Losses And Gains

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is my 29th love story. Hope you like it!

Submitted: August 09, 2015

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~~Losses And Gains
By Faisal Fransu

Jane Chase, a high school student, had everything that could make her happy; indulging parents with a satisfying income, kind friends, among other luxuries. She was certainly a happy girl until she lost two extremely important things in her life. The first loss led to the second one.
They say that watching too much TV and being on the phone all the time is not good for your eyes. Let’s see how true that is.
The first misfortune began to appear in late March. Jane was not a sentimental girl. So she hardly ever cried. So it was a big surprise to herself to observe that tears were streaming from her eyes for no reason whatsoever.
While Jane was reading one of her favourite novels, she observed that the text was somewhat blurry. By the time she had reached the last chapter, she was having a hard time deciphering the letters.
“So did you enjoy the novel?” asked her mother. She had bought it for her as a Christmas gift.
Jane was not in a good mood. So she said, “I guess so.”
“I thought you were going to enjoy it for sure,” commented her mother in a tone of disappointment. “I liked it myself. But what didn’t you like about it?”
So Jane had no choice but to admit that the text was really blurry. When her mother examined the novel, however, she remarked that there was nothing blurry about it.
So at last, Jane realized the truth. There was something wrong with her eyes!
Needless to say, Jane was taken to many eye doctors throughout the country. Unfortunately, they all had the same verdict. Jane was going to lose her vision! It was a matter of weeks of her becoming blind.
When Jane opened her eyes on the first day of June, it was still dark. But to her amazement, she heard her mother working in the kitchen. Why was she working in the kitchen when it wasn’t even daylight yet?
So the girl got up slowly, and groped for the switch to turn the light on. But there was no light.
So she opened the door quietly and called in a soft voice, “Mom?”
“What time is it?” she asked when her mother had reached her.
“Bless my soul! Can’t you look at your watch?” came from her mother.
“I can’t see anything!” cried Jane as the awful truth dawned on her.
“My God! Has it come to this?” exclaimed her mother in horror.
Needless to say, Jane was now completely blind. It was terrible. She could not bring herself to accept her fate humbly. That was the first misfortune that befell her.
As mentioned above, the first misfortune led to the second one. When her friends heard about her blindness, they all sympathized with her. But she had a feeling that they did not mean what they said. As if to prove her right, they all deserted her. So in one week, she had lost her vision and her best friends.
What a cruel fate for such a young and pretty girl!
Jane knew that she had a gloomy summer before her. She had no friends to go out with. So she stayed home and fell into depression. It seemed that the whole world, along with all hope, had deserted her.
“I have good news for you,” remarked Mrs. Chase to her daughter one morning as they were eating breakfast.
“Nothing can make me happy anymore,” sighed Jane.
“Not even a friend’s visit?” came from her mother again.
“No one cares to see me anymore,” she said gloomily.
“Well, you shall have a visitor this afternoon,” her mother told her. Jane felt as if she had just received a glass of water to quench her thirst.
“Who is it?” she asked, astonished.
“Someone you are not fond of,” was the reply.
“Well, that someone is better than no one,” she said in a hopeful tone.
A few hours later, there was a knock on the door. So Mrs. Chase went to get it. But before doing so, she whispered in her daughter’s ear, “It’s Arthur Knight.”
Arthur Knight was also blind. But he was born this way. He’d attended the same high school as Jane. Since he was three years older than her, he had just completed his first year of college.
Jane was not exactly happy to see him. The truth was that he had fallen in love with her two years earlier. However, she had rejected him. So now that she was blind, she felt as if he had come to make her feel sorry for what she had done to him. Nevertheless, since nobody else had visited her so far, she felt a little happy in his visit.
When Arthur had explained that he didn’t have any plans for the summer, Mrs. Chase told him to come every day. She saw that the visit had brought some colour to her daughter’s cheeks.
And thus, he came the next day. Jane was starting to enjoy his company somewhat.
“I’ve got something for you,” he said as he took something from his pocket and gave it to her. It was just a CD. Jane was disappointed.
“Does it contain the Bible?” she ventured to ask. The thought of listening to the Bible the whole day did not appeal to her.
“Ah, I knew you would be disappointed,” he chuckled. “But remember that the bitter must come before the sweet, and that will make the sweet the sweeter. The CD I just gave you contains the same program that I use on my computer. People think that we, the blind, use a different kind of computer than sighted people. But it’s not true. We just have a talking program on our computers. So if you’ll let me, I’ll install this program on your computer, and you won’t be bored anymore!”
For the next two months, Arthur visited Jane almost every day. He taught her how to use the computer as a blind person. He also brought her a cane and a brailler and showed her how to use them. Nevertheless, he did not tell her how much they cost.
When Jane, through an unknown source, discovered how much they costed him, she could not believe it. Thousands of dollars!
So as soon as they were together that day, she said, “Arthur, what can I do to repay all the kindness you’ve shown me?”
“Just don’t think about it,” he suggested laughingly.
“No, I want to do something to show how much I appreciate all that you’ve done for me,” she persisted.
“Just give me your friendship,” he said after a moment of deep silence.
“More than that!” she exclaimed and burst into tears. “I give you my heart!”


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