A Sick Wish

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
A story myself and two of my classmates created for an english course. Fairly light-hearted, not meant to be taken too seriously.

Submitted: January 19, 2012

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Chad Madison was the type of boy that nobody really liked. He was truly a cruel individual. At school, Chad’s interests included giving wedgies, giving swirlies, and giving wet willies to unsuspecting classmates. Chad had very few friends, because anyone who ever gave him a chance was always turned off by his incessant rudeness and selfishness. Chad had acquaintances as opposed to friends.
There were, however, two people who could stand his presence- Owen and Jane. The three were constantly creating trouble wherever they went. Together, Chad and Owen were constantly getting into fights with other kids, and they would beat up other youngsters just because they were bored and looking for something to do. Sometimes, Chad and Jane would pretend to be boyfriend and girlfriend in public, with the sole motive of having a noisy argument that disturbed anyone nearby. At school, there were three seats saved in the principal’s office for the hooligan triumvirate.
One cool March evening, the troublemaking trio was in Owen’s shed drinking beer and scheming to spoil prom for the nerds. Suddenly, Jane came up with a completely different idea. Now Chad hardly ever listened to anyone else, but as Jane rarely had any ideas, let alone a good one, he decided to lend her an ear.
Jane had heard that there was a boy at school named Jayden, who had a heart condition. Jayden was being given a week long, all expenses paid vacation to Disney World from a charitable organization, the Sympathy Society. Jane suggested that she fake a terminal illness so that she could receive the same special treatment as Jayden.
Chad immediately realized that this was a brilliant idea, but he snickered rudely at Jane, “That’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard. No one would believe you.” Jane reluctantly agreed, and turned to Owen to continue planning their upcoming prom sabotage, but Chad still secretly focused his energy on planning his upcoming vacation in Disney World…
Chad had his mind set. All he needed was to convince the world, and more importantly the Sympathy Society, that he was a poor, sick, dying boy. He decided to do some research online. He chuckled as he browsed terminal illnesses, coming up with fantastic solutions to synthesize liver disease, AIDS, and excessive frostbite. He soon settled on a disease that he was confident he could fake. “A brain tumor!” he exclaimed, “the most terminal of the terminal!” His mother screamed at him from downstairs to keep quiet. He scowled back at her.
The primary symptoms of a brain tumor were headaches, nausea, blurred vision, and fatigue. All of these seemed simple enough to forge. The only problem was that Chad needed proof in the form of a CT scan in order to be granted this trip. He concluded that the most efficient way to access a passable CT scan was to steal one from the hospital.
Tuesday following that evening in the shed, Chad and four other ruffians entered their local children’s hospital with cold hearts. They made their way through the narrow corridors, tearing down every picture they could find, creating a blizzard of colorful paper and the innocent hopes and dreams of sick children. At one point they came across a young boy named Timothy. Timothy came from a poor family, and had recently undergone an amputation at both knees. His parents often had trouble scraping together enough money to pay for his medicine. Bradley, one of the juvenile punks, thought it would be fun to knock poor Timothy out of his wheelchair onto the floor, so that’s exactly what he did. As Timothy felt the harsh cold floor rise to meet his face, he wept for his unfortunate existence.
After they had finished wreaking havoc, they proceeded toward their primary objective. Since doctors and nurses were constantly patrolling the hospital, Chad realized he would need a distraction. He told his goons to each pick a fight with a sick child of their choice in random locations. While they caused ruckuses across the hospital, Chad made a beeline toward the examination room. Once there, he made a double take before snatching up the first 30 CT scans he could find. Luckily, the radiologist was busy trying to pull Bradley off a child with diabetes, and Chad’s criminal activity went unnoticed.
That night, Chad booked an appointment with the Sympathy Society. He decided to shave all the hair on his head in order to look more convincing at his interview, booked for the following day. He practiced lines such as “I feel so sick” and “my head hurts”, as well as stifling sobs, and various coughs, so that the Sympathy Society employee might pity him. He stayed up all night so that he would look tired and weak for his big day.
In the morning, Chad set off for his meeting. Upon arrival, a female receptionist greeted him. He told her that he was to meet with a company representative named William about the possibility of being funded for a trip to Disney World. Chad entered William’s office, shook his hand and addressed him kindly, with a muted cough. Chad decided that he would have a stronger chance of being given the trip of his dreams if he pretended to be more civilized.
Chad presented to William the “proof” of his illness and explained that he hadn’t much time left to live. William gazed at Chad with compassion and sympathy to rival Mother Theresa herself. He felt morally compelled to help the hopelessly doomed child before him. William could find innocence within a mass murdering Bengal tiger, and was certainly not beyond seeing the “good” in Chad. Chad, of course, was keen to manipulate William’s immense caring to suit his own purposes. For a moment he thought he felt a sense of guilt in his heart. He quickly passed it off as heartburn.
The interview went on to be an enormous success. William asked Chad plenty of detailed questions concerning his tumor. However, due to Chad’s research and planning, as well as William’s naivete and idealism, William didn’t hear anything he didn’t want to hear. Both parties left the meeting feeling good, knowing that they had just created an agreement to make Chad’s sick wish come true.
For each trip that the Sympathy Society granted, the lucky patient was permitted to take one other person with them. Chad first considered his single mother, who worked long hours at the bakery, and who desperately needed a break from her stresses at home. She had always had to put up with Chad’s shenanigans, but despite her experiences with him, she seemed to be the only one to believe that there was the potential for good buried deep within him. She stood by Chad no matter what the situation out of love for her only son. For Chad was all that his mother had in this world, and she wanted desperately for him to succeed. Ultimately, Chad decided not to bring his mother to Florida because she probably wouldn’t let him ride any of the cool roller coasters. Next, he contemplated bringing one of his two friends, Jane and Owen. He had stolen Jane’s idea and thought she deserved a chance to reap the benefits of her plot. However, he thought that the kids at school would think he was gay for bringing a girl with him on his vacation. Chad deliberated upon bringing Owen, but he quickly realized that he simply did not like Owen enough to spend the entirety of a week in Florida with him.
Chad didn’t want to look like a loser by going on his holiday alone, so he decided to take someone who he thought was cool and tough, just like him. He chose Bradley.

It wasn’t until June that Chad and Bradley went on their vacation. Upon arrival at Miami International Airport, Chad and Bradley were warmly greeted by Abraham, a Sympathy Society worker who was to be their travel agent for the coming week. Whenever Abraham turned his back, Bradley would snicker and make obscene hand gestures at him.
Throughout the vacation, Bradley made it his sole objective to disrupt anyone and everyone around him. At his hotel, he spray painted curse words on all the doors on his floor. At Sea World, he peed in Shamu’s tank. At Universal Studios he stole knapsacks from the gift shop, and tried to sell them to other tourists.
At the hotel, Chad thought it would be a good idea to try to pick up some ladies by the pool, by playing the “I’m terminally ill” card. It didn’t work half as well as Chad thought it would. Once he finally met a girl who would talk back to him, Bradley thought this would be the perfect time to do a cannonball in the middle of the pool, soaking anyone nearby. As the girls headed inside to dry off, Chad cursed himself for bringing Bradley on his “dream” vacation.
At the gates of Magic Kingdom, Abraham gave Chad a pair of Mickey Mouse ears and awkwardly told him that this is the place where dreams come true. Bradley was offended that he was not given a pair and promptly gave Abraham a wedgie. As a punishment for this cheeky action, Bradley was forced to stay back at the hotel for the remainder of that beautiful summer day, and Chad, with Mickey Mouse ears in hand, was forced to partake in his Disney World adventure alone.
In Bradley’s absence, Chad noticed he was beginning to enjoy his vacation a little more. This week had been the first time in Chad’s memory that he wanted to do something that wasn’t based on the misery of others. He decided that he would take this day and try to enjoy it like all the other boys and girls that came to Magic Kingdom to feel the magic of Disney. He thought that the best way to do this was to go on as many rides as he could. Space Mountain captured his eye for some reason; he felt an eruption of excitement in his chest just looking at it. He waited in line for what seemed to be hours, but was in reality mere minutes; Chad had never known the concept of patiently waiting for anything.
As he strapped into the front seat of his train, Chad’s heart began to race. He heard the automated voice chime to keep his hands and feet inside the vehicle, and for once, he had no intention to do otherwise. As the voice counted down, he felt his heartbeat quicken. As the coaster suddenly lurched forward, his fellow passengers cheered in anticipation. He could feel the adrenaline pumping through his veins. As they climbed higher and higher, he braced himself for the imminent initial drop. As they rounded the apex, Chad’s heart stopped. His entire world was immersed in darkness.
In Chad’s pseudo-comatose state, he had only a few moments to achieve a true grasp of his situation. Despite being utterly separated from his environment, he felt that he could finally see the world around him with a new, reformed, clarity. He saw Bradley for who he truly was- a remorseless, brainless brute who cared for nothing but his own pleasure. Chad screamed into his dark abyss, “Why did I take Bradley with me? My mother works day and night to present me with the best opportunities she can afford, and I have thrown it away time and time again!” The resentment he had always felt for his mother had suddenly been replaced with a genuine love and appreciation that he had never felt before. But why Bradley? His own words suddenly echoed back into his mind, “He’s cool and tough just like me…” As the perfect darkness inside Chad’s mind exploded to white, all he could hear were those three words, “just like me…”

Chad Madison died, aged 17 years old, on June 27, 2011 of a heart attack, invoked by a preexisting, undiscovered heart condition. During his autopsy at Florida Hospital Orlando, it was discovered that Chad had never actually had a brain tumor. At his funeral one week later, only one would attend… his heartbroken mother.

Chad left Space Mountain that warm summer day much as he had arrived: with a cold heart.


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