I walked over to Bridgette's house, seeing that her parents were loading up their station wagon. Bridgette's family always goes to the lake in Michigan to see their family every summer, and they've asked me every year since I was 9, but I didn't want to. It's not that I don't want to spend the whole summer with Bridgette, its just that I really like spending the summer in Millerton; Knitting with Miss Hagerty, making lemonade with DJ, I love it here. Nana is always offering to send me to the girls' sleepaway camp my mother went to, but I declined her as well. I've never been away from my family, and what if I get sick? That'd be brutal!

"Hey! I didn't think you'd make it!"

I come to your house every day for the past 12 years.

"I really wish you can come."
"Yeah, me too. I'm just busy.." Bridgette was my only friend, and my best friend, and it was lonely around here without anyone my age to talk to during the summer. Her parents beeped the horn.

"Bridgette!" I gave her a hug.

"You promise to write me, right?"

"Of course, I always do." She ran into her car, and we waved to each other until the car was out of sight. I sighed, and started walking towards downtown. As I was walking, I past Dan, the lemonade man and waved to him, and I also passed a sign. It read: FRED'S CARNIVAL! BEARDED LADIES, RIDES, GAMES, FOOD AND MORE! COMING SOON. Awesome! I'll have to save my money.

I walked into my house, seeing that Nana was already there, and DJ, Miss Hagerty, Mom, Dad, Mr. Penny and Blainley were already seated.

"Hello, sweetheart." My dad gave me a look that said 'Be polite'

"Hi, Nana." I put on a fake smile.

"Hello, Hattie. How was downtown, Pumpkin?" I hated it when she called me Pumpkin.

"Good." I sat down next to Miss Hagerty.

"So, I booked a day for the catillion. Oh, Hattie, you'll love it, and its the day before your birthday!"

"Oh, dearie, I can make you a dress!" I hated the catillions she put up for teens every year and she knew it. Last year I had to go, and the popular girls in my class that I hate laughed at me the whole time, cuz I mostly just hung around the punch bowl and didn't get asked to dance once. It was such a nightmare.

"Maybe a nice boy will ask you to dance. What do you think of that?" My mother told me with a wink.

"I gotta go to the bathroom." As soon as I walked up, the phone rang, and Nana answered it.

"Hello? ... Oh, dear... He's what?... This is bad. We'll just make arrangments." I went down the stairs, looking like I never heard something and Nana was whispering to my parents, who had a worried look.

"Hello." My parents took my hand and took me into a room.

"It's someone in out family isn't it?"

"...What?"

"Who died? Spill the beans." My parents looked at each other and laughed.

"Nobody, honey. We just have to tell you about someone.."

A/N: Oooohhhhh! A cliffie! If you read the book, you know what's next.. If not, CLIFFIE! XD I'm trying my best to keep the book and this fanfic kind of diffrent. I have some things I added during the story and.. Yeah. It'll be fun.. And DRAMA filled! :D If anyone is interested in being in my new channel, check out TotalDramaOneShots! :) AHH, new glee in like, 8 minutes! (: Lemme know what you think about this chapter!

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