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Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Last Chance by Tracy Thompson

Danny woke up that morning, his heart beating faster than it ever had. He put his pillow behind him and sat for a while in a vain attempt to calm his nerves. He had to do it today. It was the last day of school, and he didn't know if he'd ever see her again.

It was the first day of Secondary School when he had first seen Sophie. Danny had never taken much of an interest in girls but he looked at Sophie in a way that he had never looked at a girl before. As they sat in the assembly hall on that first day, he was taken aback when he noticed her soft golden hair and her sweet smile. He soon realised that she was very different from the other girls in the school, she didn't feel the need to be the centre of attention; she was shy and quiet. Danny was himself the same. He had few friends. He was a quiet, nervous boy and had always found it difficult to communicate well. Despite being in the same year as Sophie, they had been put into different classes. The school was large and it had three different classes for every year. Danny had liked the size of the school as it was easy not to be noticed.

Every day since that first day of school he would daydream about Sophie, about them being together. They would go for picnics in the park and walk by the river and it would read like a fairytale; after all, this was the way he had always seen it on TV. The times he had contemplated walking up to her he could never see the fairytale ending, she had always told him to leave her alone. He had put her on a pedestal that he couldn't reach. He didn't want the fairytale to end so it was enough to stop him ever speaking to her. The problem was it could only ever be a fairytale in his mind if he didn’t tell her today. It was his last chance. Of course, he had always known the time was close when he would be leaving school but there had always been tomorrow. Now the day had come when there would be no tomorrow.

He took a deep breath and climbed out of bed. He took his time getting dressed, making sure his clothes were free from creases and his hair was slick and tidy. He headed off on the short walk to school.

He spent the whole day in lessons going over what he would say to her and how she would respond. He had been over it so many times he knew exactly what he would say. Except he didn't know what she would say to his advances and he didn't want it to seem like he was reading it all from a script. He saw her in the yard at lunch; he started walking towards her but the fear overtook him and he walked back. The words that he had wanted to say had all disappeared from his mind; it was completely blank. He tried again but as he walked towards her the bell rang for end of lunch. He had missed his opportunity. He thought about it for the rest of the day. He had to do it; if he didn't he would always wonder.

After what seemed like the longest day, the bell rang for end of school. As friends and teachers hugged each other goodbye he ran out the door, making sure he was the first out in case he missed her. He stood by the entrance to the school. He saw thousands of people pouring out of those gates but he never saw her. He felt the disappointment and regret building up. As he turned around to leave he heard a sweet, soft voice calling his name. He turned around and there she was. He hadn't missed her; the moment he had always thought about was here.

"Sophie, I... I thought you'd gone."

"I thought you'd gone, Danny. I was waiting for you."

"Oh? Why were you waiting for me?"

Sophie's face turned scarlet as she tried to get the words out.

"I didn't know if I'd see you again. I like you, Danny. I didn't want you to go without knowing. "

Danny was in disbelief; he had no idea she knew his name let alone felt the same. They both giggled as they realised. At that moment it didn't seem important that they could have been together from the first day they met.

Danny's heart was beating twice as fast as it had been that morning. He moved closer to Sophie. He put his trembling hand on her soft hair and moved his lips towards hers. He closed his eyes and they kissed. He'd never kissed a girl before and it felt magical. In that moment, they were together forever, it would never end. He didn't know whether she would be moving away to College or University or even whether she would like him when she got to know him but nothing mattered. Not here. Not now.

About the Author: I am a 25 year old aspiring writer who has been writing short stories for the past few years. I have just begun to start submitting my work for other people to enjoy.

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