The Power of Writing

The Power of Writing

A Story by Cassiopeia
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Start somewhere

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This was the year that Rebecca starting writing. She never really did believe in herself and that was the reason she was afraid she wouldn’t complete even one story. But Mark did. So, last Christmas he bought her a notebook and on the first page he wrote; “Start somewhere.” And that was what she did. She started writing about Mark and her; their first encounter, their “little adventures” as he used to call their endless explorations, their habits and their dreams. Her stories were that good that she even got some of them published on the school paper. And she owed all of that to Mark.


Mark was her best friend since primary school. Her family had just moved to a new neighborhood and Mark’s parents were the first to welcome them there. She still remembers the first time she saw him. A small boy wearing a shirt and a pair of suspenders attached to his pants, hiding behind his mum who was holding a chocolate cake. He had showed up with a football but he was too nervous to ask her to play. A smile cracked on her face when she recalled her mum yelling for destroying her little white dress with mud.


But now Mark was gone. And no one ever understood how that happened.  


They lived near a lake and Mark would swim there almost every day. Until one evening he didn't come home. His parents rushed to the lake to search for him. They saw his towel folded up on the dock, so they knew that he never came out. When Rebecca arrived there after seeing the ambulance, she saw Mark’s father soaked. The paramedics had given him a blanket. “He must have jumped in the lake. He must have saved him”. Those were the thoughts that were crossing her mind. But the siren of the ambulance wasn’t set off and Mark’s mother was crying in her husband’s arms. So she knew. Suddenly, she wasn’t able to breathe. She started running. She was running for miles before her feet finally betrayed her and she fell on her knees crying. She couldn’t fight it anymore. The urge to scream. “This is how loss feels”, she thought.


She believed that when Mark died, her whole inspiration died with him. That’s why she hadn’t written something in months. But, one night she decided that she had to write one more story. Their last adventure. The story of his death.


The first sunrays came through her window filling up the room with light. She had stayed up all night sitting in front of her computer’s screen. Still, she hadn’t finished yet. She had one last thing to do and that was to write a dedication. “In memory of my best friend. I’m going to miss you so much”, she wrote as her eyes were full of tears. And that moment she realized it. That writing wasn’t just a hobby for her anymore. It was much more than that. As painful as it might have been for her to write about Mark, it was a way of keeping him alive. So, she deleted the file and opened a new one.  


© 2018 Cassiopeia



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Good. Yes writing about something you know is the secret if you are stuck. There's a bit of mystery in your story - why did he die? I feel that building up your relationship and letting us know a bit more about Mark would have given us some insight.
I have noticed a few minor slips and it's always worth spending time checking over. In the first para' ought should be owed and in the second last sentence may should be 'might have been'.
These are small things so well done.
Cheers,
Alan

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Cassiopeia

3 Months Ago

He drowned. But I didn't state it clearly. I will correct them immediately. It's just that English .. read more



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Good. Yes writing about something you know is the secret if you are stuck. There's a bit of mystery in your story - why did he die? I feel that building up your relationship and letting us know a bit more about Mark would have given us some insight.
I have noticed a few minor slips and it's always worth spending time checking over. In the first para' ought should be owed and in the second last sentence may should be 'might have been'.
These are small things so well done.
Cheers,
Alan

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This comment has been deleted by the poster.
Cassiopeia

3 Months Ago

He drowned. But I didn't state it clearly. I will correct them immediately. It's just that English .. read more

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