College Life 101: Freshman Orientation
College Life 101: Freshman Orientation - Excerpt:
Annoyed, Chasity flung the door open and immediately wished she could slam it shut on the person standing in the threshold.
Brenda Parker stared at her daughter, and all of the old resentment welled up. So beautiful and young was Chasity, such a constant reminder that Brenda would never be as pretty or as successful as her sister Patrisha. How she hated them both, with their looks and their attitudes.
“What are you doing here?” Chasity frowned, confused. She was certain that she would never receive a phone call from her mother, let alone a visit.
“Are you going to let me come in?”
“Do I have to?” Chasity replied, her hand still fixed to the doorknob.
With a disgruntled huff, Brenda pushed past her daughter, and looked around.
“What the hell are you doing here?” Chasity repeated, stepping away from the door.
“I’ve come to deliver some news,” she replied with a tight, hard smile.
“This sounds like something that’s going to piss me off.”
“Good thinking. At least you’re not entirely stupid.”
This is what Chasity had to grow up with, constantly being put down and criticized. And Alex thought I was lucky. How funny.
“Hurry up and say what you have to say, and get out,” Chasity spat out.
Sidra paused, wondering why the door was half open and who the hell Chasity was talking to. She wasn’t talking to anyone these days, except her professors. Chasity had been so distant, Sidra almost wished for the old Chasity. She could deal with the hostile bitch, but not the Ice Queen. Well, judging from the sounds coming from inside, hostile Chasity was back, and this was one conversation Sidra was not about to interrupt. But she’d be damned if she wasn’t going to eavesdrop.
“Chasity, I just want you to know that I don’t want you to return to my house ever again. I’m putting you out,” Brenda announced with less emotion than she used ordering takeout.
The flat statement, so coldly delivered, shocked Chasity. She wasn’t planning on going back anyway, but to hear her mother declare her unwelcome at home hurt. Chasity was surprised to find that it actually hurt, that her mother could still inflict pain.
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