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How did you know

September 8, 2009
By liltrinhle SILVER, Raleigh, North Carolina
liltrinhle SILVER, Raleigh, North Carolina
8 articles 6 photos 37 comments

As soon as I took a seat on that Ferris-wheel, somehow you jumped right on, knowing that I needed some company that night. At first I frowned and said I wanted to be alone and I don’t ride with strangers. But then you laughed at me and took a seat anyway. We ended up talking and I was glad we rode together. How did you know that was just what I needed? When we got off the Ferris-wheel you asked if I wanted some cotton candy and I said, "Sure." We ended up eating two big ones. How did you know? How did you know that I love cotton candy?

When you got the nerve to ask me out on a date for the first time, instead of picking the traditional classic ‘dinner and a movie’, you took me on a walk around the lake and we both got to feed the ducks. That was the first time you held my hand. When your fingers touched mine, my heart beat a thousand times faster. I felt a rush running up and down my spine and chills all over my body. My hands were shaky, I think you noticed that because you smiled—that smile that you give when you know something, a secret. It took me about thirty seconds to realize I had that big stupid grin spread across my face. I remember your hands under mine and bread in the center of my palms, you whispered in my ear, “It’s alright, they won’t bite.” I giggled because I thought it tickled when the baby duck ate out of my hand. You simply shook your head and smiled at me. That smile that I have to keep on telling myself to breathe every time I see it.

I remember when I didn’t make the cast list for the play I auditioned for, you were there for me. You held me close as I cried, and you told me that everything was going to be okay, and I would get another chance soon. Then you took me out to get some ice cream. You made me get vanilla instead of chocolate because you thought I needed to try something new. After about twenty minutes of convincing, I finally gave in. I smiled and without a doubt, admitted that I loved it. You smiled, kissed my forehead, and said “I knew you would.” How did you know that? How did you always know what to do to make me smile?

That one time when I had to cancel our date two hours in advance. Something important came up and I had to babysit. I was ready for you to be mad at me—But no: You were so understanding, and it was almost unreal to me. You showed up at my doorstep with some Mac ‘n Cheese and two Disney classics, Peter Pan and The Aristocats. You wanted to help me babysit, and we watched the movies together with the kids. You didn’t mind at all. Why were you so understanding?

That Saturday, we were going home from the art museum you had taken me to. You stopped in the middle of nowhere, took my hand, and told me to follow you. We stopped at this huge apple tree, and as I reached for the apple within my reach, you stopped my hand. You climbed as high as you could and got me the apple from way up there. You told me apples that apples were within reach weren’t always good. You said apples were at the top were hard to get but it were worth it, and that they were always the best, and that I deserved the best. You were right about the apple tasting better. It was the best apple I’ve ever had. And in that apple, I realized I tasted love, and that I was in love with you. I was teary, and you laughed at me for being such a girl. Then you pulled me to your chest, lifted my chin, and kissed me.

Our first fight was over something silly. I don’t even remember what it was about. But what I do remember is that it was mostly my fault. I remember hanging up on you, slamming the door in your face, and yelling over the phone. How were you always so calm and never yelled at me? I remember crying. And when I got home, I opened the door, and the words 'I'm Sorry' were written out with candles on the floor. You came up from behind me with two boxes of cotton candy. How did you always manage to win my heart?

It was track season again, and you had to get in shape. I remember begging you to come and wake me up to go on a morning run with you. You told me that I wouldn’t be able to handle a three-mile run, but I begged and begged and did my best to convince you. Then the next morning you were at my house at 4:30 AM. I was so excited, but I complained that I had no make up on. You kissed my eyelids, messed my hair up a little, and told me I looked beautiful anyway. I was so excited, I told you that this three-mile run is no pressure and that was sure I could keep up with your all-star, long-distance running legs. But then to my disappointment, after one mile I was so out of breath. You laughed, and we found a bench. I sat and waited for you to finish the rest of your run. After that, I refused to go running with you, but sometimes you convinced me to walk with you the first mile, and that I was always willing to do.

But you’re not here anymore. I heard somewhere that sometimes when something too painful happens, we force ourselves to forget and trick ourselves into believing it never happened. I guess whoever said that was right, because I don’t even remember what happened. The only thing I can recall was riding in the ambulance holding your hand and… and everything else was a blur. I’m sorry that sometimes I could be a real pain and that I hurt you¬—I didn’t mean to. You were the best thing that ever happened to me. Every day I spent with you was my new favorite day. You taught me love. You believed in me when no one else did. You had faith in me when I didn’t even have faith in myself. I can still hear your soft whisper ringing in my ear, “Don’t be afraid to dream, and live. You have a big heart that will take you further than the Himalayas.” How did you know that? We have so many memories, and I promise I’ll never forget them. You are a part of me now. I love you, always and forever. Rest in peace my angel.

The author's comments:
This is a new style I'm trying out. I usually write with lots of conversations and names, but I decided to do something new and focus more on details and imagery. I hope you guys like it! Please rate and comment and tell me what you think!!

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brunett97 GOLD said...
on Dec. 7 2010 at 7:09 pm
brunett97 GOLD, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
never give up until you are happy with the ending.

a fairy tale not just a fairy.

brunett97 GOLD said...
on Dec. 7 2010 at 7:08 pm
brunett97 GOLD, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
never give up until you are happy with the ending.

awesome story. you made a fairy seem real.

on Dec. 7 2010 at 6:46 pm
Mayzie2010 BRONZE, East Syracuse, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't tell me "the sky is the limit" when their are footprints and a flag and the moon"

HIIIII!!! sry it took me sooo long to reply. i've been busy. But here i am now!!!

on Dec. 7 2010 at 5:44 pm
Haleyelizabeth, Wallingford, Vermont
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Favorite Quote:
"If it's meant to be, it'll happen."

I agree with both of you! definately.

on Dec. 7 2010 at 5:42 pm
Haleyelizabeth, Wallingford, Vermont
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Favorite Quote:
"If it's meant to be, it'll happen."

Plus, Do you have any idea what you were thinking when he was in the ambulance? Or how he died? I'm SO curious! :)

on Dec. 7 2010 at 5:04 pm
Haleyelizabeth, Wallingford, Vermont
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Favorite Quote:
"If it's meant to be, it'll happen."

OhMygosh! you are officially my FAVORITE writer on this website. (: this was BEAUTIFUL.

on Dec. 7 2010 at 3:47 pm
QueenOfQuirky SILVER, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”- Dr. Seuss

This is just so so SO amazing. I literally almost cried and gasped in shock at the end. That really was a wonderful story. :)

Superblyme said...
on Dec. 7 2010 at 3:44 am
Superblyme, Phenix City, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
‎"I've said it a million times: I would love very much to be known as one of the great entertainers. if that's me having a big ego, then sorry. I'm shooting for the stars, and if I miss I'll hit the moon an that's pretty high" -Michael Buble

you have me crying. This is amazing. You write with such passion and detail. . . it was beautiful

on Nov. 26 2010 at 3:17 pm
Tayrodactyl PLATINUM, Palmyra, Indiana
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it kicked the notebooks butt xD

on Nov. 25 2010 at 2:52 am
LoveLiv46 SILVER, Cowiche, Washington
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Awwww. Bahaha! I'm crying:) It was beautiful! U write with such intensity and forcefulness, yet it flows like a stream! I liked it.

on Nov. 24 2010 at 10:13 pm
liltrinhle SILVER, Raleigh, North Carolina
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he made her try it before they bought the ice cream, actually. They were at the store and he convinced her..

irtfaz said...
on Nov. 15 2010 at 10:36 pm
irtfaz, Brentwood, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"Everything in this room, everything you see is eatable. Even I myself am eatable, but that, children, is called cannibalism, and is frowned upon in most societies."

I had dismissed this as just another sappy lve strory.... but the ending made it amazing.

Great description. I loved it.

kaba said...
on Nov. 15 2010 at 9:06 pm
I am so proud of you. I had no idea that you wrote such moving stories. The story was simple and sweet, filled with the best emotion: truly unselfish love. Thank you for letting me read this. :)

on Nov. 15 2010 at 6:36 pm
AliceCullen94 BRONZE, Bronx, New York
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omg, this was SOOOO GOOD!!! might be better than the notebook.

on Nov. 15 2010 at 3:19 pm
Internal-Love PLATINUM, Queens, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Nothing's black or white, its all just a shade of gray---

TI "Live your Life" ft Rihanna

tender, sweet, creative, and simple with emotion. i havent seen it all combined into one teenink article till i clicked on yours. Good job!!

on Nov. 15 2010 at 10:02 am
Misstonijean BRONZE, Wellston, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Love is friendship on fire.

wow. this was amazing. i loved it! its really really really good! (:

on Nov. 15 2010 at 7:46 am
xXxLovelyEurixXx GOLD, Brandon, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
“I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” ~ Daisy Buchanan - The Great Gatsby

Oh my goodness..

This is truly beautiful. I could see it all happening, and I'm terribly sorry if this happened. I recently lost my loved one, and I also blocked out how it happened. Felt like a bad dream. But I still hear her voice. This made me cry, my heart raced, and I felt like it was real. Truly amazing talent you have. Keep writing [:

on Nov. 13 2010 at 12:49 pm
inksplatters21 SILVER, Mason, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"Character is how you live when no one is watching."

Oh my gosh i'm so sorry.  CAn I ask how he died?

on Nov. 12 2010 at 9:38 pm
JordanNicole SILVER, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
\"Love is strange, powerful, and sneaky. You won\'t know it until you find it...and when you have it, never let it go!\" ~JordanNicole

To be honest, this isn't unrealistic. My bf was a lot like the guy in this piece and he died in June. I miss him everyday...just wanted to let you know that this can happen and it did in my life. Every day is a challenge for me! He was my life! I cried the entire time I was reading. Great job on capturing the emotions. Keep writing and if you don't mind, check out my work. I need some feedback. lol

on Nov. 8 2010 at 9:19 pm
Writing-Otaku GOLD, Spring, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"If they think you're crazy they won't mess with you."

Aww! That was so sweet! And here I was, expecting I happy ending... I almost started crying. It's so good! I think you should stick to this style.