The World That Was Opened

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This is a story about isolation, finding friendship, and facing loss. This is my own interpretation. Be sure to comment and leave your own interpretation of the story. Thank you!

Submitted: February 12, 2014

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Through the years of living alone, I’d learned to love my world of social isolation.

I had no one, nobody to talk to, not a soul to play with, all alone in my own world...

 

But then one day, all of that changed...

When you came into my room, you grabbed my hand and ran...

 

You took me far away from my world, never for me to look back...

For the first time, I saw what was called the sun, and the area surrounding that amazing spirit, called the sky...

 

Once we had reached a point far away from anywhere that I knew, you swung around and faced me...

 

You asked me, do you want to be friends, and I looked at you with that blank stare...

Regardless, you continued to look at me with that smile, that shone through all darkness...

I did not understand, what you meant, it was new to me...

 

You took me all around and revealed the world to me, showing me things I’d never seen before and didn’t understand...

All of the people around you, I was not one of them, but you still acknowledged me...

I was there...

You would always talk, and I would simply listen...

 

You taught me things, things I would never know about this new world,

You read to me all of your stories of this world, you taught me how to cook the foods that people on the outside ate...

It was all so new to me, I still did not understand...

I was lost in this new place, wondering day after day, when I would run away...

You trained me in the things you taught me, how to read the stories and how to cook the foods...

I failed every time, and wanted to give up, but you kept smiling, and filling me up with some sort of feeling...

 

I had never before experienced this feeling, was this what was called hope?

From my world of loneliness, no such feeling had existed...

You continued to train me, and I got better at what you taught me,

I could read the books you read me, and cook the food you made me...

Maybe I even started to enjoy this world, perhaps it could be better than my own...

You took me to the festival, whatever that was, I had yet to understand...

You once again grabbed my hand and ran...

No, we both ran, me and you, and for once in my meager existence, I tried to have fun...

All the rides and games that we experienced, we experienced together, you and me...

I knew that no matter what, we would never leave each other’s sides...

 

The festival ended and you once more turned to look at me, you told me thank you...

You got even closer, you embraced me, something I did not understand...

When you embraced me, you told me that this was a hug, and then moved back...

You then placed your lips on my forehead, something I also did not understand...

You told me this was a kiss, and embraced me once more...

When your lips were once again near my ears, you whispered, saying I love you...

I did not understand this, but felt a welling up in my chest,

It felt like I could fly from this world, like I was set free, I did not understand...

But I liked it...

 

You backed up once more and looked at me, the smile that brought me such strange feelings of what would be called happiness...

I knew then that from then on we would be, friends forever

I had someone to talk to, I had someone to play with

The feelings I experienced with you, they became less rare,

And I grew accustomed to feeling them...

I was always with you, that smile, and my best friend...

Perhaps this world, with all of its joys and pleasures,

Could be greater than the world I called my own...

 

Seeing that smile I grew to know, that it was

This world was better than my own in every way,

This world, it was OUR world...

I never wanted to leave it, I never wanted to leave you...

 

But then one day everything changed,

You came to me and you looked so terrible...

I did not understand why my best friend looked this way,

So I just went along, and we had our fun, as we always had...

Just the two of us, we read and we cooked...

Suddenly, you collapsed, seeming tired...

I didn’t know what to do, so I yelled, yelling for no reason, any reason...

Someone came, seeing you, and they pulled out some strange device I’d never seen before

I once again did not understand, as the large red object took you away from me...

 

I followed the red object all the way to a building, and I ran inside to find you,

You were pulled by strangely dressed men to a room,

And had strange contraptions hooked up to you...

For some reason, a great pain came over me, I did not understand...

Why would I feel this way?

I looked at you, and you looked back, giving me one of those devices...

You showed me how to use it, and revealed its most important functions...

I did not understand, but I tried to use it...

I exchanged bedside calls with you, and talked about nothing,

Our own adventures were all we had, but that was enough...

I kept talking, until eventually you were just a listener...

 

One day, I noticed it, the smile I held so dear, it was gone...

I knew something was wrong, my best friend’s smile was missing...

 

I stayed by your side each day, awaiting the return,

The return of that shining smile and my best and only friend...

The friend who had saved me, from my loneliness

From my dark world...

I read the books you read to me, and cooked the soup you made for me

I told the stories of our adventures...

Until one day, everything changed...

 

The doctor came in and looked at me, and he told me that your days were numbered...

I once again did not understand, so I asked him what he meant...

He looked away, the saddest expression I had ever seen, on his face

He told me that you were leaving this world, and I still did not understand...

I asked him if I would ever see your smile again...

He once again gave me that pained expression, and spoke...

He told me I would never see my best friend’s smile again...

My only friend was leaving this world...

My only friend was leaving me...

 

I ran, I ran back to my room, and slammed the door behind me...

I crawled into my corner and I cried...

I wept, and I wailed...

My only friend had left me...

I never wanted to return to that world, in which I was killed

One day, I ran out of tears...

I knew then, that I had to make a choice...

I opened up the door you opened...

I looked outside at the world I so hated, the world I was so afraid of...

The sky was crying on that day, the day I was left alone...

Today, the sun shone, the sky was blue...

I opened my eyes to the world outside of my own once more...

 

That was when I realized it, memories of you flashing through my mind...

Death was not the end, there was reason to carry on...

 

I realized that there were more friendships to be made,

That was the greatest lesson you taught me...

 

And so, as I looked upon the beautiful world,

Thoughts of you, swirling through my head, I made my decision...

 

I stepped out of my world...

I would spread the smile, that you gave to me.

I stepped out into, thanks to you, my best friend,

The World That Was Opened...

© 2014

 


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