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This is part of a series I am free-writing on just to let my feelings out and to seek out any possible help or advice I receive from people who may have experienced the same or similar things.
This story is about the time a friend had spread the rumour that I was pregnant in high school.
There are only a few friends in my group so as as a key there’s this:
H - My ‘bestie’ My most closest and long-time friend who was like a sister to me.
D - A newer friend that I knew the same time as I met friend C. We were close.
E - A friend who was once close to me in high school but stopped all contact with me in college. Which was bizarre as we still hung out in college and sat on the same bench in the common room. We were close but became strangers to each other during college. I later found out the possible reason why this friend had cut me off, but I shall explain in another post.
S - A new friend that was in the same high school as me but we didn’t hang out until we were in college. I thought she was a nice close friend but a future incident may explain why 'E’ had cut off contact with me.
I - Not really my friend but was a nice girl. She was friends with ’S’ as they were classmates but 'I’ and myself had none of the same interests. Still, she was a very nice girl.
K - A classmate of ’D’. Again a nice girl but had none of the same interests as I did and didn’t seem to want to be friends with me. From the start she seemed uncomfortable talking or sitting next to me. I found out later that it was because I was asian. (I am the only asian in the group.)
EL - A girl who I knew for only a short while but left a huge impact in my life in a negative way. Truly one of the worst people I have had the displeasure to meet in my life.
V - They are a person who became close to me later on. Older than the rest of us in the group by a year. We shared none of the same classes but spoke to each other online and in person during school breaks. To this day they are the only person I speak to from my past.
(I have bolded the ones included in this particular story.)
First off, let me assure you that my name is not Mary. So there’s no way I could be pregnant at that time.
‘EL’ was a girl who I had only known for maybe a year or two but she was easily one of the worst people I’ve ever known. At the time I didn’t know how awful she would be. Something unnerved me about her when we first met. ‘H’ had met her at the bus stop and as she was the only new girl and our age, both ‘H’ and I were nice and friendly to her and introduced her to the rest of our friends. It was okay at first. We shared the same interests, we all liked anime, we all liked art, the same shows, films, books etc.
If you’ve read my other post (Smoking) then you might remember a part I mentioned where I refused to smoke or ‘take a puff’ of weed. ‘EL’ was the one who was telling me to do this and after I refused she had begun to tell people around our school that I was pregnant. Of course it didn’t reach me until I was in my drama class. (Which was ironic to say the least.)
Drama class was a personal space for me. None of my friends shared the passion I have for theatre. So it was a class where I could do whatever I wanted without judgement. None of my friends where in the class and those who were in the class were people that I only passed in corridors or had the odd other class or so together. I was truly free there. The teachers were a favourite of mine and very easy to talk to.
Anyway, I had a classmate who I was often paired up with. We were somewhat close. We spoke about intimate things and it was refreshing to have someone to speak to about ‘girly’ things such as make-up with as my other friends didn’t like to talk about that stuff. My classmate was somewhat known to be ‘slutty’ around school. This wasn’t true. She had a boyfriend all throughout high school and it was always the same guy, they got engaged as soon as they graduated and they are still together to this day. I’m sure she only got labeled as ‘slutty’ as she had larger breasts than the other girls in our school. She had told me (and a few others) that she had, had a few miscarriages in that year, soon a bunch of people in our school knew about it and she got a bit of nasty stuff spread about her but it was soon forgotten about. ‘EL’ was one of the people who heard about it and, together with the smoking incident. Decided that I was pregnant.
It was my classmate in drama class that found out and told me about it. It had only spread to a few people but she and our drama teacher had been in the library to collect our classes books of a play we were doing and they had heard ‘EL’ bragging to a few students in our year and a few below/on our bus about my pregnancy. (My drama classes had extra lessons during break as we were doing practice for a play, so everyone else had their normal breaks and our class had practice.) This was when I stopped hanging outside and eating lunch in the cafe or outside on the benches to hang out in the library during break to see if I could hear first hand about these rumours.
Nothing came of this really. My teacher didn’t do anything because I told her nothing was happening. Really nothing did. Everyone knew I had no boyfriend, and I had never been asked out by anyone in our school. Most people knew I wasn’t pregnant.
My friends however…
I’m not sure…
…Maybe they did?
Nobody came up to me and asked about my ‘pregnancy’. I don’t know if they either didn’t hear the rumours so never asked or did hear the rumours and didn’t care, or did hear the rumours and believed them?
It was around this time I also apparently got a boyfriend in highschool? Apparently he was pretty cool and looked like a fighter. It’s pretty funny when you think about it. A couple of guy friends I was close to at the time had made up a boyfriend for me when asked by other students about my ‘pregnancy’ rather than deny it, they thought it would be funny to wind the students up by making up this extravagant boyfriend. On one hand looking back, this was pretty sweet of them, heck it could have been worse!
‘EL’ did keep pressuring me to talk to her about ‘how I lost my V card’ but even though I told her I didn’t she kept pestering me to do so. So I made up a lie that I saw in a fanfic and she repeated this to my friend ‘H’. ‘H’ thinking that I had ‘done the deed’ was pressured into having sex with her boyfriend. I didn’t know about this and it turned out that ‘H’ did end up having sex with her then boyfriend, she told me she hated it and I told her not to let anyone make her feel like she ‘has’ to do anything.
‘EL’ was a Christian girl. A very religious girl. Her family were all religious, they always went to Church on Sundays. She wore a purity band around her wrist and bragged about it. She ‘lost’ it and bragged about that too. She later told us she had under-age sex with a much older man (the same age as her father) who she had a job babysitting his kids. I hope that she has eventually seeked help and that the man has been arrested. She also blamed me saying that she only slept with him because she had hung out with me and that I was a bad influence. She had a boyfriend at this time too, a classmate of mine, and refused to tell him that she cheated on him. He found out by someone else but ‘EL’ was certain that I was the one that told him. (I didn’t, I was too busy with my play to have had so much focus on her relationships.)
Because of all that happened and miscommunications between different groups, some of my friends wouldn’t trust me anymore. Thinking that I had made up the lie about me being pregnant because they thought I made up the lie about having a boyfriend.
This event was easily one of the more weirder events in my past and honestly the one I can brush off the easiest. It helps that I had no more contact whatsoever from ‘EL’ as she moved away and we got into different schools later. She did try contacting me on Instagram and Facebook later but I declined without messaging her. Her sister did try pressuring me into talking to her, saying it was my fault she was depressed about it all, but honestly, it’s not my place to provide help for them. I don’t know how to help someone who did that to me and could do that to someone else.