First Kisses come in Seventh Grade 36

don't read this You ran breathlessly, you slammed the door and threw your head into your pillow and… cried. No tears came. Where were the tears when you just wanted them? You just sat there bundled up in a ball. There were so many thoughts flying in your head. Daddy and the seasaw… Mum talking to someone weirdly, you felt that you had betrayed your dad. Mandy squaring her fists at you… Jessica… those awkward Rene, Ryan, Erin moments… Chris… you felt like you had lost so much. And just today… Sakura… her hands shoving you into the dark howling nothing that took away all your oxygen. You could’ve drowned. You could’ve lost everything. If that

You ran breathlessly, you slammed the door and threw your head into your pillow and… cried. No tears came. Where were the tears when you just wanted them? You just sat there bundled up in a ball. There were so many thoughts flying in your head. Daddy and the seasaw… Mum talking to someone weirdly, you felt that you had betrayed your dad. Mandy squaring her fists at you… Jessica… those awkward Rene, Ryan, Erin moments… Chris… you felt like you had lost so much. And just today… Sakura… her hands shoving you into the dark howling nothing that took away all your oxygen. You could’ve drowned. You could’ve lost

Created by: scumbag

  1. What is your age?
  2. What is your gender?
  1. The water sloshed around your ears, there was a hollow howling around, it was dark, and you couldn’t breathe. Your arms were frantically trying to swim. You didn’t know how to swim. You were panicking and out of breath. Were you sinking? Where was the surface? Wasn’t your head supposed to bob up? Suddenly there were fingers clamped around your flailing wrists. You were hauled up, sheets of water ran streams down your face. You mouth swallowed water. Your nose swallowed water. Water was invading your ears, eyes and shoving through your system. You were kind of thrown onto the wooden deck. “Erin, you okay?”
  2. You lay very still. “Erin!” It was like you were in a freezer and people were talking outside of it. Firm hands pressed onto your shirt. That broke you out of the freezer. You coughed. “Erin, you okay?” he repeats. You recognized the voice now. Your eyes opened, your blood was flowing warmth again and the face in front of you was blurry. But the features were coming back. “I’m dead,” you said bluntly. He chokes down a laugh and puts your arm over his shoulders. “Dummy,” he snorts as he helps you walk.
  3. Halfway across the deck, you regained conscious. You take your arm off of Ryan. “Hey…” he starts. Your legs were firm and standing. But they were slow to obey your mind. You nearly topple back, but Ryan yanks your arm towards him. You push him away and walk on your own across the deck to sit down on a rock. Your hair was dripping. It was all down. Your ponytail hair holder thing was gone. Your clothes were dripping. Ryan sits down next to you. “Where is she?” you asked. “Who?” Ryan echoed. You looked around.
  4. “Really, where did she go?” you ask him again. “Who are you talking about?” he asked. “Are you, are you covering for her? You know, that girl that was… just here?” Ryan stares at you weird. “That one day at practice where you gave me a granola bar and then you went in the car with your mom and there was this girl in the back?” Ryan stares at you some more and then says, “Oh, that was Sakura. My mom’s best friend’s daughter, I’ve known her like since 3rd grade or something.” “Well, she- she was here and she… pushed me into the river,” you said. “What?” There was a mix of confusion and a little accusation in his voice like you just said you saw a ghost.
  5. You look down at your hands. You noticed, you still had the quiz, Ryan’s pencil with the accessory, and something else. You remembered your left hand had kind of grabbed at the girl’s, Sakura’s, hand. There was a bracelet or something because in your left hand was a little flower bead and it did not come from Ryan’s pencil accessory. Your hand casually closes over it. You slip it in your jean pockets. “Looks like you wet yourself,” said Ryan. Your wet pants were transferring the water from your jeans to the rock. There was a big dark spot under your butt. “Whatever,” you retorted. “Why did you fall in the water?” Ryan asked. “I told you, that girl Sakura pushed me,” you replied. And it scared you for a moment.
  6. Aggressive people pushing you into the water, did she mean for you to drown? Your heart had pumped so loud that you could’ve just died from fright. Where did any sixth grader get the gut to even think of doing that? You never could. “But, Sakura wouldn’t do that,” said Ryan. You were getting angry. You hated your short temper, but you couldn’t help it. You exploded. “How could you have not seen it!? I heard you shout my name right when I was falling and she was there! Who is she anyway? Why did she do that?! Does she have some kind of crush on you? You’re covering for her??” Your face instantly burned with shame. “Ugh, sorry… just never mind,” you said quickly. His glance from you shifts to staring out at the river. “You’re really sure that she did?” “Yeah, but you don’t believe me do you?” you said softly. “Erin, what really happened?” he said with an edge of accusing sharpness to his voice. He didn’t believe you. “You sure you didn’t just- fall?” he says. You sigh.
  7. “Fine, fine. Whatever, it was all my fault. I fell into the river out of my clumsiness and yeah I nearly drowned. Thanks for s-saving me,” you said. He was still staring out at the river. Kind of glaring. The topic was getting heated. How were you supposed to prove it to him? And he was defending Sakura. If he didn’t believe his own friend, then maybe…
  8. You turned around and walked away. Ryan leaped up and turned you around sharply. “Hey, give that back to me. It’s mine,” he said as he took the pencil from you. You turned around and kept walking and walking. Why did he even care if you had his pencil accessory? He doesn’t even like it. You suddenly stop at the set of old creaky swings that no kid really ever used. The dad and the little boy were gone and a few new moms were coming in. You sat on the swing, turning the other way so that you weren’t facing the direction Ryan and the kids were. There was another grove of trees. You swung very slowly. Every swing releases a squeaky creak. Your hair was cooling on your arms and back. Your arms cross and hug yourself. After a while, your arms uncrossed and held onto the sides of the swing. You kicked the woodchips as you kept your swing going. Creaking slowly… slowly…
  9. Suddenly the world was sliding down as you were going up. You were flinging higher into the sky. You were swinging faster now. Someone was pushing you. You let out a scream when you nearly lose your balance. Someone stops your swing, steadies you and at that moment you look up and your eyes hit honey colored hazels beneath a curtain of sleek hardwood brown hair. He’s smirking and then his face disappears when he pushes you again. You are forced to turn your head back. You screamed again. He was pushing you hard. “Ryan, Ryan stooopppp!!! Oh, I’m gonna kill you!” you scream. You didn’t know he had that strength. “RYAN!” He stops pushing. The swing slows its pace. “What really happened at the river?” he asks. “I fell,” you said. “You mean you were PUSHED. But that’s not what you said earlier. Really, what happened?”
  10. “Yeah, she pushed me,” you growled, not really caring what did happen. “If you said it, then it must be true,” said Ryan. He stops the swing. He looks you in the eye. “I can trust you, right?” he said in a low voice. “If you don’t, that’s okay too,” you spat. You kicked off and swung high again. “What if I do believe you?” said Ryan. “Great, then I can lie away,” you said carelessly. “I believe you then,” said Ryan, “Lie to me.” You looked back at him. “Get over here, I can’t always turn my head back!” you snapped. “You’ll kick me with your metal legs there,” said Ryan. “I won’t. TRUST me,” you snort. He goes around and stands in front of you, out of kicking range. The swing was creaking like crazy. “I won’t lie to you,” you tell him. “I can’t,” you add. “Why?” Ryan asked. “Because. Friends don’t lie,” you tell him. He gives you this kind of grim smile, with lips pressed tight, and a flick of warmth. “See ya Megatron, go home before you freeze,” said Ryan.
  11. He turns around and starts walking. “Ryan wait!” you called. Why did he care if you froze or not? He turns his head to the side just as you leaped from your swing. “Whoa!” he gasps at the distance you leapt. You ignore him and run up to him. “Here, in case you need more proof that I’m not lying to my best friend,” you said as you handed him the flower bead. “Huh?” he asks. “It’s from her. Give it back to her. She’ll know it’s hers,” you said. “I don’t think I would even need this to know you’re telling the truth, I know you wouldn’t lie to me. You’re horrible at it anyways,” he said smiling. True, you remembered how he always knew when you were hungry and shared a breakfast with you when you gave him juice. He knows you’re really upset when you say that you’re tired. You could never lie to Ryan.
  12. “Yeah, but you can’t always trust friends,” you tell him remembering Mandy. Mandy was so far away now. It seemed like a long time ago. “I can trust you,” said Ryan. “And hey, ask Lily what she’s going to be for Halloween,” he adds.
  13. You head home pissed. It was just one of those crappy days, where you were mad but didn’t know exactly why. Maybe it was because when you got home your Mum was talking on the phone. She didn’t hear you come in. But she was talking like… “Oh, you’re making me blush! Yes, I love you too Stevey. Smooches!” She shuts auntie’s cell phone she borrowed and turned around just to see you standing there, still dripping and drenched, cartoon bug eyed. “Honey, why are you all- !” She didn’t get to finish her sentence. You were already upstairs.
  14. You ran breathlessly, you slammed the door and threw your head into your pillow and… cried. No tears came. Where were the tears when you just wanted them? You just sat there bundled up in a ball. There were so many thoughts flying in your head. Daddy and the seasaw… Mum talking to someone weirdly, you felt that you had betrayed your dad. Mandy squaring her fists at you… Jessica… those awkward Rene, Ryan, Erin moments… Chris… you felt like you had lost so much. And just today… Sakura… her hands shoving you into the dark howling nothing that took away all your oxygen. You could’ve drowned. You could’ve lost everything. If that hand didn’t come and thrust out help. A hand that belonged to Ryan. Middle school… where friends and couples are never always true. What happened to, “We’ll be best friends forever and ever…” or “I met my best friend ever since kindergarten and I’m in high school right now and they’re still my best friends…”
  15. The sun was setting. You had fallen asleep. Your clothes were dry but there was this huge dark spot beneath you. There was also one on your pillow. You were either biting your pillow, or you drooled. Someone knocks on your door. “Go away!” you shouted. “Dinner!” your Mum said. You were hungry. But you didn’t wanna get up. “Not hungry!” you shouted. Fifteen minutes later, the door is busted open and your Mum comes in to yank you out of bed and put you in your seat. Chicken wings, potatoes and strawberries floating in cream. Doesn’t your Mum not know you? She lifts the cover off of a platter. Fudge. She knew you. Fudge with walnuts. She knew you too well. You gave in. You had two chicken wings, a scoop of potatoes, a serving of strawberries and three fudge bars. You clear the table, wash the dishes as usual and head upstairs without a word. You brush your teeth and lay down in your bed. Your Mum comes in twenty minutes later and sits by your bedside. “What’s wrong?” she asks. “Nothing,” you said stupidly.
  16. “Of course. Tell your Mummy what’s wrong before you get too old to tell me about your daily worries,” she said. You don’t look at her. And then sooner than you knew, you were pouring everything that happened this year to her. Well, not exactly EVERYTHING, but a good enough summary. “You and Mandy aren’t friends anymore?!” she exclaims, “Well, keep your own mother updated!” When you were done and feeling less burdened, she went downstairs for a while and then came back upstairs. You turned her way and you nearly… choked. She was wearing a pink skirt, pigtails, white blouse with a pink tie, large framed glasses, a leopard purple purse handbag thing, bell socks, eyeliner and full lips of gorgeous pink that did not match with her face. Where did she get fake braces?
  17. She gives you a window washer wave. You had to fight to keep your fudge bars down in your stomach. “Hey Erin!” Her voice was pitched extremely high, girlish, scary. “Who are you?” you grumble. “Oh, don’t you know me? I’m Amanda White, your best friend! I came over for a sleep over! Your brothers are sleeping in the other room tonight.” Amanda was your Mum’s first name. “You’re my mum, not my best friend. Get out,” you scowl as you chuck a pillow at her. It misses and she leaves the door ajar as she comes on and jumps on your bed. “Pillow fighting?” she offers. “No,” you replied bluntly, clearly showing you did not want her in here. She did not take the hint. “How about cards, Erin?” she asks again in that annoying high pitch. “No.” You threw the blanket over your head. Your Mum, or “Amanda” scoots under with a flashlight. “Shadows?” “No.” You ran for the corner. “How about fudge?” You shot up.
  18. She held it up high. “What do you want, Mum?” you asked. “If you want this fudge, you can’t call me Mum. You call me Amanda. I’m your best friend, ok?” “What?!” this was silly. It was stupid. But eventually you end up playing board games, cards, showing your Mum all your stuff and digging into your closet for really pretty dresses that you haven’t seen in years since your Mum packed them in a suitcase. You guys even clipped, trimmed, and filed your nails into perfect ovals and then you polished all twenty nails with the nail polish your Mum had. Then you painted them. And then you turned on the alarm clock radio and sang along to a song called Midnight Train. And then you drew pictures in the end.
  19. You had cherry pop before bed. She shut out the lights and said, “Good night Erin.” “Good night, Mom,” you said. “Amanda,” she corrected sternly. You groaned. “Good night Amanda.” It was quiet. But you knew she wasn’t asleep. She snored and right now she wasn’t snoring. “Mum?” She doesn’t answer. “Amanda?” “Yes, Erin?” “Who was that guy you talked to on the phone today- er I mean who is your secret crush?” you asked. “Oh, I can’t tell you that,” she said. “But we’re “best friends” and best friends always share secrets,” you said challengingly. “They do, don’t they? Well, best friends understand each other that they don’t have to force each other to do something they don’t want to,” she said. “Fine,” you mumbled. It was a while before you Mum said, “Stevey is my boyfriend, we’re going out.” “Mu- Amanda,” you said, “Don’t call him Stevey.” You wait until you hear the snore coming. And as you fell asleep you think to yourself, “Mums will always be there for you.”

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