“Hi!” I exclaimed, as I jogged onto the track field.
I looked at Jerri Tarantelly, a girl who I hung around with at track.
“Hey, Star!” she said, her infectious smile beaming, “Today is game day at track and we just play soccer and tag!”
“Wonderful!” I said, rubbing my legs, “I’m exhausted!”
“I had a tiring day too. I went swimming all day at the Nautilus!” Jerri replied as I grabbed a soccer ball. Jerri’s friend Deckard came running over and the two girls danced a weird dance.
“I have got to go back to my team Jerri!” Deckard breathed between giggles.
“I'll call you later, Deck!" Jerri called.
“Umm, Jerri?” I asked.
“Yeah?” she answered with that same huge grin on her face.
“Have you heard of the Mayan calendar?” I inquired.
“Yeah. And it ends on December 21st this year, right?” she asked, rolling her eyes and kicking the ball between her legs.
“Yeah. Guess what else happens on that day? A planet that is usually far away from Earth will pass through our solar system, close and cause awful things to happen, like fires. People think that when it passed a long time ago, it may have caused Noah’s flood. There will also be a polar shift that will make people, like, drop down dead!” I said.
“Oh my gosh!” Jerri exclaimed, “That is the weird huge star I have been seeing lately? I thought it was Venus!”
Then she laughed. "It is Venus, isn't it?"
I shook my head with foreboding.
“Well, Jerri, there is a part that I haven’t told you about yet.”
"What?" she asked quietly, making the ambience one of bizarre horror.
“I’m going to live while everybody else dies,” I said, shrugging.
“What, did some wacko tell you that?" Jerri asked, regaining a smile to her face.
“No, NASA did. You see, a group of people is going to live on a space station way up in the sky where they can survive! You have to be invited to go, and I was invited.” I explained.
“Is that really true?” Jerri asked doubtfully.
“Yes! If you want proof come the day after tomorrow to see me go off in a rocket!” I said.
“You’re inviting me?” Jerri asked excitedly.
“Yeah, sure, why not?” I replied.
“Oh, thanks so much!” Jerri exclaimed.
“No problem,” I said.
There was silence out there on the field at George Wythe High School.
“Star?” Jerri asked, “Are you just going to abandon your family, and your friends?”
I had a sinking, disgusting feeling in my gut.
“Yes, I am.”
Jerri looked at me strangely as if I were doing something wrong.
“I guess I’ll go to heaven before you!” Jerri forced a smile.
Then suddenly I realized something. For the first time in my life, someone thought of me as a friend. Jerri really thought of me as her friend and I only thought of her as the girl I talk with at track.
“Jerri, you are such a great friend!” I said, smiling, “I won’t forget you. I’ll never forget you.”
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