Maya says goodbye to Pete (her best friend and the boy with whom she is secretly in love):
“Maya’s legs and arms went numb. So, this was it then? They were going to cut off their relationship in one neat slice, instead of drawing out the pain. Pete did not want to acknowledge that she was leaving, so she would play along with him. She felt her throat clog again and tried to exhale, willing the sudden flux of emotion to leave her body.
‘Well, I guess I’ll get goin’ then,’ she said, praying her voice would not betray her.