119 Heart Beats

August 15, 2014
By GuardianoftheStars GOLD, Shongaloo, Louisiana
GuardianoftheStars GOLD, Shongaloo, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Let's tell young people the best books are yet to be written; the best painting, the best government, the best of everything is yet to be done by them."
-John Erslcine


“It is defiantly an acute angle.”

My mechanical pencil bounces against my spiral notebook thirty times a minute. Once every two seconds- each time the clock’s second handle clicks loudly. Only 246 seconds until the class ends. I will bounce my pencil 123 times before the bell.

“What?” It takes him less than 2.456 seconds to turn his head 90 degrees to look at me.

My heart goes from 75 beats a minute to 87. How can he make my numbers increase by the sound of his voice? It is maddening.

I blush. “Nothing. I was just thinking aloud.”

The distance diminishes to 12 inches between my shoulder and his arm. This is not good. I need at least 48 inches of a void. This is too close. What if my hands start to sweat? What if my breath smells like that meatloaf I had for lunch? Would it still smell like that after 2.50 hours after eating? Oh, heavens he is moving closer.

He doesn’t seem to notice we are only 10 inches apart. “What are you thinking?”

I look up at the head of the class. The teacher is lounging in his chair and reading. Everyone is just texting on their phones. We had finished class early after a pop quiz. My teacher didn’t care if we were talking. He couldn’t save me.

My eyes turn back to him. Two stray hairs drape across his forehead. He is still looking at me. There must be a law somewhere against a person being this sexy in a polo shirt.

“Well?” He tucks his chin into his palm and waits expectantly.

“Just…your nose…” I mutter lamely. Why am I blinking ten times every five seconds?

“My nose?” his eyebrows furrow, creating three thoughtful lines on his brow. Dang. How can someone have such attractive eyebrows?

“It is…an nice angle…it is a…cute angle.” I’ve reached 95 beats a minute now.

I clutch at my jeans and bow my head. My hair shields 80% of my view, but he is only 6 inches from me now. I can feel his body’s heat. His breath gently blows my hair.

He doesn’t say anything. Not for 7.34 seconds. It is hot under my hair because I am blushing even harder now. The temperature must’ve increased by three degrees, at least.

Someone please shoot me now! Let an earthquake hit the school or a tornado I am not picky. Oh my gosh, how has only 90 seconds passed? I still have 156 more to go before the bell rings.

He reaches over and pushes 30% of my hair behind my ear. I look up into his face. My heart rate is now 113 beats a minute.

He smiles.

One hundred nineteen beats.


The author's comments:
I know people who count everything that happens around them. So I wrote a story about a girl who counts everything around her.

Any feedback is welcomed! I will return the favor. ^__^

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Beila BRONZE said...
on Feb. 24 2015 at 12:06 am
Beila BRONZE, Palo Alto, California
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Favorite Quote:
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." -Mark Twain

This was fun to read! I guess the numbers thing did bug me a little bit after a while, but it was also a new and different perspective, and I like the fact that you chose to experiment with it for this story. The title, by the way, is really strong. As is the beginning. As is the end. Can you tell I liked this story? :)

RealRiter GOLD said...
on Feb. 23 2015 at 6:55 pm
RealRiter GOLD, Astoria, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"I did not fail 101 times, but I simply found 101 ways that did not work." -Thomas Edison

Really cool. I guess the grand question is: What happens after he pushes her hair back? I love how you leave cliff hangers, to always leave your audience in curiosity. Well done.

on Aug. 18 2014 at 8:02 pm
GuardianoftheStars GOLD, Shongaloo, Louisiana
17 articles 0 photos 495 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Let's tell young people the best books are yet to be written; the best painting, the best government, the best of everything is yet to be done by them."
-John Erslcine

Thanks!!  I really appreciate that you took time to read this and comment. It makes my day. ^__^

on Aug. 18 2014 at 8:01 pm
GuardianoftheStars GOLD, Shongaloo, Louisiana
17 articles 0 photos 495 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Let's tell young people the best books are yet to be written; the best painting, the best government, the best of everything is yet to be done by them."
-John Erslcine

Thank you!!  I am glad you liked it so much. :D

Mia_V BRONZE said...
on Aug. 18 2014 at 12:21 pm
Mia_V BRONZE, Farnham, Other
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I really enjoyed reading this - it gives a really good glimpse into the life of somoeone whose own revolves around numbers. Loved it!

devoted138 said...
on Aug. 18 2014 at 8:53 am
devoted138, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
You miss 100% of the shots you never take.

Loved it! The counting part was cool; I would've never thought to incorporate that in a story. Post more writing.....loved this!


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