Nadine couldn’t bring herself to tell Jocelyn the news. Jocelyn had always been there and would have beat up any kid (or at least tried to beat up) that wasn’t completely excellent to Nadine. But Nadine wasn’t like that. She would definitely defend Jocelyn, but she wasn’t sure what to do in this situation because it concerned her best friend and another friend.
Sure. It may seem like it isn’t a hard choice. Obviously, you would pick the best friend... right? Well it isn’t that simple. You want to pick the best friend because they have always been there for you and you love them more than anything. But then again, if you do one wrong thing to this new friend of yours, then it could ruin your relationship. And your best friend will always be there. Always. But should that give you the excuse to choose someone over them?
There isn’t an answer. So Nadine just tried to keep the entire situation from her mind for the next few days. The party was in three weeks, and she had plenty of time to tell Jocelyn the bad news, or try to convince Andrea to let them both go.
Now... from my perspective, I personally think that Andrea should’ve had no problem inviting both of the girls in the first place. But I think that Andrea was the jealous type, and wanted all of the attention to be on her at her party... which I guess is understandable, but it still wrong.
Sunday passed, and Nadine saw Jocelyn at school on Monday morning. Nadine had gathered the courage to talk to Jocelyn about it, but as soon as Jocelyn saw Nadine, the first thing that she said was, “I didn’t get my invitation yet.”
Nadine acted surprised and suggested, “Maybe it got lost in the mail?”
Jocelyn considered it for a moment and then said, “Maybe,” she stopped for a second and then continued in a resolving tone, “I’ll just ask Andrea for a new one.”
“You’re not invited,” Nadine just blurted it out. And it wasn’t in the right words. Nadine had made it seem like she was the fact that Jocelyn wasn’t invited to the party. And that was exactly what she hadn’t wanted to do.
“What?” Jocelyn asked immediately in a very confused and high pitched squeak of a voice.
“Andrea told me last night that she didn’t invite you,” Nadine said apologetically.
Jocelyn’s small lips started to quiver. She tried holding it back, but the tears just came out.
“Oh, Joss,” Nadine spoke, trying to comfort her.
Jocelyn asked in a shaky voice that was trying to suppress more tears, “But... why?”
Nadine had been dreading this question... because she didn’t know the answer. And during the phone call when Andrea had broken the news about Jocelyn’s missing invitation, she hadn’t asked or even stood up for Jocelyn. She wished so much that she would have said something in defense... but she hadn’t. And no matter how hard she tried, Nadine Hart could not change the past.
Nadine answered, “I don’t know.”
The day went on, and Jocelyn kept her head down. She didn’t know whether to be furious at Nadine, Andrea, or both! So she was just silent. The only time when she whispered a single word the entire day was in English when the teacher picked her from the students to answer a question in front of the class.
It pained Nadine to see Jocelyn like this. And when lunch time came around, Jocelyn went straight to their stall in the bathroom, and waited ten minutes before Nadine to appeared. In those ten minutes, Nadine had met Andrea Smith at her locker, and confronted her.
“Hey Nad!” Andrea said as soon as she saw her.
Nad was Jocelyn’s name for her. And it seemed like Andrea was trying to replace Joss when she called her by that name.
“Don’t call me that,” Nadine spoke under her breath.
Andrea heard her, “Oh, alright.”
Andrea could now tell that something was up.
“Andrea, I can’t come to your party. Sorry.”
“Why?” Andrea asked, confusedly.
“I have plans with my one and only best friend,” Nadine informed sassily, “You know, Jocelyn Summers. We’re seeing a movie.”
Andrea was shocked. Nadine was picking a movie over her party? Andrea was angry now, and argued, “I guess if you want, she can come to the party.”
Nadine smiled a smile that was different than her normal breathtaking one. This smile was fake. And both Nadine and Andrea knew this. Nadine finished their discussion by adding, “Naw, it’s okay. I’m sure she’d rather see the movie.”
Just a girl...