Why does Daphne want to fight Maleeka in The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake?

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In chapter 6, page 29, Daphne Robinson wants to beat up Maleeka because she says she has just found out that Maleeka kissed her boyfriend. Maleka knows it was Charlese who kissed Maleeka's boyfriend, but she keeps quiet. As she says, "my fingers are starting to shake, and my throat...

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In chapter 6, page 29, Daphne Robinson wants to beat up Maleeka because she says she has just found out that Maleeka kissed her boyfriend. Maleka knows it was Charlese who kissed Maleeka's boyfriend, but she keeps quiet. As she says, "my fingers are starting to shake, and my throat is dry as toast."

Daphne begins to punch Maleeka around the head. The only thing Maleeka can do to defend herself is to try to push her away. However, with everyone calling for Daphne to beat up Maleeka for stealing her man, it is becoming increasingly difficult for her to find the mental and physical strength to do so.

Miss Saunders arrives to break up the fight, and Maleeka uses the distraction to get her own punch in on Daphne. Miss Saunders holds Maleeka back, and Daphne, using the hand with a basketball ring on it, punches Maleeka in the chin. As Maleeka's chin gushes with blood, Daphne steps back, gathers some flem in her mouth, and spits over all over her rival.

Through all this, the real villain, Charlese, is looking on from the sidelines, "eating a candy bar as if she's at the movies."

Maleeka's mother grounds her for three weeks with no television or telephone.

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