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She tumbled down to the train track, rocks slamming into her bruised body. The train whistled, the track shook as she shot into darkness. I am Aleara Taylor and this is the story of how I died. Aleara shut the pages of her book as she climbed in through her bedroom window tossing her book onto her desk. “Coming Mother” she shouted grabbing her jumper before running downstairs. “Alex is here for you” her mother smiled her blue eyes glistening, the same way Aleara’s did. Alex walked towards her and kissed her cheek softly, placed a hand on her lower back, before he led her upstairs back to her bedroom. Aleara sat down on the bed when her small kitten Tabby jumped onto her lap, purring as she tickled behind his ears. “You really shouldn’t sit out here, you could hurt yourself” he sighed shutting the window. “Look I need to talk to you” he sat down on the window seat while he rubbed his face with his hands, Aleara’s face dropped seeing the change of emotion in his eyes. She lifted Tabby off the bed and shut the door behind him as he strutted off, she dropped to her knees in front of him, she knew what was coming but she didn’t want to believe it. “What is it baby?” she asked blinking away the tears. “I…I need to go away for a while” he said wiping his sweating hands on his jeans. “And you can’t come with me” he added the tears flowing down Aleara’s cheeks. “ I just… I need some space for a while I won’t bother you again” he stood up and walked towards the door. “Oh and can I have my chain back?” She moved her trembling fingers up to her neck and unclasped the chain. She stretched out her arm and handed it to him, her tears dropped rapidly onto her bed leaving mascara stains on her favourite sheets. He shut the door behind him, she waited until she heard the slam of the front door before she collapsed onto her bed. She wrapped the sheets around herself, her breathing heavy as she cried. Her mother came into the room and held her close “ I know it hurts now darling but it will get better, Jaynie is coming round tomorrow, best friends always manage to make things better, you’ll see.” She put an extra blanket over her daughter before she turned out the light and shut the door behind her. Aleara cried herself to sleep. I woke up slowly, ‘ I need to sort myself out’ I thought, just as there was a knock at the bedroom door, just the same way Alex used to knock. ‘ Snap
out of it’ I thought. “Aleara I’m so sorry” Jaynie shouted launching herself at me. ‘ Lucky he shut my window I suppose’. “Here put a pair of these on” I saw a pair of jeans land on the floor in front of me. I walked off to the bathroom to brush my teeth, I tried to brush my mass of hair but I wasn’t having much look and I got ready. I walked back into my room to find Jaynie laughing and blushing slightly while reading a message on her phone. “Who’s A?” I asked after stealing her phone and holding it above my head, I was taller than her and knew she couldn’t reach. “It’s nobody just a guy from school” We went to different schools so I guessed I wouldn’t know him. “Give me it back” she jumped onto my bed still trying to reach. I tossed the phone to her and picked up my jumper off the floor. “Come on I want to do something for a change” I blurted out not really sure why I had said it I would of much rather stayed in my room and read a good book. She opened the front door as I ran down the stairs, we wrote a quick not for my mother in case she came back from work before I got home. We walked outside just as Alex came past. ‘What was he doing here wasn’t he supposed to be leaving?’ Jaynie took hold of my hand and I took a deep breath as we carried on walking. Jaynie was looking in Alex’s direction probably just trying to see if he had gone yet. She looked back at me after what felt like an eternity, just as we got to the shops. ‘Glad I didn’t wear mascara today’ the tears moved slowly, I wiped them away hoping nobody had noticed. I jumped when I realised Jaynie was talking to me. “Look Aleara I have to go I’m really sorry but I have to… babysit the twins” The twins were her little brothers Tommy and Billy or the terrible twosome as I knew them. ‘Great I thought I didn’t want to come out in the first place and now I’m on my own’ I walked around the local bookshop seeing closing down signs everywhere I looked. Maybe a good book would cheer me up. I picked up a copy of Pride and Prejudice, I tend to like classics. I jumped at the sound of my phone ringing. “Aleara I need to talk to you” my heart leapt at the sound of his voice it must have been two minutes before I realised I hadn’t answered. “Erm” Great an intelligent response from me “Meet me at the old train station tonight at nine, please come alone…it’s important” he said his voice sounded very shaky before the phone cut off. 8:45 The Train Station I heard the leaves crunch underneath my feet as I walked toward the train station, the full moon, the only source of light here at all. His shadow
emerged slowly from the trees. He walked towards me his paces steady, his emotions controlled, and his smile non-existent. “So…why did you want to see me?” I asked my voice shaky as I put my hands in my jacket pockets. “We need to talk… about me and…” he stopped himself short. “ You and who?” I asked I could feel the confusion spread across my face. “Y…You didn’t know?” he said moving closer, “She told me you knew she told me you had figured it out” he moved even closer and grabbed my wrists. “Figured what out?” I asked slightly dazed not fighting against his grip on my wrist he was actually touching me again I never thought I would see him again let alone touch me. “About me and Jaynie!” he screamed at me losing his patience he held me tighter “ We slept together Aleara, we are running away together and nobody is going to stop us… and certainly not you, nobody is spoiling this” he yelled as he pushed her. She tumbled down to the train track, rocks slamming into her bruised body. The train whistled, the track shook as she shot into darkness. Alex walked away breathing deeply as he forced the tears to come. He pulled out his phone and dialled 999. “Hello how can I help?” the woman on the other side of the phone asked. “Help me, help me, my girlfriend just jumped in front of a train” The smirk spread slowly across his face.