Delilah | Teen Ink


May 9, 2010
By baumshell DIAMOND, Burbank, California
baumshell DIAMOND, Burbank, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I was thinking how nothing lasts and what a shame that is."-Benjamin Button

Delilah and Riley are sitting in Delilah's room. Riley is on her bed, Delilah at her desk. Neither one of them are looking at each other. Riley looks over at her, Delilah notices but doesn’t make eye contact. Instead she says

You don’t get it.

I get it.

Delilah now looks over at him, angry, stern expression on her face

No, you don’t. Your girlfriend isn’t dead.

Pause Riley sighs

Can I ask you something?

Stretches out her arms, uses a cool voice
You can ask me anything you want.

Why are you so angry?

Delilah gets up, offended. Riley gets up, follows after her.

It’s just you’ve been angry for months and months.

Delilah turns to him
Of course I’m angry. Riley, I got one year. One year, that’s it. When I see happy couples on the street, when I see old couples on the street, they got forty years. Forty years. Compared to my one? What makes them so special that they got more time?

That’s why I’m angry, because I don’t get to be with him anymore. I don’t get to be with the one I love for the rest of my life like they do.

We all lose the ones we love, Delilah.

Oh shut up. Don’t give me that crap. I’ve heard everything and nothing brings him back.

Delilah turns away

Anger doesn’t bring him back.

Delilah stops, turns to him
Picture this….you love Jenna, right?

Very much.

Then picture this: You’re happy. You’re in love. You’re on top of the world, because you get to be with her, see her everyday, all the time. And you’re imagining the rest of your life with her.

Then one night, you get a phone call…and there is no more you and Jenna. There is no more Jenna. She’s gone. Forever. And so is the rest of your life. Now tell me, why are you so angry.

Riley sighs, looks down
I just asked a question.

Delilah replies with a feisty tone
And you got yourself a subtle answer.

You wanna understand something? How can people say it was God’s will? God did it for a reason. What reason? What reason would a god have to take away the one person I love most in this world? I hope he has a reason. I hope that being up in the skies has a reason. Because why would people say God loves ya and then let me live in misery?

Riley trying again to comfort her
For compassion.

Compassion? So people can have compassion for me? Well, tell me what compassion is there, when I look at people and their eyes say “How can she be so upset? It’s been six months. Why hasn’t she moved on yet?” You know what, when their husbands or boyfriends or loved ones die too, should they be only allowed to grieve for six months? Six months of grieving? It’s an eternity when you lose someone.

Riley again looks down

You’re just not you anymore.

I’ll never be me again. That part of me that was alive, died when he did.

The author's comments:
This is a scene about an eighteen year old girl (Delilah) who loses her boyfriend of one year to a tragic car crash. After six months, her younger brother (Riley) distraught and confused over her anger and depression, tries to talk to her about it. She replies with more anger about how no one understands, no one cares, and her life is now over because the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with is now gone. She can't move on.

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