Prompt for July 1, 2016

Complete the short story/flash fiction, that has the following opening:

It had been almost twenty years since the pain she was witnessing in front of her had been her own pain.  For all those years it had hidden belie the surface, not visible to most, but defining her all the same.

“Travis, listen to me carefully, okay?  I need you to put the gun down, I need you to step away from the gun.”

Travis just looked at her, the pain in his eyes reflecting her own. The tears didn’t stop and the hand holding the gun still shook, but the gun was still pointed at his head and her heart was stuttering in her need to keep him safe. This was all too familiar to Julie as she herself had been in a similar situation when she was fourteen-years-old. A friend, Cynthia Burlock, had stolen her diary and read it, aloud, to the students in the cafeteria.  She had been late to lunch that day so she got their just as she confessed to her diary her undying love for another  girl.

She had never desired nor expected to come out in junior year at high school, but it was out there and she could deal with it by facing it head on or run from it. She chose to run, but the school wasn’t big enough and no matter where she went there were whispers, taunts and bullying.  She couldn’t face her so-called friends nor her parents.  She had gone home, grabbed her father’s gun from the closet and was contemplating suicide when her Aunt Georgina had dropped by.  Her Aunt saved her life and damn it, if her life was wrapped around saving Travis, then so be it, that’s what she was going to do.

“Travis, I need you to listen to me. I’ve got a story to tell and I need to know that you’received going to listen to the whole story, okay?”  He nodded.  She took a deep breath and began.

“Twenty years ago there was a young girl named Julia …”

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