Thursday, February 24, 2011

Accidental Memories

“CHRISSA!” Marisol yelled.
“Ugh, what?” I asked, rolling out of bed and falling on a pile of my dirty clothes.
“Clean up your room.” She ordered and waved her hand around, as if I couldn’t see the dump that I live in.
“Okay.” I groaned, trying to get up, but falling down.
“You have 4 hours; we have company coming over then.” Marisol nodded.
“I didn’t know that the party would be held in my room.” I muttered.
“Excuse me?” She asked with an attitude.
“Nothing.” I looked down.
“I thought so.” Marisol said and then she walked out of the room.

“My life.” I groaned, flopping back on my bed. I looked up at the glow-in-the-dark stars on my ceiling and over at my light purple walls with a million different pictures on them.

I opened my mouth, but a poster fell down.

”Oh great, my first act of business.” I groaned, getting up. I picked up the fallen poster of
The Beatles and put it back up.
“All better.” I smiled triumphantly to myself. I turned to go clean another area of the room, but I stepped on something.

“OW!” I yelled, grabbing my foot. “A paper cut? Really?” I yelled in frustration.
I looked down at the picture that caused it and my jaw dropped.

“Mikayla?” I asked in astonishment like the picture would answer. I came to my senses and picked up the picture. It was a smiling picture of a girl who looked a LOT like my sister Prudence, same eye color and hair color, and me, in the American Girl Factory.

I smiled to myself; all of the memories were flooding back into my mind.

- F L A S H B A C K -
I was walking, alone, to my box. I saw a girl walk past; carrying the most beautiful painting I’d ever seen. I turned around and tapped her on the shoulder. She turned around and smiled.
“Yes?” She asked.
“Where did you get that beautiful painting?” I asked, adding emphasis on ‘beautiful.’
“Oh, thank you! Actually, I painted this.” She smiled.
“YOU PAINTED THAT?” I looked at it in astonishment, it was a colorful picture of a sunset.
“Yeah.. Thank you for liking it though. I’m Mikayla.” She smiled.
”I’m Chrissa.” I smiled back.
“I LOVE your shoes!” She looked down at my shoes.
“Oh, thank you. I like your purse.” We flooded each other with compliments, just like all girls do when meeting a new person.

Over the course of 4 months, Mikayla Michelle Martin became my best friend. Then Sonali came along and we became the three Amiga’s. Then, December came. Along with it, Christmas.

“CHRISSA!” Sonali exclaimed, coming out of her box. We all had to hide when the workers came to put notes on all of the dolls that were getting adopted.
“What?” I asked.
“You’re…getting adopted!” Sonali smiled.
“Big Deal.” Mikayla muttered to herself.
“What’s wrong, Mickey?” I asked. I was the only one EVER allowed to call her that.
“Nothing! Nothing’s wrong, you just go off and live happily ever after with your STUPID family. I don’t care.” She yelled, then ran off.

Sonali and I shared a confused look. But then, before I could do anything, the workers came back to take all of the dolls. Sonali gave me a big hug and promised that she’d write to me ‘Every single day.’ I smiled and hugged her back.

I looked over to where Mikayla’s box always was to say goodbye, but it was gone. I tried to search for her, but I had to go into my box and get adopted, but not before saving one picture of Mikayla and one of Sonali.

-End of Flashback-

We haven’t talked since, but looking at that picture sure brings back some memories. I smiled to the picture once more, then put it in my pocket, and cleaned my room.

Now I have a clean room, but a hole in my heart.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I'm In Trouble

Today at school, I ran to Matt's locker with the biggest smile on my face.

"I feel the same way." I beamed as soon as I reached it.
"Excuse me?" He asked.


"I lov-like you too." I corrected myself mid-sentence.
"Oh......." He trailed off.
"Oh? OH? OHHHHH?" I yelled.
"Yeah, oh. Like; 'oh, Chrissa, that's great. But while you took all this time to tell me, I found someone else.'" He finished.

His accent was a smack in the face.
No, scratch that, his whole sentence was a smack in the face.

"For real?" I asked, my heart plummeted.
He took a long pause. I was about to cry.
"No." He smiled.

Sadness immediately filled with rage.
"WHAT THE HECK MATT?!" I yelled, causing people around us to stare.
"April fools?" He asked.
"IT'S NOT APRIL." I yelled.
"February Fools?" He asked, fear in his voice.

I made several noises of frustration before turning around and stomping off to Chorus.

"Hi kiddies!" Mrs. Hodge squeaked.
"Ugh." I muttered, sliding back in my seat.
"I am pleased to introduce you all to our newest member, Brett Williams! Give him a hand." She announced.
We all clapped, I even forced a smile.
The doors to the auditorium opened and we all turned our heads to the person who opened them.

The smile was fake no more.
Brett Williams was a tall kid with brown hair that was cut and he had sea green eyes.

"Welcome, Brett!" Mrs. Hodge smiled.

Callie, who was sitting next to me at the time, looked at me uneasily.
"Chrissa?" She asked me.
"What?" I asked, in a trance.
"You can't like him." She whispered.
"Why not?" I whipped my head to look at her.
"That's Rita's best friend." She looked at me.

Oh Dear..........

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hey Matt

I rushed down the hallway.
It's Valentine's day, and the last person I wanted to see was Matt.

"CHRISSA!" A familiar British voice yelled my way.
I turned around automatically and saw Matt walking towards me with a big smile on his face.

"What?" I asked, focusing my eyes anywhere other than his.
"Happy Valentine's Day." He smiled, handing me a Valentine.
"Aw, thanks." I smiled.
"I didn't get you a Valentine, but, uhh.." I searched around. My eyes fell on my wrist and the bracelet that I had made last weekend.
"Here. Happy Valentine's Day." I smiled, sticking out the blue and green woven bracelet.
"Thanks Chris, this is awesome!" He smiled.
"You're welcome." I grinned, then we parted ways to get to our third period.

When lunch came, I was eating my sandwich while Callie was telling how Julie, who's in the hospital, is doing.
"They said that she's doing better, but her chance is still slim." Callie's voice cracked.
"That's tewible!" Prudence, who had recently left the hospital, exclaimed.
"All we can do is hope for her survival." Callie added then the Lunch Supervisor, Mr. Jackson, came over the P.A. system.

"Everyone, we are going to do something kind of different today, well all of this week actually." He began. A light chatter spread across the room.
"We've decided, with all of the talented kids here, that we were going to start a karaoke contest during the lunch hour." He announced.

Everyone's chatter sounded more exciting.

"We have picked a random name to go first." He smiled, picking up a piece of paper.

"And the lucky person is...... Chrissa Maxwell." He announced.

All eyes went on me.

"Oh dear." I muttered.
"Go!" Sonali cheered, and pushed me towards the stage.

I got up and walked to the stage.

"Now, we have the songs on shuffle, so if you don't know the song, then just tell us and we will shuffle it." He smiled to me, then handed me the microphone.

"And your song is.." He trailed off, pressing a million buttons.
"Hey Jude by The Beatles." He announced.

I immediately smiled. I heard a lot of people cheering. I even saw Matt whistle.

"I take it you're good with that?" He asked, motioning towards the grin on my face.
I nodded.

"Sing away." He said, then cued the music.

"Hey Jude, don't make it bad.
Take a sad song, and make it better.
Remember to let her into your heart,
then you can start to make it better." I sang, slowly walking up to the front of the stage.

"Hey Jude, don't be afraid.
You were made to go out and get her.
The minute, you let her into your skin
then you'll begin to make it better."

What I really wanted to say was 'Hey Matt,' because if he wants to make both of our lives better, he needs to let me into his life, not just as a friend.

"And anytime you feel the pain,
Hey Jude, refrain.
Don't carry the world up on your shoulder." I tapped my own shoulder.

"For well you know that it's a fool
who plays it cool,
by making his world a little colder." Callie, Prudence, Elizabeth, Nathan, Jake, Sonali and Matt came up to join me.

"Na na na na na na na na na." They all chorused.

"Hey Jude, don't let me down.
You have found her,
now go and get her.
Remember, to let her into your heart.
Then you can start to make it better." I sang.

"So let it out and let it in.
Hey Jude, begin.
You've waited for someone to perform with." I sang, thinking about the time Matt and I sang 'Marry You' by Bruno Mars.

"And don't you know that it's just you.
Hey Jude, you'll do.
The movement you need is on your shoulder." I pointed to my shoulder again.

"Hey Jude" I waved to Matt.
"Don't make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.
Remember, to let her under your skin,
then you'll begin to make it better." I sang, with Sonali harmonizing with me.

"Better, better, better, better, better, WOAHHHH!" My voice got higher.

We reached into the 'Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-Hey-Jude' part, and everyone got into it. Matt spun me around and Callie sang the "JUDE JUDY JUDY JUDY JUDY OWWWW"

She's a good singer.

I sang with Matt by my side.

"HEYYY JUDEEEEE!" We all chorused and we bowed. Matt's hand interlocked with my own.

When I got home, I finally opened the Valentine he gave me.

It said 'I love you, for real this time.'


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pwudence's Recwovery

"Hi Prudence!" Charity sniffed.
Prudence looked at Charity and smiled a bit, then blinked twice.

"Outstanding." Dr. Reches smiled, scribbling on his notepad once more.
"Is that all you ever do?" Felicity asked, eyeing him.

Prudence slowly moved her head to face Felicity, she smiled at her.
"Hey Pru." Felicity grinned.

"Is she okay?" Marisol asked Dr. Reches.
"It seems as if she is. But, we can't jump to conclusions." He nodded at his own statement.
"Can she talk?" Sonali asked.

Cindie, who was on the phone with Callie, who was in Chicago with Molly, Julia, and Becca, put the phone on speaker.

"Will Prudence be able to sing?" Callie asked.

"Yes and Yes, but just don't rush her. She will come at her own pace." Dr. Reches advised.

"Oh okay." Sonali and Callie said in unison.
"Hey, Cindie. Can you put the phone by Prudence?" Elizabeth asked.
"Sure." Cindie said, and obeyed Elizabeth. She slowly walked to Prudence and put the phone up to her.

"Hi Prudy!" Elizabeth smiled.
"Ewizabeff." Prudence muttered.

"OUTSTANDING!" Dr. Reches beamed, scribbling on his notepad more rapidly.

"How are you feeling, girl?" Elizabeth asked.
"Peeeachy." Prudence yawned.
"Great! Well, I have to go. I will call you later!" Elizabeth sang.
"Bye Ewizabeff." Prudence's voice was numb. You could barely understand her.

Cindie hung up the phone after Elizabeth did and put the phone back in her purse.

"Cwissa." Prudence smiled at me.
"Pwudence." I giggled.
"Are you mockwing mwe?" She asked.
"No." I smiled.
"Gwood." She smiled.

"She's very chatty." A nurse commented.
"Who you cwalling chatty, wady?" Prudence narrowed her eyes.
"I don't mean it in a bad way, sweetie. It's just, I've never seen someone who's so talkative after coming out of a coma." The nurse defended herself.
"You obviously don't know Prudence." Jess joked.
"Twue. Twue." Prudence nodded.

"Hi Sonawi." Prudence smiled at Sonali.
"Hi Pru. I'm glad you're okay." Sonali grinned.
"Jwoin the cwub." Prudence smirked.

"Hi Marwisol." Prudence smiled.
"Oh Prudence!" Marisol threw her arms around Prudence's head.
"Marwisol, I can't bweath." Prudence's voice was muffled.
"Oh, sorry!" Marisol put her hands to her side.
"Bwut it's nwice two swee you." Prudence giggled.

"Hey Jwessie Bwear." Prudence cooed at Jess.
"Hey Prudy Bean." Jess smiled, happy to see Prudence alive and sort of normal.
"How are ywou?" Prudence, being a sweetheart, asked Jess.
"I'm not important now, how are you?" Jess asked.
"I'm fwine shwine." Prudence cooed.

"Cwindie. It's nwice to swee ywou." Prudence sent a smile Cindie's way.
"Thanks girl. It's nice to see you too." Cindie beamed.
"Can I hwave swome optimwism?" Prudence asked.
"Sure. You'll get better, and your voice will go back to normal." Cindie giggled.
"Thwanks swister." Prudence smiled.

"Cwarity." Prudence turned to look at Charity. I looked for Charity, wait. Where was she? I looked down at the floor.

Yep, Charity passed out.
"Cwarity? Is shwe asweep?" Prudence asked innocently. Apparently she forgot about fainting.
"Yeah, she's asleep." Sonali winked at me while Felicity and Marisol picked up fainted Charity and put her on two chairs.

"It's gwood to be bwack." Prudence smiled at all of us.
"It's good to have you back, Pru." Jess smiled.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Greet The Brand New Day

"How is she?" Jess nervously asked the doctor.
"I'm sorry to say this but, Prudence probably will....not survive." The doctor sighed.

"WHAT?" Charity exclaimed.
"NOOOOOOOOOOOO!" She yelled at the top of her lungs.
My grip on Sonali's hand strengthened.

Molly and Callie shared a glance, they were supposed to be on the next plane to Chicago to go to Chorus' Sectionals.

"Should we pull the plug on her?" The doctor asked.
"I will take that as a 'no.'" He muttered, scribbling something on his notepad.
"We have to perform another surgery. You girls will still be out here, right?" He asked.

"JUST GO!" Charity yelled, then put her head back on Marisol's shoulder.
He did as he was told, and walked back into Prudence's room.

We all sighed, and slumped back in our chairs.
"This can't be happening." Cindie muttered under her breath.
"Well, it is." Callie said.
"There just HAS to be something they can do, right?" Rita asked.
"You heard him." Marisol sighed, and began stroking Charity's newly-straightened hair.

"There is nothing." She finished.
"This SUCKS!" Julia yelled.
"JULIA! Language." Marisol scolded.
"She's right." Becca nodded.

Everyone nodded in agreement, even Marisol corrected herself.
Everything went quiet, and we were all sitting there.
Just..... Waiting.
For something.
A sign.

Rita coughed, and all of a sudden the radio began playing a God-sent.

"Dear Prudence." I whispered in bewilderment.

The guitar intro played, then Molly began to sing.

"Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play?" She shot a weak smile at Julia.
"Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day." Julia sang.
"The sun is up," Becca sang.
"the sky is blue" Sonali sang.
"Its beautiful" Callie sang.
"and so are you" Rita sang, smiling at a picture of Prudence in her hand. Then placed it down into the chair next to Charity.

"Dear Prudence, wont you come out to play?" Rita sang, with tears in her eyes, to the picture.

"Dear Prudence open up your eyes" Jess smiled to the picture while singing.
"Dear Prudence, see the sunny skies" Cindie sang, while Becca, Julia, and Marisol all harmonized in the background.

"The wind is low," I sang.
"the birds will sing" Felicity sang, shooting a grin towards Pru's picture.
"That you are part of everything." Marisol sang.
"Dear Prudence, wont you open up your eyes?" Charity sang, blinking back tears.

Just then, Julie, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Nathan, (he's Pru's boyfriend) Jake, and Matt all came in and sat by us.

"Look around round" Rebecca sang.
"Round, Round, Round, Round, Round, Round, Round, Round." The boys sang, low.

"Look around round round" Elizabeth sniffled before she sang, with the boys repeating the word 'Round' in the background.

"Look around" Julie flashed a smile towards Picture Prudence while singing.

"Dear Prudence let me see you smile" Nathan sang.
This must have hit him really hard.

"Dear Prudence, like a little child." Charity sang again.
"The clouds will be" Matt sang.
"a daisy chain" Felicity sang.
"so let me see" Becca sang.
"you smile again." Rebecca sang, while smiling at Prudence's picture.
"Dear Prudence," I sang.
"wont you let me see you smile?" Elizabeth finished.

"Dear Prudence." Sonali sang.
"Won't you come out to play?" Julia sang.
"Dear Prudence." Molly sang.
"Greet the brand new day?" Jess sang.

We all grabbed hands and sang with all of our power.
"The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful, and so are you! Dear Prudence"

"Won't you come out to play?" Charity sang softly, looking at the doors of the hospital room.

The rest of us hummed the ending and then we all looked at Prudence's picture.
"Please. Come out to play." I pleaded softly.

"OH MY LORD!" Someone yelled from inside Prudence's room.
We all jumped up.
Doctor Reches, he's her main doctor, came rushing out.

"SHE'S ALIVE!" He yelled.

We all erupted in celebration, there were a flood of hugs, high fives, and a heck of a lot of jumping for joy.

Our Dear Prudence had made it.
<3 Chrissa

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I hurried down the hall to Sonali's locker.

Marisol had sent all of us to school, except Charity, who waits patiently at

Prudence's bed side, waiting for her best friend to light back up again.

I had finally reached Sonali's locker and I greeted her;
"Heya Nali!" I smiled, fidgeting with the blue glasses I wore in honor of my fallen

She smiled and returned the favor. "Hi Chrissa! What are you doing here,

shouldn't you be in English Class?"

Typical Sonali, always looking out for me.

"I need to tell you something." I squealed, ignoring her question.
"Shoot!" Sonali smiled.
"On my Science test I got an......" I trailed off.
"CHRISSA! SONALI!" Jess yelled, running towards us.

The look on her face looked like it was urgent,
Oh no....

"What is it, Jess?" Sonali asked, looking just as concerned as I was.
"We have to get to the hospital, stat. Everyone else is already in the car." Jess

said, pushing us to the door.
"B-but I have to get to English!" I explained.
"Too bad." Jess muttered as she pushed Sonali and I out of the doors of AGPPA.


"P-P-Prudence" Charity sobbed at Pru's side.
We all rushed in to see what was wrong.
"What happened?" Julia asked.
"Is she alright?" Molly's grey eyes were misty.

Charity looked at all of us and burst out crying, running to Jess' side to hug her.
Marisol called all of the rest of us out into the waiting room.
"Girls." She started, and motioned for all ten of us to sit down in a seat.
"They.........put Prudence on.........Life.....Support..." She said in a soft voice.
"The doctor's don't think she has a chance............ of surviving." Marisol's

coffee-colored eyes began to water and her voice broke.


"Ohmygosh." I whispered then put my head in my hands and sobbed.

And just when everything was looking up.