by Jack Sinclair
Family usually means you should value each
other and want to protect each other no matter what, right?
That's what I always thought, but then I discovered
that it's a fine line between protecting the ones you
love and hurting them. My sister Crystal and me, we were just
getting to know each other again after spending an entire
lifetime apart. I wanted to be a good big brother, someone
she can look up to and admire – someone who's
cool and responsible. Trouble is, sometimes being cool and
being responsible seem like the opposite ends of the world.
Crystal just started chatting on-line.
Everyone does it, so it wasn't worth getting worked
up about until I accidentally saw some of her conversations.
She seemed to be getting pretty intense with this Bobby guy.
At first, I didn't think anything of it, like I said,
everyone does it; then Zoey reminded me about cyber stalkers
and it got me thinking that maybe Crystal might be getting
herself into trouble. This was one of those times when I hated
being right, but I found out that her on-line buddy 'Bobby'
was a total creep who could do her some serious harm.
The fact is, Crystal wouldn't listen
so to save her from this creep, I had to break her trust.
We were really starting to have a connection, and I risked
losing that by nosing in on her business. But if I hadn't,
she might have been halfway across Canada by now with that
creep, or worse.
Still, it wasn't easy to rat on her,
and it's impossible to know how far to go when you are
trying to protect the ones you love. I just kept thinking
that it would be better to have her mad at me now than risk
losing her forever, and if it put one more creep in jail then
maybe it wasn't such a bad thing to do. Who knows, maybe
it saved someone else's sister as well?
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