I'm fine

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

"I’m fine. Yes. I am fine. I am fine. I am." This short story focuses on the negative effect a gym can have on someone

I’m fine. Yes. I am fine. I am fine. I am.

My heart rate is really high but it doesn’t matter. It’s beating so fast like it will burst out of my chest like a jack-in the box. No, this is good, this is what is supposed to happen. I can feel the sweat dripping slowly down my back and I imagine it as calories expelling from my body. The machine says I need to cool down but I want, no, I need to continue. Keep pushing onwards no matter what. I think he’s watching me out of the corner of his eye again, I bet he’s disgusted with me. Work harder. I need to use every last drop of energy I have in my system. Keep pushing. My legs are burning but I need to continue the pace if I want to lose muscle. My lungs ache. I lick my chapped lips, I know I need water but I can’t stop now I’m on a roll. Just. Keep. Pushing

 Fuck. Dizzy. I see Black. No, I’m fine. My legs relax. I’m burning up, panting like a dog on a hot day. I attempt to stand up, my legs feel so heavy I can barely support my own weight. I need to get to the bathroom. Now.

I stumble into a cubicle and slam the door shut. I threw my head over the toilet bowl, just quick enough to throw up in there and slump against the wall. I stared at my legs, they were spasming uncontrollably, rendering me unable to stand for nearly an hour. When I finally think I can manage it, I make my way out of the cubicle and take the opportunity to slash some water on my face and take my pills. They feel like rocks sliding down the back of my throat. I look in the mirror and see a small, stubby girl looking back at me- I look away. I hold onto the bathroom door handle for a second, take a deep breath and whisper “I’m fine”. I’m ready do this over and over again.

Submitted: February 28, 2018

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An excellent cautionary tale.

Thu, March 1st, 2018 7:10pm

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