It was only by focusing intensely on her goal that Sheva survived the next school day. 

She hadn’t been imagining it. There were stares, and snubs, and total, utter silence. Nobody was mean or nasty. But nobody talked to her, either. 

Sheva willed herself to hold it together. She needed to be completely calm when she talked to Adina. Regardless of what she thought about Adina’s choices, Adina was very angry, and in a lot of pain, and she had to do this carefully. 

So Sheva ignored the snubs and the silence and remained singularly focused on her goal: Find an opportunity to talk to Adina alone. 

It wasn’t helpful that Adina’s goal was probably the exact opposite: Avoid Sheva at all costs. 

So Sheva considered it proof of G-d’s existence that Adina started walking home alone after school. She didn’t know where the other girls had disappeared to; since they weren’t speaking to her, she was totally out of the loop. But there was Adina, walking alone. On a sudden inspiration, Sheva ducked through a side path, hidden by brush and trees, and overtook Adina. She waited, out of sight, muttering the Tehillim she knew by heart, fighting the incongruous desire to laugh. Yesterday she had waited for Shiffy, now she was ambushing Adina. She was getting good at this. 

When Adina drew level with her, Sheva stepped out in front of her suddenly. 

Adina looked furious, but she had no choice but to stop. 

“What do you want?” 

Not a very promising beginning, but she had broken through Adina’s defenses in the beginning of the year, and she would do it again. 

“I want to talk to you,” Sheva said evenly. 

“I have nothing to say to you.” 

“I have something to say to you.” 


“And I think you owe it to me to listen to what I have to say.” 

Adina’s composure broke. “I owe it to you? I owe it to you? How can you say that? Aren’t you embarrassed?” 

After everything Sheva had endured the past three days, it was hard to remain in control. “I should be embarrassed? I’m not the one who shunned my…” She hesitated. “…friend, without giving her the benefit of the doubt or the chance to explain herself!”