Sydney looked from her homework and sighed. “I can't concentrate on this stupid algebra anymore. My brain hurts trying to figure this crap out.”
Her best friend, Olive laughed. "You never were one for numbers." Sydney smiled. She loved how well her best friend knew her.
"You're right about that."
“Can I tell you something?”
“You can tell me anything. You should already know this by now.”
"I- I don't know how to say it, but I want to be honest with you. You are my best friend after all. I'm into girls. I'm bisexual, but right now I'm leaning more towards girls. Some people think I'm confused, but I'm not. I know I like both."
Sydney looked up quickly at her friend. "I think it was very brave of you to open up. I know that couldn't have been easy for you."
"My parents know, but-"
“They're not supportive?”
Olive shook her head. "I'm so sorry. Well, you have me and I accept you for you."
"I appreciate that. If only I dared to stand up to them."
Before Sydney could respond to that, they heard a noise. "Stay here. I'm going to investigate."
Not one to be told what to do, Olive followed Sydney outside and she instantly regretted it.
Sydney did her best to protect her friend from seeing the homophobic slur signs, Olive picked one up and punched through it. She kept hitting over and over again until Sydney stepped in to stop her. "It's going to be okay."
"How? Everyone in this stupid town hates me. People are so cruel! I am not sure how more of this can take. Do you know what's even scarier? I never told anyone about my sexual orientation."
“We're going to get to the bottom of this and then we're going to confront those bullies, Olive. You don't have to face any of this alone. You're not alone. You have me.”