The Silent Life of David Shatter

I'm mute. I don't talk. Ever. Comes as a shock to some people. Comes naturally to me. I can talk. I just prefer silence.

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6. The End

 

The next day I felt better. I apologised to Jack for being so assholish yesterday. Aileen went to my Granny's funeral with me. And after that, everything was good. Over time, I got over my Granny's death, or at least came to terms with it. Aileen stopped cutting, for me. Jack became a friend. The school football team that Jack captains won the league. I often look back at this time in my life. I realised that if it hadn't been for Aileen, I would have led a silent, sad, lonely life. We were an odd group though. A mute and the head cheerleader dating, with the captain of the football team as their friend. Jack, Aileen and me learned sign language, making it easier to communicate. Life was good. 

"How many stars do you think there is?" Aileen wondered aloud. We were lying on the roof of my house. It's a low roof, just outside my bedroom window. 
DUNNO I signed. ALL I KNOW IS THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE, I THOUGHT THE STARS MOVED IN YOUR EYES I continued, referencing the song "First time ever I saw your face."
"Ha. So sweet." Aileen said, rolling over to face me fully. "Do you ever think about how you're gonna die?"
WELL I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA DIE WHEN THAT CAR HIT ME. 
"No pearly gates?" 
NOPE. 
"How would you like to die?"
FOR YOU. JUMP IN FRONT OF A TRAIN, TAKE A BULLET, STUFF LIKE THAT. 
"Don't. That would be bad. There's no point in me living without you."
"I love you." I whispered. 
"I love you too." Aileen whispered back. 
"And I love popcorn!" Jack said, hopping out of the window behind us with a bucket kf popcorn. We laughed. The two of them, they changed my life. I love them. Because they made the silent life of David Shatter worth living. 

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