forward to her first visit home, and couldn’t wait to see Emma again. However, nothing felt quite the same as it had last year. Tess had always been such a cheerful, enthusiastic and just generally loud and happy child, but this first brush with sorrow and trouble had changed something in her. Fundamentally she still felt like the same person, but her air of naive optimism had faded somewhat. Yes, she still loved to laugh, to have fun, to go on adventures, but now Tess knew that life wasn’t all fun and games.

The Tess of last year wanted to spend every moment doing something exciting, surrounded by people, but this year she found herself needing moments of quiet, even solitude. It was for this reason that she was wandering the Labyrinth Gardens alone, appreciating the peacefulness and prettiness she found herself surrounded by. It was nice to take time to live entirely in the present, instead of always thinking of the future - something she’d previously done with excitement, and now did with dread.

Turning a corner of the maze, she saw Raine, sitting on a stone bench on her own. She paused, half-hidden around the corner, unsure of whether or not she should approach the other girl.

One thing Tess definitely found herself glad of this year was her friends. Ben had been so great, both over the summer and during their return to Sonora. She was glad to be able to call him a friend, and always enjoyed time spent with him. Last year had also seen Tess becoming closer with Raine, Nat, and Nevaeh, and she loved their little group of girls. They’d had such an awesome time at the ball at the end of the year, and she was looking forwards to continuing their friendship this year, and becoming even closer to them.

Tess decided to at least say hello to Raine, and if her friend wanted solitude, she’d be happy to respect that and continue on her way. She was just approaching her when Raine’s eyes opened.

“Hey,” replied Tess. “I hope I’m not disturbing you?” Another thing that Tess was learning to understand this year was that sometimes people didn’t want company. It wasn’t that she was thoughtless, but sometimes she tended to get a bit caught up in the moment and not realise that people might not want to go along with a plan, or be in her company at that precise moment.

“I don’t really know much about meditation - I haven’t really tried it,” she continued, finding herself intrigued by Raine’s explanation of what she’d been doing. “Do you meditate a lot?”

  • Not in the spirit of thingsRaine Collindale, Thu Oct 20 05:16
    Raine was on her own. It was a strange feeling. Although she was a quiet person, she tended to enjoy being around the hustle and bustle of other people, which was lucky, given that she’d grown with a ... more
    • Feeling slightly the same — Tess Whittaker, Fri Oct 21 14:48
      • Well, at least we've got company thenRaine, Sun Oct 23 07:57
        “Oh hey, Tess. No - it’s nice to see you,” Raine smiled, when Tess checked she wasn’t disturbing her. She was glad for the opportunity to catch up with her friend. Things hadn’t been so great for... more
        • And company makes things a lot better!Tess, Mon Oct 24 14:36
          Tess smiled back at Raine, glad her presence wasn’t unwanted. It was nice to spend some one-on-one time with her friend, as much as she did love it when they were all in a group together. She bit her ... more
          • Happy and hoping to helpRaine, Tue Oct 25 06:24
            Tess decided to answer her question fully. Raine steeled herself, ready for Tess to say difficult things where she might not know the right thing to say in response. She’d asked her, after all, and... more
            • And you are helping!Tess, Wed Nov 9 15:06
              Raine was such a good friend. There was something very relieving about being able to say what she was thinking, sure that Raine wouldn’t judge her for it. And more than that, Raine knew exactly what... more
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