School Play
Christine, Age 15, VA

Every year for the past decade, Beta High had put on a spring play and a fall musical. Ever since freshmen year, Darren Moon and Bella Jenny had had some role in the production. Darren was usually the lead while Bella worked the lights and sounds. Darren was the strong, silent type, while Bella was the energetic misfit.

Darren was madly in love with Bella. He had worked with her for every school play and hoped to have classes with her each year. It was their senior year and Darren’s last chance to ask her out. Sadly, Bella was oblivious to the fact that Darren had given her any attention at all. He watched her walk into the booth that controlled the lighting and sound and moved to his place on stage to start rehearsal.

“Britney, you need to move stage left. Sam, move to her right. Alice, stage right, besides Darren,” instructed Mr. Dash.

Mr. Dash was head of the drama department and director for the fall musical: A Very Potter Musical. Opening night was in three days. Tech support, clothes and make-up designers, and running crew were all running wild trying to get everything together for the show. Darren was the lead in the play, and he played Harry. Hermione and Ron were played by Britney and Sam. Alice, who was playing Cho Chang, was stepping closer and closer to Darren. She had a crush on him, but he always tried to ignore her. Darren gave her a sideways glance, but other than that didn’t pay much attention to her. He took a quick look at Bella, who was now sitting in the booth.

All of a sudden, there was a metallic ripping sound as one of the stage lights broke free and fell on Darren. He tried to move away but just moved in the path of the falling object more. There was a sickening crack as the light hit him. He staggered forward, holding his head in his hands.

“NO!” Bella screamed as he staggered towards the lip of the stage. No one could believe what was happening. No one could move. Walking blindly, he fell off of the stage and was knocked out.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Three weeks later~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Darren woke up for the first time since the accident. His head was aching, and the hospital room was empty. He heard the knob of the door start to turn and closed his eyes. Bella walked in the room and slumped down next to Darren. “Wake up, baby,” she whispered and stroked his face. She sounded like she had been crying. Darren was shocked but stayed still. He couldn’t believe Bella liked him back. She put her head on his chest and whispered, “I love you.” Darren slowly opened his eyes and told her he loved her back.

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