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Erik the Apple Returns: A Story of Redemption, Perseverance, and Irresponsible Driving

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Recap: Valentines Day was last week, and all I get is an apple. I draw a face and turn it into a browning pile of mush. In history some kid throws it off the second floor.

I looked in terror… He was dead. My apple…

His murderer, or Fidel Guzman, looked at me and said, “That was disgusting.”

I laughed, a bit sad though. Even after this tragedy, I continued onward through history, not knowing what was coming… Redemption.

Finally history ended. At the ring of the bell, I ran outside, looking over the balcony. My eyes searched like a hawk, but no body was found. No bits of apple, nothing. Not a trace of my beloved remained. I went back in class to grab my books. I waited for my friend Caleb outside. When he came, I reported the tragedy, but the boy did not seem to care. I was angry…

I went to my locker to find my friend, Russell, or Lil Wuss as I liked to call him because of a speech impediment and his small stature. I grabbed what books I needed, and told him the story of my apple. We decided Erik, dead or alive, must be found. Lil Wuss and I went to the crime scene, and began our search.

I checked on the Northern side of the E building on the bottom floor, right below the last place I saw my child. The patio has two rows of three tables right “below” the E building on my map. I checked under the tables, under bushes, even the trash cans. Right as I gave up my search, I looked towards the tables again, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw the apple. It’s brown and sad face looked me in the eyes right underneath a table, standing upright, facing me.

I ran, screaming in joy, and like the manipulator I am, I made Lil Wuss grab it from under a group of socializing girls. The apple was mine again, but it did not have a place to stay. My backpack was in my locker and PE was coming soon. I decided to dispose of my apple; there was nothing left for him in the cruel world. I tossed this child into the garbage, exactly what he was.

Health and PE were free of Erik, but many students mourned with me about the second death of my apple. After two hours, I decided I needed Erik back. He was my best friend and he needed to return. At lunch I waited for Lil Wuss; as much as I liked the apple, I wasn’t getting my hands dirty for it. As soon as my personal digger arrived, I ordered him to do my bidding. “Get the apple,” I ordered.

He replied, “Yes master,” and began to dig. After about a minute, the apple was retrieved and thrown into my lap. Oh my god. It survived… His stupid browning face made me smile. I held it in my arms, it’s okay. No more pain…

Math came next, and my apple stayed safe throughout the class. Our teacher made us do “geometric art.” I had to write one word over and over on a piece of paper until it covered the whole page. Of all words, I chose squaa. Every time, I would write it with two As, at least 200 times over.

Finally, Journalism came. Erik had survived the whole day. I showed my friends the apple, and the repressed emo kid says she wants to spike it. I refused, no greasy edgy emo fingers would come in contact with Erik. I knew what she was capable of. She had hit me before for saying “squaa” too much. The barely survived the period. Multiple attacks from Ali Masood almost crushed this fermenting apple. Somehow though, through emo kids and violent Ali, Erik survived.

After school, I realized Erik’s story had truly come to an end. Sitting in front of a busy Califa street, many cars buzzed by. I looked at my apple one last time, and rolled him into the street… Goodbye…

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