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Star Realizes She Is Not Alone
By Jennifer Brown
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Chapter OneThe morning after Stars parents told her they were getting divorced, she felt very tired. She just didn't feel right.
When Stars mother came to see why she hadn't come to eat her breakfast yet, she was surprised to see Star was still in bed.
She checked Stars forehead to see if she had a fever, but her forehead felt just right.
Star asked her mother if she could stay home from school because she wasn't feeling well. Star could only shrug her shoulders when her mother asked her what was wrong.
Stars mother said she could stay home and that she would bring her breakfast in bed. Star said, "Thank you. I love you, Mom."
Stars mother said, "I love you too, Star."
When her mother brought her breakfast, Star realized she wasn't hungry. In fact, she just wanted to crawl back under the covers, cuddle with Blossom, her cat, and sleep.
Star slept all morning. She finally got out of bed and went to the kitchen to get a drink.
Stars mother was reading a book at the table and asked her how she was feeling. She said she was still feeling tired but didn't feel like talking. Stars mother wanted to help her not feel so sad, but she decided to give her some time to think about the upcoming changes in her family.
Star asked her mother where her father was. She told her he was on his way home from work, and they needed to talk as a family.
Star began to feel like there were butterflies in her belly again, just like when her parents first mentioned the divorce. She asked her mother if she had to talk, because she felt nervous and scared. Stars mother assured her that as a family they would work everything out for the best.
Star wanted to believe her mother, but her butterflies didn't go away.
Star went see her friend Sara whose parents got divorced one year ago. When Star saw Sara, she began to cry and couldn't stop. Sara gave her a hug and told her she remembered crying too. Sara noticed Stars necklace was not shining as it always had in the past.
Sara shared with Star that it took her a while before she even wanted to talk about her parents divorce. She said she didn't even want to talk with her brother and sister about it. Sara said her mother gave her a journal to write her feelings in because she didn't feel comfortable talking about them to anyone. Star began to cry again because she didn't have any brothers or sisters to talk to. Star began to feel even more alone yet very thankful she had her best friend Sara to talk with.
When Star turned the corner from walking home from Saras, she noticed her fathers car in the driveway. She decided she would go in the back door, hoping her parents wouldn't notice she was home.
Star was surprised when her parents called her name. Star felt like she had no choice; she was going to have to talk about the divorce.
Stars parents told her that her father was going to move into an apartment across town. She would be able to stay with him every other weekend. Her father said she would have her own room and would be able to decorate it any way she would like. Her parents talked about other things too, but Star stopped listening and began to cry and ran to her bedroom.
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