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“Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning.” “What do you mean?” the room went quiet. She just stared at me. “I don’t know like I’m drowning and everyone else is on the surface. And they keep pushing me down. And they won’t notice until I hit the bottom. But then it will be too late.”

I was trying to push back tears

“Then just keep swimming, because when you get to the top it will be worth it.” “YOU DON'T GET IT!” “Lyric calm down….” “YOU CALM DOWN!!!!”

 I just stared at her. Her dark brown eyes started to water.

“You don’t get it, I’ve tried to swim!” A tear rolled down my face. “But I’m tired…. I ache all over, What’s the point of swimming when I’ve already drowned?!”

“PLEASE!!! Just keep swimming!!”

“I’m sorry.....but I can’t keep swimming.”


I stepped away from the mirror, away from her.


I walked to my door and locked it.


I wrapped it around my head and looked in the mirror one last time.

She was sobbing, begging me to stop.

I shook my head. “We're going to float!”

I jumped off the chair,

and everything went dark.




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