Because you matter

Submitted for Contest #34 in response to: Write a story told entirely through text messages or emails.... view prompt

Hey


Hey girl hey


How r u


I’m good, just doing homework for Mr. Grimwald’s class. Did you get yours done yet?


Not yet


It’s a doozy but I think you’ll do fine – let me know if you need any help with it and we can meet up before class or something


Ok thx girl. Wut r u doing 2nite


Just hanging out at home. Nothing special… You?


Not much was wonderin if u wanted 2 hangout


Sure, I have some chores to do around here this weekend but can def make time


Cool


What’d you have in mind?


Idk


Ok, do you wanna grab a drink or something tonight


Idk


Kassie what’s wrong


I’m just sad I guess


Why? What’s going on?


I just don’t know y I’m here


Why you’re where?


Living


Because you’re needed and have a purpose


Idk


God has a plan for you, and you’re going to do amazing things


I don’t believe in god Sidney


Ok, then the universe


I don’t think so


Well I know so. You bring so much joy and happiness to everyone around you. I wish you could see yourself like the rest of us do.


Thx


Do you want to come over? I’d like to see you


Idk


Can I come over there?


Maybe


How can I help?


I just feel like evry1 wud be better off w/o me


Kassie that’s not true. You have so much to live for


Like wut


You’re over halfway through college and will have a degree, you’ll be able to be a

pediatrician like you’ve always wanted.


I guess


There are so many people who love you and are here for you


I want 2 die Sidney


Kassie please don’t talk like that




Kassie are you there


….


Can I come over


No thx


Is anyone there with you


No


I don’t think you should be alone right now


I’m fine


What dorm are you in?


Sid it doesn’t matter. Im not worth saving.


Kassie, I’m coming over one way or another. Please let me



Kassie I don’t want anything to happen to you



Kass???



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Hello this is Sidney in dorm 518. I am requesting a welfare check on Kassie Grant. I don’t know what dorm she is in but I have reason to believe she is a danger to herself.


Thank you for reaching out. An officer will reach out to you shortly.





This is really important guys



Thank you for your patience as we help other students. A guard will respond as

soon as they can.






Thank you for texting the campus security line. This is Officer Blair. How many I

assist you tonight?


Officer Blair I was talking to fellow student Kassidy Grant and she seems to be in a

bad mindset and I want someone to check on her ASAP


What dorm room is she in, and what leads you to believe she needs help this

evening?


She is texting me saying she doesn’t think she belongs on this Earth anymore and that

she doesn’t understand why she’s here.


What dorm room is she in, ma’am?


I don’t know. She won’t tell me. I don’t even know where she is. She told me I couldn’t

come over.


OK. Thank you for reaching out, I will go check on miss Grant.


Okay please hurry I’m really worried


You have been disconnected from your text session with campus security. To

discontinue texts, please text STOP. For help, text HELP.

 

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Kassie are you there?


Sid I’m fine


Where are you? Can I come over?


No I want 2 b alone


Why?


Bc I’m not worth it


Do you know why you ARE worth it? Can I tell you?


Ok


You are an intelligent, beautiful young woman that adds so much to this world. Your

smile can brighten anyone’s bad day, and I wish it would brighten yours too. This

world can be dark, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I know it’s rough

now – but it gets better. I promise. We just need to hang in there for the brighter days

to come.


Do u mean it


With all of my heart, Kass!! You are the highlight of so many people’s days, it’s unreal. I

try to be more like you every day. The world needs more of you. How would people

know what to aspire to if you weren’t here leading by example? You make the world a

better place.




Kassie? I really mean it.



Kass? Are you there?





Sry an officer is here


It is okay. Take your time.


They r doing a welfare check on me


Oh?


Ya I know u told them cuz I didn’t tell anyone else


Kassie I promise I am only trying to make sure you’re taken care of




I wouldn’t do anything to hurt you or betray you.



You know that right?


Ya


I just wanted to make sure you are okay


The officer just left


How’d it go?


Sid y did u tell


Because I love you so much, my friend. You deserve the best, I’m sorry the world isn’t

giving that to you right now. But I want you to be around for when it does


I didn’t know u cared so much


Kass I do and so many others do too. You are worth it.


U really mean it?


I really do





Can u come over


I thought you’d never ask. I’m on my way. What dorm?


924


See you in 10

 

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Hey


Good morning, how are you?


Im gud.


That’s awesome! Did you get some sleep?


Ya been sleeping really gud


That is amazing Kassie


The new meds are making it ez to sleep


What about going to classes? Are you able to focus better?


Ya. I guess I have ADHD which makes it hard 4 me 2 focus. I didn’t know that I had

it. The meds make it better


Kass I am so happy for you


Sid I wouldn’t be here if u didn’t come over last weekend


You would have done the same for me


U saved me


You are worth saving


Making me go 2 talk 2 someone was the best thing any1 has ever done 4 me


I’d do it a million times over if I had to my friend


U don’t think I’m crazy


Why would I think you were crazy????


Cuz I have mental problems


Kass mental health is SO important. It is just as crucial to take care of yourself

mentally as it is physically. I am PROUD of you for opening up and seeking help. That

is so brave.


Rly?


Absolutely.


Sidney… thank u


Love you Kass


Love u 2 Sid. Want 2 go bowling 2nite? I met some ppl this wk I think u wud like 2


I’m glad you’re making friends! I’d love to go.


7pm?


I’ll be there.


So will I… thanks 2 u


<3


:-)

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00:45 Apr 02, 2020

Wow this was beautiful! At the end I got a “we’ll-be-okay-even-though-we’re-not-okay” feeling in my chest. Really, very lovely thank you so much for writing this ♥️

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