It’s time for the second installment of the student flash fiction pieces that explore what happens to Lanesha and TaShon ten years after the end of Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Be sure to check out yesterday’s post too if you missed it.
Have fun reading, and don’t forget to comment!
I was walking around the neighborhood, trying to get to know the community. I just moved to a community called “Crystal Palms”, several counties away from the Ninth Ward. This place reminds me about my house in Ninth Ward, yet it could never be the same.
I walked to house 206 and knock the door. Tock! Tock! Tock! But no one responds. Tock! Tock! Tock! I knock again. I check if anybody is inside. The other neighbors said that she should be home around this time. I see that the lights were on, the television loud, with the weather channel on. I don’t want to remember Hurricane Katrina, but the weatherman said that there’s going to be a storm tomorrow. Tock! Tock! Tock! I knock for the last time. I heard a familiar voice say “GO AWAY!”
I said “Can you at least introduce yourself? You see, I just moved in, and I just wanted to get to know some of the neighbors.” She opened the door slightly and angrily said “GET OUT!” I only got a glimpse of her and she looked familiar. Then it hit me. It was Lanesha! I remember when we got separated at the bridge during Hurricane Katrina. It’s been eons since I last saw her and so I asked “Are you Lanesha?” She had a surprised look and asked me, “Who are you?”
I replied confidently, “I’m TaShon. Does that ring any bells?”
She yelled, “Get the heck out of my lawn!”
“Hey, we haven’t met in like a decade! Why are you so pissed off?” I ask.
Lanesha’s mind: Why is TaShon here out of all people? He never called, wrote or even E-mail me! He thinks he can just barge in and we can live happily ever after? He’s the one who killed Mama Ya-Ya!
The Last Goodbye
When I saw TaShon again I knew it wasn’t going to be good. While we were talking he told me, “Why didn’t you get in contact with me all this time?”
I said to him “I didn’t know how to!”
The room was loud all you could here was both of us screaming. I said to him “why didn’t you come with me when I told you I was leaving the country?”
TaShon just stood quiet for a minute. He said “I was going to study here!” In his eyes you could see that he was still hurt! He raised his voice and said “why did you leave?”
I yelled “I had to leave, I had no future here I felt like I had to go reach to the very end of the world to become an Engineer I always wanted to be, and I succeed what I wanted. That’s why I left.”
TaShon said “Really? I stayed here and I’m a good Veterinarian and I didn’t have to leave New Orleans’s.”
I couldn’t be here anymore so I picked up my dog Ginia and said “Bye, TaShon. I was trying to fix everything, but I guess not!”
He just stared at me. I went out and off again I go!
Time Changes Everything
Last night it was raining cats and dogs and now the sun is shining brightly. The weather was giving me mixed signals foreshadowing Hurricane Katrina. I was on my way to Times Square, where the new skyscraper will be built. I rushed out of the car and suddenly I see someone. He looks very familiar. “Can it be?” It’s Tashon! I run up to him ignoring what others may think. Its New York, not like anyone cares.
“Do I know you?” The moment he said that my face was filled with disappointment.
“You forgot me?”
“ Yes it’s me. It’s been so long since the last time I saw you.” I couldn’t hold my excitement, although the moment was a little awkward. “How are you? How’s Spot and where is he?”I ask.
“I’m fine but….” He paused for a minute looking guilty.
“I gave him away,” he replied
“what?! Why would you do something like that? He was your best friend.”I yelled.
“After the hurricane we couldn’t afford to take care of a dog so we gave him away. The hurricane destroyed everything and our financial status is really low.” he said as tears come down his eyes.
“This was supposed to be a happy moment;” I think
“I came here looking for a job. It’s not that easy.”
“Well I can help you. Maybe there’s a job available in my company.” I offered
“No I don’t need anyone’s help” Tashon said.
“But … you.” I stutter. He turned away and stormed off.
As time changes, it changes the person with it. The devastating hurricane did change everything.
Modern Warfare 4
I went in my house and it was as cold as winter. I turned on my PlayStation 3 and started playing Modern Warfare 4 Online Survival. I put my headset on and got my mic and started talking with random players. Suddenly, I heard someone talking and it sounded familiar.
“Lanesha?” I questioned.
“Who are you, and how do you know my name?” the voice said.
“I’m Tashon” I answered. “Tashon?” she questioned.
“Where have you been? I haven’t seen you for a long time!”
“I’ve been very busy” I said.
“Why haven’t you tried to visit me or contact me? I’ve been going through a rough time” she somberly commented.
“I didn’t have time to visit you” I answered back.
“You could have at least called me.” She exclaimed. It went silent for a while, then Lanesha left the game. I was very disappointed in myself. I wondered if she would ever speak to me again.
I was taking my daily walk eating ice-cream. It is very hot here in South Carolina. It is like the ice never made it to the freezer. All of a sudden, I see my good ole’ friend… TaShon! I saw him like a week ago. In my head I’m thinking ‘’Who’s that pregnant woman and that child with him? Maybe I should ask him…’’
I then say “Hi”
“Have you met my wife Katie and my daughter Sasha? Also the baby on the way, Lorenzo.’’ In my head I was disappointed but I didn’t want to show it. So I just said, ‘’Oh nice to meet you!’’
Katie says ‘’Hi! TaShon has been talking a lot about you lately. It is day and night all the time Lanesha this and I remember when Lanesha and I… but I am glad I finally got to meet the world famous Lanesha!’’
I say ‘’Oh, he does. Nice. I am glad to meet you too!’’ In my head I’m excited because he really talks about me!
Then TaShon says ‘’Well Katie, take Sasha to play on the slide.’’
‘’Okay Sasha let’s go.’’
In my head I’m saying ‘’OMG I cannot believe that my crush is alone with me!’’
Then TaShon says ‘’So. What’s up?’’