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Posted 8/6/10 , edited 8/7/10
One Day
story by embie


The alarm blared in my ears as I opened my bleary eyes. I yawned, amazed at how great I was feeling. Not a single bone in my body hurt, and I smiled, ready to meet the day. April 15th, 2010.

Skipping down the stairs in my pajamas, I hummed a tune. Today… Oh, today was going to be great!

I’d finally been asked out by him… Drew, my friend since we were five…

I grinned as I sat at the table, and asked my mother what was for breakfast.

She glanced over at me, and smiled. “Your favorite, sweetie. Pancakes and sausage,” she put a plate in front of me. I dug into my meal, a bit puzzled by my mother’s smile this morning. It seemed… somehow different, a little sad?

But, I wasn’t going to let something like that get in my way of a perfect date with my long-time friend and long-time crush.

I hugged my mother tight and rushed back upstairs to change. I was meeting Drew at noon, in the park.

As I gazed at myself in the mirror, I tilted my head. I couldn’t describe it, but I looked different. It must have been my good mood. I found myself more beautiful, as if I’d bloomed over night.

As I brushed my hair, images flashed through my mind. The moment I first met Drew, in preschool… The joy when I found out he would go to the same elementary school as me, and all our years through this, our Senior year in high school... our first kiss…

But, we hadn’t kissed yet… I was getting too carried away with my fantasies. I sighed, and got dressed for my date.

I was nervous, excited, happy and anxious… my mind was a whirl.

I ended up getting to the park half an hour early, and sat at a bench, watching the birds and squirrels. Funny, it was a little warm for mid-April.

Finally, Drew came. He was early, too. My smile was huge as I stood and walked toward him.

The look in his eyes made me almost lose my balance. There seemed to be a love so deep in them, a love that would take years to grow. Then again, we had had years, hadn’t we? Ever since preschool, that love could have been growing… He’d been good at hiding it, I guess.

The image again, of our first kiss, played through my head. I couldn’t get my mind off that future event. Would it happen today? Tomorrow? In a month?

He took my hand, and suggested we get some lunch first. I nodded eagerly, and asked him where we were going.

“Where do you want to go?” He gazed at me.

My heart almost stopped with the intensity of his gaze. “H-how about a café?” I suggested.

“Wherever you want,” he said again, and led me off.

After eating, we went to see a movie.

I blinked as we stood in line, gazing at the Now Playing lists.

Funny, I’d never heard of these films. I never pay much attention to what’s out, but usually there was at least one movie I knew. I sighed, and looked to him for advice. He picked a romance, and I blushed as he paid for my popcorn and drink.

I cried like a little baby at the end, when the protagonist realized he was letting the love of his life go, and chased down her cab to the airport. The reunion scene was so touching…

We spent the afternoon mostly walking and talking. It was almost like any normal day, except that we held hands, and he gazed at me so fervently.

I noticed his hair was shorter than it had been yesterday.

“Ah, yeah. I got a haircut, just for you…” He smiled at me. He wasn’t shy at all, and it made me more shy.

“Aw…. But I like it longer…” I smiled and looked down at my hands, then back up at him.

He smiled gently. “Then, I’ll grow it out again.” He took my hand in his again, and led me to the pond.

Holding out a quarter to me, he said, “Here… make a wish.”

I took the coin with a smile, and blinked as I thought of a suitable wish to make. I smiled, and tossed it in.

“What did you wish for?” He asked.

I shook my head smiling. “If I tell, it won’t come true!”

He smiled again, this time almost sadly. Was he really that upset that I wouldn’t tell?

Before long, it was six o’clock. I was supposed to be home for dinner soon, and sighed. I didn’t want to leave Drew’s side.

He surprised me by taking my hand and saying softly, “We’d better be going, or we’ll be late.”

I looked at him, surprised and confused. “What? My house is that way,” I said, pointing behind me.

He smiled and closed his eyes. “We’re going to one more place before I have to take you home…”

When we found ourselves in front of The Tree, I gasped.

“T-The Tree?! It’s… nearly impossible to get a reservation here…!” I gazed up at the sign, and suddenly felt underdressed.

He just smiled, and led me into the building, where the hostess met us with smiles, and took us to a two-person seat in the back, by a pleasant little fountain.

I was dazed most of the time we were there. They treated me like a princess, him like a prince.

I could almost believe that we were a royal pair.

As we left the restaurant and walked toward the park where we’d met up, I couldn’t have been happier. We stopped and sat on a bench in the park, smiled as the sun set, casting the sky in reds and oranges and pinks.

I looked over at Drew and smiled, then looked down at my hands in my lap. I almost whispered. “You know what I wished for, Drew? I wished that today could last forever…”

He was silent, so I looked up to see such a pained look in his eyes. “Wh-… Drew?”

He seemed to shake it off, and smiled at me, but I could still see the remnants of the pain. “No, nothing…”

He took my hand in his again, and looked straight ahead of us. “I love you,” he said after a while, and I blushed.

I could feel it coming, that first kiss…

He leaned closer, and kissed me right on the lips.

He walked me home, but I was in a daze again. More images flitted through my head. More kisses, each a little different. Eating at restaurants for lunch. Then one image that scared me, and made me stop, clutching at my heart.

Running across the street to meet Drew… lights and sounds, and then… nothing.

Then, snippets of words in voices I knew, some that I didn’t.

“… hopefully temporary …”

“… okay?”

“I promise …”

“… short term memory …”

“… my fault she …”

“… love you always …”

“Ella? Ella, are you… alright?” Drew held my arm, looking into my eyes. There was a hopeful look in them, I think.

I blinked and the images disappeared. I looked up at him, smiled a little and said, “Y-yeah… I’m alright.” He sighed, and walked me the rest of the way home.

He kissed me again at the door to my house, which was embarrassing for me, but he didn’t seem to mind. And I didn’t mind either, if it was him.

I stretched my arms that night, ready to go to sleep.

I sighed, thinking about the day, and how perfect it had been. A little off in a few ways, but perfect nonetheless. I couldn’t wait for Drew’s hair to grow out again…

I fell asleep with a smile, not thinking at all about that frightening image that had passed through my mind.

The alarm blared in my ears as I opened my bleary eyes. I yawned, amazed at how great I was feeling. Not a single bone in my body hurt, and I smiled, ready to meet the day. April 15th, 2010.


Downstairs, Ella’s mother sat reading the paper. The date on the front page was May 20th, 2013. She hurriedly hid the paper and tried to wipe away the tears to smile as her daughter rushed down the stairs for her pancakes and sausage.


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Posted 8/6/10 , edited 8/7/10
it took me a minute to actually UNDERSTAND what was going on...
she has... ??!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sadddd....she cant even remember the date
(or is the day always replaying? confuzzled about the ending a bit)
good story, well, u ALWAYS write a good story embie-chan : D
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Posted 8/6/10 , edited 8/7/10
Mmm, think 50 First Dates, if you've ever seen it.
She has short-term memory loss, so she wakes up thinking it's the day she got in the accident ;w;
And that part with the 'hopefully temporary,' was one of the doctors. They said it could take a few days for the issues to go away, or years, or be permanent.

But yes, basically, she can only retain her short-term memory during that day. When she wakes up the next morning, it's all gone ;~;
Except some of those little things she 'remembers' as nightmares or her imagination

BTW, Drew ;w; Such dedicationnn ;w; He's replayed that day for her almost every day since the accident T__T
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I'm glad you like my storiieesss >3<
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