Outside~ I look at Allison with a smile and widen my arms “I lost nine pounds!”

Inside~ I stand still and uncomfortable at all the stares I’m getting, including from my sister over near the trophy cabinet when I hear Allison interrupt my hearing stray from all of the students whispers and heartbeats “Maybe its’s the nine pounds…?”

I look at her and take a breath before nodding and walking strait into the crowd, ignoring their “hello’s” and “how are you’s” just like any other day.