Writer’s Clue (StoryADay)

Before the story about Taylor Parker’s disappearance and how she was erroneously known as my cousin Tanya Shinnok, I once knew a girl named Christina McAllen. If anything, Christina reminded you of Taylor; she had a way of making you feel special, but bullied those who sought to destroy her. In hindsight, Christina and Taylor weren’t that much different, but they were.

I knew Christina from my days in St. Francis Elementary School, when one of the teachers made me and three other girls named Joanna Marshall, Sabella Tucker, and Rebecca Walker sit with her at lunchtime. The rest of the school bullied anyone else who spoke to Christina until they dumped her. The funny thing was, though, no one in the school bothered Joanna, Sable, Becky, or me, not even if we spoke to Christina in a public place.

And what Christina went through, Taylor also went through, yet Taylor didn’t experience the abuse Christina went through. I wondered what did Taylor have that Christina didn’t have in terms of being treated kindly in the school? Something had to give.

Yet, when Christina disappeared, no one seemed to care. No one liked her, and they were more than relieved when the news broke out that Christina was gone. Not so with Taylor, as when she disappeared, the police tore apart the city until she was eventually found and returned to her family. As for Christina, she was found dead TWO years after she disappeared. The person who found her dead went into witness protection to protect him from the people who would come after him for finding Christina’s remains.

So, what’s the clue in this story? It seemed that people preferred Taylor over Christina, which was why the police was willing to help find Taylor and leave Christina to die. And believe me, that’s the worst part about this story.

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