Chapter 3 of 5: Brittany discovers that either Christy or Sarah has spread a false rumor that she has cheated on her boyfriend named Corey. Will Brittany discover who really started the rumor and why? Will Corey believe that she was innocent and take her back?
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Chapter 3: Brittany and Corey talk things out
Brittany was so glad and relieved that she and Corey were back together. But the more she thought about what Sarah had done to try to break them up, the madder and more upset she got.
The next day, Brittany said, “Corey, I can’t believe all the things that Sarah did to try to break us up! I hope she never does anything like what she did again.”
Corey asked curiously, “I never did get the whole story. What happened really?”
Brittany did not have to think long, for she had been reviewing the whole scene over and over in her mind. She said, “Okay, first Sarah came up to me and told me that she had heard that Christy had been telling you that I had been cheating on you.”
Corey interrupted, “Like I told you yesterday, that part was a lie as I have not talked to Christy in a long time. Sarah told me that she saw you flirting with Brian.” Seeing Brittany’s defensive look, he said, “I know, I know. She was lying. But, man! She has a very convincing way of lying.”
“I’ll say!” Brittany said with disgust. “Well, I’m afraid that I believed her too because I went up to Christy and wasn’t very nice to her.”
Corey asked, “What did you do?”
Brittany admitted, “Well, I was so upset that someone was trying to break us up as I like you so much, that, …, well, …, uh, …, I shoved her shoulder as I confronted her. Christy told me that she had never done that as she didn’t even know who I was going out with. I later apologized to her and she was really nice about it. I’m kind of ashamed of the way I handled it.”
Corey gave her a forgiving smile and said, “Then what happened?”
Brittany said, “Well, Christy had suggested that Sarah might like you and that was why she was lying to both of us.”
Corey snorted and said, “Well, I could never like a girl who tells lies and manipulates people like that. So what did you do next?”
Brittany explained, “Well, then I went up to Sarah and CHECKED MY FACTS with her. I asked her who had told her that Christy was telling you that I had been cheating on you. She acted really guilty-like and avoided looking me in the eyes. She said she couldn’t remember. Then I asked her what she thought of you. She said she thought you were adorable and one of the cutest guys in the eighth grade. That’s when I knew that she was lying to probably try to get you for herself. She lied again and told me that she had never told you anything about me, but of course, you already told me what she had told you. So that’s the whole story.”
“Wow! She’s one messed-up girl!” Corey said. “Well, I’m glad we’re back together.”
“Me, too!” Brittany said. “But you know, I feel like I don’t want to let things drop with Sarah. Mr. Campbell in my Communication Skills class told us that it’s a good idea to set firm boundaries with people when they DISRESPECT us. I feel like I need to make certain that Sarah knows that she did wrong. I’m still pretty mad at her!”
Corey said, “Why don’t you sign up to go to Peer Mediation with her?”
Brittany said, “How do I do that?”
Corey said, “I heard that you go to the guidance counselor and sign up. She’ll hook you up with a pair of trained mediators, and they help you talk out your problem and come up with a WIN-WIN solution that satisfies you both.”
Brittany said, “Wow, Corey! How come you know so much about it?”
Corey looked a bit embarrassed. Finally, he said, “Well, I had been having a conflict with this guy earlier this year. The teacher recommended that we try to solve it through Peer Meditation before it turned into an office situation. It actually worked out pretty well. We solved our conflict and even though we’re not best friends, we get along okay.”
Brittany said, “That sounds like a great idea! I’ll do it!”
Brittany went to the guidance office as soon as she could. After talking to Mrs. Feelgood, the guidance counselor, a time was set up for Sarah and Brittany to go through Peer Mediation. The appointment was set for a couple of days later as there was a bit of a waiting list. Additionally, their classroom teachers had to be given 24 hours notice. Brittany found it a little hard to wait, but she managed.
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