When Poppy and Cayden meet online, little do they know that they're actually both meeting someone much closer to home.
What follows is two complex relationships and battles of wills- but will either come clean about their life and lies?
You don't know what it's like to be someone else for a day.
To live a different life on every different website. It's not that I do it for security- I do it to see what's it's like. I do it for myself, my own curious, stupid good. Yes, that's right: I lie just for the fun of it. It does feel good; to be whomever I want to be whenever I want. I can be pretty, intelligent, popular...or the complete opposite. All just for the fun of it.
Today I am a character called Poppy. Poppy Brant. I roll those words around on my tongue to see how they fit as I type them into the 'About Me' section of this new website, a gleaming social networking site.
I am 14 and blonde, with a slight aversion to sport. Though I don't mind playing tennis, hockey and swimming. I don't like school- but then, who does! Me? I don't joke around, though I have been known to not be very smart... whatever that means! Send me a message! I'm looking for new friends.
Sometimes I'm someone else to keep my identity hidden from a man I used to be 'in love' with. Well, that's how it started and, whilst it was his fault for saying he had a Facebook account, it gave me no right to snoop around! But by the time I was finished with my crush, I had caught the lying bug, as you do.
I don't eavesdrop...I pick up the little things people say and keep them warm and safe to use later. Maybe, to you, that's just a nicer way of saying 'eavesdrop'- but to me it's a way of finding that crucial information.
And when I want to start afresh? I just click 'join now'.
Oh, look. 'Poppy' has already got a post! What a popular new young thing!
And this is the tale of how that one post changed my life. My actions then were so bleak, so self-centred. But due to that one character, a boy not unlike me, I felt compelled- no, I was compelled to change myself, inside and out. From on the internet to in my 'real-life' too. And it was in my real-life that the changes always had been so needed...