Chapter 1: The Assessment

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Comments: 12

Life After



Moving to a new place was one of the hardest things that I have ever done.

After my father lost his job, we could no longer afford to rent our 2 bedroom apartment. My disability paychecks could simply not cover it. There was also the fact that one of us may want to eat food once in a while. 

He took too many days off work, visiting me at the hospital.  His boss got tired of it, and one day told him he was no longer welcome to come back.  He had given that job two decades of his life. 

We had to move. And not near by. This meant I would now have to say goodbye to the places and people I had loved and known for over 20 years, and start things from scratch.

Trying to adjust to a new life after falling from the 7th floor was hard enough. This would be a new challenge.

After my fall, about 90% of my friends abandoned me. Maybe they would have stuck by my side if I told a story everyone would be more comfortable hearing. For those 90% it would have been more comforting to hear,

“Yeah guys... well I was visiting my friend one Friday night, and for some reason, out of nowhere had this mental breakdown, and decided to just run to her balcony and jump off.”

Yes... I suppose that story would have brought out more sympathy in people.

Instead I told the truth,

“I was visiting my best friends and the downstairs neighbours called the cops on us, saying we were throwing beer bottles at them. We knew there had to be a mistake. We never had beer bottles. Sure, we were enjoying a drink, but it was a Friday night and we were doing nothing illegal.

Well, 4 angry cops came banging on her door, with a massive amount of threats and verbal diarrhea. I had no idea what was going on. I felt so uncomfortable, I asked to step out on the balcony. I just wanted to get away.

One cop followed me. The curtains were drawn and it was dark, so he knew there would be no witnesses. I remember he punched me in my left eye twice and then effortlessly threw me over the railing.”

That story... the true story, would produce blank looks on many faces.

Now and again I would get the response,

“No, no... cops are good people,” or my favourite, “You did fall from the 7th floor. You bashed your head pretty hard and got severe brain damage, so your memory is foggy.”

People I have known for years, had a much easier time accepting a lie, that I just turned into a heartless bitch and used my best friend's home to commit suicide after she had put her child to bed.

I lost a lot that day... but the worst was still to come.

Submitted: July 09, 2015

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Honestly I wish this was fictional, it's too sad for me to accept it as being real. Sorry you had to go through all this, sorry about everything that happened. Almost cried while reading this, da "7th floor" part sent a cold down my spine. You survived that which means you are capable of taking anything life throws at you; what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. "You may have lost a lot that day... but the best is still to come".

Thu, February 11th, 2016 10:41pm


Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment Joseph. I apologize for such a late reply. Thank you for your understanding :)

Fri, November 25th, 2016 4:39am



Wed, June 28th, 2017 10:10am


Thank you.

Wed, June 28th, 2017 11:12pm

Cathryn Rayne

I'm so sorry this happened to you. Thank you for opening up about the situation, I admire your bravery :) It is true, the truth is at times more unbelievable than a lie due to the injustice of this world. I look forward to reading your experience, stay strong!

Fri, August 11th, 2017 11:13pm


You are such a dear. Thank you.

Sun, August 13th, 2017 1:58am

Dillon Howard

My condolences. I understand being disabled. I grew up with it. You have my sincerest apologies, and prayers. Waiting for more updates.

Wed, December 5th, 2018 3:29pm


Thank you so much for the kind words Dillon. It means a lot.

Wed, December 5th, 2018 7:43am

Heavenly son -- 7

Love your first chapter! To the "Assessment."

Mon, April 22nd, 2019 6:18pm


Thank you.

Tue, April 23rd, 2019 1:22am


Ignore this comment, it’s just to remind me to read it later.

Sat, May 25th, 2019 3:48am


Thanks :)

Sat, May 25th, 2019 6:54am


I can not believe this is real! It’s heartbreaking! You are a survivor!

Tue, July 23rd, 2019 5:16pm


Thank you so much for the comment. I have been through some very hard times and I am so grateful I can share my experiences and reach out to others through my writing.

Wed, July 24th, 2019 12:32am

Elildo Nina

Cops broke in my house... I had to run to the streets ... my son was kidnapped..... it was in 1993...

Thu, January 2nd, 2020 10:43pm


I am so terribly sorry you had that kind of experience. That is beyond horrible.
I hope one day the two of you will be reunited.

Fri, January 3rd, 2020 8:29pm

Sharief Hendricks

Excellent summary Criss

I am happy I read the full novel first, so now this is like a refresher on what I might have missed or overlooked as I di not read it in one sitting, this is much shorter, so I'm going to attempt to read it all now.

No power at work so I have free time now perfect !

Thu, July 9th, 2020 8:10am


I wrote this some time after i finished The Things He Shattered.
I was attempting to settle into a new life and the disappointments kept coming.
Thanks for giving it a read, and i hope you get power soon :)

Fri, July 10th, 2020 5:08am


Such a heart breaking story. And the fact that 90 percent of your friends left is such a sad fact that affects all of us. When things happen that are hard to handle like what you went though, many want to run. Your true friends and family wont ever leave you.

Sun, August 2nd, 2020 1:36am


This was a very very dark time in my life. I am very grateful that it is in the past.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Sat, August 1st, 2020 11:27pm


I'm about to cry... This is sad. But don't worry, there is a plan in life for that horrible man, he will forever have the guilt on his shoulders of doing that. And that guilt will follow him until the day he dies, and he will probably never be forgiven by God or anyone in this world. This story is the saddest thing I've ever even heard, I wish I could just wave a magical wand and fix it all. I hope your story lives on and your disability doesn't stop you from still being an amazing person. Yours Truly,
~dreamcatcher10 :)

Wed, March 3rd, 2021 4:09pm


Thank you so much for such a kind comment. The support i've found here on Booksie has really given me the strength to keep going.
I think about that man every day and wonder if he feels any guilt, or if he even remembers what he did.
Thank you for reaching out and commenting. You gave me a lot to smile about.

Wed, March 3rd, 2021 9:55pm


Look around Criss! You got lots of friends now! More than I ever had!

Thu, June 3rd, 2021 4:05am


I have come a long long way from when i wrote this story.
This was such a dark time for me, and as i look back on what has happened here, i feel so grateful and blessed.
Thank you for being such an amazing friend.

Wed, June 2nd, 2021 11:36pm

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