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Candles, song and story

Short story By: MAmberConrad
Memoir



Alone1 gave a challenge, to write a short story based off a song. Once Upon A Song Contest. My song is “Candles” by Hey Monday. The story is a true account of my life. I also included the lyrics to the song.


Submitted:Feb 16, 2012    Reads: 37    Comments: 9    Likes: 5   


"Candles"

Lyrics:

The power lines went out
And I am all alone
I don't really care at all
Not answering my phone

All the games you played
The promises you made
Couldn't finish what you started
Only darkness still remains

Lost sight, couldn't see
When it was you and me

Blow the candles out
Looks like a solo tonight
I'm beginning to see the light
Blow the candles out
Looks like a solo tonight
But I think I'll be alright

Been black and blue before
There's no need to explain
I am not the jaded kind
Playback's such a waste

You're invisible
Invisible to me
My wish is coming true
Erase the memory of your face

Lost sight, couldn't see
When it was you and me

Blow the candles out
Looks like a solo tonight
I'm beginning to see the light
Blow the candles out
Looks like a solo tonight
But I think I'll be alright

One day you will wake up
With nothing but, "You're sorry"'s
And someday you will get back
Everything you gave me

Blow the candles out
Looks like a solo tonight
I'm beginning to see the light
Blow the candles out
Looks like a solo tonight
But I think I'll be alright

The story:

Summer, 1998

I hurried out to my car. It was packed with everything I needed. I just needed to get out of there before he got home. As I got in and shut the door, I saw him pulling up and jumping out of his car. I reached fast to lock the doors and roll up my window. I could hear him hollering at me.

"What the hell do you think you're doing? What's that shit doing in your car?" His face was right in the window, and he was pounding the roof of my car. I threw my car in reverse and nearly ran over him. Tears stung in my eyes as I put the car into first gear and hauled ass down the road. I wanted to get a good lead from him. I knew he'd chase me. Second gear, then third. Once I hit forty-five, I threw the car into fourth gear and hit the gas pedal as hard as I could. I could see him coming up in my rearview mirror. He wouldn't really chase me over a thousand miles, would he? I wanted to go home. I couldn't do this anymore.

I looked at my speed. I was doing sixty five. I put the car into fifth gear and sailed. Worst case scenario he'd catch up to me, hit my car with his. Best case scenario, he would see I was headed back home and he'd give up on me. What did he want with me anyway? All I was to him was a personal punching bag. The bruise on my cheek was finally yellowing, but the cuts and scrapes from my arms still stung from beneath my long sleeved shirts.

I reached by the console for a cigarette. Lighting up, I rolled down the window and inhaled deeply. My heart stopped banging against my chest and I couldn't see him in my rearview mirror anymore.

I drove for six hours without stopping. I finally had to stop for gas and a bathroom. My stomach rumbled at me, so I grabbed a Snickers, a Coke, and another pack of cigarettes. I filled up, and got back on the road. Another six hours, and I had to gas up again. I would have to do this just one more time before I would get back home.

Eighteen hours after I peeled out of the parking lot, I was back in my hometown. Home. I felt sick to my stomach from the long drive. I was too scared and embarrassed to call anyone. It was nearly noon and I needed sleep, so I found a small motel and crashed for the rest of the day.

That night there was a storm. The lights flickered on and off, so I went to the motel clerk and asked for a candle. He handed me a scented candle and I went back to my room.

I lit the candle and sat all alone. I am away from him. For now. Will this last, I wondered. I watched the candle sway back and forth, mesmerizing me. I am finally alone.





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