A Chapter by theladygraceling

Will turns off the truck
and we sit in silence for a few moments.
Then he unbuckles
and looks at me.
"Let's go inside.
It's hot."

But I just sit there
in the intensified heat of the sun through the glass,
in the smothering smell of upholstery
and the minty, tree shaped air freshener hanging from the mirror,
under the incredible weight of the thought
that I just came home from my best friend's funeral.

And because of that incredible weight,
all I can really do
is sit there
in the heat and upholstery and minty freshness.

Will gets out,
turns around,
and stands there
by the open door,
watching me for a long while.
He frowns at me.
"Come on."

When I don't move
he walks around the front of the truck
and opens my door.
He says my name,
quietly first.


So he says it again.

He pats me on the shoulder
and shakes me gently.

I feel numb.
I can't feel him shaking me.
All I feel is cold.

I try to move.
But my legs won't do
what my mind is telling them to.
I don't know what to do.

I speak
because Will's forehead is creased,
and his eyes are concerned,
and his mouth is curved down
in a worried frown.

"I can't feel my legs."

He stares at me.
Then the corners of his mouth twitch
but he doesn't quite smile.
"Oh, Riley,"
he says softly.

And because he's that kind of friend,
he reaches over and unbuckles me,
gently picks me up in his arms,
and carries me into the house.

© 2014 theladygraceling

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Added on June 2, 2014
Last Updated on June 11, 2014
Tags: car crash, Riley, Charlotte, Will



Hagerstown, MD

I am seventeen years old. I have always loved reading and have recently started writing my own stories. I also enjoy drawing and sculpting, have taken piano and violin lessons for 10+ years, and have .. more..

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A Chapter by theladygraceling