Tuesday, 31 May 2011

CHAPTER 5.2: Prom night 2 the revenge

"You want me to go to prom with you?"  The boy replied looking at Kaya in confusion.

"Shh!  Keep it down."  Kaya commanded looking over her shoulder to make sure no one had heard him, "Yes,"  She whispered, "You can be my prom date, but after I've given you a full makeover i mean seriously who picks out your clothes?  Your Mom?"

"Erm, yeah I'm 14 of course my Mom buys my clothes."  The boy replied.

"Tragic."  Kaya muttered, "Anyway so meet me after school today at the outlet mall across town."  Kaya shuddered at the thought of shopping at the outlet mall, but it was the one place she could be sure that no one she hung out with would see them together.
 "I don't think so."  The boy said quietly, interrupting her plan.

"Excuse me?"  She said slowly.

"I said i don't think so."  The boy repeated speaking louder so she could hear him.
"Are you saying no to me?"  She clarified.

"Yes I'm saying no."  He told her.

"Are you crazy?"  She asked him dumbfounded by his reply, "Don't you realise what going to prom with me means?"

The boy shook his head and asked "What's my name?" 


"Tell me what my name is?"  The boy confirmed.

Kaya looked at him blankly as though he was from another planet and the boy laughed.

"Unbelievable!  We've been going to the same schools since we were children and you don't even know my name."  The boy laughed.
"To answer your question Kaya, i do realise what going to prom with you means, it means being popular and superficial and not a very nice person, basically all the things that you are."
"So you're honestly telling me that you would rather stay at the bottom of the social heap than go to prom with me?"  She snorted, "I thought you geeks were supposed to be smart."

"Thank you for demonstrating my point so eloquently."  The boy smiled, "I don't know what happened to you Kaya, i remember in pre-school you used to share your cookies with me but now."  He shook his head some more,
"I don't think I've seen you do one nice thing since we started grade school."  He shook his head and started to walk away.

"Oh and it's Jackson by the way, my name."  He clarified.

Kaya swallowed as Jackson walked away, she could barely believe what had just happened. 

The nerve of that guy saying she never did anything nice!  She had just offered to take him from geek to chic and he had thrown it back in her face. 
And so what if she hadn't remembered his name, there were dozens of Sims at school she couldn't be expected to recall them all!

As she headed for the school bus she could feel the anger swelling inside her at Jackson's snub, wishing she could find someone to unleash it on she noticed Lexie hanging back.

"What are you doing?"  She called, noticing the agitated look on her sisters face.

"N-nothing."  Lexie replied, "I'm just gonna walk home."

"Are you nuts it's right across town!"  Kaya exclaimed, grabbing Lexie's arm and pulling her toward the bus.

As she did this she noticed the look of fear on Lexie's face, turning around she saw who her sister was afraid of.  "What's going on here?"  She demanded, "Has that kid been picking on you?"

"Please Kaya don't make it worse."  Lexie begged.
But aching for a fight Kaya stormed over to the kid and sized him up.

"Hey you!"  she yelled jabbing a finger at his tubby arm.

"Who are you?"  He asked screwing up his face.

"I am your worst nightmare!"  Kaya replied, "Now let me see if I've got this right."  She began.
"You're Mr boss right now aren't you?  You know why?  Coz your bigger than the other kids."  She explained, "Well guess what?  When you get to high school your size is gonna be what other kids use to pick on you."

The kid screwed up his face at her assessment.

"Now one of two things is going to happen, either you undo whatever you did to upset Lexie Traytor or when you get to high school i will make your life a living hell, do you understand me?"

The boy regarded her angrily but his lips remained tightly pressed together.

"Now nod so i know you're not deaf."  Kaya commanded and the boy obliged moving his head up and down slowly.

"Now get outta here!"  She said, pretending to lurch forward and making the boy jump.

"Thanks Kaya."  Lexie said, "I never thought you'd stand up for me like that."

"Are you kidding?  No one picks on my sisters except me."  She said smiling at the girl.

As Lexie ran off to catch the bus Kaya noticed Jackson watching her, giving him her best dirty look she turned on her heel and stalked away.

"Umm Kaya, can i talk to you?"  Josh asked as soon as she stepped through her bedroom door.

"Always."  She replied cheerily, her run in with the bully having released her tension over Jackson.

"It's about your prom dress."  He began.

"What?  My dress!  What about my dress?"  She asked rapidly her anxiety increasing tenfold.

She rushed to her closet door and found the dress hanging where she left it and felt the tension fade, until she noticed the dishevelled look of the garment.  Snatching it from the hanger she turned it over in her hands and there she found a tear, right along the side of the zipper.

"What in the hell happened?"  She demanded through gritted teeth.

"Kay please don't freak out OK?"  Josh begged, "It was just an accident that's all."

"You did this?"  She demanded.

"Not exactly no."  He said screwing up his face wishing it had of been him, "Look, Poppy was here and I'm not sure why but she tried on your dress and......"

"Poppy!  She did this?"  Kaya yelled, her temper clearly lost.  "I knew it!  I knew there was something i didn't like about that girl!"

"Kaya please you weren't here OK, you didn't see her she was upset."  Josh pleaded.

"SHE was upset!"  Kaya yelled, "What about me?  She's ruined my prom dress."

Josh took a deep breath, he had known Kaya would overreact but the look in her eyes was one of pure fury.

"I can't believe you would take her side Josh, i mean look at what she's done."  Kaya continued shoving the ripped garment under his nose, "She's obviously jealous of me!"

"That's it Kay!  I've heard enough.  It's all about you isn't it?  You are the most selfish person i have ever met, all you care about is this stupid prom and this stupid dress.  Who cares if your dress isn't perfect?  Poppy is not jealous of you she's dealing with some problems right now and they are much bigger than prom."

Kaya reeled from the way Josh spoke to her.  They had been best friends forever and he had never once criticized her or raised his voice to her, she had no idea that he felt this way about her.

"Josh I'm sorry."  She started.

"I don't want to hear it Kay!  I've had enough, you know i was gonna offer to get your dress fixed but you can forget it!  I hope your prom is ruined!"  He shouted at her before storming out.

Kaya stood still for a moment watching the door as it slammed behind him then she did something she hadn't done in a while, she burst into tears.
She didn't hear the door open and Lexie coming in.

"Are you alright?"  Lexie asked.

"What?  Yes of course."  She snapped, quickly drying her eyes, "What do you want?"

"I just wanted to say i think you're the best sister ever."  Lexie said smiling sweetly.

Kaya looked at her little sister and promptly burst into tears again.

"Kaya what's wrong?"  Lexie asked running over to hug her sister.

"It's nothing."  Kaya sniffed.

"Tell me maybe i can help."  Lexie offered, "It's the least i can do after you almost stopped Tommy."

"Wait what do you mean almost?"  Kaya asked.

"Well i guess he won't post anymore mean comments but he hasn't taken the page down." Lexie confided.

"What are you talking about, what page?"  Kaya asked.

Kaya scrolled through the list of comments that other Sims had left on the page, she was shocked by the level of hatred in the posts.

Most of these Sims didn't even know Lexie but they had all jumped on the band wagon started by Tommy and called her the most vile and hurtful names.

"How long has this been here for?"  Kaya asked.

Lexie shrugged, "I guess a week or so."  She replied.

"Why didn't you tell me about it?"  Kaya asked.

"I didn't think you would care."  Lexie stated, "You're always so mean Kaya i thought you would laugh if you read what people had said about me."

Kaya stared at Lexie in shock, first Josh and now her little sister, what kind of a monster was she?

"I'll take care of this OK?"  Kaya said choking back her tears.

The day of the prom arrived and Kaya had no dress and no date, although she had promised Lexie that she would take care of the page that Tommy had posted she had no clue how she would do it.

Josh still wasn't talking to her and it felt as though her whole world had come crashing down around her, and the worst part was that no one cared. 

Although no one said it Kaya realised that they all thought that she deserved it and maybe they were right.  After all her own sister had thought that she would laugh along with the cyber bullies who had made her life hell, why would anyone else have a better opinion of her?

As she slammed her locker door shut she caught a glimpse of Jackson out of the corner of her eye and turned to face him.

"Hi."  he said shyly.

"If you've come to tell me what a horrible  Sim i am don't bother i already know."  She snipped.

"Actually i wanted to say that i admired the way you stood up for your sister the other day."  He started, "I mean I'm not sure about your tactic, picking on a grade schooler is not ideal but i guess he deserved it."  Jackson laughed.

Kaya looked at him unsmiling, "Not that it matters anyway, everyone can still read the horrible things those Sims posted on-line."

"On SimSpace?"  Jackson asked.

Kaya nodded.

"I happen to know a thing or two about computers, I'd be happy to to help you get rid of it."  He offered.

"You could really do that?"  Kaya asked.

"There's not much i can't do with a computer."  Jackson replied.

"Can you come over to my place tonight and do it?"  Kaya asked.

"Sure, but what about the prom, isn't that tonight?"  Jackson queried.

"I guess I'm not going."  Kaya replied sadly, "Come over around 6 OK?"

Josh sat in Dr Deign's office, usually his sessions revolved around him telling her lies so that she would continue to tell his parents that he was doing OK but today something was really bothering him and he decided to open up to her about it.

"I have a friend who i guess is sick too."  He began.

"You mean sick in the way that you are Josh?"  Dr Deign asked.

"I guess, i mean I'm not sure exactly what kind of disorder she has but it's something like mine."  He continued.
"I'm really worried about Poppy, the last time i saw her she kind of freaked out and now she won't return any of my calls."

"Did you say her name was Poppy?"  The Doctor asked.

"Yes, i met her here actually."  Josh admitted.

"Tell me exactly what she did."  Dr Deign prompted.

As Josh recounted the story to her he could see the Doctor's eyes getting wider and wider.

"So you found her wearing a prom dress and you say she didn't recognise you."  The Doctor confirmed.

Josh nodded to confirm and felt his stomach fall as the Doctor put her head in her hands and said "Oh Poppy not again."

"Should i be worried here Doc?"  Josh asked.

"I'm afraid Josh that Poppy's condition is a little different to yours."  Dr Deign disclosed, "She had been doing so well but now it all makes sense, she met you and it started all over again."  she sighed.

"You're gonna have to fill me in here."  Josh said.

"When Poppy was at her last school she met a boy and fell for him very quickly.  She decided to stop taking her medication and her symptoms soon became out of control."

"How out of control?"  Josh asked.


As she entered the ballroom she looked around in awe at the beauty of the decoration. 

Fairy lights twinkled around the ceiling lending a magical feel to the room and Poppy smiled as she realised it had finally happened, tonight she was good enough.

Glancing around the room her heart sank as she saw Amber.

She was dancing with Thom!   

In that moment she realised that it had all been a lie, the note had been a joke played on her by the other girls.

She was a joke and everyone knew it.

"I told you so!"  the voice in her head taunted.

Poppy turned and fled from the room, away from the party and the laughter and into the fresh air.

She took big deep gulps of it all the while her heart was pounding against her chest as the adrenaline pumped double time through her.

"No good, no good!"  the voice sang to her over and over.

"Stop it!"  She cried out taking her head in her heads and beating the side of her face to quiet the voice, but it would not relent, "No good, never gonna be any good"

Her heart beat faster still and as the voice reached fever pitch inside her head she felt something snap and suddenly everything went silent.

Poppy moved on auto pilot, she knew what she had to do to show them, show them all.

Inside the party had carried on as though nothing untoward had even happened until Robson noticed the smoke billowing in from under the heavy ballroom door.

"Fire!"  He called over the sound of the music.

But as they tried to escape many found that their route was blocked completely by the raging flames.

As the flames leaped higher still, Poppy found herself outside of the building.

She could hear so many voices now, all shouting, begging, pleading for help.

She wasn't so useless now, people needed her now. 

Wide eyed she picked up her cell phone from her clutch purse and dialled the fire brigade.


"You see Josh Poppy's condition is perfectly controllable when she takes her medication, but when she decides she doesn't need it anymore she doesn't make rational decisions.  She was lucky that time, the fire brigade arrived in time and no one was seriously hurt."

"What about the school?"  Josh asked, "Didn't they press charges?"

"They had no proof that it was Poppy who started the fire, although they tried to pin it on her i brought in my lawyer and they soon backed off."

"YOU brought in a lawyer?  Why would you do that?"  Josh asked.

"Because Poppy is my daughter."  Dr Deign revealed, "I had to protect her."

"And what about now?  She's clearly off her meds again, what if she makes another bad decision?"  Josh demanded.
"Bridgeport High is having a prom tonight, you don't think that she would do anything irrational do you?"

Josh didn't wait for the Doctors reply he rose from the couch and headed out of the door towards the school.

Kaya watched as Jackson tapped away at the laptop.

"That's it."  He declared, "I removed all traces of the page and blocked Tommy from using the site again, i also sent him a virus just as a little extra payback."  He snorted.

"Wow don't mess the geek huh?"  Kaya laughed, "Sorry i didn't mean that."  She back pedaled.

"Yes you did."  he laughed, "It's OK Kaya I am a geek, i don't mind being called one.  It's only you and your friends that think being smart is some kind of disease."

"Well it clearly affects your ability to dress well."  She retorted, "Where did you even find a tie that disgusting?  Come to think of it why are you even wearing a tie?"

"I-I erm."  Jackson stammered looking away nervously, "I was wondering if you still wanted to go to prom with me?"  He asked.

Kaya looked at Jackson's outfit again, it was a truly hideous suit but the boy wearing it was so kind and selfless and he was asking her prom.

The mean girl inside Kaya screamed all kinds of insults but she held her tongue, "Just give me a minute to fix my dress."  She replied smiling.  After all what good was being popular if you couldn't take who you wanted to prom?

Poppy looked in through the window and surveyed the happy scene before her.  The girl and boy looked so happy together, sharing a private joke.

She had a faint memory of why she had come to this house, it was to see a boy, a boy she liked.


But as she looked through the window she saw him in the arms of another girl.


Monday, 30 May 2011

CHAPTER 5.1: A bitter pill to swallow

The girls laughter reverberated around the small reading room where Amber was holding court as usual.

As far as Highgrove Prep School went she was the queen, and the other girls her loyal courtiers.

They specialised in making others feel inferior with their cutting remarks and spiteful nicknames.

 "Look it's Prozac Poppy!"  Amber called, "What are you bothering looking in the mirror for?  Haven't you realised by now that no amount of makeup can cover up ugly!"

Ever since Poppy had been diagnosed with schizophrenia the other girls had mocked her relentlessly bestowing the cruel nickname upon her.

But their vicious jibes could not bring her down that day, she was on count down to the end of term ball when she would have her very first date.

The note she had received last week inviting her still sat in her desk drawer.  She studied it endlessly, night after night, imagining his hand penning the note and slipping it under her door.

He was Thom Forbes, head boy of Brooke Academy an exclusive boarding school for boys. 

Poppy had noticed him at the start of term mixer, he stood out with his handsome face and glossy chestnut hair.

She had felt the connection instantly believing that he was the one person who could truly understand her, if only he had the chance to get to know her.

Now she had her chance, Thom was taking her to the ball and everyone would know that she was a somebody.
No-one would ever call her Prozac Poppy again.

Poppy put the finishing touches to her makeup and smoothed down her dress, smiling to herself at the reflection which greeted her.

She glanced at the prescription bottle sitting on her dresser.
She had not taken her meds this week, why did she need them?  With Thom's love in her life she felt on cloud nine, there wasn't a pill in the world that could make her feel better than she did tonight.

As she grabbed her clutch purse ready to leave she heard it, very faintly, a little voice.

"You're not good enough Poppy"  It told her, "You're never going to be good enough for him" 

Shaking her head she quieted the voice and with determination left for the dance.


Kaya could feel the girls eyes burning into the back of her head, but as she turned around the girl looked quickly away.

An insult immediately reached Kaya's lips but she bit down to hold it in. 

She had seen this girl hanging around her brother more frequently lately and although the girl gave her an uneasy feeling that she couldn't quite put her finger on, she didn't want to risk offending her brother by bitching out his new squeeze.

Forgetting the minor irritation she turned her mind to more pressing matters.  Prom was a couple of days away and she still hadn't finalised her plans for getting the date she wanted.

Selection was not the issue she had, had her sights firmly set for a while now.

Elton Jennings was a senior, his Dad was a City banker and worth a mint.  Only the finest things in life were good enough for Elton and Kaya figured that she would fit perfectly into that equation.
As perfectly as she would fit into his brand new car!

There was just one problem with her plan, Elton had never once spoken to Kaya, in fact he had never so much as glanced her way. 

This was not a response that she was used to.
Some days she figured if she wore a garbage bag to school boys would still fall at her feet, but not Elton.

And therein lay the challenge that she had set herself.

Kaya had a plan all worked out, of course she would never usually approach a boy and ask him out but she reasoned that the boost to her social standing that bagging a catch like Elton would bring her was worth a little effort. 

Not that she would admit her tactics to her clique, are you kidding?  It wouldn't do for them to know that she, the great Kaya Traytor had been the one to ask a boy to prom.

Instead she decided to strike her target well away from school and the prying eyes of her "friends".

Elton and his crew preferred to hang uptown.  They could usually be found eating Al fresco at the bistro before heading over to uber cool lounge Aquarius for the evening. 

That Friday Kaya swallowed her pride and ventured to the bistro.  Spying Elton alone at the bar she made her move.

"What a coincidence seeing you here."  She started trying her best to act casually.

Elton glanced at her briefly then turned his attention back to the barmaid, "Yeah, can i get another round please?"  He asked, indicating his table of friends.

"Mines a simsapolitan."  Kaya stated fixing Elton with her best sultry pout.

"Do i know you?"  He asked looking down at Kaya.

"I'm Kaya, Kaya Traytor."  She said feeling her nerve falter briefly.

Elton regarded her blankly as though she were something he had just stepped in.

"Look I'll cut to the chase." Kaya said, "The prom is next week and i think you should take me."
"Why would i want to do that?"  Elton asked raising his brows as though her suggestion was the most ridiculous idea he had ever heard.

"Look you're the most popular boy in school and I'm the most popular girl, it makes sense for us to go together."  Kaya explained.

"Look, whoever you are."  Elton retorted sarcastically, "I don't date freshman." 

He laughed derisively at Kaya before walking back to his table of cronies chuckling to himself.
Kaya stood dumbfounded for a second until she heard Elton and his buddies having a good laugh at her expense.  Feeling the anger rise up inside her she balled her fists, raised her chin and stalked defiantly from the bistro. 

As she rounded the corner and dropped out of sight of Elton's crew she broke into a run.

No one had ever spoken to her the way Elton had before and certainly no one had ever looked at Kaya as if she were beneath them. 

She was much more accustomed to being the one dishing out that sort of treatment and now that she had experienced Elton's snobbery first hand she was damned if she was going to go back for more.
She ran until the path came to a close right at the waters edge and there she stood for a while allowing her mind to mull things over.

There was no way she could tell Amy and Connie what had happened, it would be social suicide, Kaya knew that if Connie ever saw an opportunity to dethrone her as queen bee she would jump all over it and tell the whole school what had happened. 

But equally she had already bragged to them that she was going to bag herself a hot date.  She had to come up with something that would save her reputation.

Usually schemes and plots came quickly to her, but as she stared out at the dark ocean nothing materialised, her mind only reeled more at the frustration of not knowing what to do. 

Kaya felt the anger rise once more and released it in the only way she knew how.
Tilting her head back she yelled. 

She cursed and swore and kicked at the ground like a child throwing a tantrum.
"Um, er, excuse me!"  A small voice called behind her.

Turning around Kaya found a boy standing less than three feet away, she hadn't realised there was anyone else around.

Far from being embarrassed that he had witnessed her meltdown she jumped at the chance to throw her frustration at a Sim instead of the dark night sky.

"What the hell are you doing out here, stalk much?"  She yelled at the boy.

"No, i, er, i."  The boy stammered.

"Well spit it out i don't have all day."  She said in annoyance at his apparent flaw.

"I was just looking for rocks for my geology project and well i couldn't help overhearing you yelling, i just wanted to check that you were OK."  The boy said cautiously.

"OK?"  She spat, "YOU just wanted to check that I was OK?"

"Y-yes."  The boy confirmed warily.

"Do i look like i need your help?"  Kaya yelled, "Listen up four eyes why don't you get back to your rocks and leave me the hell alone!"  She demanded.

"Uh-OK"  The boy said, holding up his hands as a gesture of peace and backing slowly away from Kaya.

Kaya felt the anger quell inside her chest, she exhaled slowly and felt it disappear altogether.


"I'm telling you Amy she doesn't have a date."  Connie exclaimed.

"But Kaya told us she was gonna have the hottest date there."  Amy replied confused by the other girls statement.

"She's lying!"  Connie retorted, "Ricky told me that she begged him to take her, but he turned her down so he could take me."  She bragged.

"Urgh if you're going to lie Connie at least make it believable."  Kaya sighed emerging from the cubicle where she had been listening to her so called friend bitch about her.

"So who IS your date then?"  Connie threw at her.

"No one you know."  She replied mysteriously.

Connie tutted loudly and flounced off.

"Kaya, your brother still hasn't asked me to prom."  Amy whined.
"Oh for goodness sake Amy will you get a clue please?"  Kaya snapped, "He's not going to ask you because he's not into you."  She said speaking slowly so the dim witted girl would understand.

"So who am i gonna go with?"  She pouted, "I already bought the corsage to give to him."

"Amy the guy is supposed to give you a corsage."  Kaya pointed out, "Look Nick Millard still doesn't have a date, i suppose i could prompt him to ask you."  She offered.

"Really?"  Amy asked, her eyes lighting up like a kids on Christmas day.

"Sure."  Kaya smiled relenting her tirade against the girl.  She knew she gave Amy a hard time, is was difficult not to when every sentence she uttered was crying out for an insult!  

She was harmless really, but Connie was another matter.  If she didn't get a hot date for prom pronto she could see Connie stealing her crown.

As Kaya stormed out of the bathroom she came face to face with the boy from last night.  His eyes went wide at the sight of her and he instantly looked at the ground rather than meeting her gaze.

Kaya studied him like a test subject and a plot sprung instantly into her mind. What was it Amy had suggested last week at the boutique?  Turn a geek into a prom date, hmmm.  Kaya's mind whirred overtime as she processed the sight in front of her.

Well he was certainly a prime candidate for a makeover, his geography teacher styled shirt was tucked into shorts and were those socks he was displaying proudly underneath sandals?  Urgh and don't get me started on those eyebrows and that Frankenstein hairdo, Kaya thought.

Well she had wanted a challenge!  And what better way to show who was head of this school than to turn a social outcast into the prom king?

Kaya walked over to the boy and continued to examine him.

As the boy's face turned bright puce she asked, "Do those glasses come off?" 
"Erm wow Josh, it's erm, great!"  Poppy said appraising his latest painting while trying to contain her laughter.

"What?  You don't think Dr Deign will like the self portrait?"  He asked sarcastically.

Poppy giggled, she liked Josh so much.  Around him she felt completely free and at ease, it was almost as though her disorder didn't exist any more. 
She knew she was falling in love with him, but after her previous experience she was wary.  Suddenly Thom's face popped into her head and she gasped.

"What is it?"  Josh asked, his face a picture of concern.

"N-Nothing."  She answered a little too quickly, "Can i use your bathroom?"

"Sure."  He replied, "You sure you're OK?"

Poppy nodded and headed out of his bedroom.

As soon as Poppy pushed open the door she realised she was in the wrong room, she should have turned right around and walked away but something caught her eye and drew her in.

She ventured forward and reached out her hand stroking the silky fabric, the prom dress was a stunning ice blue silk gown with an intricate neckline.

Poppy gasped at the sheer beauty of the dress hanging in front of her, drinking in it's perfection her mind began to slip and suddenly she was no longer in the room.
She was back at Highgrove prep, readying herself for her date with Thom.

The satin dress fit her like a glove, it's cool soft fabric hugged her body in all the right places, she looked like a princess.

Suddenly the image crashed and cracked in her mind like a corrupted main frame and another image replaced it.

There right in front of her was Thom, her Thom and Amber, laughing and holding each other while Poppy watched them through the window.

Gone was the hope of acceptance and love and in it's place was betrayal, deceit and lies.

Poppy grabbed handfuls of the silky fabric and pulled and clawed at it trying to free herself from it's false promise of happiness.
"Poppy!"  Josh called witnessing the scene in front of him, "What are you doing?"

Josh rushed forward and tried to calm her down but she looked at him with such confusion in her eyes that he backed off, "Poppy it's OK it's Josh."  He explained.

"Josh?"  She asked rubbing her eyes roughly as though she didn't recognise him.

"What are you doing in here?"  He asked gently, "You're wearing my sisters prom dress."  He told her.

Poppy looked down at the twisted fabric she still had clenched between her fingers, "Oh God, oh no!"  She cried realising what she had done.
"I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry."  She repeated breathlessly.

"Poppy it's alright just sit down let's talk about this."  Josh said calmly.

But Poppy was not listening, she unzipped the dress and kicked it off hastily grabbing her own clothes and throwing them on still repeating, "I'm so sorry."

Before Josh could say anything more she turned and fled from the room.

Josh looked after her, he had never seen Poppy so agitated before. 
Of course he knew she had some kind of problem, why else would she be getting treatment from Dr Deign?  But she didn't really like to talk about it and so he had never pressed her further. 
Heck talking about his depression wasn't exactly his favourite topic either!

He glanced at the dress which lay crumpled on the floor, Kaya was going to throw a fit when she saw it.

He carefully picked it up and laid it out on the bed trying to smooth out the creases but there staring back at him was a huge tear in the silky fabric.

Yep, Kaya was going to freak!  He had to get this fixed before she found out.