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Truth is Sadder than Fiction

September 22, 2010
By Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
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“Did you hear? Jesse Greene committed suicide.”

A statement like that before class is enough to make anyone pause. I stop in the middle of my precalc problem and listen, staring at my paper.

“What? Really?” It’s two voices, and I recognize them both without looking- Jordan and Brody. I don’t like either of them- foulmouthed, rude, lazy, wannabe gangsters.

“Jesse Greene killed himself.”

For a second a face appears in my mind, but then I realize it’s the wrong one- I’m picturing Jesse Smithing. I don’t know Jesse Greene, never heard of him before.

I don’t know whether to believe this or not. I try to avoid gossip, and I definitely don’t trust this source. It does sound like a story started by some kids who thinks it’s a joke. But it’s awfully serious to joke about…

“Woah, dude.”

“Yeah. Over the weekend.” Today is… Monday.

“Dude, I feel bad.” Brody’s tone doesn’t support his words. Light, casual. “You remember what happened at that party last year? What we did to him?”

“Didn’t he like, leave crying?” Jordan sounds almost nostalgic.

“Yeah. I feel bad.”


A bright sentence now, like he’s asking how Jordan’s lunch was. “How’d he do it? Did he like, shoot himself? Or get a knife and stab?”

Short laugh. “I dunno. Didn’t hear.”

“Maybe he hung ‘imself. That’d be cool.”

A new voice. Lexi, maybe. “Jesse Greene did what?”


“Killed himself.”

“Jesse- Jesse Greene?”

“He’s dead.”

“Suicide. Suicide.”


“Do you know him?”

“Jesse Greene killed himself.”

The word sweeps though the room like wildfire. In ten seconds, everybody hears about it, whispers, sighs.

In ten more seconds, the conversation turns back to today’s anticipated homework. And so-and-so’s hair. And the party on Friday. Jesse Greene, dead or alive, is instantly forgotten.

I sit, staring at my homework, for a long time.

The author's comments:
Names have been changed.
I found out the next day that the rumor was true and Jesse Greene really did commit suicide. The main discussion of the day was why he did it. Some people said it was because of his dad, some said his girlfriend. I don't know. All I can really say for sure is- Rest in Peace.

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This article has 9 comments.

nikja BRONZE said...
on Jun. 7 2012 at 5:38 pm
nikja BRONZE, Plainview, New York
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beautiful imagery! i really liked how you managed to tell a story almost entirely through dialogue; the real emotion was sandwiched in between the lines

on Jan. 22 2012 at 6:43 pm
__horizon133 PLATINUM, Portage, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"laugh, and the world laughs with you. laugh hysterically, and for no apparent reason, and they will leave you alone." anonymous

i think it would be redundant of me to say "great work" at this point. seriously, go get published. two lines i want to point out though--"Suicide. Suicide." this sounded almost sing-songy, even though you didn't add description. that might not be what you imagined/experienced, but i like how you leave so much up to the readers imagination. I happen to be a detail control freak. Then the last line: 'I sit, staring at my homework, for a long time.' this leaves the reader with in a sort of solemn, grey, and depressing contemplation. It was a very good way to finish.

AshTree SILVER said...
on Dec. 19 2010 at 12:41 pm
AshTree SILVER, Clarksville, Tennessee
7 articles 0 photos 196 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Live your art" -made this one up myself. Simple, but true.

My friend had an experience like this. One of my friends said she went to the funeral of a boy she didn't know because he commited suicide and no one at school cared but her. It is very sad.

reesha SILVER said...
on Dec. 18 2010 at 9:01 am
reesha SILVER, Rawalpindi, Other
6 articles 15 photos 124 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
Walt Disney

"Hakuna Matata!"
Lion King

"The British policy was 'unite and conquer'. But I say 'unite and conquer'."
Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea)

This is really sad, but it's true. I liked how you wrote it =)

on Dec. 6 2010 at 11:40 pm
Healing_Angel SILVER, Sydney, Other
8 articles 2 photos 509 comments

Favorite Quote:
Live for today, not for tomorrow

WOW!! This reminds me and others to be careful what they say when others are around because something that is private 1 minute may be pulic the next. Deep and well written.  

on Sep. 27 2010 at 9:50 pm
this_is_myself PLATINUM, Ukiah, California
24 articles 1 photo 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
The more you love your own decisions, the less you need other people to.

I dont know who said it, but I love it!

Loved it =)

GaelicC said...
on Sep. 26 2010 at 11:00 am
GaelicC, Longford, Other
0 articles 0 photos 91 comments

Favorite Quote:
No -Rosa Parks

It's so sad hearing of anyone who commited suicide- or tried. It gives the family a real hard time, but a class who heard of the person or who kind of knows the person doesn't really feel all that emotional. I'd say most would have it forgotten pretty soon. You've got the right idea in that story!! Well done!

on Sep. 24 2010 at 8:35 pm
JRsingersongwriter GOLD, HB, California
11 articles 0 photos 33 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's one thing to put yourself in someone's shoes. It's another to walk around in them." -Me!

wow...deep dude. nice!

on Sep. 24 2010 at 7:03 pm
deus-ex-machina14 BRONZE, Stewartsville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"There are two main tragedies in life. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." -Oscar Wilde

This is a perfect simulation of how things spread. No matter what it is, it spreads and all different kinds of opinions are displayed. Nice work!!