Welcome to my collection of short stories! I hope you enjoy!
(I wrote this for school and it is not the best thing i have ever written, but i got an A on it so it may suck and it may not. Anyway, enjoy.)
Computer Tech is the most boring subject on the planet. All we do is sit around and learn short-cuts and stuff. I don't really need to know all the stuff they teach us but they insist we do.
The bell suddenly rang and I quickly popped up out of my chair, grabbed my backpack and headed to my locker. I saw my friend, Jason and called to him. He turned around and said, "I'll be over in a minute!" and turned back around. I wondered what he was doing so I started to walk towards him. As I got nearer I caught a bit of his conversation.
"... and don't ever let me see your face again." he said through gritted teeth before slamming the person he was talking to into the lockers. I quickly turned around and started to walk the other way so I wouldn't look suspicious.
"Hey! Wait up!" I heard Jason's voice calling. He quickly caught up to me and playfully punched me in the arm.
" Hey, how was Computer Tech?" he asked sarcastically, knowing exactly what I was going to say.
"Just great!" I answered sarcastically and we both started cracking up.
"Who was that girl you were talking to?" I asked, suddenly serious.
"Just some girl. Why do you ask?" he said very casually.
"Oh, I was just wondering what her name is." I answered, trying not to sound suspicious.
"Well, I don't know why you want to know, but her name is Lux." he answered, all the fun gone from his voice.
'Lux.' I thought to myself. 'What a pretty name.' I suddenly fell into dreamland, unaware of my surroundings.
"Hey Michael, you ok?" asked Jason, waving his hand in front of my face.
"Yeah, I'm fine." I said, my mind slipping back into reality.
"Hey Michael, why didn't the skeleton cross the road?" said Jason, staring a cheesy joke I had heard a million times before.
"Why?" I replied, a grin spreading across my face.
"Because he had no guts!"he said, running ahead of me. I ran after him, eventually catching up to him, just outside the door of our next class. We walked into class, cracking jokes the whole time.
We got to our desks and sat down. I instantly remembered the girl Jason had been talking to. She had looked so innocent. Why was Jason being mean to her? Jason had always been a firebrand but this was different.
I decided to find the girl after school. The bell finally rang and I ran outside. I saw the girl through the crowds of people, racing toward the buses as if their life depended on it. I quickly caught up to her and tapped her on the shoulder. She whipped around so fast I swear she almost took someone out. Her eyes were filled with fear. I decided to approach her slowly.
"Hi Lux. My name is Michael. Could I talk to you in private?" I asked. "I promise I won't hurt you." I said, trying to break the ice.
"Ok." she said quietly, with reluctance in her voice.
I took her to a secluded corner of the school where no one would find us. I know it seems weird but I didn't want anyone hearing our conversation.
"Lux, I've seen you and my friend Jason talking around the school," she winced at Jason's name, like I had hit her or something. "... and it didn't seem like friendly conversation. Why is Jason bullying you?" I asked, trying to sound sincere.
"I don't know," said Lux, her eyes filling with tears. "... but I wish he would stop!" she said, sobs racking her delicate frame. I didn't know what to do so I didn't do anything. Was Jason deranged or something? Had he gone crazy? I didn't know what to think. This wasn't Jason. Jason would never do such a thing.
"It's okay." I finally said. "You're going to be alright." she looked up and studied me with her puffy eyes.
"Can you promise me that? Can you promise me everything will be alright?" she said, distrust in her voice.
I didn't know what to say so I didn't say anything. I couldn't promise her that everything was going to be alright. I didn't have the power.
"I thought not." she said with a look of disappointment in her eyes. She turned around and stalked off.
I was flabbergasted. I wanted to help Lux but Jason was my best friend and best friends don't come easy. I slumped down the wall and sat there with my head in my hands. What was I going to do?
I woke up the next morning dreading what would happen at school. I got dressed with a sullen expression on my face. I walked to my bus stop and got on the bus, sitting alone which was unusual because I usually sat with Jason. Jason soon noticed this and called to me from the back of the bus. I just ignored him. I didn't want to talk to him after what I had heard and seen the day before.
The bus soon stopped at the school where everybody got off. I got off and slowly walked to my locker. Jason saw me and caught up which was pretty easy considering I was going slower than an old lady on a sunday stroll.
"Hey, Michael! You've been ignoring me the whole bus ride! Are you okay?" he said, looking cheerful but puzzled.
"Yeah, I'm fine. I just want to be left alone." I replied and kept on walking.
"Okay. I guess I'll see you later?" he asked hesitantly.
"Sure. Later." I said and started to walk away when I felt the urge to turn around. I did and that's when I saw it. Jason was practically dragging Lux into an empty classroom. I knew exactly what he was going to do to her.
I started running towards the empty classroom. As soon as I got to it I could hear somebody yelling from within. I swung open the door with all my might and ran in. Jason instantly stopped yelling at Lux and looked up. I looked over at Lux. She was crying and gulping for air.
"What are you doing!" I yelled at Jason. His face fell and he started to reply.
"It's not what it looks like!" he said, trying to push me out into the hallway.
"Oh yeah!" I exclaimed, pushing into the classroom. "Jason, what is wrong with you! Have you gone crazy?!
His body started to shake and I didn't know why. Then I looked into his face. Jason was crying.
"I just... I just..." he sobbed trying to form words.
"You just what?! Spit it out!" I demanded, disappointment and anger for Jason pushing me forward.
"My parents have been beating me!" he said finally, falling towards me. I caught him as my face fell into a compassionate countenance.
"Wh... What? I finally said, dumbstruck. "Jason, why haven't you told me?" I asked, confused.
"I didn't want to people to pity me." he said simply.
"Jason, I'm you're best friend!" I said, feeling genuine sorrow for my friend.
" I know. I guess I didn't think about it. I'm sorry." he said casually.
"It's not me you have to say sorry to." I said motherly. He took the hint and turned around to looked at Lux. She was still huddled in the corner, watching us carefully. Jason walked over to her and I saw her eyes fill with fear. Instead of saying something, Jason offered his hand to her. She looked at it warily, then took it. Jason helped her up and she ran out of the classroom before Jason could say sorry.
"Now Jason, I want you to remember you can come to me whenever and tell me whatever you need to tell me." I said in a motherly tone. "Let's go to class."
This is the first short story I have ever written so it's really bad. They should get better though.