The Last Night Lived

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A relative lives life to his fullest. Then one day, he goes to a movie and doesn't return alive. He leaves behind a fiance, and later on his great, great niece finds an article on him in a local yearbook. -T.L.

Submitted: October 22, 2011

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The Last Night Lived

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Many know of the tree that used to sit on the outside of town. A place once existed by it. But what many don’t know is that the reason someone holds onto that tree, has a story. A story that hasn’t been told because of the toll is has and holds. My relative once used to see that tree as a living person, but now the only reason he sees it is because that is how he shows what happened to him. Maybe someone will see his story, and I know it won’t be me because the only way I see it is from section in the county yearbook of the 1900s. But as I pass by his grave, I realize how far away it is from where that old cottonwood once stood. It’s in a whole other town. 10 miles away. Probably 20 counting the distance of the town. But all I will ever know is how he passed. And how painful it would’ve been to watch. Let alone live! So here is what I personally think happened that day, without all the dialogue, because NO one knows what happened that day, so I’ll tell it from his life story to that moment.  

He grew up in Nebraska. He really loved life. He went to the closest school, since he lived out of town. Like I said, he LOVED life. That is what he considered a full life. Had friends, family, and eventually a fiancé he never got to marry. What had happened to him didn’t seem like a suicide, because no matter how many times life would knock him down, he brushed himself off, and moved on. But what you got to realize is that it wasn’t all that easy. He may have had to push himself a few times, but he didn’t get hung up on it. Later on, he got a job helping out a ranch. He practically co-owned that ranch from how they put it. Never missed work. He worked to superior. But he didn’t work there long, because he only lived to age 27. 27 is only a decade of his adult life. And never married, but did have a fiancé, like I said before. Now what happened…

He lived the day normally, went to work, came home. He and his fiancé went to see a movie. It is unknown where or what movie they saw, but it should’ve been the best movie of his life because on his way home, someone must have chased them down in their car. How that is known is by the time the police came, their car was in a ditch. They didn’t find out if he was driving, because where they found his body was in the barn. And he was hung in that barn. His fiancé wasn’t hung, but he was. I can only imagine what she went through. He was buried in the Cemetery of his hometown. I capitalized Cemetery because that is important to me. Important to my family too, breathing or not.


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