JUDY'S STORY, a short story by actung. Date added: 2011-03-18. Times viewed: 1576.
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- Intro: A story turns to reality for Judy.
‘‘Her hazel eyes stared into his deep blue eyes, Ellie knew she could easily lose herself in this moment. Steve was a big guy, well built, captain of the college football team, the general of popularity. He could be anywhere and with anyone he wanted at this moment in time, so Ellie could not believe that he wanted to spend this moment with her. Just as he leaned in to kiss her and waited for her to respond a loud shout of NO echoed out around the yard that Steve and Ellie stood alone in. ‘What?’ Steve asked, ‘that was not me’ replied Ellie. ‘Well if it wasn’t you then who was it? We are the only two standing here’…….’’.
Judy was just as lost and confused as the two characters in the book she was reading were. For while she read that Steve was about to kiss Ellie, Judy shouted out ‘No’. Judy felt a connection to the character of Ellie who had featured in a series of books Judy had been following and the thought that Ellie was about to kiss Mr. Popularity was a thought that Judy felt was about to ruin their connection, but where did the shout of NO come from? There was no way that Ellie and Steve could have heard Judy, was there?
If Judy was not now so engrossed in the book, she may have noticed her curtains swished as if a sudden gust of wind had blown them, she would surely also have noticed that he windows were closed so no gust of wind could have come through to her curtains but what Judy did notice was a pair of runners sticking out from the bottom of those curtains, a pair of runners she knew did not belong to her. The curtain pulled back to reveal someone standing there. This did not frighten Judy for even though Judy never seen the person standing on front of her before, she did instantly know who she was. That person was Ellie.
Judy was completely at ease with the fact that a character from a series of books with which she followed was now standing on front of her.
‘Hi I am Ellie.’
‘I know, I am Judy.’
‘I know, would you like to come with me?’
‘you know where!’
Judy knew exactly where Ellie was inviting her to go; it just came to her as a bit of a surprise that such a thing could be possible.
A fictional world that only had been read about is now a world of reality. How exactly she got there Judy didn’t know but she accepted it readily. She couldn’t wait to explore and when she did, the places she went to all were exactly as she had imagined. Not only that, Judy fit in straight away. She and Ellie shared a dorm room. Judy was even listed on several classes, two of which Ellie was also taking. Thoughts of her regular life never entered her mind, for this moment in time Judy was just exactly where she was meant to be.
Friday afternoon and classes ended for the day at 12.30 for the college football team were to play a semi finals match in an inter college tournament that had begun way back at the beginning of the school year. The final month of the school year was only a few days old, three of which Judy had now spent in her new environment.
The girls sat next to each other in the stand as the two football teams took to the field. Ellie pointed out Steve when she could see him but there was no need to, he looked exactly as Judy imagined he would. He was good too, scoring the goal that won the match for his team and when he did score that goal he ran over to the side line and pointed up to Ellie. Judy could easily see why Ellie liked Steve so much but still Judy didn’t think that he was right for her.
Over the following three weeks Steve and Ellie didn’t get to spend much time together. Those few weeks passed so quickly for Judy. Time had come for the cup final football match to be played and it was held upon neutral grounds. Students from both colleges as well as from colleges that had gone out of the tournament in previous rounds attended the game.
Ellie and Judy arrived early. Ellie wanted to see Steve before the game if she could and she did, but what she did see was not what she had been expecting. In the hallway close to the changing room Steve was hugging a crying girl. The sight of Steve and this girl completely stopped Ellie in her tracks.
Looking over towards Steve, Ellie said ‘well I guess meeting Judy was a good thing’ and she stormed off.
Steve called after Ellie to tell her that things were not as they seemed but Ellie was long gone.
A despondent Ellie sat in the stands next to Judy. The last thing Ellie wanted at this moment was to sit through a football game, especially one in which Steve was playing. Judy felt for Ellie and there was a restrain against there being an ‘I told you so’ moment. From where Ellie sat she could see the girl who had been hugging Steve only moments earlier and this irritated her. She wanted to leave but the feelings she had for Steve and the want to see if there would be any further interaction between him and that girl wouldn’t let her.
Frustrated that he couldn’t talk to Ellie, Steve ran out onto the pitch with his team mates. His head clearly wasn’t with it for his first touch of the ball was a miss-kick, giving the ball away to the other team who almost scored in the opening few minutes. An early goal may not have been conceded but Steve’s team went in at the half time break one goal down.
During the break, Ellie and Judy were approached by another girl. It was the girl who had been hugging Steve. Ellie wasn’t interested in talking but Judy did play intermediary. The girl introduced herself as Susan, Steve’s cousin. Ellie now felt stupid and straight away apologized. Susan had been crying earlier as her emotions got the better of her since recently losing her mother and that is why she and Steve were hugging.
Ellie gave Susan a hug and invited her to sit. The three girls sat together for the second half and all three cheered their team back onto the field, showing extra attention for Steve. Within minutes of the restart the scores were level and in stoppage time Steve once again became the hero, scoring the winning goal after which he ran to the sideline pointing up towards the three girls. The final whistle blew and Ellie ran down onto the field and her kiss with Steve was for all to see and this time there was no objection from Judy. Things began to spin for Judy, she felt dizzy and before she knew it she was back in her regular home with a book on her lap and when she looked, the sub title to her book was ‘Judy’s story’.
So was it more than a dream? Did Judy actually go somewhere else? Are Ellie, Steve and even Susan just characters in a story? Or are they real? Who knows? Maybe when Judy gets the next in her series of books she may just return and find out for sure.
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