i will never forget

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
this is my first short story that ive written and actually liked... so i hope you like it too! (and feel free to criticism also!!)

Submitted: July 24, 2008

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Images flash through my brain as I lie down to sleep. My eyes are closed, blocking out all the items in my bedroom. But instead of seeing darkness, I see your face as it once was. I don’t know why, but you keep popping up in my head. It’s been a year now, and I haven’t thought of you since that since that day. But I’ve been thinking of you for almost a week. When I sleep, there are no dreams or nightmares, just you. It’s the same picture during the day, but at night, it’s like a slideshow; so many different expressions, but the same face.
I tried to forget you, and I succeeded. For so many months, not one thought of you has pooped up in my head. During this time, I cold pretend to be normal; I could act like all the other teenagers around town. It was such a free feeling, I finally had no weight on my shoulders.

I’m actually scared now. I’m scared of the thought of going back to that day, the day we decided to jump. But I know it’s inevitable.

You were so upset that day. You’re dad had come home and started yelling at you, and this time he had even gone far enough to even slap you across your face. He had hit your mom too. You two were always used as his personal punching bag. I knew that you hated violence and yelling, but you were subjected to both each and every day.After the beatings, we usually met up near the cliffs, and you were usually crying. That night, there were no tears and you just kept talking about your dad and how he probably wouldn’t care if you died. Your face suddenly lit up, and you asked me to go to the highest cliff with you. I stupidly agreed.

As we were walking near the edge, you grabbed my hand and looked me straight in the eyes.
“Cameron,” you started, eerily calm, “I’m going to miss you, but tonight, I’ve decided to leave and finally be free.”
I knew what you meant as soon as you said it. In my mind, I knew this was crazy. You wouldn’t even be comfortable when you died. It was freezing that night, the wind was blowing in every direction and the sea below was a dark ominous blue. It looked so cold and so scary. I was frightened, but I knew you weren’t.
Despite all of this, I took your hand and said, “I won’t let you go alone, Jaden. I’m going with you.”
Together we walked to the very edge of the cliff. I was so nervous and my mind was racing. Because of all this, I knew I wasn’t ready. I didn’t want to die so young.
Right as we were about to jump, I let go of your hand. I thought you’d stop if I didn’t go with you, but you leaped off anyways. I screamed your name, and you looked back at me. You had a smile and your face and tears in your eyes. I, on the other hand, stood there, wide-eyed, and watched the dark blue sea claim you. I had never cried as much as I did that night.
I felt so guilty and I was so sorry. I still am sorry. I didn’t even say goodbye.


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