NEW GIRL POV
My sister and I were in the kitchen. I don’t really now what we were doing, but I was homesick. I felt like no one here cared about me, except for maybe my sister. It was quite obvious that that other girl, Lea maybe, hated me.
So it was a surprise when Lea walked in the kitchen, carrying two cupcakes (Where did she get them? I thought they kept cupcakes in the kitchen!) and flipped a light switch I hadn’t known about. Light filtered into the room.
Lea started to hand my sister a cupcake, but she wouldn’t take it. “We know you hate us!” she screamed. “Why would you give us cupcakes? Are they poisoned?”
I know Lea was hurt, but she didn’t get mad. “No, they are not poisoned. I know I haven’t been very nice to you, but I want to make it up to you. I was missing my friend, who I thought you had replaced, but that was no reason to be so mean to you.”
“You thought we replaced your friend?” I asked.
Her face turned red. “I did, but now I know better. I was jealous of all the attention you were getting.”
“You, jealous of us?” I asked. “Really? You have friends. People care about you. No one cares about us.”
“My best friend left about the time you came. Lea explained. “We always hung out together, and none of the girls really cared about me.”
Suddenly my sister spoke up. “I can be your friend Lea.”
I took the girls up to the family room. “Why don’t you start with telling me about yourselves?”
The older one spoke. “My name is Gabriela, but everyone used to call me Gabi. This is my sister Kierra. I’m fourteen, and Keirra is nine.”
After that conversation Gabi and I became friends. We did everything together. (Often with Kierra too,) Gabi could never replace Isabel, but she was a friend.
Slowly I started to get over Isabel leaving. I never forgot her, but I wasn’t missing her all the time.
Side note from Lexie: Gabi and Kierra really are new, and Isabel really did leave. I sent six dolls to a charity, because I didn’t need as many dolls as I had.