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I found Mia in the courtyard sitting with Dina. Mia was laughing, absolutely oblivious that I was fuming, and I was looking right at her. By the time I was at least ten metres away, Mia's eyes lifted to me and a smile appeared on her lips.

"Hey," she greeted.

"How could you tell Kyle about the deal?" I accused immediately.

Mia eyes widened in shock. She looked over to Dina who looked far more confused than Mia. Dina cleared her throat uncomfortably and stood up.

"I'll leave you two alone," she mumbled before walking away.

Mia stood up with a frown. "What are you talking about?" she asked quizzically.

How could she play dumb with me? Does she honestly think I wouldn't know?

"Kyle knows about the deal. He knows that Daniel made me promise to stay away from him and now Kyle hates him. He's ignoring Daniel," I clarified with irritation.

Mia snorted. "Can't say I'm surprised. Kyle was always a drama queen," Mia replied instead.

I was baffled. No. I was beyond baffled. How could she say that? A person just found out that their best friend has been going behind their back telling the person they like to stay away because they thought they were bad for them, and Mia was acting like I was no problem.

"Tell Daniel that Kyle will get over it," Mia dismissed.

I frowned, shaking my head in disbelief. "How could you say that? I know you hate the both of them but how could you be so pleased about two friends fighting?" My hands were shaking.

"Well, it was bound to happen and besides, Kyle has every right to be angry. Why are you making such a big deal about it?"

"Big deal?" I asked in disbelief. "It's a big deal because you told Kyle before Daniel even had the chance to tell him himself. Now Kyle thinks Daniel betrayed him!"

Mia brows raised. "Wait a minute. Do you think I told Kyle about the deal?"

"Well, I didn't tell him, and it was definitely Daniel. So, if not us then who?" I asked rhetorically.

Mia scoffed. "I didn't tell Kyle!" she replied defensively, her voice slightly loud but composed. "You know what, screw you, Ellie. I've been trying so hard to support you throughout this whole year, trying to get you get out of your whole little bubble and this is how you repay me? You're honestly so selfish."

"Selfish? What did I do that was so selfish?"

I shouldn't have said that. I should've apologised that moment for accusing her, but I was angry. I was beyond angry and I wasn't even angry at her.

"Oh my god, you don't even see it do you? This whole year has been about you. You've been so preoccupied by the bucket list, to changing your life, that you didn't care for a second what any of us were doing. I'm your best friend remember, but instead of spending time with me or inviting me to any of the bucket list stuff with you, you go and do it with some random guy. I barely even saw you this year. But I sucked it up. I thought I shouldn't get involved because you should do it at your own pace. But now you're accusing me of something that I haven't done."

I didn't reply. I stood there in complete shock as Mia exhaled and inhaled slowly as she glared at me.

"The person here to blame is not me. It's you," she said and walked away.

I stood their frozen, unable to utter a single word. I wished I called out to Mia and apologised. I wished I moved to her and begged for her forgiveness. But I didn't. I didn't even know why, but I wouldn't even move. I sat down at the bench and leaned my head forward, breathing in and out slowly.

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