Good-bye in One Year

Sage Jolie is a junior at her high school. She has a pretty normal life until one night when her and her boyfriend get into a car wreck. She comes out with a broke arm and a couple of stitches but he's not so lucky. As they do his blood work, they find out that he has cancer. There is nothing they can do for him and he ends up dying one month later. She feels like her whole life is over until she finds a box of letters under his bed addressed to her. He wrote her everything single day for a whole year. This letters send her on a trip pf a lifetime to help her find herself and live without him even though she isn't ready to say those last words... Good-bye


1. Why Him?

"If you need anything, I'm down stairs." Mr. Kyle said. He eyes were bloodshot, not from crying but from drinking. I could smell beer on his breathe but people had their own ways with dealing with death so I pretended like I didn't notice.


I gave him a slight nod then look around Samuel's room. I heard the door shut and then shrugged. Being around people was very hard. They all looked at me with the same sad expression and said the same old thing like if you need to talk about it I'm here and when you do want to talk about it, they don't listen. Everyone was the same. Everyone but Samuel. He always listened which I found strange in a guy but I also ended up loving it very much. He always made me feel so special, the kind every girl like me wished they had but acted like it didn't matter.


I could feel a tear coming down my cheek. I lifted my hand to wipe it away. His room still smelled like him. It was a mix of mint leaves and chocolate axe, it may not sound like a great combination but I loved the way he smelled. It was him. I walked over to his bed. I sat on it. I could feel more tears come to my eyes. I curled up on the bed then brought one of his pillows to my chest. I sniffed into it then cried harder.


I wish I wasn't here right now. I wish Sam and I never got in that car crash. But what if we didn't? Then he would have never found out he was sick and got the care he needed to be comfortable for his... Death... Part if ne wished I had more time with him. I know I have been dating him for two years but still... I just wish he was here with his smug smile and goofy laugh. Everything about him was perfect. The way he held my hand, the way he kissed me, the way he carried himself... Nothing was going to be the same without my best friend.


I cried a little harder for what seemed like forever then I got up. I patted his bed and smoothed out the covers. I smoothed over my hair. I was here for a reason. I needed to find the box Samuel wanted me to have. I ducked under his bed where a box the color of sun flowers sat. I pulled it out.


It was decorated with pictures of Sam and I and glitter glue. He must of had Lacy help him make this box. It had her six year old name all over it. I let out a laugh with a few more tears running down my eyes. A note was placed on the box. I opened it carefully then read it:


Sage Jolie Greene,

This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I have to say goodbye to all the ones I love in a month but the hardest person to say goodbye to is you. I have loved you since the first grade when we meet in Mrs. Pretties class room. Remember? Luke was giving you hard time because your pigtails were too long and curly? You tackled him to the ground and beat him like a potato. I hope that line made you smile or laugh. Anyway, ever since then we were best friends, all of us. Now I have to say goodbye to all of you. I have been thinking baby girl how I would feel if you moved on after this. How long it would take or who it would be with. I always thought you know, we would be together forever and always but that's not the case. I just want you to know. I want you... No, I need you to move on but not for one whole year. I want you to take one year to say goodbye to me fully. At time and time again I want you to think about me or name one of your kids after me, please make it a middle name there are too many Samuel's in the world these days, but that's what I want from you. One year. In this box, I wrote a letter for you each day starting on January the 1. One year Sage Jodie. I love you with all my heart.


Forever and Always,

Samuel James Kyle


I reread the letter about a hundred time then sat on the floor of his room. One year to get over him? Impossible! I don't think I could ever get over Samuel, never. How could he do this to me? I looked at the letter one last time and reread the last line. I love you with all my heart. In a raspy whisper, I said, "And I love you too..."

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