I Try

Madison Harper, 14, is going through a hard time. However, when a blizzard traps her in her house with her father the pastor for two weeks, she starts to try to recover. She tries.


5. Chapter Four

I turned on my laptop for the first time since Melanie's suicide. The screen came to life with the Windows symbol, and eventually became the blue Welcome screen. The blue screen faded to reveal something that sent spikes of pain shooting through my chest.

The background picture had been changed from a city skyline to my favorite picture of Mels and me. In the center of the homepage was a Word document titled "FOR MADDIE'S EYES ONLY". Swallowing back the lump in my throat, I double clicked the document and the title "IN DETAIL, THE MOTIVES AND LOVE OF MELANIE ELIZABETH HARPER" appeared before me.

Taking a deep breath, I began to read.

Dear Maddie (and you'd better be Maddie, faker!),

You're the only person I can think of that I want to write one last letter to. After all, who else can I count on to keep my secrets and read something all the way through? Never mind the question.

It's December 12th. You're at play rehearsal or else I wouldn't be able to get my hands on your laptop for enough time to write this long thing. I'm going to hang myself in my closet as you, Mom, Dad, Marina, and Malcolm are asleep, for which I apologize. If you're reading this before I got to do the act, kudos to you, you save my life! But I have a feeling you won't get to it until at least tomorrow morning.

I'm going to kill myself because I'm trapped. Trapped in this small town, trapped in this family, and trapped being the person I am. I don't want to be trapped. I'd rather be dead than continue this boring cycle of hatred.

I do love you guys, though. I'm going to miss you, wherever I go, and I hope you guys miss me too.

I just want you to do two things for me.

1. Never let yourself be trapped like I am. Was.

2. Take the photo album out of my bedroom. I want you to have it.

Oh, and one more thing . . . Mom is cheating on Dad. I want you to find out who with, and I want you to tell Dad about it.

Love always,

Melanie Elizabeth Harper

January 23rd, 1996 - December 12th, 2012

My vision blurred until I could no longer make out the words on the screen, and I began to cry.

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