Some Moments Last Forever

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a story about what can happen when the abusive lover that is depression is stronger than you.
Please comment! I'm really looking to see what needs to improve in my writing.

Submitted: October 21, 2013

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Submitted: October 21, 2013

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Some Moments Last Forever

 

The alarm calls out again, pleading with you, begging you to get out of that bed; a stubborn siren barely audible over the brewing storm in your head. Why did you even bother setting an alarm; its not like anyone wants to spend time with you. Nobody wants to listen to the insecure whining of a hopeless loser. The vicious record repeats new versions of the same idea. Idiot. You can’t even remember why you set an alarm.

You try to focus. Frustration gets comfortable, and you pull the sheets over your head letting tears form and fall. The trails they leave are just another reason to stay in bed. People already think you’re fucked up enough; do you really need to give them another reason to stay away from you. Such a schemer, the recording, it encourages your self-image. Repeating its message over and over, letting you know its normal to think like this. Assuring you that you do know something by providing you with the insurmountable proof that will smother any hope the light of day may try to impart. Not that it really matters now. You haven’t seen the light for months.

Dishes full of food clutter the surrounding space. Evidence of the wasted attempts to feed yourself, now symbols of another failure. Their putrid smell contributes to the musty odor coating the apartment, while the fruit flies keep the peace hovering only where food languishes. You don’t bother cooking anymore. Except for the rare occasion when someone comes to visit, bringing a meal and the expectation that you’ll eat it with them, you don’t really bother with food at all. Sometimes you’ll unwrap a found candy, popping it into your mouth with the hope of tasting a memory from when people could safely enter your private world. But now the sugary sweetness tastes rancid, and you’re left feeling swindled out of your saccharine memory. Everything else lost its flavor long ago. Just dry and flavorless bits of nourishment that only help you endure this hell longer.

You withdraw into the world under your covers for over an hour before the knocking starts. At first, you think it is the landlord demanding the overdue rent, which causes your chest to contract as your body shrinks inward like the withered wrinkles on fading fruit. The right side of your body aches and your swollen joints pulse with the anxious tension crashing through you each time a fist hits the door.

It wasn’t that you didn’t have the money. It’s been in the apartment for weeks, but come rent day, the task of getting dressed felt like too much of a burden and you worried about the dizziness that came over you so quickly now. Not to mention how the mirror recently had turned against you and was quick to impress on you its harsh opinion. With so much working against you to complete a simple chore, you were skeptical of your ability to deal with life outside your doorway. Instead, the safety of your scratchy blanket and old record, as reassuring now as they were then, let you linger until it was too late to knock on the landlord’s door. Afterwards, shame escalated until it had captured self-doubt; keeping it nearby to remind you of how pathetic and incapable you are.

The sweet caress of your record keeps you from walking the ten steps to the door even after you hear the shouting start to come through. Getting louder, the record drowns out the sound of the door being forced open and clutches you close as your eyes close and you let the melancholic storm clouds from your head spill onto your closed eyelids. You feel like sleeping again, despite barely being up long enough to hear two episodes of Wheel of Fortune escaping from the television speakers. Vanna White kept her smile after spending years proving people right. Everyone else manages to keep going, but not you. Something must be wrong with you. 

As the police invade your room, Vanna turns her back on you to show the brilliant contestants their letter choices are correct. As the last letter lights up, your light goes out for good. 


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