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Impact

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Published by Lamia Hajani
Riley Williams is one of the most perfect boys you could ever meet in a lifetime - or so says Lindy Baum. When Riley dies, everyone around him is impacted by his death. Any memory of him can pierce their hearts into a thousand shattered pieces.

"Impact" is the story of Riley Williams's friends coping with the depression of his death and coming together to form stronger bonds and get through the harsh times. Along the way, they realize the impact that Riley had on the people around him - even the ones that barely knew him.
Riley Williams is one of the most perfect boys you could ever meet in a lifetime - or so says Lindy Baum. When Riley dies, everyone around him is impacted by his death. Any memory of him can pierce their hearts into a thousand shattered pieces.

"Impact" is the story of Riley Williams's friends coping with the depression of his death and coming together to form stronger bonds and get through the harsh times. Along the way, they realize the impact that Riley had on the people around him - even the ones that barely knew him.

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Published by: Lamia Hajani on Jul 23, 2010
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Chapter 1: Lindy
3/9/2010 10:28:00 PM
 
-The rain trickled down Friedlinde Baum¶s car window, almost at the samerate the tears did down her face. As the car came to a stop, she smoothedout her black dress. This was the last time she was going to see Riley, afterall, and she wanted to look her best for her deceased partner.
It was September 1999. Lindy had just turned five, after her late birthday in August. She was swinging, high above the mountain tops ± or at least, that¶swhat it seemed to her. Her mother was chattering nonstop with some lady whom Lindy had never seen before. Suddenly, she was facedown in thesandbox, the gravely taste of the sand overtaking her tongue. But Lindy didn¶t cry ± she never did. She merely got angry. Curling her fists, she goup to take a whack at whoever had made her feel the pain of the newly formed scrape on her elbow. There was a boy, not much taller than her,standing there, with glasses that resembled that of a magical character in abook that Lindy¶s mother read to her.She growled at him, ³Why would you push me?! I could beat you to a pulp,you know!´ Without missing a beat, the boy replied, ³My name¶s Riley. What¶s yours?´ 
Lindy shook her head and walked towards the Church, not quite sure if shewas ready to face this yet. Not that she had a choice. With her magnificentlytowering height, she didn¶t have a tough time throwing on black flats,therefore giving her the ease of walking through the muddy grass. Hermother though, did not have the same pleasure. After many explicit wordsand a bold decision to walk barefoot, they finally made it across the greengrass that led to Riley¶s funeral.
To August 2003. Lindy¶s ninth birthday. Her mother had granted her thehonor of having a moonbounce in the backyard. The kids jumped around,falling down constantly. Riley, as he had been for the past four years, wasalso there. As he and Lindy jumped around, suddenly, Lindy felt his hand grasp her arm and drag her down to the latex ground. Riley somehow fell ontop of her, hitting his head on hers, causing both of them much misery. They 
 
lay there for a little bit and finally Riley faced her. Suddenly, Lindy felt hischapped lips against hers and she pushed him off.³Ew!!!´ she screamed, ³Riley! Why would you do that?!´ He hadn¶t been able to answer and simply ran away, leaving Lindy astonished and feeling as if her innocence had been taken.
There he was. Riley Williams. Looking as handsome as ever, if Lindy Baumdid say so herself. He may have been one year older than her, but she couldstill see the playful look on his face, although he was cold. He had alwaysbeen the immature one, who loved to take risks and break the rules. It waswhy Lindy had fallen in love with him.Lindy took her seat for the eulogies. Surprisingly enough, the tears hadstopped, and her eyes, known for being large, were as wide as ever. Rileywould tell her everyday that it was her eyes that had hypnotized him intoloving her; she could never explain to him all the reasons she loved him.It seemed to her quite funny how God worked; taking the lives of theinnocent like Riley, but leaving terrible serial killers on the earth to do asthey pleased. She knew Riley¶s death was not deserved, just as well as sheknew that there was nothing that could have stopped it.
 July 2007. Riley was fourteen, leaving Lindy behind as seemingly two yearsyounger, just as always. She was awaiting teenhood to finally approach her in the long one month away. They sat side-by-side on the brick wall around their middle school. Riley was going to high school in the fall, leaving Lindy behind. Lindy swung her legs, as they watched the Independence Day fireworks that their city was known for. She was just barely maturing,whereas Riley had seemed to sprout several feet overnight. He put one armaround her, nonchalantly, and she leaned into him. They were not officially ³going steady,´ as their fellow classmates called it, but there was definitely aspark. Lindy wasn¶t sure what Riley¶s sister, Aimee, had meant when sheoverheard her talking on the phone by it, but she almost definitely knew that whatever it was, her and Riley had one.
 
 
Suddenly, Lindy heard her name, awakening her from her trance. Riley hadalways loved her short attention-span; Lindy was always day dreaming. Heliked to call her his ³little ADD girl.´ It seemed that Lindy had missed two eulogies and it was her turn to go upto the podium and say a few words about Riley. She had been his girlfriendand his best friend, so it seemed only right that she be one of the eulogists.As Aimee stepped down, Lindy went up, a soaking paper in her hands. Asshe opened her mouth to speak, the paper suddenly didn¶t seem to say quitewhat she wanted. She looked up at the attendees and began to improvise,something she had always been good at. ³Riley Williams was my one true friend. He was with me as the best friend,the fall guy, and finally, as the boyfriend«´ 
It was May 2008. Riley and Lindy had begun to distance from each other,leaving both as the epitome of heartbreak. But just as he always did, Riley knew how to fix the problem.Lindy was sitting in the swing made for two in the backyard. It was whereher and Riley would sit in cool evenings, huddled in two, maybe threeblankets and just talk about their lives and futures. She heard the doorbell ring and made her way to the front door. Purple daisies, just sitting there onthe ground. She opened the piece of paper squeezed in between two flowersand read:Dear Friedlinde Baum,You stole my heart, so I stole you daisies.Forever Yours,Riley Williams
 ³« he loved to make me laugh and he made me feel as if I was trulybeautiful. He was my everything. I know he is in a better place now«´ 

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