Joni It's new year's eve in Mercia but it feels like it's already new year. Everywhere has been decorated in preparation for the King and Queen's birthday party tomorrow and the whole Kingdom's been invited to celebrate with them. We arrived in Mercia yesterday morning and while it was good to be back home, I couldn't wait to see the world again but preferably only with Leon next time. It's a nice day to go for a walk and I do exactly that even though I really don't have a destination. I wave at people and greet some I like on my way until I get to the Catholic Church and stop outside the gate. I've never been to church once. I didn't feel the need to do so before but now I feel like it's about time I let go of all the pain and heartache and possibly the hatred I feel for my dad and stepmom. I walk into the premises of the church then up the short steps leading into the church before I change my mind. There are several other people sitting on pews and praying while some are kneel
LeonIt's new year, also mom and dad's birthdays and I might have made an unconscious resolution to be a good boy this year. No getting into fights with my brother or anyone else but that didn't stop me from being the devil and just to taunt my brother, invited his flavor of the month; Gabriella Sysavane.The girl didn't want to come but I'd convinced her not to be scared and I might have created a scene in her head where my brother would end the day with two girls who were not her in his bed because I know he's capable of doing it and she'd said yes."Why are you smiling?". Joni asks me."He's coming." I say."Who?". She looks over her shoulder to see Jax marching towards us with a murderous glare. "What crawled up his ass?"."Gabriella." I chuckle."Did you invite her?!". Joni gasps looking shocked. "What happened to being a good boy this year and all that?".I shrug not saying anything as Jax gets to us. I grin at him and give him a side hug."Happy new year bro." I say."What are
A month later Joni Life... A period between birth and death. "Life is short" is what people say and that's the truth. I never used to believe that until today. As usual, my gorgeous boyfriend thought it best to take me out on a date seeing as we're almost ticking the last of the boxes on my never have I ever list but a part of me knows he's very excited about number 99 and 100 and I am too but I'm just not as excited as he is. He's like a kid who's been given cartblanche to choose any candy he wants in the candy store. It's February 14 in a week's time and every student is buzzing with excitement concerning the upcoming dance for Valentine's day. I've been a student of IHHS for eleven years and counting and I've never been to a school dance before. Minus kindergarten and elementary school, say during my junior years, I'd never been asked by a boy to go to the dance with him so when Leon asked me today which took me by surprise, I said yes. It's the last dance for me before I
LeonI have just pulled on my jeans when I hear Liese's frantic voice calling my name as I stand in my closet still thinking of a shirt to wear but I abandon that thought and rush out to meet her."Leon." She breathes running over to me. Tears are running down her cheeks so fast, it's like a dam opened up in her tear ducts."What's wrong?". I ask her."I... Collins... Joni..." She stutters."Joni? What happened to her?". I demand."Accident... It was bad." She says. "She's been taken to the hospital."I run back to my closet, grab any shirt and shrug it on then my car keys are in my hand the next instant and I hurry out of my room not bothering about my shoes.I breeze past grandma who is shocked to see running barefoot but before she can call my attention, I am already halfway down the steps."Leon! Where are you rushing to without your shoes?". Mom calls as I pass her as well just as she comes out of the living room."Hospital!". I call over my shoulder."What!". I register her shoc
LeonI feel something pull at my hair. Like someone trying to pick a strand of my hair from my head and without thinking too much about it, I swat at the hand over my head but then I hear someone giggling - a familiar giggle and I lift my head sharply.I'm hoping it's her but there's nothing. She doesn't move and my shoulders slump. It's just been twenty four hours and kinda too early for a miracle but I hope one will happen soon."Why do you look so downcast Your Highness?". Joni asks me.I look around the room in shock until I see her sitting on the sofa with a strawberry smoothie in one hand and sandwich in the other."Am I dreaming?". I croak out."Maybe." She laughs.I look her over and see that she's dressed in a white and red polka dot gown with white wedges to match. Her hair is packed up in a loose bun and she's wearing the diamond earrings I gave her for Christmas."You look beautiful." I say."Too bad it's not 14th yet." She pouts. "I wanted to go to that dance.""You can.
Three weeks later Leon Ashes to ashes Dust to dust I'm listening to every other word the priest is saying as he stands in front of Joni's coffin at the cemetery. I finally accepted her wish the next day after she told me to let her go and the ventilator machine was turned off. A little boy of about ten needed a kidney transplant and Joni's kidney matched his so I gave them the go ahead to do the transplant but that was it. She didn't want anyone to have her heart and no one got it. The preparations for her funeral were made and here we are three weeks later... finally putting her to rest. I rise to my feet and move to the front when the priest calls on me to give my speech. I don't have a speech to eulogize her but a song so I sing that thanking her for her love and when I am done, there isn't a dry eye at the cemetery. The priest gives his final speech, prays for her to find a resting place and it's over. I am standing by her coffin staring down at it when I suddenly look up