The woods in Haven Brooke seemed to be the only place I found peace. The only place in this God forsaken town where I felt somewhat alive. Day after day was just routine everywhere else. School, Football, Girls, Parties, sleep. Then the next day it all just started over. Dad has insisted over and over again that I should take great pride in being the quarterback of our team, that I should take great pride in every girl in high school falling all over me, that I shouldn't spend so much time sulking and just enjoy my senior year. I will admit it was a pretty great life, but something was missing and I could feel it. Then one fateful day in my favorite place, my whole world changed. The day that I found Harmony.
"Ouch! Fuckin thorns." I exclaimed wiping the blood from my upper arm. Football practice completely pissed me off and all I needed was some time alone in the woods to get my head back on straight. I'd only been stumbling around there for about half an hour so far and was surprisingly already slightly relieved. The creek was just up ahead and I couldn't wait to take a cool dip to relieve all of the excess stress on my shoulders. Stacy had been constantly on my case lately..
"No more partying Hunter!"
"Focus harder in class Hunter!"
"No talking to other girls Hunter!"
"You have to get into Florida State with me. Don't you want that Hunter?"
"No Stacy, actually I don't.." I couldn't help but mutter aloud. Who did this girl think she was? We'd been an "item" in Haven Brooke High for close to two months now, and I was beginning to think it had been two months too many. I didn't want to go to Florida State! Well.. Truth be told I didn't know what I wanted just yet. It was only the second month of my senior year. I had plenty of time to make decisions.. Didn't I?
Water seeped into my shoe. I was so deep in thought I hadn't realized I was already at the creek. Almost instantly relaxation flooded through me. I quickly pulled my fitted T-shirt over my head, kicked off my nikes, slid out of my black basketball shorts, and pulled off my socks in one fluid movement. I stood there for a moment in just my boxers and ran up the bluff to the top of the waterfall. I took a deep breath in, feeling completely at peace here at my part of the world. I looked down for a split second took in one more breath, held it, and jumped. It couldn't have been more than a second and a half that I hung in the air, but it seemed like hours. Hours of complete and total bliss before I cut through the water. I held myself under the water for just a moment before opening my eyes to the life of the creek. And that's when I saw them. A pair of legs. Beautiful, toned, atheletic legs dangling just barely into the water from one of the smaller bluffs. I shot out of the water like a bullet.
"Hello?!" I shouted into the water cascading off of the bluff, hiding the person belonging to those legs so easily. No one answered. I contemplated just leaving. thinking maybe I had disturbed her and she was hiding because she was afraid. Something in me though, told me I shouldn't leave her. So I dove under the waterfall and climbed on top of the bluff beside her. Her arm was twisted awkwardly behind her and blood surrounded her body. I reached out and touched her cheek. It was cold, so cold.
"Please.. Oh please, don't be dead." I mumbled under my breath.
I unfolded her arm with extreme care and laid it gently acrossed her abdomen. Gently I slid one arm carefully behind her head and the other behind her knees and pulled her to my chest. I stood up to walk around the bluff, silently praying that she would wake. For some reason I was dead set on knowing what color her eyes were. I felt like I needed her to look at me. Then something beautiful and wonderful happened. This fragile girl I held in my arms, silently took in a deep breath. And then I ran.