Allisen and Melissa started out getting along really well. They were excited to meet each other, and eager to hang out together as much as possible. But then things started going downhill, and there was probably a lot playing into that. For one, they were spending a lot of time together, so the novelty of being Buddies wore off pretty quickly. For two, as Melissa pointed out, they had their share of differences. Maybe Melissa had a preconceived notion of what her Big Buddy would be like, and Allisen wasn’t exactly what she was expecting. Additionally, as Stivre suggested, some of Melissa’s behaviors may have been her testing to see how much Allisen liked her.
Allisen and Melissa finally worked out their difficulties, and started forming a sweet, sisterly relationship. When she found out Melissa was being abused, Allisen was forced to make a decision—report the abuse and therefore betray Melissa’s trust, or keep quiet and allow Melissa to continue to be abused. It’s hard to betray the trust of someone you care about, and in most cases, it’s a horrible thing to do. But in cases in which someone is being hurt and you have the power to stop it, you need to step up and make it stop. Your friend or loved one may be mad at you for a while, but eventually they’ll realize that you did the right thing.
If you know someone who you suspect is being abused, talk to your parents, teacher, guidance counselor, or other adult you trust.