I Remember

August 21, 2010
By sbear406 GOLD, Summit, New Jersey
sbear406 GOLD, Summit, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

I remember. It was over twenty years ago, but I still remember it as though it was yesterday.

We were walking home from school, my best friend Jill and I. And the giant road we walked along to get home had just been repaved. The hot sun beamed upon it making it smell like burning tar. Anyhow, Jill and I were walking home, gossiping about some ridiculous rumor we’d heard that day about Holly, this popular girl in our grade and a senior guy. We weren’t really paying any attention to what we were doing. But then again, we walked home that way everyday.

All of a sudden we saw this rusty old pick up truck, a faded red color, and it starts slowing down. But the naïve girls we were, we assumed they were slowing down due to some mechanical problem they had to repair. The car came to a full stop and two men, one short and thin and the other tall with tattoos all over stepped out of the car. I noticed something in the short man’s hand. He was holding a switchblade. I panicked and whispered to Jill that we’d better get out of here. She told me to calm down, but my mom always told me to go with my gut, and my gut told me to run. So I grabbed Holly’s hand and began to run as fast as my stubby legs could carry me. Then the men start to chase us. I dropped my book bag and sprinted my fastest but they managed to catch up and grab Jill by her backpack.

“Take off the backpack!” I shouted at her. But it was too late. They had her. I started pulling her towards me when the man with the knife threatened he would kill her right then and there if I kept fighting, so I let go of her hand, hoping she would be fine. I can still remember her face. Her eyes were full of terror. I wanted to stay and fight for her, I did, but what good would that do if both of us were killed? So I kept running as soon as I let go. I wanted to tell her she’d be okay, that I’d get help. I didn’t want to leave her there, alone with those awful men. She was my best friend. Little did I know, that would be the last time I would ever see her again.

I continued to sprint as fast as possible and when I got home I phoned the police, but by then she was way gone. They tried to find her but it was too late. A week later a man taking his dog on a walk found the remains of her body wash up in a stream. My best friend was dead and I’d never see her again.

If there had just been a car passing by, or if we’d just taken a different route home, Jill would still be alive. After that day I was never able to take that path home again. The memory still haunts me although I wish it would go away. But memories like that don’t simply disappear, they just don’t.

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on Sep. 9 2010 at 8:07 pm
HippieNamedAnna PLATINUM, Kansas City, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Let It Be-The Beatles
Music is the only thing that makes sense any more-Me
Make love, not war-a bunch of people
Roses are red, Violets are blue, I have five fingers, The middle one's for you-Me :)

ooh! i just adored it!

sbear406 GOLD said...
on Aug. 30 2010 at 7:21 pm
sbear406 GOLD, Summit, New Jersey
10 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

thanks so much!! no it wasnt based on a real life experience, thankfully. i tried to make it like an adult telling her story to someone, maybe a psychiatrist 20 yrs after the event took place.

on Aug. 30 2010 at 11:41 am
briannebohrman SILVER, Bethel, Connecticut
6 articles 2 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If God is the DJ, then life is the dance floor, love is the rhythm, and you are the music." -P!NK

"I know how it feels, filling in the blanks and looking to the bright side when there is no bright side."

This was beautiful and alarming at the same time. I now know to be more aware, this was just amazing.


I hope this isn't bothersome to ask you...but is it based on real experience?

on Aug. 29 2010 at 9:00 pm
datrumpeter PLATINUM, Jefferson City, Missouri
40 articles 6 photos 59 comments

Favorite Quote:
'Before you insult someone, walk a mile in their shoes. that way, when you insult them, you'll be a mile away from them and you'll have their shoes.'

wow. wht inspired u 2 write this?? its amazing.

on Aug. 27 2010 at 10:33 am
Seelix PLATINUM, Chandler, Arizona
20 articles 3 photos 72 comments
Realy good! I love the last paragraph. =)

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