Because you matter

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


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


What’d you have in mind?


Ok, do you wanna grab a drink or something tonight


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?


Because you’re needed and have a purpose


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.


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


Can I come over there?


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


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


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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


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


Bc I’m not worth it

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


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


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?


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?


See you in 10


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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.



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.


I’ll be there.

So will I… thanks 2 u



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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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