Jenny was up in her room on a Saturday night working on a paper that was due for her English class Monday morning. She regretted the fact that she waited until now to work on it, but if it meant giving up one weekend in order to graduate in two weeks, then that is what she had to do.
She was midway through her paper when she heard her phone ring. It was her best friend Jessy calling.
“Hello?” Jenny tiredly greeted.
“Hey! I am coming to get you. We are going out,” Jessy slightly slurred through the phone. Jenny sighed.
“I can’t Jess. I have to finish—-.” But as Jenny was about to finish her sentence, Jenny hung up. With the mental fight of writing the rest of her paper or going with her best friend, she knew what the answer was. So she saved her paper, got up and headed downstairs.
Ten minutes later, Jessy pulled up in her red jeep and beeped the horn numerous times. Gosh! What is her problem tonight, Jenny asked herself. She has never acted like this. But Jenny let it roll off her shoulders and jogged to the passenger side door.
“Hey…” Jenny said as she climbed in. Her friend just gave her a crooked smile and hit the gas so hard it pushed Jenny back into her seat. “Hey Jess, slow down. You know it’s only 30 in this neighborhood. We don’t need to get into trouble now.” She scowled her friend wondering what is wrong.
Finally after about twelve minutes of driving down back roads, Jessy took a sharp right onto an unknown road Jenny wasn’t familiar with. She slammed her car to a halt and parked it. The moon was shining brightly over the fields upon fields of corn that surrounded them. Jenny couldn’t see Jessy’s face, but it scared her a little. She took a big gulp and turned to her friend.
“Why are we out here? Are you okay?”
Jessy just looked at her friend with a reassuring smile, though it came off more like a wicked gleam. She just looked up at the moon as if it was her first time seeing it.
“The moon is so beautiful tonight. It’s so white, so pure, so innocent,” Jessy softly said with no hesitation in her voice. Without a blink, she reached back behind her and grabbed a bottle of Boone’s Farm. She handed Jenny one, but Jenny kindly declined.
“Oh come on Jennnyyyy. You can have one. We are best friends, you have to,” Jessy said as she shoved one at Jenny’s direction, then popped one open for herself. They both sat there for a few minutes drinking in silence. Jenny tried to break it.
“Can you believe we will be graduating college in two weeks? It feels just like yesterday we were —-,” Jenny was saying before Jessy cut her off.
“Remember when we were seventeen and we used to sneak these bottles out to the field behind your house and watch the stars in the sky? Those were the days. Those were the good days,” Jessy slurred as she emphasized the word good. She just continued to stare at the moon with interest.
As if something snapped inside Jessy, she suddenly threw the bottle down on the back seat floor, put her car into drive and sped away so fast it took Jenny by surprised. She could feel the jeep increase speed every two seconds.
“Jessy! Slow DOWN! What are you doing!” Jenny yelled horrified. Jessy let out a scary laugh that was not normal. She still had that wicked smirk on her face.
“Nothing, I am just chasing the moon right out of the sky. What is wrong with that?” she said to Jenny with such calm in her voice. They continued to fly by dark fields and turn on roads that you couldn’t see until last minute.
Off into the distance there were red flashing lights blinking indicating a train was coming. Jessy hit the gas so hard, it pressed Jenny so far back into her seat it almost hurt.
“Slow down! There is a train coming!” Jenny screamed at her friend who seemed to be deaf at the moment. And as if on cue, Jessy hit her breaks just a few feet away from the tracks. Jenny smacked her head on the dashboard so hard it caused her to bleed from her forehead. She held her hand up to stop the bleeding that was slowly trickling down her face.
“What the hell if your problem tonight?” she asked her friend who didn’t even care to say sorry or ask if she was ok. Jessy just let out a “HA” out of her chest. Jenny felt pain shoot straight to her head. She laid her head back on the head rest and closed her eyes. This wasn’t like Jessy to just become this person who drank and drove and nearly kill her. What was going on?
Jessy grabbed a pack of cigarettes and a lighter and lit one up. She huffed a few and let the smoke roll out of her slightly parted lips. She repeated this for a few minutes. She finally let out a deep sigh. Jenny thought her friend had realized what she done and was going to drive back home. But that’s not what happened at all.
“Michael has been sleeping around, and I know who it is,” Jessy said. Her voice was so low and husky. The red lights from the tracks mad her face look horrifying. As the words came out of her mouth, Jenny’s head fell down. Her heart sank completely. She didn’t know how to respond.
“Jessy I am so sorry. I didn’t mean for it to happen,” she said back. Jessy took another puff of her cigarette.
“No you aren’t. You aren’t sorry, or you wouldn’t have done it.” Jenny felt tears stream down her face. She never wanted to hurt her friend in such a way. She regretted it so much. She was even planning to break up with Michael after graduation. She was just hoping that Jessy would have never found out. But it was too late.
“Please Jessy. I never meant to hurt you. You are my best friend forever. I know what I did was stupid, but please forgive me. He is just a boy. Don’t let him break our friendship,” Jenny begged with terror in her voice. She was afraid of what Jessy would do. But Jessy did nothing. She just sat there with no expression on her face.
Jenny heard the faint sound of the oncoming train to her left. She wanted to go home and just fix this whole mess.
“Jess, please let’s just go home and talk about this,” she begged again. She felt a huge relief as she felt Jessy push slowly on the gas pedal and started to drive forward. She knew she could fix this. But as if all the good feeling was all to soon, Jenny felt the car go into park and the car doors lock.
“What are you doing? Let’s go home,” she panicked as she realized what they were on. They were parked on the tracks. The sound of the train started to get louder as each second and minute passed. “Jessy! We are on the tracks! What are you doing,” she now screamed.
Jessy whispered to herself, “Friends Forever.”
The lights of the train started to come into view clearly. It seemed to be gaining speed the closer it got. The horn of the train became louder.
Jenny pushed on the door for it to open, but it was locked. Jessy must have put it on safety lock for every door. Her heart was beating so fast she thought it might leap out of her chest and run for it.
“LET ME OUT! JESSY LET ME OUT! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!” she screamed in such panic as she kept trying to push on the door. There was no budge at all. The train was now only seconds away.
As if everything had turned into slow motion, Jenny turned her head to look at her friend. Jessy had tears in her eyes, but still had that eerie smile on her face. Jenny could see the bright light and hear the loud sound so close, that the last words she heard Jessy spoke were…
“If I can’t have him, neither one of us will.”
Next day the front page paper read:
Good Girls Always Walk the Line
By: Veronica Ross
Last night the town of Braden, TN lost two wonderful soon to be graduates in a fatal car crash. Jessica Montgomery and Jennifer Harlen, who were the best of friends, were killed by an oncoming train. It seemed to police, that their car was stuck on the tracks and were unfortunate to be unable to get out of their car just in time. No witnesses were around at the time of the accident to verify these reports.
Known very well my friends and loved dearly by family, they were two bright, young ladies who were just two weeks shy of graduating college with associate degrees in Early Childhood Education. Both parents of the girls said they would have made wonderful teachers. Friends all claimed that they were the type of girls who were seen together everywhere and always had a good time in life. Never had to worry about anything.
It is very sudden to have lost two beautiful lives so early in life. They will be forever loved by everyone that knew them. They left footprints in hearts of everyone they have ever talked too. Heaven has gained to angels last night.
Funeral services will be held at Liebermann’s Funeral Home. Located at Main St. & Knox Rd. The times of the service will be from 3pm – 4pm on Monday. Everyone is welcome to attend. We grieve the hearts that have been broken by this news.
On the left side of the article sat a picture of two young looking girls with huge, bright smiles on their faces. Anyone could tell they were the best of friends and would be until the end. Unfortunately their end came to soon.