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Friends This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Melissa M., Brooklyn, NY

   Friends! Throughout your life you have and need them, but as a teenager, they're the most important thing there is.

"Melissa, this is Amy. Amy, Melissa," my friend introduced us.

Amy had bleached blonde hair, slickly pulled back in a red scrunchy, bangs perfectly curled, hair-sprayed so they never moved. Her bright red lips formed a smile that reached from ear to ear. But her eyes just stared, blank and empty. The moment I looked into them and her face, I knew she wasn't who she appeared.

Despite my feelings I kept an open mind thinking, Maybe it's just from being in a new school. Day after day her face remained the same. The same bleached blonde hair, the same red-lipped smile and the same empty eyes. Every time I looked into those eyes I realized she was different from who she tried to be.

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