THE CLASS REUNION...by b. Malin

Photo by Stephan
Photo by Stephan

YES, NO, MAYBE...

She didn't know why, she just did it on impulse...She Googled in "Class Reunion" and the year she graduated, and then she sat back and waited. It only seemed to take a moment before big bold letters ran across the screen. And there it was, her class, her year, and the time and date it would take place. It was the weekend of September 9th, starting off with a Friday Night Cocktail Party. September10th, would be a visit to the High School with Box Lunch, and that night, The Prom... A Big Gala affair, Formal Attire. And on Sunday, September 11th, the Goodbye Brunch. "Wow, what a weekend they chose" she said to herself as she shifted uneasily in her chair. Kinda Selfish of them she thought as she looked at the page for a moment before scrolling down to read the "List" of who's coming.

The List...

It read like the Who's, Who...The Black guy from her Dramatics Class had become an Actor, and now a Director, with a few Movies under his belt. She remembered how they both laughed a lot together...He always called her the "cute, shy, one". She keep scrolling, hoping to see some of her old girlfriends, or Jimmy, from Home room with the deep set blue eyes, whom she briefly dated...But back then "Religion" was a factor, and his father broke it up.

Her mind began to wander as she thought about her 3 years in that High School. Her freshman year, 9th grade, was at a Junior High on the other side of town. Most of the people on the "Coming List" had grown up together, they had been like one Big Clique, and probably still were. OH My God, listen to me, I'm regressing! Why did I bother to look...Now I'll have to make a decision. Damn the Wonders of my "Mac"...I'd have Never known... for the records were all destroyed in the Fire at the High School, the year after we graduated. Her eyes shifted to the bottom of the List where it read, click here to see who died. There is a "Dead List" she thought as she clicked on it.

The Dead List...

Oh my God, she kept saying over and over again as she scrolled down it. The list contained some of the football team, including Gene...She remembered being paired up with him at a party to celebrate the team winning the big game. Everyone was "making out" except for them. She felt comfortable, sensing something was different about him, that she would keep to herself. Now, She hoped that he had been able to "come out" before his death.

Her eyes went back to the list as she scrolled some more...Her dear friend Diana was on the list...Oh my God, how did she die...Had she become the "Flight Attendant" that she always wanted to be...Did she die on 9/11 like Linda did? Under her name was Dan, Dan was Jimmy's best friend...where did he die, in one of our wars...This all seemed to be too much to bare.

What am I doing to myself she thought. I never went to any of my Proms...Not that I couldn't have...She smiled to herself as she remembered three guys asking her to the Senior Prom and she turning all of them down. They thinking she was being Snobby...Truth be told, she lived alone with a father who did not understand the needs of a young girl...and a Prom Dress was Expensive.

Her husband came up behind her..."What's up"? "Oh, I don't know she replied, I googled this, she pointed to the Screen. "Oh you're having a class Reunion" he said leaning over her shoulder. "Do you want to go"? he asked. "I don't know...I really don't know...I don't see any of my old girlfriends on the "going List"...We kept in touch for awhile after graduation...I was the first to move far away. You know the babies came...I went through a divorce...eventually met you, and we moved again...And now...I don't know". She sighed. " Also we have that out of town Wedding the following weekend...Two weekends driving all that way and over the George Washington Bridge"...They both moaned in unison. "And of course all the added expense, the Hotel, the dance, the Brunch" she sighed. "And I didn't really like myself back then, I was so thin and undeveloped" her voice trailed off. "Well Baby look at you now, he replied, those Women will be so Jealous... look at your face and figure, you've aged Beautifully...You are Beautiful". She smiled at him..."Of course you'd say that". "No, no I wouldn't if it weren't true...Listen I'm getting Hungry". he said as he headed for the kitchen. Don't let me rush you, I'll start the grill". "Ok" she said as she watched him go out the back door. Then turning back to her "Mac" she went back to the section that read, please mark the correct box, "Coming"..."Not Coming"... or, "Not Sure". She hesitated for a moment before she clicked on the appropriate box... She knew in her heart, that she had made the right decision...for herself.

Comments 22 comments

Vinaya Ghimire profile image

Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Looking back at the path we walked makes us nostalgic. Nice story.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Well you certainly know how to keep people in suspense.

Sad to read all those that have passed without you ever knowing.

The figurine in the photo is gorgeous

Great hub


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nancynurse 5 years ago from Southeast USA

Interesting


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

High schools reunions bring up all kinds memories and thoughts about who we were, and who we are now. I can guess at the box she checked. A very interesting and thoughtful hub. Well done. :-) That is also a beautiful sculpture.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I have had an opportunity to click yes or no to reunions and thus far it has always been no. I don't think you can ever go home again.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

B. I never really graduated as I tested out and went Marine and just recently found a school friend and he and I communicated a bit. He too didn't graduate that school they moved away. I've thought about finding the year I should have and showing uninvited as it is only 3 hours away, easy driving. So your suspenseful writing left me still wondering your choice and you did a good job! As I have the same suspense in my own mind, LOL.

Voted up,

Blessings,

dusty


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

She is going isn't she?...

I thought the 'Dead List' very moving and thought provoking.

Voting up, great hub thank you for sharing.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Interesting Comment Vinaya...I hope you got something from this short story. Thanks for stopping by, and I'll be by to visit your Hubs too.

Rosemay, thanks for all the wonderful comments and for liking the figurine, which I recently purchased at Ross Dept. store...I wanted to show a different side to these "Reunions"and the Thoughts that go alone with them.

NancyNurse, so glad you stopped by to read and find my Hub Interesting.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I wasn't originally going to go to my ten year reunion, but I changed my mind when my situation brightened up a bit and I cuold actually tell people something positive about where I was. The year of my ten year reunion, two classmates commtted suicide, one in June and one in October. The first classmate to die was speeding just after graduation. In total, five members of my graduating class died before the age of thirty, including one who tried to stop a knife fight. Another classmate who should have graduated with us but didn't was the first person I knew my age to die of cancer. I have had another friend I knew not from the school but my age who was murdered last year when he came home during a robbery. Others have lost family members who were a young age.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hi Gina, I'll bet you do know what box she checked...So glad you stopped by and made your very Thoughtful Comments...I loved this Sculpture, and felt this short story went well with it.

Breakfastpops...You're words ring oh so true and I believe my short story Character felt the same way...Thanks for your input on a Timely subject.

Well 50 Caliber, I really was writing this story as a Fiction Piece based on how a lot of people feel about these Reunions...You are on the right track by getting in touch with a friend from those days, as long as You are comfortable. I always enjoy your comments Dusty.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Movie Master...Is she going? What do you think...I wanted the reader to make up their own minds based on what I've written about Her. The Dead List is so hard to imagine, because I think we always remember these people as young and healthy. Thanks for your Vote!

Flora, I too remember one Class Mate dying of Cancer, and the rest...I don't know, but it is so shocking when they commit Suicide...you only wish there could have been someone there for them to turn to. Thanks for your Thoughts and Comments. Always appreciated!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Talk about a cliff hanger!

BTW, the women here may know what she chose, but we men don't have a clue. We never know what you're thinking or why!


september girl 5 years ago

So, did you go? It was about you, right b. Malin? I gotta know! Cool hub...I loved every minute of it! : )


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Oh Will...would you really have it any other way...What do you THINK she chose...I wanted to leave it up to YOU to decide....Mmmm.

Ok Sept. Girl part of it was Me...part fantasy....so what to do you think Happened...So Glad you Enjoyed!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi b, I'm with Will, undecided, but i enjoyed thinking about the implications of a reunion. There would be so many unknowns to ponder. My wife was contacted by an old neighbor wanting her to enlist on the school web site where we were both educated, albeit nine years apart. There was no one from my class, although i am still in contact with some of my mates and will catch up with them in Nov when i return from Melbourne to the UK for my dad's ninetieth birthday. Thanks for an interesting thought provoking hub.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Once again, Thank You Attemptedhumour, as I've said I wanted the reader to think about her situation and then decide if she went...I'm so glad you found my Hub Interesting and Thought Provoking. And might I add, have a Wonderful time at your Dad's 90th B-Day!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I love class reunions. I have been to all of mine except one where I was not invited. I always go look at the "Dead List" first. I just had a classmate douse himself with gasoline and set himself on fire last week. He's dead.

I love what WillStarr said: "the women here may know what she chose, but we men don't have a clue. We never know what you're thinking or why!"

Yes! I want to know what box you checked. I have no clue.

I was very moved emotionally when I read "Well Baby look at you now, he replied, those Women will be so Jealous... look at your face and figure, you've aged Beautifully...You are Beautiful". She smiled at him..."Of course you'd say that". "No, no I wouldn't if it weren't true"

I'm not sure why but I found that touching.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

People usually Love Class Reunions...or they Don't...When one lives a distance away, there is real pause and when people on the "Dead List" make you dry your Eyes...while people on the"Going List" give you pause to say...Mmm, only two couples would I be interested in seeing...And a dear Friend died in one of the World Trade Towers and moving... and so many changes in your life...The Choice became more complicated...So James, that why I wrote this Hub with a Did she, or didn't she go. Someone like yourself, who from the start enjoyed going would want her to go...She'd lost tract and until her Mac she never would have know, when, or where...And yes, Women have their "Hangups"....Anyway, I'lm so glad you Enjoyed, and thanks for your "Sentimental Thoughts" you are Truly a Sensitive Man...Still don't know what Box she chose?


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RNMSN 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

wow b...this touched me because this yr was the first time my high school was on the web..other times I got a letter but thats easy to toss...this time it was like your story...and the first time I had been subjected to a 'dead list'

that did get to me

this was wonderful!! I say no, she did not go. But thats me, I hated high school, why would I go revisit something that was horrible?

but I loved this story!! :) voted up and awesome and everything!!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank you so much RNMSN you Truly got what I was trying to relay in my Hub Story...and you are right in your thoughts of did she or didn't she...Thanks for Understanding so Totally and your Vote.


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RNMSN 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

cool! been there helps eh!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

It certainly does RNMSN! and Again a Big Thank You, my Friend.

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