Chapter 1

I wasn't always like that. I lived in what I thought was a normal childhood. I made friends, went to school, had a part-time job, and a mom. But all that changed near the end of my Senior year of high school. It all began the night that I wrecked my car, and died.

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“Hey, Eli!” My girlfriend Rachel yelled at me. I looked up, and saw her waving from our usual eating place in the cafeteria. I walked over, set my lunch down and planted a kiss on her forehead.

“Hey babe, how's it going?” I asked.

“Great.” she said. “Guess what?” she asked, as she brushed her brown hair out of her way to eat.

“I don't know, what?”

“Derrick is holding a party over at his place while his parents are gone, and he asked me, to ask you, if you are gonna show up, 'cause he wants to know.”

“When is it?”

“Tomorrow, since it's going to be Friday.”

“Ok, I'll tell him that I'm coming. Are you going to be there?”

“No,” she said, forming her mouth into a pout, “I gotta go practice at my band that night, and the party might be over by then.”

“Ah, young love. Isn't it sweet Sammy?”

Rachel and I turned around, to see Derrick and his girlfriend Sammy watching us.

“Yea Derrick, it's sweet. Too bad you don't know how to be like Eli, and treat me like that.” Sammy said, as they both sat across from us.

“What!” Derrick leaned away from her, opened mouth in a mock gasp. “How could you say that? I try to do the forehead kiss thingy... whatever it is that Eli does” He said.

“Yeah, well when you do it, you always head butt me.” Sammy said, as she smiled at him, then they both burst out laughing.

Soon Rachel and I joined in the laughter, and we all started to catch up on what the plan would be for tomorrow afternoon.

“So Derrick, I heard you got a party going on tomorrow. When does it start?” I asked as I started to eat my hamburger.

Derrick nodded his head as he was stuffing fries in his mouth. After a couple seconds of silence, he finished chewing and swallowed his fries.

“Yeah, it’s gonna be great! It starts at nine tomorrow night, and my parents aren’t home, so we can finally drink some beers.” He started to grin.

“What’s this party for again?” I asked.

“It’s to celebrate the ending of mid-terms, and reaching the half-way point of our last semester.”

“How many people are showing up?”

“At least forty.”

Sammy and Rachel were talking to each other about Rachel’s band practice.

“Have you found anybody that’s willing to let you play anywhere?” Sammy asked Rachel.

“No,” she said, “Mostly we play in the garage or do street performances. We make at most fifty dollars doing those.”

“So, Eli,” Derrick whispered to me, “how’s everything going with you two?” Derrick raised an eyebrow. “You two have been dating since, what… Junior year, almost a year ago?”

“Yeah.”

“Well, how’s it been going… have you, you know…” Derrick whistles, bouncing his eyebrows.

“No!” I whispered back

“Come on, man. Your killing me and the squad. We want to know the deets, but you can’t even get us that.”

“What are ya’ll talking about?” Rachel asked.

“Nothing.” Derrick and I said together. We both looked at each other and started to laugh. Sammy shook her head, and then started talking to Rachel again.

The bell rang and our little lunch meeting was over. We all said good-bye, and headed for our classes.

The End

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