Nothing After Midnight

Krista Jenkins had an great life. She was great in school, she was great at sports, and she was great at singing. Despite all these accomplishments, she felt that she was just another face in the crowd.

Until she met the one person that would change her life forever.

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9. Don't Let Me Drown

A/N: Hello everybody! Thanks for reading! So, here we go with another chapter... I'm sorry about Sofie's death... I hope you all don't hate me!!! :3

Krista's POV

I lay in stunned silence, gazing up at the ceiling. My room was growing lighter and lighter, but I didn't even care.

The birds begin singing outside, joyously chirping over the new day, and I find myself wondering, How are they that happy?

Nika jumps up on my bed, demanding attention, but I push her away. She thumps on the ground and meows angrily, and for some reason, whether I feel bad for her or I'm just still destroyed from Sofie's death, I begin sobbing uncontrollably.

I scream into my pillow until I can't scream anymore.

"She didn't deserve to die!" I wail, my chest hurting from all of my crying.

I lean over, feeling weak.

She's dead and gone. I tell myself. She's really dead.

I begin feeling nauseous and run to the bathroom, retching and vomiting into the toilet.

"Mom!" I cry, sounding like a kindergartener in distress.

She almost immediately arrives in the bathroom, holding back my hair and rubbing my back. Mom had her apron on, and her hair up in a bun.

After I was done, she helped clean me up, and she guided me back to bed.

"I know you're hurting so much right now honey, but if you keep on crying like this you're going to be sick. You know that." She pauses, her voice unsure. "I wish I could help."

"Thanks." I whisper, and she leaves. I glance over at my phone, wanting to call Michael.

"We've only been dating for a week. I can't bring him into this." I mutter.

I decide to ring Ava Deanto first, to see how she was doing. After about three rings, she picks up.

"Hey, Ava. How are you doing?" I inquire, my voice shaky. I hear her take a deep breath.

"I'm okay, I guess. Not good. But I've been thinking about all of the good times we had with her, and... and it seems like less of a burden." Ava explains, stuttering. "Death is never good for anyone, but at least... At least she's in heaven."

"Yeah, that's true." I say lamely.

"Okay, well, I'm going out to hang with Ashton now. I figure that if we all stick together, we can get through this." Ava finishes, before hanging up.

After a few minutes of silence, I decide to call Mikey. I need his voice right now.

One ring, and he picks up.

"Krista! Hi! How are you?" He asks, his voice very worried.

I take a deep breath. "Not amazing."

"Do you want me to come over?" Mikey immediately inquires, but I sigh.

"Mikey, you know that I... I really, really like you. I just don't know if I can have someone over right now." I explain.

"Okay." He pauses. "Well, do you want to talk?"

"Sure." I reply, relieved.

•••

Mikey kept my mind off of Sofie for the two hours that we talked. We just talked about random crap, like music, grades, celebrities that we're going off the rail, and my sports.

"I need to come to one of your games sometime soon." Mikey adds. I laugh, smiling.

Once we were done taking, I conjured up enough courage to call Eva.

"Hi, Eva." I begin as soon as she picks up. "How are you doing?"

"Terrible, but not as bad as Sofie..." Eva trails off.

"Sofie... Sofie's in a better place." I take s deep breath. "And of course were upset about that, because she's no longer here, making our lives better. God or Buddha or whoever is up there decided that it was her time to be happy for eternity. She did enough good in the world, even in that short time, and that's why she went so early. She's lucky, she won't ever have to go through depression, she won't have to pay taxes and work, she won't have to be hurt by someone. That's one thing to be grateful for. Whoever is up there rewarded her with that, just like he gifted her with not feeling..." I pause, tears threatening to spill down my cheeks. "She wasn't in pain. We can only be grateful for that. As for us, this a test to see if we can go through something so horrible and get back up on our feet."

"We don't know if any of this is true," I continue. "But at least we have something to go on for."

My words hang in the air for a few minutes.

"Krista, stop doing good in the world, because you need to stay a while longer." Eva laughs, and I laugh along with her.

Once we have finished talking, I gaze up at the ceiling, feeling immense relief.

Sleepiness tugs at my eyelids, but I decide to resist it for a little longer. I fold my hands together to pray.

Hey, Sofie, if you're listening, I love you and miss you so much, but its going to be okay. I can't let Eva drown. Or anyone else. Thank you for being in my life.

With that, I curl up under my blankets and dream happy dreams.

A/N: Hi everyone! How are you all? Thanks for reading! I know it's been a while since I've updated, but Sounds Good Feels Good has been killing me and half of this chapter deleted... So I had to redo it. Anyway, have a great day!

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