Those Days On The Beach

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This is for Melissa Alburney's contest.

Amy and Jonah were best friends since the beginning, and as kids they would spend so much time at the beach. They finished high school. Amy's going to Harvard while Jonah stays in the town to honor his dad's memory. They are being separated but wherever they go, they can think back to those days at the beach.

Submitted: July 27, 2011

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Those Days On The Beach

I looked inside my locker at the only picture that was left. It was of me and my best friend Jonah at the beach when we were four. He had his cute mushroom cut and well I, according to him, was the cutest thing in the world. We had been best friends since birth basically. The thought of him made me smile. But it also made me a little sad. I was cleaning out my locker because it was my last day of high school. The four agonizing years of high school had been over. Jonah was staying here in September because he has to take care of his dad’s business. His dad has passed away a year ago, and his book store had been closed since then but Jonah wanted to honor his dad’s memory by opening it again.

I, on the other hand, was going to Harvard. If I had to be honest with myself, I didn’t want to go without Jonah. He was my best friend; we couldn’t spend that much time apart.

I looked at the picture, and shoved it in my purse. I looked around me to the rest of the people still here. I closed the locker I had for four years. I couldn’t believe it. I was free. I said goodbye to a few people as I walked in the hallway. I saw Jonah and went over to him.

“Hey!” I said, taking him by surprised.

“You scared me! Hi.” He said putting stuff into his backpack. “We’re finally leaving this place huh?” he said.

“Yeah, aren’t you excited?” I asked him.

“Well sure, But I’m still staying in this small town. You’re leaving to leave a mark on the world.” He said, looking kind of sad.

“Come on, cheer up. We still have a whole summer before us. Just you and me, I promise.” I said, smiling.

“Fine. I’ve got to go but I will call you later, okay?” He said, closing his locker and slinging his backpack over his shoulder.

“Okay, bye.” I watched as he left.

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“Where do you want to go today? I feel like doing something.” Jonah asked me as we were sitting outside in the tree house we used to go to all the time when we were kids.

“How about the beach?” I asked.

“Sure, I haven’t been in a while. Let’s go.” We ran inside my house and packed food. We jumped into Jonah’s car and drove the 10 minutes to the beach. We walked along the beach and talked. No one mentioned how I was leaving in a few days for college.

“So, what are you going to so without me, Jonah?” I asked, jokingly.

“I honestly don’t know.” I knew his expression, he was going to go all dramatic on me. “I’m going to die without you!” he said, dramatically and laughed. He put his arm around my neck and we walked a few minutes.

“Would you really die without me?” I asked.

“Well maybe not as extreme, but pretty much.” He laughed and kissed my forehead. I smiled.

“Awe, what a cute couple!” a guy said, holding a camera. It was one of those cameras that had a built in printer, so he handed over a picture of us.

We really looked like a couple, but we weren’t.

“Keep it.” Jonah told me.

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I walked over to my desk where two pictures laid there. One of when Jonah and I were at the beach when we were 4 and the other was the picture of the day we went to the beach and the guy took a picture of us. I looked at it for a moment and a tear slipped from my eye. I was leaving for Harvard the next morning. I grabbed the pictures and put them inside a box that I labeled To: Jonah.

“Hey.” I said to Jonah the next morning when he came over.

“Hey.” He said back. He looked sad.

“So…” I said awkwardly.

“I’ll miss you, Amy. Will I see you when you come down for thanksgiving?” he asked.

“I’ll miss you too. And of course you will!” I said. “Here,” I grabbed a box. “I wanted to give this to you.” He looked puzzled and opened the box. He smiled.

“Why are you giving me these?” He asked.

“So you can remember those days on the beach.”

“I will forever remember them. Will you promise you will never forget them either?”

“I promise.” I said and he smiled. I hugged him and walked out the door. I looked back to my house and saw him standing outside. After a few moments, I couldn’t see him anymore. I would never forget those days on the beach.


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