- ` Once upon a time, there was a 'girl'.
She lived in Elk Grove.
She was happy there.
Little did Sally know, the beginning of what could have become an adventure would tragically end in defeat. She lived a somewhat normal life. Born & raised in a good sized city in the sunny valley of California, Sally was a 5'6'' tall, brown-haired, overweight girl at the ripe young age of fifteen. She went to Elk Grove High School. She had horrible grades because she spent all of her homework/study time playing internet games & typing up stories of her own suicide. None of her stories were contemplating actual events she planned on, but unlike many other people, she described herself simply & accurately.
When Sally entered middle school, her father, a pot-bellied, money-hoarding, alcoholic, technologically challenged, slow, aggressively obese, slob, & loving parent, told Sally about how the state of California liked to build onto perfectly fine, existing freeways, despite the fact that in doing so, they may or may not be tearing down a piece of someone's soul (AKA: the house he or she grew up in).
It didn't occur to Sally at first, but eventually she found that the tales he had told to her were hitting a little closer to home. Her home. Mhm, the fantastic state of California would soon build onto highway 99 & demolish Sally's beautiful & historic home sweet home.
Four years later, Sally had evolved. She was then intelligent, funny, more self-expressive in her appearance, & she was in high school. She had amazing friends. They could do anything they wanted to, save maybe for getting grades that mom & dad would approve of. Closer than any, they spent all the time they could together.
Sally's dad let her know that the day was finally approaching. They bought a house in an isolated, rural, & very small town in Northern Arizona. She didn't much like the place, but the two of them, a somewhat poor family, found a house there for very cheap. For a few years, the house sat there, empty, while Sally & her father waited until they could stay in California no longer.
She told her friends months in advance that the time was coming near. They threw her a wonderful, fun, & much appreciated surprise going away/pool party.
"When will you be leaving?" they asked repeatedly.
"At the end of summer, I think."
After summer had ended, Sally was still in Elk Grove. Time went by & the date was continually being pushed back. Finally, in October, a date was set.
"When will you be leaving?"
"In a month."
The news was shocking &, at least to her knowledge, her friends were overwhelmed with sadness.
She had never moved that far before in her life. 700 miles is a long leap from the former record, two miles. Sally was certainly not ready, but then again, why would she ever be ready to leave her one & only home?
October 27th, 2006: Sally's last day of school at Elk Grove High. She let all of her friends know. She disenrolled, but first had to let all of her teachers sign a paper that showed her current grades. Truly, Sally would only miss three teachers. Senora Lopez, her first year Spanish teacher who had helped her proceed to Spanish two; Senor Giordano, Sally's great second & third year Spanish teacher who possibly spent too much time looking at her stereotypes & not the girl with huge potential; & Herr Boyle, her new German teacher. Herr Boyle was funny & easy to get along with & certainly could spot talent when it's near. Besides, Sally absolutely adored & was completely obsessed with the German language & culture. Not to her surprise, only those three teachers really cared whether she left or not. Honestly, her English teacher didn't say a single word when Sally walked out, forever.
The papers were signed, the book fees were paid & the Penske moving truck was booked. It was time to go on October 31st.
She packed up every last thing she owned, & a few things that she failed to return to her wonderful friends, hugged & kissed every wall of her beloved house & home, & said a sweet, teary 'goodbye'. The door creaked close between an eerily empty house & a broken-hearted little girl.
PS: SHE WAS SO SAD THAT SHE KILLED HERSELF. :B