Jenny was so happy about the house they had found. For once in her life ‘twas on the right side of town. She unpacked her things with such great ease. And she watched her new

curtains blow in the breeze

How wonderful it was to have her own room. School would be starting, she’d have friends over soon. There’d be sleeping-over, and parties; she was so happy it’s just the way she wanted her life to be.
One the first day of school, everything went great. She made new friends and even got a great date!
She thought, ‘I want to be popular and am going to be, because I just got a date with the star of the team!’
To be known in this school you had to have clout, And dating this guy would sure help her out. There was only one problem stopping her fate: Her parent had said she was too young to date.

‘Well I just won’t tell them the entire truth.
They won’t know the difference; what’s there to lose? Jenny asked to stay with her friends that night. Her parents frowned but said ‘All right.’
Excited, she got ready for the big event. But as she rushed around like she had no sense, She began to feel guilty about all the lies, But what’s a pizza, a party, and a moonlight ride?

Well the pizza was good. And the party was great, But the moonlight ride would have to wait. For Jeff was half drunk by this time. But he kissed her and said that he was just fine.

Then the room filled with smoke and Jeff took a puff. Jenny couldn’t believe he was smoking that stuff. Now Jeff was ready to ride to the point but only after he’d smoked the rest of the joint.
They jumped in the car for the moonlight ride, Not thinking that he was too drunk to drive. They finally made it to the point at last, And Jeff started trying to make a pass.

A pass is not what Jenny wanted at all (and by pass, I don’t mean playing football.) ‘Perhaps my parent were right……. Maybe I am too young. Boy, how could I ever, ever be so dumb?

With all of her might, she pushed Jeff away: ‘please take me home, I don’t want to stay’ Jeff cranked up the engine and floored the gas, in a matter of seconds they were going too fast.

As Jeff drove on in a fit of wild anger, Jenny knew that her life was in danger. She begged and pleaded for him to slow down, But he just got faster as they neared town.
‘Just let me get home! I’ll confess that I lied. I really want for a moonlight ride.’ Then all of a sudden, she saw a big fish. ‘Oh, God, please help us! We’re going to crash!’

She doesn’t remember the force of impact. Just that everything all of a sudden went black. She felt someone removed her from the twisted rubble, and heard ‘call an ambulance! These kids are in trouble!’

Voices she heard….. a few words at best. But she knew there were two cars involved in the wreck. Then wondered to herself if Jeff was all right, and if the people in the other car were alive.

She awoke in the hospital to faces so sad. ‘You’ve been in a wreck and it looks pretty bad,’ These voices echoed inside her head, As they gently told her that Jeff was dead.

They said ‘Jenny, we’ve done all we can do. But it looks as if we’ll lose you too.’ ‘But the people in the other car?’ Jenny cried.
We are sorry, Jenny, they also died.

Jenny prayed ‘God, forgive me for what I’ve done; I only wanted to have just one night of fun.’ ‘Tell those people’s family, I’ve made their light dim, And I wish I could return their families to them.’

‘Tell Mum and Dad I’m sorry I lied, and that it’s my fault so many have died. This great tragedy really didn’t have to be, Oh, nurse, won’t you please tell them that for me.

The nurse just stood there- she never agreed to pass on the words of her patient in need. She took Jenny’s hand with tears in her eyes. And a few moments later Jenney died.
A man asked the nurse, ‘Why didn’t you do your best to bid that girl her last request?’ She looked at the man with eyes so sad. ‘Because the people in the other car were her mum and dad’

This story is sad and unpleasant but true, So people take head- it could have been you.


Culled from the book; SINGLE AND GIFTED.

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