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Caused by a Car

By @ColorfulAlpaca

Bye, Corbin

Corbin delayed his departure by ten days so we could hang out a bit after I got out of the hospital. “Do you actually have to go to college that far away?” I asked. He hadn’t told me where he was going, just that it’s far. “Yes,” he answered. “Kind of. I have a scholarship.” I smiled. “Good! Go, don’t worry about me.” Corbin pushed my forehead. “Um, you’re my insane best friend, I kind of have to.” I shook my head. “Go for as long as you have too, four years, or four hundred.” He looked down. “You could come.” I sighed and shook my head again. “No, I’m not allowed. Emma’s still worried I might go backwards and need to return to the hospital.” Corbin looked up. “Oh. If that happens when I’m not here, murder me.” I shrugged. “I’ll murder you anyway, sounds fun.”

I woke up early the day Corbin is leaving. I stand up and leave my room after looking at the clock. Six, early for a Saturday. I ran downstairs and out the door, where Corbin was waiting. “Do you ever remember that day?” he asked as we walked to his house. “Sometimes, vaguely.” I answered. “Usually just around here,” I said as we crossed the crosswalk where I’d gotten hit. “I hate this place now,” Corbin said. “The place that stupid car took you.” I placed my hand on his arm. “I’m still here,” I said. “Kind of.” Corbin glanced at me. “Exactly. Kind of.” I looked down. “I should have gone back to preschool to learn how to look both ways before crossing the street.” Corbin laughed. “I don’t think that would’ve done anything. You’ve always been a daredevil.” I punched him in the arm and snorted. “Not anymore, most likely.” Corbin’s smile disappeared. “Almost dying does that to you,” I added. We’d arrived at his house. “Thanks for not leaving so early,” I said as we went inside. “I don’t need to be there for four days,” he said. “But I want to get settled.”

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