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The Last Day

May 26, 2011
By alibi SILVER, Corry, Pennsylvania
alibi SILVER, Corry, Pennsylvania
6 articles 0 photos 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm always positive, except when I'm not."

His eyes watch her as she laughs, her friends giggling around her. He always watches, never moves to talk to her. She sees him and her eyes light up, beautiful emerald green. Her blonde hair flies around her head as she says goodbye to her friends and runs over to him. She hugs him quickly, still smiling.

“Arty! What are you doing here?” she asks, her eyes almost sparkling in the light. Artemis, whose nickname happens to be Arty, smiles back at her.

“I can’t give my best friend a ride home?” he asks, hiding the anxiety he feels. He needs to tell her today. Tomorrow will be too late. He won’t see her again till next year.

“You can… I guess…” she teases, walking to his car. Her arm in intertwined with his, and she drags him along behind her.

“Genevieve, slow down!” he says, laughing. Genevieve, or Genny, just smiles. Once they’re in the car, Artemis drives away from the school.

“Can you believe it? Our last day of high school. And I’m going to college tomorrow… I just wish that you were coming to. How can I go to a big new school without my bestie?” Genny asks sadly, but still managing to keep a pretty twinkle in her eyes.

“I know… You’re getting old,” Arty teases, daring to poke her in the side. She squeals with playful delight.

“I’m getting old? If I remember, you’re older than me by six months, buddy. We might want to start looking for a retirement home for you.”

“Sure, sure. See how well that goes for you.”

A while later, they’re at the lake, the one they’ve been going to for years. Artemis feels the fear building inside of him. Being with her is so easy, so comfortable. She needs to know.

Genevieve is sitting on the bank, her feet in the cool water. She’s looking up at the sky, smiling at the clouds. Artemis runs a hand through his black hair. He really should tell her…


“Artemis?” They say it at the same time, and they laugh nervously. Genny motions for him to go first.

“No, no. I insist.” Genny takes a deep breath, as if steadying herself.

“Artemis, I…” the rest is mumbled under her breath. Artemis waits patiently for her to gather her courage. “I love you.”

Silence falls in their little clearing, except for the animals. Birds chirp and sing, some little rodents scuttle about, and far away, they can hear dogs barking. Artemis is in shock.


“I love you. I’ve loved you for a while, but I didn’t want to say it. I mean, what if you didn’t – don’t love me back? I could have messed up everything. But now that we won’t see each other for a while, and we’re responsible, mature adults, we-” Artemis stops her babbling with a kiss. She kisses him back gently, and he feels his heart stop. He pulls back and smirks at her.

“I love you too.”

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on Jun. 10 2011 at 4:39 pm
Cameandgonesmarty ELITE, North Vancouver, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"One day, your life will flash before your eyes; make sure it's worth watching."



Malsie8 GOLD said...
on Jun. 9 2011 at 11:17 pm
Malsie8 GOLD, Placentia, California
12 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us"
-Lord of the Rings

ugh, i totally identify with these characters.  i wish i could be as daring as them :/


on Jun. 9 2011 at 1:11 pm
Odessa_Sterling00 DIAMOND, No, Missouri
87 articles 108 photos 966 comments

Favorite Quote:
All gave some, some gave all. -War Veterans headstone.

The boy, Arty, seems to have a confindence side and a shy side. 

on Jun. 9 2011 at 1:07 am
booklover104 BRONZE, Stockton, California
4 articles 0 photos 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
I have a couple of quotes i like... \"Success is not a doorway it\'s a staircase\"
2. \"Everything happens for a reason\"
3.\"Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have\"-Thomas Edison

i loved it, short and sweet! =)

on Jun. 8 2011 at 5:51 pm
millievm97 SILVER, Schoolcraft, Michigan
8 articles 0 photos 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
The pen is mightier than the sword!

I loved it! I kept thinking that Arty was going to say he was breaking up with Genny! I loved the fresh, new twist you used for the ending!