Chapter 1 of 2: The next step on Little Jackie’s hero’s journey is a supreme ordeal. In her case, it is Daniel’s ex-girlfriend, Dorothy, confronting Jackie with expletives and other negative comments including that Jackie must stay away from Dorothy’s boyfriend, Daniel. Additionally, two girls have bragged that they are attending a party to be held at the house of Daniel’s best friend. Jackie found herself feeling like a victim again until her best friend, Angela, encouraged Jackie to check her facts with Daniel.
Hero’s Journey story: Little Jackie’s Supreme Ordeal
© 2001 by Debbie Dunn
Chapter 1: Jackie meets Daniel’s ex-girlfriend
Jackie had been having a very good day. Daniel had managed to snatch a couple of minutes to talk to her before school that morning. They had even passed in the hall a couple of times and talked briefly. She loved having a boyfriend who really cared about her. Like I said, Jackie had been having a very good day.
Then at lunch, Lacy came up and asked, “Hey, Jackie, did Daniel invite you to the big party this weekend?”
Jackie asked, “What party?”
Lacy responded, “The one being given by his very best friend in the whole world — Eric?”
Jackie said, “Uh, … no.” She thought for a few moments and said, “Of course, we haven’t had much time to talk today yet.”
Lacy said, “Well, I’m going. My boyfriend has already asked me. I can’t wait!”
Lacy sauntered off. Jackie’s worried eyes followed her. Then, she glanced quickly at her best friend, Angela, and then down at her food. Angela said, “Oh, he’s probably waiting to ask you tonight on the telephone.”
Jackie smiled weakly and said, “I hope so!” Jackie kind of wailed as she said in consternation, “Wait a minute. This isn’t his night to call. He calls every other night, and we already talked last night. We won’t be talking on the phone again until tomorrow night.”
Angela soothed, “Well, it’s only Monday. There’s still plenty of time for him to ask you. He’s probably just one of those guys who doesn’t give much advanced notice.”
“Yeah, you’re probably right,” Jackie said. Then, she tried to put the whole party idea out of her mind.
Much to her dismay, Jackie didn’t see Daniel the whole rest of that day. She thought, “Darn, Lacy, anyway! Why did she even have to tell me about that party in the first place?! Now my whole day is ruined!” Jackie never thought to remember that she was once again doing that victim thing. If she had, she might have self-mentored herself. But instead, she felt sad and worried the rest of that day.
The next day, Lacy came up and asked, “Did he ask you yet?”
Jackie smiled weakly and said, “No, not yet.”
Lacy said, “Too bad.” Then, she walked off looking smug.
Jackie thought back to that morning in the gym. Daniel had smiled and waved but hadn’t bothered to walk over to where the sixth graders sit. And when the dismissal bell rang, he still seemed deep in conversation with one of his friends. Jackie began to question whether Daniel still liked her at all.
Sixth graders ate lunch right after the seventh grade did. Sometimes, Daniel tried to time himself so that they could talk a minute before he headed off to his next class. But Jackie didn’t see him. Instead, this seventh grade girl named Dorothy, came storming up to her. Dorothy hissed, “B_____.”
Jackie was stunned. “What???!!! What’s your problem? Why did you call me that?”
Dorothy snapped, “I heard you’ve been going out with my boyfriend, Daniel.”
“Your boyfriend! But … .” Jackie looked confused, shocked, and hurt.
Dorothy said, “Yeah, he and I have been going together for quite some time. Then, we had a little temporary break-up. Next thing I hear, he’s been two-timing me with you. Well, you are not good enough for him. He’s my boyfriend and you better lay off!”
Jackie forced herself to remain calm and said, “I don’t mean to sound harsh, but if you had broken up, then he hasn’t been two-timing you at all. He simply saw somebody he liked better.” Jackie hoped she was right. She hoped that Daniel truly liked her.
Jackie didn’t have much time to think, as Dorothy again snapped, “Don’t give me that! He’s my boyfriend! So lay off, “B_____!!!” Then, she went stomping off.
Just then, Angela came walking up. Seeing Jackie’s shocked face, she asked, “What was that all about?”
“Well, it seems that Dorothy is Daniel’s ex-girlfriend. She just finished calling me a b_____ a couple of times, told me that I’m not good enough for Daniel, and that I better lay off. She also accused Daniel of two-timing her as he turned to me when they had what she called a ‘temporary break-up’.”
Angela said reasonably, “Well, he can’t have been two-timing her if they had broken up.”
Jackie replied, “That’s what I told her. But she seems to think the two of them are still together. I wonder if it’s true. Maybe that’s why he didn’t try to talk to me this morning.”
Angela said, “Jackie, you haven’t had that Communication Skills class yet, have you?”
Jackie said, “No, why?”
Angela said, “Well, Mr. Campbell has been teaching us that when we hear a rumor, it is always important to go check your facts. So, in other words, just because Dorothy seems to think the two of them are still together, until you hear that from Daniel too, it’s not true.”
Jackie asked, “What are you suggesting I do, Angela?”
Angela said, “I think that if Daniel doesn’t call you tonight, you call him. Tell him what happened with Dorothy and then give him a chance to tell you his side of the story.”
Jackie said, “Okay, Angela. I will. You’re a good friend. Thanks!”
Angela said, “Call me after you talk to him. I want to hear what he says.”
Later that day, Suzy came waltzing up and said, “Hey, Jackie?”
Warily, Jackie said, “What?”
Suzy said, “Jeff and I are going to Eric’s party this weekend. Are you and Daniel planning to go?”
Jackie felt tempted to lie but finally said, “I don’t know yet.”
Suzy asked, “What is that supposed to mean?”
“Exactly what I said. I don’t know yet. Well, got to go!” Jackie rushed off to her next class, thankful that Suzy and she did not have any classes together.
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