Red is a Common Color

Submitted into Contest #53 in response to: Write a story about another day in a heatwave. ... view prompt

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Drama Adventure Thriller

 

A warm breeze brushes my shoulders as I bike down 15th street. It might sound weird, but I'm on a quest to find a butterfly. I want to find the prettiest one. The most delicate one with fragile wings. It's a steamy hot day so surely, they should be out there somewhere.      

  

  

As the wind plays with my hair, I think about her. Her bright eyes wander through my mind. The way she laughed every time it rained. "God's peeing!" She would scream at the top of her lungs. Her smile was a disease if you caught a glance you wouldn't stop smiling yourself.      

  

  

The sun glares down my back so I stop to take a sip of the water my mother insisted on me taking.     

  

"It's so hot out! The sun's gonna kill you!" she yelled as I walked out the front door     

  

  

"I hope it does!" I yelled back.    

  

  

I could almost hear her let out a sigh from a mile away. It's hard to not be so cold. I know it pains her too, but I'm not sure she knows how I feel. I get back on my bike and start racing the cars from the sidewalk. A red car drives by and I almost keep a steady pace for a few seconds. 

  

  

I imagine her red hair I envied so much. Jealously dripped from my eyes as soon as I saw her come home from the hospital. Her soft baby face matched her red hair perfectly. Growing up with her wasn't pain like it is with most sisters. She was the water that helped me grow from a seed.    

  

  

As I keep my eyes wide open I see her friend throwing out the trash. I notice how her eyes are still red. Still heartbroken. Her lips form a smile and I smile back. We have never really talked before.   

  

I keep on riding and take a quick glance back to see if she's still there. She is. I can see her tears shining with the sun's help.   

  

  

How can I be strong when everyone around me is dissolving into sadness?  

  

  

I pass the tree that once told the truth. We were little and out on an "adventure". This tree was where she broke her arm. We both tried to climb it limb by limb, but she lost grip. We rushed home and terror filled my mother's eyes when she saw.   

  

  

The doctors did a full check up on her. They saw her blood wasn't pure. It was cancer.   

  

  

Even if it takes all day, I'm going to find the perfect butterfly. I want to find the right one. The one that flutters by with a smile.     

 

I get back on my bike and fly through the streets. How can I attract a butterfly? Silvia could. Her red hair would look like roses to them.    

  

My mind swims in an ocean full of memories. She would call herself princess Ariel. She wasn't wrong, just add a tail and they would be twins.   

  

A wave of heat flows over me and makes my hair frizz up. I hate this weather.   

  

She loved to paint. Her hand moved so perfectly with a paintbrush entangled between her fingers. There weren't enough things in this world for her to paint. She hung them all over the house. I used to get annoyed by seeing them everywhere. Now I stare at each one imagining what could have been going inside that little brain of hers as she stroked each paper.  

 

 She loved watching movies. She only watched movies with happy endings. When I asked her why she said: “Because it's fun to imagine a happy life”. Even at a young age, she knew that happy ever after wasn’t always real. How does a kid handle that? Cancer taught her that lesson. 

 

I remember the day she left. God wasn't peeing that day he was crying. Lonely days get lonelier with rain. She passed away? No that could never happen. Right?  

  

  

I stop at a bright red stop sign and wait for happy families to pass by. I wish.   

They say time heals. It never does. It just hurts more as time passes. What if I could just get one more hug? One more smile? 

  

 

She would have jelly beans all day long. The red ones were her favorite. Little bags of jelly beans would be stored all over her room. I still find them sometimes when I go into her room looking for hope.   

One time she accidentally sat on them and her jeans were ruined. It was hilarious!   

  

I wonder where she is right now. What is she doing? Probably painting and eating jellybeans. I hope she's happy where she is. I hope she knows how much I miss her. How much her leaving affected everyone. I miss her contagious smile. I look up at the sky and almost map out her face in the clouds. Even through the white, I imagine her red hair shining like the sun.  

 

There it is. The wings move in a special rhythm. It looks beautiful playing around with the petals on the flower. I rest my bike on the grass and sneak up behind it. Up close it has magically colors painted onto its wings. It’s the color of a cherry. My eyes blur up and it reminds me of Silvia. With some struggle, I finally capture it with my sweaty fingers. Then I kill it.   

  

The world took the most beautiful thing away from my life so I did the same to the world. This is my way of stitching my broken heart. I couldn’t protect her.  

 

I don't know if this makes me the villain. Or the hero. I know it's terrible, but I wanna ask the world: why did you kill my sister? My happiness.  

 

Its wings fall apart and I crumple the body. I hold it in my left hand and dig a hole with my right. It was buried with love. 

August 08, 2020 02:21

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Palak Shah
22:43 Mar 12, 2021

Great story. I loved the transition between the memories and their real life. This has been amazingly written. Well done !!! Hope that we can be friends Can you please check out my recent story. Thanks :)) ~Palak

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Xander Dmer
12:33 Feb 08, 2021

Ohh cool! This was a great read Lata! :) :P Keep up the great writing :D I noticed you read my other stories... ( Welcome To The Family and Never Ending Blizzard ) Can you read my stories ( From Years... To Now and Breezy Winter Vacation )?? Leave Comments Plzzz, Share, Follow, Like :D

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04:25 Nov 06, 2020

Hi, Lata!! I was wondering if you could read my newest story?? Thank you so much!!

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06:22 Sep 21, 2020

Hey, Lata would you be kind to watch the first video it's on Harry potter. https://youtu.be/KxfnREWgN14 Sorry for asking your time, I would ready your story

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Lata B
12:02 Sep 21, 2020

Aww i just did! and it was so cuteee

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17:07 Sep 21, 2020

Million times thank you

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Nirosha P
12:08 Sep 20, 2020

This literally melted my heart. Short, yet beautiful. Continue writing!

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Lata B
15:09 Sep 20, 2020

Thank you! This is so sweet!

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Lauren :)
19:42 Sep 17, 2020

Great story! It was so... beautiful! If you have a moment sometime could you read Jacob and Samantha (Part one and Part two)?

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Lata B
23:13 Sep 17, 2020

Thank you! I will be sure to do so! :)

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This was a very awesome story! It was really heartfelt and vivid.

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Lata B
16:26 Sep 08, 2020

Thank you! :)

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You Are Very Welcome. :D

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23:15 Sep 07, 2020

Omg....This was so good🥺and sad. It was beautiful! yet so heartfelt. I loved this..but I really felt so bad for the character. The way you describe the words her feelings was just so good. Also the way you added flashbacks while still in the present was just amazing. *excuse me as I go cry* It felt similar to my recent story, but I can't even compare them, yours was just amazing Lata! So happy I read this. Keep on making amazing stories!

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Lata B
23:57 Sep 07, 2020

Awww this is so sweet of you!💛

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00:10 Sep 08, 2020

😊!

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P. Jean
00:30 Sep 07, 2020

The logic sure resonated with me. Love is amazing! It can be shown in so many ways. Today you showed the world yet another way to feel and express love. Good writing!

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Lata B
01:46 Sep 07, 2020

Aw thank you! :)

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Jorja Orne
14:42 Sep 05, 2020

Loved this! Read my latest story?"

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Lata B
17:45 Sep 05, 2020

Thanks! Sure!

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The Cold Ice
07:04 Sep 05, 2020

Good story.Great job 👍keep it up.Keep writing. Would you mind to read my story “The dragon warrior?”

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Lata B
14:36 Sep 05, 2020

Thanks! Yea I will! :)

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Nahyan Ameen
18:14 Aug 31, 2020

This is such a poignant, poetic piece. Congratulations, I loved this. It is heartfelt and very real.

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Lata B
20:14 Aug 31, 2020

Thank you so much!

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Rebecca Lee
01:33 Aug 28, 2020

When a writer - no matter their age or experience - gets into a story like it appears you have done - then they have found their niche. What talent you have. Go back through this one though - read it like one of your professors or parents or some older person you respect might read it, or read it like you are having a conversation - do all the voices. There seems to be something that needs to be added or maybe taken away - not sure what. I really enjoyed it. Good job! Keep writing, and hey, if you have time will you come read any of my stor...

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Lata B
01:54 Aug 28, 2020

Thank you so so much! These are the kind of comments that make my day so much better! ok, I get what you mean. I would love to...give me a sec!

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Rebecca Lee
14:16 Aug 28, 2020

You did well, and I like it. I look forward to reading more of yours.

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Amazing story! I loved it, It was so emotional and heartfelt. You captured grief and life's hardships so well. I really liked the repetition and significance of red in this story. I loved all the memories you threaded through her bike ride. The writing was beautiful, Great job!❤

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Lata B
00:31 Aug 26, 2020

Thank you so much!! :)

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Amogh Kasat
12:41 Aug 24, 2020

It's a wonderful story! Please read my latest story The Secret Organisation { Part 2 }

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Lata B
15:18 Aug 24, 2020

Thank you! I will surely do that!

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Amogh Kasat
17:01 Aug 24, 2020

Thanks I would be waiting for your comment and like

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Jesna Anna S.
11:38 Aug 24, 2020

Lovely Story, Lata! Keep writing!

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Lata B
11:53 Aug 24, 2020

Thank you!

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Emma Lin
20:50 Aug 23, 2020

Great flow! :) Thanks for sharing!

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Lata B
03:07 Sep 10, 2020

Thank you! Sorry for such a late reply:(

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Emma Lin
18:02 Sep 11, 2020

No biggie. Everybody is busy these days :)

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Tariq Saeed
12:41 Aug 23, 2020

You are a very careful writer,your style is good.

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Lata B
13:09 Aug 23, 2020

Thank you!!

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02:05 Aug 23, 2020

I love this so much! Everything flowed like a poem, it was so elegant and eye-catching. ~Sarah🍔

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Lata B
02:45 Aug 23, 2020

Thank you so much, Sarah! :)

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03:31 Aug 23, 2020

:)

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This was so touching and beautiful 🥺. I enjoyed this very much. You are very good writer. If You can, go check new murder mystery stories.

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Lata B
23:49 Aug 21, 2020

Thank you so much:) Sure!!

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