The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie

Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney's north-west but has also lived in the US and England. She spent four years working as a media and entertainment lawyer and now writes full time so that she can sleep in each day. She and her Canadian partner divide their time between Sydney and Montreal, depending on where the summer is.

 

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JACLYN
MORIARTY

THE BETRAYAL OF
BINDY MACKENZIE

First published 2006 in Pan by Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Limited
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To my mum and dad,
To Liane,
And to Colin
With love.

PART ONE

I have never spoken to Bindy, but I am sure that behind her extremely annoying personality she is a beautiful human being.

A BIT TOO SMART.

you can't help who you are, Bindy, and maybe you will change this year? Good luck with year 11.
I think you will change.

Bindy wears her hair weird even tho people talk about it behind her back. I'd change my hair, but that's Bindy for you, she's got guts.

 

Bindy Mackenzie

 

She's a fast typist.

Well, what can you say about Bindy? Hmm.
Did someone say the word ‘SMART'???? Bindy!
You have words in your head that would be too long to fit in anyone else's head! Because you have SUCH A HUGE HEAD!! Just kidding!! (kind of)

Bindy Mackenzie talks like a horse.

PART TWO
1

Resolutions from the Heart. This week, Bindy will . . .

1.
Begin Year 11!
2.
Consider her future.
3.
Read the book:
How did I get this dysfunctional and what can I do to change?
(Britney Brillson, PhD). Photocopy extracts and distribute to fellow students.

As Wednesday wends its winsome way, so Bindy goes to:
1. Maths
And Bindy, pay heed to . . .
Lucy Tan—she was close second last year and rumour has it she's had advanced tutoring over the holidays. May well be a threat.

2. Biology
And Bindy, pay heed to . . .
Tonja Slavinksi—her sudden flashes of genius last year were disturbing (to say the least).

3. English
And Bindy, pay heed to . . .
The teacher—it was to be Ms Lawrence, but I hear she took
flight at the last minute. Hence: a substitute named Miss Flynn. Substitute teachers, like student teachers, rarely reach the
heart
of a lesson. Find a way to guide her to the essence?

4. Form Assembly
And Bindy, pay heed to . . .
Nothing—ignore their clichés! Use time to recite strong German verbs in a whisper.

5. Friendship and Development (‘FAD')
And Bindy, pay heed to . . .
The point—this is a new self-awareness course and, quite frankly, what is the point? Can it be best use of our time? Seems unlikely.

6. Free Period
And Bindy, pay heed to . . .
YOURSELF! Go directly to the library, begin homework at 2.30 pm precisely, and continue until final bell. DO NOT GET CAUGHT IN REVERIE.

The Philosophical Musings of Bindy Mackenzie
Wednesday, 2.32 pm (in the library)
As with a knocked funny bone, so with life at large. Wait. Simply wait. Let the moment pass and your elbow will be yours once again.

The Philosophical Musings of Bindy Mackenzie
2.35
pm
Consider a dirty window. If life seems suddenly dirty and smeared, simply
wash the window.
And life will sparkle once again.

The Philosophical Musings of Bindy Mackenzie
2.38
pm
But how to wash the window?

The Philosophical Musings of Bindy Mackenzie
2.39
pm
Nay, how to
smash
the window? And where to buy fresh glass?

The Philosophical Musings of Bindy Mackenzie
2.40
pm
Turn from the window and consider this: people are generally good and kind and it is right that they inhabit the earth.

The Philosophical Musings of Bindy Mackenzie
2.42
pm
Of course, some people have venom in their hearts. But venom is nature's defence mechanism and who are you to find fault with nature?

The Philosophical Musings of Bindy Mackenzie
2.43
pm
If certain venomous others—a certain Venomous Seven— have spoken ill of you, what is the antidote to that?

The Philosophical Musings of Bindy Mackenzie
2.44
pm
Kindness
is the antidote to cruelty!! Be kind to yourself! Behold! I will try it right now!

The Philosophical Musings of Bindy Mackenzie
2.57
pm
And what, pray tell, if the antidote fails? What if the poison courses through my blood, already seeping into my bones?

The Philosophical Musings of Bindy Mackenzie
3.00
pm
The solution, Bindy, is: move on! Why waste your time on seven troubled people? Think of them as grimy dinner plates arranged in a row in a dishwasher. You, Bindy, are the dishwasher's fan. Set way
above
the seven grimy plates, you spin through the soap bubbles of life.

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