I would have never guessed that tonight
was the night I died. But I guess that's the way death works,
huh? You don't expect it before its staring you in the face with
mock humour. I went on with my ordinary life thinking of ordinary
things; a mid-term there, a boyfriend here, my frizzy hair
everywhere. Nothing whatsoever peculiar happened to me that day.
But then I died. And things got weird.
Carry Elmer is the
only person that knows my secret. I like to call it my Death
Secret. Oh, Carry, Carry. My sweet Carry. Friends like you come
Only to land in
Carry Elmer is the
type who punches a person in the face without hesitation. Nobody
likes her, everybody loves her. At least, they have to…if they
know what's good for them.
I like Carry
special. One time I asked her what her ultimate dream was and she
replied, "To climb the tallest tree in the world." I gave her a
"You don't even know
how to climb, Carry."
"Yeah, but why should
that stop me. Wouldn't you want to look down from the highest
tree peak…down on the whole world and know you're on top of it?
The sky dimming low, the branches fluttering in the night breeze
as the day comes to a cease…Oh, the beauty!" She said
dramatically, spreading her arms wide open. I rolled my eyes at
"You should be a
poet." I remarked.
"Poetry is for people
who are too scared to express themselves in actions. Instead of
talking about the beauty of my dream, I am going to do it." Her
rosy lips curled into a gallant grin.
"And you're coming
"You're even more
insane for thinking I would do that with you."
"Oh come on Aniqe!
We're in Australia, the largest trees grow here! Let's climb
one." Carry's dark eyes sparkled with a light I had never seen
"I thought you wanted
to climb the largest tree in the world, not just in
'Well, we have to
start somewhere, don't we? Come on, spring break is coming up; we
can take a little vacation into Tasmania… Come on, Aniqe, say
that you'll go!"
I let out a heavy
sigh, relinquishing to my fate. "Do I have a choice?" Carry let
out a squeal of excitement. I was going to climb twenty-five
story trees with no experience at all, an insane friend, and not
a brain of my own.
I just signed my death