Why?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Hopefully makes you think.

Submitted: April 17, 2014

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Submitted: April 17, 2014

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Why?
This is the question most people ask them selves the most. Why did i not understand what my teacher said the last lesson? Why did my cat run away? Why does my crush not like me? Why..? And the ultimate question - '' Why me? '' Hopefully, at the end of this story, you will ask the question aswell. 
Enjoy.

There once was a man named Alex, he was a young man, in his early teen's. Alex was an avarage kid, who disliked school, as many of us do, he was okay in class, never caused any problems and was always there when someone needed his help. But Alex disliked school, not because it was too hard, or too easy, he disliked it only because he had no interest about what was beeing tought in class. Alex was a person who loved the night, because then he could feel peacefull, and forget all his worries of the day, because at night, it was quiet, and everyone was sleeping. Usually Alex went for long walks during the night, where he walked to the sea that was not far away, he had to walk little less than a mile to get there, over an old bridge that he had found when he was just a small boy. He could stay at the beach for hours and hours, just watching the water, and the night sky, imagining how it would be, to travel around the world, and meet new, and interesting people.
One day, during a math class, while Alex was busy daydreaming, the class door opened, and there stood a beautiful young girl. "Students, I would like you to meet Rachel - she has just moved in here with her parents, and will be staying for a while." - As Rachel sat down, near the back of the class, Alex just could not look away from her, his mind was astonished by how beautiful this new girl was. As Alex stared at Rachel, she noticed him, and looked Alex straight into the eyes, and smiled shyly. As Alex noticed that, he quickly turned his head back to his book, and acted like nothing happened.
Later that day, at lunch Rachel saw Alex sitting at a table, and figured to join him. '' Hey, mind if i sit with you? '' - '' Uh, yeah, sure. '' Alex said with a smile. '' My name is Rachel, what's yours? '' - '' Alex, pleased to meet you. '' - '' Yeah, me too '' Rachel replied with a confident smile. '' Hey, Rachel, can i ask you something? '' Alex asked as if he was afraid of her saying something mean back. '' Yeah, sure, what do you want to ask? '' Rachel replied eagerly. '' Well, this town isn't that exciting, i mean, there are a few sights to see and stuff like that, but nothing much actually happens here, why did your parents move here''? Rachel giggle slightly, and said '' Well, they thought that a quiet town would help them concentrate on their art. You see, my parents are artists. My father makes sculptures, and my mother paints ''. - '' Oh? And do you do anything like that too? '' Alex asked quickly. '' Well, not really, no. I mostly make stuff up sort of, like little stories and that king of stuff. I know, it sounds dumb..'' - '' No, no. '' Alex quickly replied. '' I actually like that kind of stuff, i dont write myself, but i do like to think about what it would be like, if i traveled to a land far away, what kind of an adventure that would be, you know? '' As they sat together at the table, they smiled at each other, as if they had the same idea, that just happened to pop in their head, right at that moment. '' Hey, Alex? '' Rachel said playfully. '' Yes? '' Alex replied. '' Do you think, we can go for a walk tonight? I don't really like the daytime that much. '' Rachel said while looking at her plate, and lifting her eyes to Alex only for a moment. '' Uh sure, i don't like the daytime that much neither. I actually preffer the city, when it's dark, and we can see the lights. '' - '' Alright, then see you tonight! '' Rachel said happily and stood up from the table, and went away to one of her classes, as Alex just sat there, and thought, what just happened.
As the evening came closer, Alex started to think, where they could go with Rachel. Then it hit him like a pile of bricks. '' The beach! '' Alex yelled in his mind.
When it got dark, Alex started to get ready, and walked out of his house, and was a little stumped, because he saw Rachel comming, which was weird, since he did not tell her where he lived. As Alex walked up to Rachel, he asked - '' How did you know i live here? '' Rachel chuckled and said - '' I didn't. '' - '' Then how.. '' As Alex started to ask the question Rachel said '' Do you want to go for a walk, or do you want to stand here asking questions? '' - '' Yeah, i guess not. Let's go then. I thought we could go to the beach near by, it's very beautiful at night. '' - '' Sound's like a plan! '' Rachel said smiling. As they walked together, they were discussing how the night looked so beautiful. The night sky was without a shadow of a cloud, the star's were very bright, the wind was warm and playful. The tree's stood there, and looked like big statues of the nature. When they got to the beach, they sat down on the old bridge, from which you could see all of the beach perfectly, aswell as the city that was beyond the water. It was beautiful, the lights from the city were so bright, they reflected off the surface of the water, so it seemed like there was a light show happening on the water. As the clear sky complimented the city light's Rachel gasped lightly and said '' This is beautiful Alex! '' - '' It is, isn't it? '' Alex replied while looking at Rachel, who was looking at the star's and the city lights. As they say there for hours, it started to get colder, and colder, when eventually they both decided it was time to head on home.
 As they walked back, Rachel asked Alex - '' Why do you love the night so much? '' - Alex tried to rationalize his love for the night, but he just could not do it, it was like a curse, and a blessing at the same time. '' I don't really know. '' Alex said. '' I have loved the night from childhood, it just had some sort of power over me, it just pulled me towards the night. It's pretty weird, but i cant really explain it. '' Alex explained. '' And how about you? Why do you like the night so much? '' - Rachel sighed and said - '' Well, for me night is a place to escape from every day life, from the people that i dont like, it's peaceful, and it does not judge anyone. I just love the stars, and how they look in the night sky. '' As Rachel explained, they were already at Alex's house, and Rachel said - '' I live right next door, that's how i knew where you live. '' She winked at Alex, and hurried off to her home. As Alex just stood there, watching her, and thinking, '' How did i not notice that before? ''
Next day at school, Alex and Rachel sat at the lunch table again, and were discussing how they would go to the beach again tonight. Rachel said - '' I have to help my folk's around the house, so i'll be a little bit occupied, but i'll meet you there okay? '' - '' Okay. '' Alex replied with a half smile.After school Alex went to the flower shop in the city, and got a beautiful bouquet of roses, which were slightly red inside, and white at the ends of them, they smelled heavenly, and Alex was very happy, he was sure Rachel would like the roses. 
When the evening came, Alex started to head to the beach with the flowers in his hand. Rachel was still busy helping her parents around the house, and it had slipped her mind completely that she had to meet Alex at the beach today. So she finished helping her parents, and went to bed. The following morning Rachel got out of bed as usual, and went about her day like she would every day. She dressed, ate breakfest, and went off to school. But, when she got to school, she could not find Alex. And then she remembered, '' Oh god! I was suppost to meet Alex at the beach yesterday! Oh no, he's going to hate me now, that's why he's not at school today! I'm going to go to his house after school, and try to apologize! ''
After school, Rachel quickly ran to Alex's house, to try to talk to him, but she only saw a black car infront of the house. When she went to the door, his  mother answered the door, in tears. Rachel asked '' Hello, is Alex home? '' Alex's mother stood there with big eyes, and asked Rachel - '' Oh dear, you dont know? '' - '' Know what? '' Rachel asked nervously. '' Alex drowned yesterday, he fell in the river, when he was going over the bridge, it cracked, and he fell inside the river. '' - '' What?! '' shocked, asked Rachel - '' It can't be true! '' - '' I'm sorry dear, it is. '' Said Alex's mother trying not to burst into tears. Rachel walked back home, and locked herself in her room. She thought - '' I was suppost to meet Alex there, it's my fault he's dead... I could have.. I... '' Rachel was mortified. Later that week, she attended Alex's funeral, but she didn't shed a single tear, because she was so depressed, beating herself over the fact that she could have done something to prevent this, but didn't just, because he forgot, she couldnt force herself to cry, since she has been doing it since that day. 
As time went on, Rachel grew more depressed, and had thought about taking her own life, just because she could not live with the guilt, she had put on herself. Yet, she did not go as far as doing it, because she knew, that Alex wouldn't want her to do that. So Rachel tried to live with the guilt, that she had put on herself, and not show it in public, but she never forgot. Alex would anways live in her memory, as the man, who loved the night, as much as she did.


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