Standing Up To Life Book 2 Ch 37 Pt 2

I just started crying at this point. I didn’t know what else to do. Eventually I managed to get out, “They’ve both attacked me before, and I found a second threatening note in my locker today.” I sniffed a fair amount before continuing, “Then I saw them following me today and I knew they must be up to trying to get me again…”

“Why in the world would two boys want to attack you?” she asked completely flabbergasted.

“Umm… because I’m different…” I told her cryptically.

“You look normal to me Tiffany, if anything you’re probably one of the prettier girls at your school,” she told me.

That brought a small smile to my face. “The problem they have is I wasn’t… I wasn’t born Tiffany…” I told her.

“What do you mean?” she asked. She had a very quizzical expression on her face.

“I… I…” I paused. Everyone at school knew, what was the big deal with a neighbour knowing? I took a breath, “I used to be a boy.”

“What?!?” she said louder than I think she meant.

I used to be a boy named Brandon. This past year I realized that I was supposed to be Tiffany.”

“Whoa… I’ve heard about people like you… I never would have guessed Tiffany,” she said truly in a state of shock.

“I guess I should be going now… I’m really sorry I caused you any trouble, thanks for helping me out,” I said as I started to get up and leave.

“Hold on a second Tiffany,” she said. I sat back down. “You’re different, and I won’t deny this is strange, but I’m not going to send you out to those boys to get hurt one way or another.”

I gave her a small smile. “Thanks Mrs. Lind.”

“No problem Tiffany. I have to admit I probably should be more concerned about this - but I don’t think you’d ever do anything to harm my girls - and that’s my standard. I am curious though, how did this all come about?” she asked as she went into the living room to look for the two boys. They must have still been out there somewhere though because she motioned for me to keep talking.

“Well it began last year…” I told her the basic outline of the events that had led to this.

She didn’t really interrupt at all while I was telling the story. When I was done her only reaction at first was, “wow, this must be really hard for you…”

At least it wasn’t the ‘you freak’ comment that I had feared. Thankfully some grownups were able to use their heads on things like this. I still was sure though that she wouldn’t ever want me to babysit for her again.

“Tiffany, I can’t say that I’m in total agreement that you should be doing this… It kind of goes against what I believe in. But, I think you really are a special young lady,” she told me as she came around the table and gave me a quick hug.

“Thank you,” I told her.

 
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