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This is a Write Now prompt
from Today’s Author. These prompts are time-based rather than word count based.
The previous scenario featuring Maria Carmen and Kyle David can be found:Here
, on Undead in the Netherworld
Here, on The Living Dead
Maria Carmen and Kyle David are two of the children born on the Auspicious Day of April 1 2013. For those who have not been following our blog(s) for very long, this is an ongoing thread in our tangled web of stories. This scenario takes place on the night of their high school
June 7 2031
Walt Janson was in one of those awful situations in which no-one ever hopes to be. He was in his girlfriend’s room. Maria Carmen had sent him up to get her letter jacket for her to wear when her old man took his usual gross of pictures. He knew he shouldn’t be reading her diary and yet he couldn’t put it down. He had been drawn to it like a magnet when he saw it. As he read Maria Carmen’s innermost thoughts, it seemed as if the entire Universe went quiet.
Walt was consumed by a maelstrom of emotions and didn’t know which one he should choose. Should he be relieved that he knew the truth? Should he be sorry that the romance that had been his through most of high school, to the incredible young woman he thought he’d make his wife, was clearly and obviously over?
It wasn’t as if Maria Carmen had victimized Walt in any way. Clearly, she had never cheated on him. However, it was also exceedingly clear that he was not the one for her. She was in love with her best friend
, and she was conflicted by her feelings.
“I loved Cinco even before I was born,” Maria Carmen wrote. “I have loved him over countless lifetimes. My first memory is from when I was three years old. Uncle Ed and Uncle Dave were babysitting us. We were playing monsters. Cinco accidentally ran over my foot with the RC car
. It didn’t hurt, but he was so very worried that he had hurt me, and that I’d be mad at him. His face was so extremely sad that I ended up comforting him. I hugged him and kissed his cheek and said ‘I love you, Kyle David. It’s okay.’”
“I thought I was too young to know what love really was at that age, although there were clues everywhere that this was the boy I wished to be with forever. He became Cinco when we were in kindergarten. We were choosing teams, and I wanted to be fair, so I counted down the line, ‘uno, dos, tres, quarto, cinco.’ He was so funny as he strutted towards me in this exaggerated manner, declaring ‘I am Cinco!’ Thereafter, I called him Cinco.”
“In the days preceding my Quinceañera
, my heart told me over and over that I should ask Cinco to be my date, that I should tell him how I felt. However, my mind told me that if I were to do this, I would run the risk of destroying a life-long friendship should things go badly. It was so important for me to keep my friendship with my best boy strong, so I invited Walt instead.”
“I convinced myself that it was Walt that I loved, that I believed I was in love with Cinco because he was my very best friend whom I could always rely on. He is so very handsome, of course, but if it were only about looks, then I should also be in love with his father and grandfather and also his Uncle Duke and Uncle Gabriel, who look just like older versions of mi chico.”
“I don’t know what to do now. I wish the Earth
would open and swallow me. When Walt asked me to marry him, I said yes. I thought that I loved him, but as we prepare to graduate high school and begin University, my heart tortures me, mocks me, tells me that this marriage is doomed, because no matter how I try to fight it, the truth has always been this: I love my best friend. I love my Cinco.”
“However, it is probably too late to make this declaration. Cinco is now with Theresa Jakeman. They have been together for a year. It would be wrong of me to break up their relationship.”
“Maybe with time, I will be able to convince myself that Cinco and I are truly only friends, brother and sister from another mother. This is what we have always told people. This is what we always told ourselves. But in this moment, I refuse to lie. I love you, Cinco, and it will always be you that I truly love.”
Maria Carmen Drake-Vasquez
June 6, 2031
Time Writing: 45 Minutes