your dreams are dead

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i will not give away the end of the story, my challenge to the reader is to guess what happens next, this is a story where as you see it as you want to, only with a little guidance.

Submitted: October 03, 2017

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Your Dreams Are Dead

Characters: Edward Jones, Steven Bruno, Rebecca Simpson

 

 

Society is in a bad place, people are picking sides where we should unite and fight for an equal world, funny isn’t it? These people that fight for their team are the very ones that believe in equality.  Our generation is very clearly two faced, but that does not mean society is not able to change....

 

My name is Edward, I am 17 years old and I am in my second to last year of high school, this year has certainly been a major stress for me with all the assignments and homework given by not only my teachers but surprisingly my parents, its meant to build me up, but that is complete rubbish, they just don’t want to do their own dirty work so they ask me to do it, but I can’t argue with them, it just simply has to be done as I’m under their roof. I’ve never quite understood some of the rules some teachers put into the classroom, most commonly the ‘no talking’ rule, what is that about? Nobody ever got anywhere but keeping quiet and writing their ideas on a piece of paper for later, they got their ideas across vocally and with much greater expression! Humans process emotions and expressions way better than their own, often dull interpretations of what the other person would mean on the piece of paper.

The school system has always baffled me from the moment I was able to comprehend what was going on around me, school is great. In the sense that it actually teaches and educates a person on certain concepts that could really only be learnt through a teacher, but the problem for me comes in when the school system has to test a learner on the knowledge that they know, all this does is make the student worry that he does not know if his answer is right or wrong? Now that causes the person to forget what they were taught, in some cases because the learner feels that it is now useless to them, wouldn’t it be better if we had taught the learners these new concepts and at most show them a practical example of it?

You’re probably wondering what my point is aren’t you? Well, my point is why put someone through such a hard time when they want to forget all that was good about it. Its simple. People only want to do something if they benefit from it. It’s sad. But we bring it upon ourselves, by proving that humankind has lost all of its humanity and meaning of togetherness. But thats not for me to talk about, for another day. The world is a scary place to be in right now, I just hope I can live out my dream, a dream of being happy.

Scene: Classroom

Date: 14 September 2017

So today I met this guy, he’s been a part of our school for over 2 months now, he is quite a popular figure in the class, but he seems a bit odd, he doesn’t talk all that much outside of class, he listens to every word the teacher says in class but also talks to himself. The only reason he is so popular is because my fellow classmates copy his work almost everyday now. I’vs stayed away from him as he just doesnt seem like the type of person I’d talk to. His name is Steve, Steve Bruno. He is roughly my age but he is the younger of us two. At first he seemed like any other dude until he told me about why he keeps quiet, his exact words were “It’s because the voices in my head are always talking to me and telling me what to do”, this freaked me out just as it would to anyone that I know. I brushed it off and just tried my best to stay polite, I think I did it to the bbest of my ability. Some kids still tease him, but that’s because they don’t know how to be mature yet, again it’s quite sad but its just one of those things you cannot change.

Scene: Just outside the school gates

Date: 14 September 2017

We just left the school grounds, I was walking out with about 3 of my closest friends, I take a sharp glance to my right and I see Steven being mocked quite openly by the younger kids, I knew he was defenceless because if his character, thing is Steve feels that he has taken over the younger kids’ place, but it was never theirs to begin with. Not the point here. Steven was in a bad situation and nobody wanted to stop and help him, in fact they were all laughing and encouraging the bullies, so I took it upon myself to excuse myself from my group of friends and I went and straight away told the bullies to back off, there was a moment of silence, they replied by asking who I was, to which I replied “I am a person who believes that people like you shouldn’t even be alive because of the pain you cause amongst others, now be like the children you truly are and go have fun playing some game and leave this poor man alone, he’s done absolutely nothing to deserve the hate that you give him” no more words were exchanged from myself or the kids, they took a moment and took off while giving me a look like I’ve just murdered someone. I looked at Steven, he was clearly depressed by the words that were said to him, I leant close to his ear and uttered the words “It will be okay buddy, just use this as fuel to your fire”, we exchanged glances and I walked away with a blank expression on my face. This happened for a reason.

Scene: Edward’s home

Date 20 September 2017

Although it’s been almost an entire week since the incident, the look on Steven’s face hss yet to leave me, we haven’t spoken at all since that day, but those kids that tortured Steven know not to say a single word to him because they know just what they’ll get if they do.The part that gets to me is that Steven didn’t even say thank you, not even the next day, I didn’t expect a thank you at the time as I could see he was truely hurting inside, but atter a few days he surely couldn’t have forgotten has he? I have to try and forget about it now though, I’ve got end of year exams coming up around the corner, I should be solely focused on those. I spent the next few hours care free about Steven, but while reading the book ‘Life Of Pi’ I came across a quote that said “Life is so beautiful that even death fell in love with it”, and that just opened the floodgates as all I could think about is just how society is so corrupt and dark/evil that it could so easily take a life away without rhe intention from a member of society, and the relation to Steven in this context was that out of everybody that those boys could have chosen, they chose the most troubled and disturbed of them all, but my question is why? What good do these boys get out of humiliating another human being that is just the same as them, only with different interests and likes. I think I found the answer. Society in the modern world is buikt up in such a way that it becomes a hierarchy system, those who obey rules and never step out of line are at the bottom, those who do as they please while remaining within the lines of the law sit in the middle, and those that defy the law and all rules set are at the top as they are seen as a ‘leader’ but really all they are doing is defying the rules that they so very fought for to be implemented.

 

 

Scene: Classroom

Date: 21 September 2017

Its been a week since the incident, and I look up briefly in class and see Steven walking towards me very slowly and nervously almost as he were rehearsing what he was going to say it me in a few moments, he apporached me rsther awkwardly and in a shy manner and asked if I had a moment to talk, to which I replied “of course”. He sat down in the empty chair next to me, and my attention was on him, he seemed much happier or at least a lot calmer than he was the last time I saw him up close, he paused and said to me “Edward, you were the only one to stand up for me that day, thank you for that. Although I probably could have avoided the issue if I had gone straight home....” I stopped him there. I wasn’t going to let the victim of the most common crime in the world think that it was his fault, I assured him that it was okay and that they will soon brigthen up to the idea that not everybody is perfect to which he replied “I live to disappoint those who care about me”, I say nothing as he gets up rather quickly and heads back to his side of the classroom where I can only imagine he is replaying the incident over and over again in his head.

Scene: Edward’s home

Date: 21 September 2017

I had thought that Steven forgot about what I had done for him, I’ll be honest I’m obviously happy that he acknowledged it eventually, but the manner in which he did so still strikes me as odd, this definitely happened for a reason and he most certainly has a hidden agenda up his sleeve, I’ll give it till next year to see how things pan out.

 

A year passes by as Edward and Steve remain friends but make no progress in their friendship as Steve is still a bit weird in his character.

 

Scene: Classroom

Date: 25 September 2018

I had noticed Steve looking over at me a few times, especially during the trial exams (These are basically a ‘trial’ exam for the end of year exams in South Africa) that we wrote recently, as if I knew more than him in any subject, he constantly gets better marks than me and we do all the same subjects, except for one, he does Physics as I do Biology. Steve has most certainly been acting weird, even for him. The only reason I can think of why he is doing this is because he is being bullied again, but without the knowledge of anyone else this time, he wants me to help him again, but if I help him again he will always turn to me for help and I don’t know if I’m able to help him all the time.

 

Scene: Just outside the school gates

Date: 28 September 2018

This time I was walking out alone as all my friends were sick and stayed home, I dropped my head as I always do when I’m alone, its just how I am, until I heard a bunch of voices laughing and yelling insulting comments at someone in the middle of the circle they had created. The first and only thought that popped into my mind was that it was Steve, I couldn’t help myself, I rushed over and pushed my way through, I was shocked at who I found being insulted. It wasn’t Steve but a girl named Rebecca Simpson, I froze for a while at the sight of a completely broken down girl that was before me. The boys quickly ran away as I looked up. Why? Why do these boys feel as if they need to break someone down mentally to the point where they could end their life from it? Well the answer is simple.

Scene: School Assembly

Date: 29 September 2018

I was sitting a few seats away from Rebecca, so I asked the girl that was sitting next to her if we could change seats for the assembly, she said that was fine but gave me an odd smirk as she walked past. I sat there for a few minutes, not saying a word but I could feel eyes on me from every angle, people wanted me to do more yesterday, I did what I had to.

I lent over toward Rebecca’s ear and whispered to her “Listen, I know you are in a bad place right now, I know you feel completely worthless and useless, but you are very far from it, you’ve made an impression on me but not even saying a word, but exposing your vulnerability to me, and people nowadays see that as being weak but I see it as being one of the hardest things a person can do. My point it you are important to me now, as long as we are here, I will protect you from those bullies and if you have any problems ever again with anyone, you come straight to me, got it?”. She slightly nodded as I could see tears rolling down her eyes, they seemed like tears of joy though, the joy of having someone who cares. I gave her a tissue and told the girl I changed seats with that she can come back, we switched back seats.

 

Scene: Edward’s home

Date: 29 September 2018

I feel good inside, one because it was the last day of school for this term (semester), two because there is just something about Rebecca that when I helped her, it gave me a sense of meaning and purpose, which quite honestly I haven’t ever felt. I drag myself around as someone who knows my purpose and knows exactly what I want, in reality, I’m just like any other teenager who is going through a depression phase, I just hide it well. I do however have my ambitions of becoming an actor, I feel that is the only job where I can express all my deeper and more painful feelings and emotions in a way in which it will repair me while I enjoy the experience of acting. Back to the Rebecca girl, she feels.... different to say the least.

I was sitting in the lounge enjoying my time with my family when out of nowhere I get a call from an unknown number, I excuse myself from the gathering and go into the room and answer the call. I hear the words “Edward I don’t have much time, I want to thank you for what you did and what you said to me the other day, I was wondering if you would like to come over to my place in the coming week? I have some things I need to show and tell you. I thought about it for a little bit and said “sure.”, she said no more than “ Oh and it’s Rebecca” as she ended the call.

 

 

 

Scene: Edward’s home

Date: 1 October 2018

Myself and Rebecca have been talking almost non stop for the last few days, I must say it feels nice to have someone to simply make conversation with someone, and getting along is a great bonus. We go back into school tomorrow and I’m excited to talk to Rebecca in person, and if I’m honest, I’m beginning to well... like her. That hasn’t to me since I guess ever, I don’t quite know how to react to this feeling, maybe its just me being stupid, I’ll forget about it.

I tell Rebecca that I could come over tomorrow, which she says almost without hesitation “No problem”.

Scene: Classroom (School day almost over)

Date: 02 October 2018

Steve comes over to me and hands me a piece of paper which said “Good luck with Rebecca today, she told me that you’ll be coming over today” my initial thought was that Steve had liked Rebecca just as I do now but a while back, no doubt it would stay in the back of my mind for a long time, I can’t cancel now though, I’ll see where things lead and decide from there.

Scene: Rebecca’s home

Rebecca’s mother drops us off while she went out to do the shopping, I wasn’t comfortable with this situation whatsoever, I had to make it out as if I was comfortable as can be, if I didn’t I don’t think I’d have any trust left with her. I kept my cool, until she spoke up about the very clear ill-feeling amongst us, so she explained why she wanted me to come over on short notice.She said “I know this is all a lot to take in, but hear me out, I invited you over to firstly say thank you for the support that you have given me which pretty much everybody had looked right past me as if I was doing this all for attention seeking, that’s nowhere near what the real reason is, it began a few years ago when one or two of my so called ‘friends’ began insulting me, obviously because they were my friends I thought it was joke between us, as that’s what a lot of people do nowadays. Anyways, these ‘friends’ I guess thought I wasn’t good enough for them anymore and they got a new group of friends, in simple words they joined the group that bullies pretty much everyone that they can, you can imagine where this is going next. So they got a hold of me, and that’s how all this really began, every single day without failure they would make a few comments about me, mean comments of course. I tried blocking them out but its quite hard when they are always in your face when they say it, after doing this for about a year straight, they finally broke me down, I was a mess, and then the word spread to the guys, and that is when you found me just outside the gates. You gave me hope, you gave me a reason to be alive, if you didn’t come along that day, I more than likely would have killed myself that very same day, bare minimum would be self harm though. I just wanted to say thank you for what you did, it showed great character and showed you actually care about those suffering. Thank you.”

Your Dreams Are Dead

Characters: Edward Jones, Steven Bruno, Rebecca Simpson

 

 

Society is in a bad place, people are picking sides where we should unite and fight for an equal world, funny isn’t it? These people that fight for their team are the very ones that believe in equality.  Our generation is very clearly two faced, but that does not mean society is not able to change....

 

My name is Edward, I am 17 years old and I am in my second to last year of high school, this year has certainly been a major stress for me with all the assignments and homework given by not only my teachers but surprisingly my parents, its meant to build me up, but that is complete rubbish, they just don’t want to do their own dirty work so they ask me to do it, but I can’t argue with them, it just simply has to be done as I’m under their roof. I’ve never quite understood some of the rules some teachers put into the classroom, most commonly the ‘no talking’ rule, what is that about? Nobody ever got anywhere but keeping quiet and writing their ideas on a piece of paper for later, they got their ideas across vocally and with much greater expression! Humans process emotions and expressions way better than their own, often dull interpretations of what the other person would mean on the piece of paper.

The school system has always baffled me from the moment I was able to comprehend what was going on around me, school is great. In the sense that it actually teaches and educates a person on certain concepts that could really only be learnt through a teacher, but the problem for me comes in when the school system has to test a learner on the knowledge that they know, all this does is make the student worry that he does not know if his answer is right or wrong? Now that causes the person to forget what they were taught, in some cases because the learner feels that it is now useless to them, wouldn’t it be better if we had taught the learners these new concepts and at most show them a practical example of it?

You’re probably wondering what my point is aren’t you? Well, my point is why put someone through such a hard time when they want to forget all that was good about it. Its simple. People only want to do something if they benefit from it. It’s sad. But we bring it upon ourselves, by proving that humankind has lost all of its humanity and meaning of togetherness. But thats not for me to talk about, for another day. The world is a scary place to be in right now, I just hope I can live out my dream, a dream of being happy.

Scene: Classroom

Date: 14 September 2017

So today I met this guy, he’s been a part of our school for over 2 months now, he is quite a popular figure in the class, but he seems a bit odd, he doesn’t talk all that much outside of class, he listens to every word the teacher says in class but also talks to himself. The only reason he is so popular is because my fellow classmates copy his work almost everyday now. I’vs stayed away from him as he just doesnt seem like the type of person I’d talk to. His name is Steve, Steve Bruno. He is roughly my age but he is the younger of us two. At first he seemed like any other dude until he told me about why he keeps quiet, his exact words were “It’s because the voices in my head are always talking to me and telling me what to do”, this freaked me out just as it would to anyone that I know. I brushed it off and just tried my best to stay polite, I think I did it to the bbest of my ability. Some kids still tease him, but that’s because they don’t know how to be mature yet, again it’s quite sad but its just one of those things you cannot change.

Scene: Just outside the school gates

Date: 14 September 2017

We just left the school grounds, I was walking out with about 3 of my closest friends, I take a sharp glance to my right and I see Steven being mocked quite openly by the younger kids, I knew he was defenceless because if his character, thing is Steve feels that he has taken over the younger kids’ place, but it was never theirs to begin with. Not the point here. Steven was in a bad situation and nobody wanted to stop and help him, in fact they were all laughing and encouraging the bullies, so I took it upon myself to excuse myself from my group of friends and I went and straight away told the bullies to back off, there was a moment of silence, they replied by asking who I was, to which I replied “I am a person who believes that people like you shouldn’t even be alive because of the pain you cause amongst others, now be like the children you truly are and go have fun playing some game and leave this poor man alone, he’s done absolutely nothing to deserve the hate that you give him” no more words were exchanged from myself or the kids, they took a moment and took off while giving me a look like I’ve just murdered someone. I looked at Steven, he was clearly depressed by the words that were said to him, I leant close to his ear and uttered the words “It will be okay buddy, just use this as fuel to your fire”, we exchanged glances and I walked away with a blank expression on my face. This happened for a reason.

Scene: Edward’s home

Date 20 September 2017

Although it’s been almost an entire week since the incident, the look on Steven’s face hss yet to leave me, we haven’t spoken at all since that day, but those kids that tortured Steven know not to say a single word to him because they know just what they’ll get if they do.The part that gets to me is that Steven didn’t even say thank you, not even the next day, I didn’t expect a thank you at the time as I could see he was truely hurting inside, but atter a few days he surely couldn’t have forgotten has he? I have to try and forget about it now though, I’ve got end of year exams coming up around the corner, I should be solely focused on those. I spent the next few hours care free about Steven, but while reading the book ‘Life Of Pi’ I came across a quote that said “Life is so beautiful that even death fell in love with it”, and that just opened the floodgates as all I could think about is just how society is so corrupt and dark/evil that it could so easily take a life away without rhe intention from a member of society, and the relation to Steven in this context was that out of everybody that those boys could have chosen, they chose the most troubled and disturbed of them all, but my question is why? What good do these boys get out of humiliating another human being that is just the same as them, only with different interests and likes. I think I found the answer. Society in the modern world is buikt up in such a way that it becomes a hierarchy system, those who obey rules and never step out of line are at the bottom, those who do as they please while remaining within the lines of the law sit in the middle, and those that defy the law and all rules set are at the top as they are seen as a ‘leader’ but really all they are doing is defying the rules that they so very fought for to be implemented.

 

 

Scene: Classroom

Date: 21 September 2017

Its been a week since the incident, and I look up briefly in class and see Steven walking towards me very slowly and nervously almost as he were rehearsing what he was going to say it me in a few moments, he apporached me rsther awkwardly and in a shy manner and asked if I had a moment to talk, to which I replied “of course”. He sat down in the empty chair next to me, and my attention was on him, he seemed much happier or at least a lot calmer than he was the last time I saw him up close, he paused and said to me “Edward, you were the only one to stand up for me that day, thank you for that. Although I probably could have avoided the issue if I had gone straight home....” I stopped him there. I wasn’t going to let the victim of the most common crime in the world think that it was his fault, I assured him that it was okay and that they will soon brigthen up to the idea that not everybody is perfect to which he replied “I live to disappoint those who care about me”, I say nothing as he gets up rather quickly and heads back to his side of the classroom where I can only imagine he is replaying the incident over and over again in his head.

Scene: Edward’s home

Date: 21 September 2017

I had thought that Steven forgot about what I had done for him, I’ll be honest I’m obviously happy that he acknowledged it eventually, but the manner in which he did so still strikes me as odd, this definitely happened for a reason and he most certainly has a hidden agenda up his sleeve, I’ll give it till next year to see how things pan out.

 

A year passes by as Edward and Steve remain friends but make no progress in their friendship as Steve is still a bit weird in his character.

 

Scene: Classroom

Date: 25 September 2018

I had noticed Steve looking over at me a few times, especially during the trial exams (These are basically a ‘trial’ exam for the end of year exams in South Africa) that we wrote recently, as if I knew more than him in any subject, he constantly gets better marks than me and we do all the same subjects, except for one, he does Physics as I do Biology. Steve has most certainly been acting weird, even for him. The only reason I can think of why he is doing this is because he is being bullied again, but without the knowledge of anyone else this time, he wants me to help him again, but if I help him again he will always turn to me for help and I don’t know if I’m able to help him all the time.

 

Scene: Just outside the school gates

Date: 28 September 2018

This time I was walking out alone as all my friends were sick and stayed home, I dropped my head as I always do when I’m alone, its just how I am, until I heard a bunch of voices laughing and yelling insulting comments at someone in the middle of the circle they had created. The first and only thought that popped into my mind was that it was Steve, I couldn’t help myself, I rushed over and pushed my way through, I was shocked at who I found being insulted. It wasn’t Steve but a girl named Rebecca Simpson, I froze for a while at the sight of a completely broken down girl that was before me. The boys quickly ran away as I looked up. Why? Why do these boys feel as if they need to break someone down mentally to the point where they could end their life from it? Well the answer is simple.

Scene: School Assembly

Date: 29 September 2018

I was sitting a few seats away from Rebecca, so I asked the girl that was sitting next to her if we could change seats for the assembly, she said that was fine but gave me an odd smirk as she walked past. I sat there for a few minutes, not saying a word but I could feel eyes on me from every angle, people wanted me to do more yesterday, I did what I had to.

I lent over toward Rebecca’s ear and whispered to her “Listen, I know you are in a bad place right now, I know you feel completely worthless and useless, but you are very far from it, you’ve made an impression on me but not even saying a word, but exposing your vulnerability to me, and people nowadays see that as being weak but I see it as being one of the hardest things a person can do. My point it you are important to me now, as long as we are here, I will protect you from those bullies and if you have any problems ever again with anyone, you come straight to me, got it?”. She slightly nodded as I could see tears rolling down her eyes, they seemed like tears of joy though, the joy of having someone who cares. I gave her a tissue and told the girl I changed seats with that she can come back, we switched back seats.

 

Scene: Edward’s home

Date: 29 September 2018

I feel good inside, one because it was the last day of school for this term (semester), two because there is just something about Rebecca that when I helped her, it gave me a sense of meaning and purpose, which quite honestly I haven’t ever felt. I drag myself around as someone who knows my purpose and knows exactly what I want, in reality, I’m just like any other teenager who is going through a depression phase, I just hide it well. I do however have my ambitions of becoming an actor, I feel that is the only job where I can express all my deeper and more painful feelings and emotions in a way in which it will repair me while I enjoy the experience of acting. Back to the Rebecca girl, she feels.... different to say the least.

I was sitting in the lounge enjoying my time with my family when out of nowhere I get a call from an unknown number, I excuse myself from the gathering and go into the room and answer the call. I hear the words “Edward I don’t have much time, I want to thank you for what you did and what you said to me the other day, I was wondering if you would like to come over to my place in the coming week? I have some things I need to show and tell you. I thought about it for a little bit and said “sure.”, she said no more than “ Oh and it’s Rebecca” as she ended the call.

 

 

 

Scene: Edward’s home

Date: 1 October 2018

Myself and Rebecca have been talking almost non stop for the last few days, I must say it feels nice to have someone to simply make conversation with someone, and getting along is a great bonus. We go back into school tomorrow and I’m excited to talk to Rebecca in person, and if I’m honest, I’m beginning to well... like her. That hasn’t to me since I guess ever, I don’t quite know how to react to this feeling, maybe its just me being stupid, I’ll forget about it.

I tell Rebecca that I could come over tomorrow, which she says almost without hesitation “No problem”.

Scene: Classroom (School day almost over)

Date: 02 October 2018

Steve comes over to me and hands me a piece of paper which said “Good luck with Rebecca today, she told me that you’ll be coming over today” my initial thought was that Steve had liked Rebecca just as I do now but a while back, no doubt it would stay in the back of my mind for a long time, I can’t cancel now though, I’ll see where things lead and decide from there.

Scene: Rebecca’s home

Rebecca’s mother drops us off while she went out to do the shopping, I wasn’t comfortable with this situation whatsoever, I had to make it out as if I was comfortable as can be, if I didn’t I don’t think I’d have any trust left with her. I kept my cool, until she spoke up about the very clear ill-feeling amongst us, so she explained why she wanted me to come over on short notice.She said “I know this is all a lot to take in, but hear me out, I invited you over to firstly say thank you for the support that you have given me which pretty much everybody had looked right past me as if I was doing this all for attention seeking, that’s nowhere near what the real reason is, it began a few years ago when one or two of my so called ‘friends’ began insulting me, obviously because they were my friends I thought it was joke between us, as that’s what a lot of people do nowadays. Anyways, these ‘friends’ I guess thought I wasn’t good enough for them anymore and they got a new group of friends, in simple words they joined the group that bullies pretty much everyone that they can, you can imagine where this is going next. So they got a hold of me, and that’s how all this really began, every single day without failure they would make a few comments about me, mean comments of course. I tried blocking them out but its quite hard when they are always in your face when they say it, after doing this for about a year straight, they finally broke me down, I was a mess, and then the word spread to the guys, and that is when you found me just outside the gates. You gave me hope, you gave me a reason to be alive, if you didn’t come along that day, I more than likely would have killed myself that very same day, bare minimum would be self harm though. I just wanted to say thank you for what you did, it showed great character and showed you actually care about those suffering. Thank you.”


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