Although it was starting to get chilly with autumn, it was still a sunny Saturday after two days of hard rain and Abigail was thrilled to accompany her big sister, Mallory, to the park. The previous weekend, their grandparents had taken them to the zoo and Abigail came home the proud owner of a small stuffed leopard she named Spots. With Spots tucked in one arm, she joined Mallory and some of her friends. The older girls were all ten years old - incredibly big by Abigail's six year-old standards and they all agreed that Spots was a fine leopard.
While the fifth-graders were hanging out together, Abigail found one of her friends nearby and they played together on the swing set. The little girls decided that Spots was very good on the slide. When her friend had to leave, Abigail saw another one of Mallory's friends, Janie, with some other girls. She thought it was odd that Janie wasn't with Mallory so she went over to tell her that her big sister was here. And Abigail was also sure that Janie wanted to meet Spots.
Had Mallory told her that Janie's snotty behavior had left her on the outs with her old friends, Abigail wouldn't have understood. She was a friendly and sensitive little girl who could not fathom why one person could ever be mean to another. When she greeted Janie and started to show her Spots, the older girl looked flustered to be bothered by a little kid while in the company of her new friends.
She sneered at the confused Abigail instead.
"Hey, do you and Mallory share the same training bra?" Janie asked nastily, drawing smirks from the other girls.
"Oh no, that's for big girls like Mallory," Abigail answered sincerely. "I don't wear those."
"Really?" Janie replied. "I thought the Little Twerps brand was one-size fits all - tit sizes zero and under."
The other girls laughed now and Abigail just didn't understand. When she tried to talk to Janie again, the girl pushed her out of the way. Abigail went tumbling, skinning her knee as she fell. But what hurt worse was watching Spots land in a muddy puddle.
When the little girl started bawling, Mallory started to run her way with her friends close behind her. As she spied Janie laughing with the other girls in her company, Mallory's normally even temper started to rise. Janie acting stuck-up was one thing, but making her little sister cry meant that she had crossed the line from friendship for good.
"Get away from her!" she yelled before kneeling to console her sister.
This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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