THE CRASH BY HAYDEN SHARKUS

“We are five minutes away. Text Him and say we are almost there,” Kenneth says from the back of my truck. “Jay, we have to make sure he is ready for the party.”

I, Jacoby, but Jay for short, pull my phone out of my pocket.

“Fine, I will if you just shut up!”

Typing in my password, I look up at the GPS to see how many minutes there are until we get to Frederick's cabin, but what I didn’t notice was the upcoming SUV. On a skinny road in the woods, nobody notices if they are too far into the middle of the road. But in my case, I was on the completely wrong side. I hear a horn getting louder and louder until I look up.

“Jay! Get out of…”

Darkness. All I hear is a High pitched ringing noise smacking against my head as if it was telling me, ‘You fool! You should be ashamed of yourself!’

The next thing I notice is a sharp pain in my chest and lower body. Was I dead or was I alive? All I know is that texting Freddy was the the worst thing I have ever done. I may have killed myself. I may have killed Kenneth. I may have destroyed both of our chances of life on earth.

All I see is a white light smashing against my eyes. I try to open my eyes, and when I do, everything looks disoriented like a carnival funhouse.

“I see you’re awake, Jacoby,” A comforting voice says.

“Mom?” I ask as if I am a lost boy in New York.

“Honey, Everything will be okay,” She says as I feel her warm and squeeze mine.

I want to start to cry, but there is no way I can. I cannot feel my eyes or the rest of my body. A man dressed in a blue suit walks in and sits on a stool in the corner of a room.

“5 days. That’s how long it will be until you can feel your face and chest. But never again will you feel your legs. You are paralyzed from the waist down.”

My mom Squeezes squeezes my hand even harder, or so I think. I believe she squeezed harder because tears came rolling down her face, and I saw her arm muscles start to flex.

I close my eyes and fall into a deep slumber. All I could think about was why. Why would I do this? I don’t usually text while drive, but the one time I do, I get punished? This is unfair. This should not be happening to me. Then again, it could happen to anybody. I should not have done it. I shouldn’t have texted while driving.

Later that day, I wake up and grab the Jell-O cup on the stand. I attempt to fling a spoonful of this red, translucent liquid up and into my mouth, but it fails and squishes against the wall, sliding like and elevator in a tall building. I try and try again, until the miniscule cup is nearly empty. Looking back at the wall, I see a delicious pile of red goop, turning my mouth into a lake of saliva. My mom walks in with a small sandwich in a plastic box from the vending machine down the hall. She grabs my spoon from my hand and kneels by the Jell-O pile.

“Oh, honey. You need better aim to do this,” she says while laughing.

As I start to laugh, a tear rolls down my face. My mom puts the spoon with the now liquid-like blob into my mouth. Wiping the tear from my face, she walks out again. For the final time that day, I close my eyes, turn my head to the left, and fall back asleep.

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