Short Story Janina –Gr 11
The sound of rain hitting my umbrella was heard as I was walking back
home from school. Even though I'm in my third year of high school, It
didn't bother me if anyone who sees me jumping in puddles would thought of me
as immature and childish. I walked along the side of the bridge that
was located inside a city park minding my own business, looking down
on my shoes. I looked up and saw a man, a young man I suppose, probably
around his mid 20's sitting down on the edge of the railings. Thinking
that he will commit suicide; I immediately ran towards him and pulled him
back towards me.
"Mister you're too young to commit suicide, please get off"
I yelled, as I pulled on his left arm. He pulled his arm away
and soon fell backwards, landing on me. He stood up and helped me get
myself on my feet.
"Yah! Are you crazy?? You almost killed me" He yelled at me. I looked
at him surprised of what he had just said.
"Why are you yelling at me? I saved your life", with anger rising in
my veins I walked away stomping my feet in every step.
The rain finally cleared up as I headed to the nearby swings. I wiped
away all the water that had fallen on the seat and sat myself down. I
began swaying myself back and forth.
And said to myself loudly “Why that Mister!, I didn't even know why he was just sitting
there in the first place, he should have never sat there anyways, passerby's might
think that he's planning on jumping.”
Then suddenly, I felt a hand touch my right shoulder. I looked up to see the same man
looking down on me.
"You're right; people could have mistaken me of jumping off the
bridge. I'm sorry for the way I acted earlier, I was just"
He paused and had let go of my shoulder and walked to the swing on my
right. He wiped the water and sat down. I grabbed my bag that was
resting on my back and placed it on my lap. I took out two juice
"You were just?" I gave him one of the juice boxes and he gladly took
it. He poked the straw and began to drink only a few portion of the
"I was just thinking that's all" He looked down on the sand that was
under his feet.
"Some deep thought that must have been, huh?" I chuckled and drank some of
my juice. I looked at him again and he had no expression on his face.
He was just still, sitting down looking at the ground.
"Mister, sorry if I'm being nosy but" I paused for a moment and he
looked up at me. "Why so sad?" I continued. He sighed and looks at the
tree that was a few meters in front of his swing.
"Its okay if you don't want to tell me" I looked down on my hands and started
playing around with my fingers. "My friend" I looked up and faced his
direction, I could see that he still had the same emotionless face.
"Her boyfriend just broke up with her" He continued as he took
another sip from the juice box.
"What does that have to do with your sadness?" I tilted my head and
gave him a curious look. He still didn't bother to look at me.
"It means that she'll go to me, to help her heal that broken heart of
hers, I don't want to see her sad anymore" He took another drink of
the juice box. I turned away from him and looked straight at the same tree.
"Mister" I began as he kept on drinking the juice.
"Do you like her?" I asked and looked at him again as he took the straw away
from his mouth. He looked straight at me and soon he nodded his head.
"I think-" I began but I was cut off by his deep voice. "I love her" he whispered as
he looked down on the juice box that was resting on his lap and began
to fiddle with it.
"As I was saying, I think you should tell her, that she deserves someone
better and that someone is you" He smiled as I said the last words.
My phone began to ring. I took it out of my bag and looked at the
screen to see who was calling. It was my mom. I stood up and looked at
the young man.
"I guess I'll be going now" I said and smiled at him as he looked at me and
returned the smile.
I began to run but was stopped.
"Hey! Thank you" He yelled to me, I looked back at him and waved.
"No need to thank me, I didn't really do anything" I yelled back and laughed at what I
had just said.
"I mean for listening to me and for this" He smiled as he brought up the
juice box for me to see. I gave him one last smile as I turned around
and began to run.
Along my way home, I couldn't stop thinking about the incident that
had just occurred today. I smiled at myself thinking that today; I have made
a stranger smile.