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No one's like you...

Short story By: Rhensis
Young adult



A few precious moments, and as song.
I want to turn this into a novel, so, yeah, just read;)


Submitted:May 23, 2011    Reads: 71    Comments: 10    Likes: 2   


I stand up, shaking from nerves, and walk onto the stage.

Blinding spotlights fall on me, shadowing my face and outlining my small figure. Before me is an audience of around three hundred people. Breathing steadily, I close my eyes and imagine that night, but one month ago...

It is warm under the white covers, but not too hot. Outside the large window was the world, closed off to us by glass . Not only are the sheets spotless, but the rest of the room is too. Light lilac wallpaper is perfectly alligned, white furniture has been scrubbed so clean it sparkles, and the few possessions are arranged neatly.

Besides me, she lies, awake and in pain.

"Ellie?" she whispers softly to me. Even the sound of her gentle voice is enough to bring tears to my eyes. I blink them back and reply,

"Yes, Callie?" she takes a deep breath before replying,

"Sing to me, please?" her last night, and all she wants is to hear the sound of my voice. A small smile on my face, I nod and sit up slightly.

"What song?"

"Guess," she tells me, a sweet and cheeky smile on her face. Although it doesn't feel right, I laugh and press a single button on the stereo next to me,

"I heard that you're, settled down, that you've found a girl, and you're married now..." taking a quick glance down at her pale face, I see how much she wants this to be the last thing she hears. I continue, not allowing my voice to shake from tears.

"I heard that your dreams came true, guess she gave you things, I didn't give to you," my dreams could never come true, not with a dying nine year old in my arms,

"Old friend, why are you so shy? Ain't like you to hold back, or hide from the light," nothing I can do can hide the tears anymore. As I sing with the best voice I can, I watch her eyes flutter as tears cloud up my vision. I am detirmed to finish this song, though, and I continue,

"I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited, but I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it. I'd hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded that for me, it isn't over..." she lets her head roll onto my chest. Tears stream down my face but I keep singing, honouring my cancerous sister's final wish,

"Nevermind I'll find someone like you..." now she looks up at me, her eyes barely open, and she tries to join in. I let her, and we sing together,

"I wish nothing but the best for you, too,
Don't forget me, I beg,
I remember you said,
Sometimes it lasts in love,
But sometimes it hurts instead,
Sometimes it lasts in love,
But sometimes it hurts instead, yeah," she's sitting up now too, singing her tiny, weak heart out. I stroke her head, like I did to her hair when she was three, the first time we knew she had leukemia,

"You know how the time flies
Only yesterday
It was the time of our lives
We were born and raised
In a summer haze
Bound by the surprise
Of our glory days" what glory days had we had? We had spent time after time in the hospital, wishing for her to live. Now it's too late,

"I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it.
I had hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded
That for me it isn't over," her voice falters and I know she has so little time left.

"Never mind
I'll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
"Don't forget me," I begged
"I'll remember," you said
"Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead."

Nothing compares
No worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes
They are memories made.
Who would have known
How bittersweet this would taste?

Never mind
I'll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
"Don't forget me," I begged
"I'll remember," you said
"Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead"

Never mind
I'll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
"Don't forget me," I begged
"I'll remember," you said
"Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead"

Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead". She stops singing entirely. I listen for her careful breaths, but I can't hear them. Where has she gone? She's so small, so innocent in my arms. Why would any world do this?

The audience are waiting, just like Callie was. Summoning up all my courage, I open my mouth and begin to see. The words twirl around in the air, echoing off the walls, bringing tears to many eyes.

My mother sits in the audience, tired eyes closed as my singing lulls her to sleep. I too close my eyes, and allow every emotion to flow from my body. The loss of Callie, our house, Dad's affair, everything just pouring out of me like a fountain of tears, leaking out onto my face as I sing the song my sister died listening to.

No one's like her. Love lasts, it hurts, but it never dissapears.


A/N I wrote this quickly, because I actually want to base a novel off this short story. Hope you enjoyed it though. If I get ten comments I'll make it into a novel, so please comment!





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