Chapter 1: Kara and Corey: the unintentionally hilarious story of life, love and eventual tragic death

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

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The stars shone in the clear night sky, the moon hung above her head as Kara Johnson lay in the middle of car park staring at the sky. Her friends milled around talking, drinking Coke and eating chocolate but Kara just wasn’t with it. In her mind she wasn’t in a church car park in Sunnyside after youth group. In her mind she was with Corey.
Corey Reynolds was amazing, Kara thought twisting a strand of her shoulder length red-brown hair around her finger and sighing, if only he didn’t go visit his dad on Friday nights, then he could be here instead.
In a lot of ways Kara and Corey could be seen as opposites. She was Christian; he hated religion after having it forced down his throat for so long as a little kid - but they both understood what religion meant for each other. She was short, he was tall - but she loved the way she fit protectively under his shoulder when he hugged her. He was one of the popular kids, she tended to keep to herself - but he was one of the only people in the world that noticed her existence. He had a car; she had her licence but couldn’t afford one. She had a younger brother and two younger sisters, his family was more complicated with divorced and remarried parents, a sister, a step-sister and a half-sibling on the way but they both spent time with their whole families where possible. She spent her Friday nights at Youth Group, he spent Friday nights travelling to his Dad’s house on the other side of town - but they always found time to hang out with their group of friends over the weekend. So as well as being so different, in lots of ways they were similar.
They had both spent a large portion of their lives being suicidal.
For him it was when he was ten. Corey did only one week of grade five and then went straight into year six. This was around the time of his parents divorce and he was seriously depressed, contemplating suicide. He said once that he basically learned “how to tell life to go fuck itself, I guess…” And for him that was the turning point. That was when he decided that life was something that he needed to go through even though it was sometimes hard.
Corey was the one good thing in Kara’s life. She hated life. Why? You may be asking. Because she hated being ignored. She hated being invisible and that is exactly what she was. Invisible. If you looked up the word invisible in the dictionary the name Kara Johnson would be right next to it.
Kara had spent her entire life being invisible and the invisibility she felt was starting to take its toll on her. Everywhere she looked she saw death. Ways to end the miserable existence she called a life seemed to pop out of thin air and draw her towards them.
She often considered death. Life didn’t seem worth living though she wasn’t really sure that death could be much better. Kara’s life was pretty much as good as over…Or at least until the day that she met Corey Reynolds.
To begin with Corey was just like everyone else. Another popular kid in Kara’s accelerated classes at Sunnyside High School that ignored her. But Corey was different despite Kara’s first impression of him. He wasn’t like the other kids in her class. He didn’t go out of his way to ignore her. He spoke to her and said hi every morning. Sure, he hung out with the popular crowd and that wasn’t going to change but he wasn’t cruel to her like the rest of them could be.
Kids like Aaron, Samantha and their gang; Rachel, Anna, Jason, and Max were especially cruel to her at times. Corey usually stayed out of their way but sometimes he could be found with them. However unlike the rest of them Corey had never said an unkind word to her.
His gang tended to be formed of people more like Hana, Kate, Claire, Kris, Ellie, Jake, Sara, Elliot and of course Alexandra. While they were popular at least they had hearts. They all said hi to her when they remembered she actually existed and while none of them exactly went out of their way to include her they didn’t seem to care if she joined in. However when Kara joined in they may not have cared but that probably had something to do with the fact that they didn’t notice either.
Sometimes Kara didn’t mind being invisible and her two friends Erik and Felix didn’t ignore her. She often went and sat with them behind the library at lunch. They seemed to enjoy having her there although they were constantly paying her out and the conversation was only ever about cars. Although Kara had known Felix and Erik practically her entire life and she thought of them as brothers, although they were all very close it was just hard for her to feel like that was where she belonged. Kara loved both of the boys dearly but hanging out with them could sometimes be worse than being on her own. Before the end of lunch hour she had just about always made up some excuse to leave although normally her reasons were full of crap.
Sometimes though Kara just needed to be alone. Although some people, often the same people that always seem to be the centre of attention, would say that being alone in a quiet place was boring sometimes it was just what Kara found herself needing.


Submitted: October 14, 2009

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