JEREMY AND DANIEL

By BIG TACO

(fiction, told by a child with caPS LOCK ON.)

THE BOY LIFTED HIS FACE OFF THE SNOW AND COULD HEAR THE OTHER BOY LAUGHING. ‘YOU WON’T DO THAT AGAIN’, THE FIRST BOY WHISPERED. “WHAT?” ASKED THE OTHER BOY. THE FIRST BOY LIFTED THE REST OF HIS BODY OFF THE SNOW AND LOOKED AT THE OTHER BOY. HE STARED AT HIM AND TRIED TO LOOK ANGRY. THE OTHER BOY LAUGHED AGAIN BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE LOOKED SAD, NOT ANGRY. THAT MADE THE FIRST BOY EVEN MORE MAD AND HE YELLED “SHUT UP!” AT THE LAUGHING BOY. THE LAUGHING BOY STOPPED LAUGHING FOR A MOMENT AND SAID “YEAH RIGHT!” THEN HE PUT HIS HANDS ON HIS HIPS AND SPREAD HIS LEGS TO SHOULDER-WIDTH.

THE FIRST BOY’S NAME IS JEREMY.
THE OTHER, LAUGHING BOY’S NAME IS DANIEL.

DANIEL HAD FRECKLES BUT HE DIDN’T HAVE RED HAIR. JEREMY THOUGHT THAT WAS WEIRD. “YOU HAVE FRECKLES BUT YOU DON’T HAVE RED HAIR. YOU FREAKAZOID!” YELLED JEREMY. DANIEL WASN’T INSULTED AND SAID “YOU’RE A FATSO!” TO JEREMY BECAUSE HE WORE HUSKY PANTS AND DANIEL KNEW IT. JEREMY’S MOM TALKED TO DANIEL’S MOM ABOUT IT AND DANIEL OVERHEARD IT WHEN HE WAS SPYING ONE TIME.

THE SCHOOL BUS THAT WAS COMING TO PICK THEM UP TURNED THE CORNER TWO BLOCKS AWAY FROM JEREMY AND DANIEL.

IT HURT JEREMY’S FEELINGS A LITTLE BIT WHEN DANIEL CALLED HIM A ‘FATSO’ BUT HE DIDN’T CRY. INSTEAD, HE SAID “YEAH, RIGHT! YOUR SISTER IS FAT!” DANIEL REALLY DID HAVE A FAT SISTER. NEITHER JEREMY NOR DANIEL MOVED ANY CLOSER THAN THEY WERE WHEN JEREMY GOT BACK UP FROM DANIEL’S ORIGINAL SHOVE. DANIEL SAID “I DON’T CARE!”

THE SCHOOL BUS JUST TURNED ANOTHER CORNER AND WAS NOW ONLY ONE TURN AWAY FROM BEING ON THE STREET THAT JEREMY AND DANIEL’S STOP WAS ON.

JEREMY WAS FRUSTRATED THAT NONE OF HIS INSULTS WERE BOTHERING DANIEL AND HE WISHED HE HAD DONE SOME SPYING OF HIS OWN. THE TWO OF THEM STOOD THERE FOR A FEW SECONDS. THEN JEREMY SAW THE SCHOOL BUS COMING BEHIND DANIEL AND HAD AN IDEA. “I DARE YOU TO PUSH ME AGAIN, DUMMY!” JEREMY SAID. DANIEL, SUSPICIOUS, SAID “WHY?” TO WHICH JEREMY RESPONDED “’CAUSE YOU CAN’T!”

THE BUS GOT CLOSER AND CLOSER.

DANIEL, FALLING INTO JEREMY’S TRAP, SAID “FINE!” AND STARTED WALKING TO JEREMY. JEREMY HELD HIS HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK, SHUT HIS EYES AND TURNED HIS HEAD TO HIS LEFT. AS SOON AS DANIEL PUSHED JEREMY, THE BUS WAS RIGHT NEXT TO THEM. JEREMY MADE A GRUNT SOUND WHEN DANIEL PUSHED HIM AND HE STUMBLED BACK. IN THE SPLIT SECONDS AFTER JEREMY WAS PUSHED, HE FELT THAT HE PROBABLY WOULDN’T FALL ALL THE WAY DOWN SO HE MADE HIMSELF LOSE HIS BALANCE. HE DID A GOOD JOB MAKING IT LOOK LIKE DANIEL HAD PUSHED HIM HARD ENOUGH TO MAKE HIM FALL.

THE BUS DRIVER LOOKED AT THE BOYS AND SAW EVERYTHING CLEARLY. THE OTHER CHILDREN ON THE BUS THAT WERE ALREADY PICKED UP WERE VERY SURPRISED BECAUSE THEY COULD SEE EVERYTHING TOO.

DANIEL STARTED TO SEE THE BUS IN HIS PERIPHERAL VISION. JEREMY BEGAN TO OPEN HIS EYES WHILE HE FELL AND CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF THE BUS DRIVER. SHE WAS LOOKING RIGHT AT THEM. ‘PERFECT!’ HE THOUGHT. HE CONTINUED TO FALL STRAIGHT BACK. DANIEL STARTED TO FEEL BAD ABOUT PUSHING JEREMY BECAUSE HE KNEW HE WOULD GET IN TROUBLE. JEREMY FORGOT THERE WAS A BIG PART OF THE CURB MISSING BEHIND HIM UNTIL HIS FOOT WENT INSIDE OF IT. HIS FOOT SLIPPED INSIDE OF IT AND IT STARTED TO TURN THE WRONG WAY. “WOAH!” JEREMY SAID OUT LOUD. JEREMY HEARD HIS ANKLE MAKE A CRACK NOISE BUT HE DIDN’T FEEL IT YET. THEN HE FELT IT. HE WAS ALMOST AT THE GROUND WHEN HE STARTED TO TURN HIS BODY. DANIEL COULD SEE WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AND STARTED TO FEEL REALLY, REALLY BAD BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO GET IN A LOT OF TROUBLE.

THE BUS DRIVER COULD SEE WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TOO.

JEREMY TURNED ALL THE WAY AROUND BEFORE HE HIT THE GROUND SO HIS FACE HIT THE STREET BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE DID. HIS FOOT WAS STILL POINTING THE DIRECTION IT WAS BEFORE JEREMY STARTED TO TURN. ALL OF A SUDDEN, JEREMY WAS LAYING ON THE FRONT SIDE OF HIS BODY AGAIN BUT THIS TIME ON DIRTIER SNOW BECAUSE IT WAS ON THE ROAD. DANIEL STOOD ON THE SIDEWALK SILENTLY AND A LITTLE AFRAID.

THE BUS DRIVER ALSO JUST SAT THERE SILENTLY AND A LITTLE AFRAID. SHE HAD HER HAND ON HER MOUTH.

JEREMY COULD FEEL HIS LEG HURTING VERY BAD AND COULD TASTE A LOT OF BLOOD IN HIS MOUTH. HE HADN’T OPENED HIS MOUTH YET AND WAS HOLDING HIS BREATH. HE COULD ALSO FEEL THE GAZE OF A DOZEN PEOPLE AND THAT WAS WHAT HE WAS THINKING ABOUT. THERE WAS A LONG PAUSE. DURING THIS PAUSE, JEREMY FELT STUPID FOR COMING UP WITH THAT IDEA. HE THOUGHT ABOUT HOW HE WISHED HE WAS STRONG ENOUGH TO JUST PUSH DANIEL OVER RIGHT AFTER HE WAS PUSHED. HE WISHED DANIEL WAS ON THE GROUND FEELING STUPID IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY. JEREMY WISHED HE WAS STILL IN HIS ROOM. HE OPENED HIS MOUTH TO BREATHE BUT HE COUGHED INSTEAD AND THAT MADE BLOOD FALL OUT OF HIS MOUTH LIKE A HUGE LOOGIE. THE BLOOD STAINED THE SNOW AND EVERYONE BUT DANIEL AND JEREMY GASPED.

THE BUS DOOR OPENED UP AND THE BUS DRIVER CAME OUT OF HER BUS IN A THIN JACKET. SHE HUGGED HERSELF AND SQUINTED AS SHE QUICKLY WALKED OVER TO DANIEL AND JEREMY. HER BREATH WAS FOGGY.

JEREMY COUGHED AGAIN AND SAID “YUCK” TO HIMSELF.

THE BUS DRIVER KNELT NEXT TO JEREMY AND SAID “YOU OKAY, FELLA?” SHE STARTED TO RUB HIS BACK.

JEREMY WAS AFRAID THAT IT MADE HIM LOOK LIKE A LOSER.

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WHEN JEREMY WENT TO THE DOCTOR, THEY PUT A CAST ON HIS FOOT AND ANKLE BECAUSE IT WAS BROKEN. THE DOCTOR ALSO FOUND THAT THREE OF HIS TEETH WERE BROKEN. TWO OF THE THREE CAME OUT OF JEREMY’S MOUTH COMPLETELY. HE LOOKED FOR, BUT NEVER FOUND THE TEETH. HE MISSED SCHOOL THAT DAY BUT WHEN HE CAME BACK, HE WAS NERVOUS TO BE AT THE SAME BUS STOP AS DANIEL. HE DIDN’T HAVE TO, THOUGH, BECAUSE HIS MOTHER DROVE HIM TO SCHOOL ON HER WAY TO WORK FROM THEN ON. HIS MOTHER STOPPED BEING FRIENDS WITH DANIEL’S MOTHER. JEREMY’S ANKLE HEALED SLOWLY. FOR A FEW YEARS AFTER DANIEL BROKE JEREMY’S ANKLE AND TEETH, PEOPLE AT JEREMY’S SCHOOL THOUGHT THAT JEREMY WAS A LOSER.

THE DAY THAT JEREMY MISSED SCHOOL, DANIEL SPREAD A RUMOR THAT A DIFFERENT STORY HAD HAPPENED. HE TOLD EVERYONE AT SCHOOL THAT JEREMY WAS PICKING ON HIM AND THOUGHT HE WAS REALLY COOL BECAUSE HE MADE FUN OF HIS FAT SISTER. DANIEL TOLD THE OTHER KIDS THAT JEREMY WAS A LOSER BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE WAS SO COOL BUT HE WASN’T. DANIEL’S MOTHER SAID “SORRY” TO JEREMY AND HIS MOTHER BUT THEIR MOTHERS STOPPED BEING FRIENDS. JEREMY’S MOTHER SAID “IF DANIEL DOES NOT APOLOGIZE TO JEREMY, WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY OTHER APOLOGIES.” DANIEL DIDN’T EVER APOLOGIZE. THE RUMOR ABOUT JEREMY BEING A LOSER CONTINUED FOR A FEW MORE YEARS.

THE BUS DRIVER WAS PREGNANT. SHE TOLD THIS STORY TO HER SISTER AND HER FRIENDS AT HER BABY SHOWER AND GAVE BIRTH TO HER BABY RECENTLY.

THE END

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JEREMY AND DANIEL

Created: Jan 06, 2010

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