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Part XI

“All of these websites suck! My roommate is so gonna get chewed out for not returning my DVD!” exclaims Henry.

“You can’t just go to his side of the apartment and get it?” I ask.

“Considering what a mess it is, no.”

Henry and I were planning on watching a DVD today, but his friend never returned it and we can’t find a website with working broadcasting. But we’re still here in the student union anyway, talking while the web page fails.

“You know there are plenty of websites out there to consume time on,” I say.

“Now there’s a solution.”

Henry leans back and wraps his arm around me as I type the URL to a game site. It’s pretty obvious to me that Henry has a crush on me.

Maybe I’ll fall in love with him; maybe I won’t. The beauty of it is that I have the freedom to dare or not to dare, and I don’t have to be the Atlas of sorrow. I can just let all of life’s experiences happen whether they change a moment or a lifetime. I, Arlene Millicent, believe that is the soul of living.

And seriously, what could be a better way to honor Maxwell than to live a life of unforgettably great times?

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."-Jeremiah 33:3, King James Version

"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path."-Psalm 119:105, New Living Translation

The present and future are not about who you were in the past-rather, they are about who you are and who you will become.

"Writing is truly glorious in that an author can put on paper the words that fear denies the voice to speak."-from my short story, "Set Free"

"...What you feel is what you are;
What you are is beautiful..."
-from "Slide" by the Goo Goo Dolls

Life surprises you! And I'm talking about the good stuff, because a bad surprise is not a surprise at all, it is just shock and horror. All of these good surprises, they are rewards, and the things that happen to remind you that you matter and that you should make yourself faithful so that you can be deserving of all of life's good surprises. Every wonderful surprise in life is a chance to flourish, so grab life by the horns-but don't ride, steer instead: life's horns are life's joystick. You can handle it, because your life's horns are made especially for you. If you don't give up, all of this will hold true and life will continue to surprise you.

Aubri, a. k. a. "Leopard Lady"

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The following comments are for ""Set Free": Part XI"
by ArsPoet2789ica

That Friend
Rereading this story six months after writing it really brought it into perspective considering what's changed since then. I have to laugh about the Henry Harris idea because somehow I figured it would be totally just-friends, which turned out to be a good thing. And seeing how 'Diane', 'Ellen', 'Landry', and I are still close, I realize even more how valuable they are to me. 'Diane', 'Ellen', and I still goof off together. 'Landry' and I talk as though 'Joel' won't be speaking in ten minutes because he WON'T be speaking in ten minutes!

Even though one of the biggest influences and best friends in my life has left this Earth, he left me with the rest of my friends who are still here. They still need friends, and if I can be that friend they need, then by George, I will be that friend. I love that role now more than ever.


( Posted by: ArsPoet2789ica [Member] On: January 5, 2009 )

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