Forever Young

Aubree is only 16 years old but has already had a rough life. When her older brother Jared dies from his battle with cancer, her whole world seems ruined. She starts really questioning what she wants to do with her future because she doesn't think she'll ever be able to sing again until Liam comes into her life. Can Liam help her get the courage to sing again or will she take a completely different road with someone else?

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2. The Funeral

      Jared died on November 3 at 2:32p.m. He warned me it would happen but when the nurse actually called was when it really sunk in. My parents had been a mess and it only got worse when they started planning the funeral. My mom came into my room and asked if I would sing Forever Young at the end of the funeral.

"Are you crazy momma? I can't even go to school let alone sing mine and his song when he's just gone!", I snapped.

"He would want you to Aubree. You have a gift and we all know it. Please-".

"Get out. I can't think about this right now." I buried my face in my covers and fell asleep that way. The next morning I thought long and hard about singing but I couldn't bring myself to say yes. Ariana and I hadn't talked in a few days but she understood how heartbreaking the situation was. Even though I just wanted to lay in bed all day like I had been doing, I knew I should get up and be social so I asked Ariana if she would meet at Starbucks to talk.

"How..has everything been?"

"Honestly I still can't believe he's gone. His funeral is very soon. My mom wants me to sing but-"

"Sing? You're actually not wanting to? But you're always singing!"

"I know..but it's different now. That's how Jared and I bonded", I looked down into my coffee and started sipping on it.

"You have a beautiful voice Aubree. What does she want you to sing?"

"Forever Young," I said hesitantly. She only played with her straw.

"..Oh".

"I really don't want to, but I had this dream last night."

"Go on". I explained being at Jared's funeral and singing and then the next minute he was sining with me but he was wearing all white and had angel wings. It really kind of told me that this is something that I shoud really do and maybe I could. I told myself in my head that this could be it. I could sing to Jared one last time then be done and look into something else for my life.

"Definitely a sign from Jared. He has to be your guardian angel".

"I hope so. So I guess I'll sing one last time. For Jared".

      Soft music played as friends and family came up to us one by one, giving us their condolences. Ariana was there, along with most of the school too. Jared was the quarterback so he was well known and pretty popular as well. I saw girls all around crying. I didn't know half of them so I could only guess they either knew him or just thought he was cute. I wanted to cry so badly but I knew if I started I wouldn't be able to stop for at least an hour or two. Minutes passed by and before  knew it, it was time for the speeches.

"Jared-well we all know how special Jared was. Always putting others first and always supporting our family in everything-", my mother started, "and well, no words can really explain how much Jared meant to us and to each and every one of you. Even with his battle of cancer he always stayed positive and never let us know how much it bothered him-never even complained. Jared, we all know you're looking down on us and I think I speak for everyone when I say you will always have a special place in all of our hearts. With that said, we love you baby boy". My mom didn't cry as much as I thought she would but she knew she needed to give that speech in the calmest voice as possible and stay strong-as we all needed to. Then my dad took the microphone.

"I think Aubree would like to say a few words". I slowly walked up and took a look at the crowd before starting.

"As you all know, Jared and I were very, very close. One of the things that always brought us even closer was music. Whether it was at church, home, or even small talent shows-we always had that special connection with music-", I was trying to keep my voice even throughout my speech, "which is why I've decided to sing one of our absolute favorite songs-Forever Young". The crowd got very quiet while I sang and I almost cried but I managed to pull myself together. When I was done I decided to sing one last song before stopping singing for good. Everyone was very surprised and even I too was because it was a last minute decesion. Hallelujah seemed like the appropriate song to end the night.

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