Why am I really doing this?

July 2, 2010
I close my eyes and think. Is it really worth it, is doing this for someone so distant really worth it? I don’t even know the guy but I’m doing this anyway? That’s what I ask myself, I ask myself if the thing I’m doing is so important.
I’m 23 years old, my name is Alyssa, and I’m doing something life-changing for a man I haven’t been able to talk to. I am donating my kidney.
There’s a 70 year old lying in the hospital bed in a room across the hall. I don’t know him, I’ve never talked to him only his family I have talked to. The family says he’s a good man, and a great grandfather, a wonderful husband, and a great dad. I am compelled to give my kidney to this man, but now as I sit here about to go into prep for the surgery I question myself.
Do I know this man? No, not really, only through what I have heard of him. Do I know what he needs? Yes, he needs me to be kind and loving and give my kidney away. But do I know why I am doing this? No, I think it’s because I am a sweet, generous woman, but every time I think of what I’m doing, there is a tingle inside of me. A tingle of a feeling I can not name. So I sit there and stare at the clock. 30 more minutes until prep for the surgery. 30 more minutes till I give away my 2 kidneys, 30 more minutes to decide why I am doing this.
I sit there, tick tock, tick tock, the clock ticks by, reminding me of what to think about. Why am I doing this? That tingle stay inside me, it won’t go away. Because every second I think about what I am really doing this for.
The clock hits the 25 marker, 5 more minutes.
3,
2, I got it. I know why I am doing this. I am doing this because…
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inksplatters21 said...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

interesting story--it allows the reader to put themselves into Alyssa's shoes. 

would u mind reading/commenting on some of my work?  thank you

 
Blue4 said...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

Come on! Please please finish it! This is a great story, and you have achieved your purpose, I am thinking! ;)

By the way, can you read my story, The Whisperer, rate and comment? I'd appreciate it.

 
random_girl said...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm

because...

I don't know!  Please tell me! :)  I really like your story, and your right, you are a good writer.  Well, your family is! Haha. anyway, The only thing that I found could be changed was all the I's and slow down a bit and give a little more details.  Other than that: Perfect-o!

 
lovetowriteandwatchTV replied...
Jul. 20, 2010 at 10:05 am
thanks for the criticsm, by the way i'm not gonna tell u about the ending, it's supposed to make you think. :)
 
WritingLoverForever said...
Jul. 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm
This is really interesting. As I read this, I kept trying to figure out why Alyssa was doing this, just like she was. But I don't quite understand the ending. Could you explain it for me? And maybe check out some of my work? Thanks.
 
lovetowriteandwatchTV replied...
Jul. 20, 2010 at 10:07 am

the ending is the countdown of how many minutes she has left, 3 minutes, 2 minutes,1 minute, 0.  she was going to say why she was doing that, but the she couldn't because she was put to sleep for the surgery

sure i'll read some of ur work

 
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