We Had To Write A Short Story In My Creative Writing Class. This Story Is Called Jesus Lives In Colorado.

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Jesus Lives in ColoradoTeenage angst never tasted so good. Everytime that bottle of Jack Daniel's touched his mouth he got a little more numb, and his thoughts of her drifted further away. At 19, Dave didn't really consider himself a teenager anymore. But tonight, he was using every excuse he could. Bottle in one hand, handgun in the other, he tried so hard to sort out his thoughts and make up his mind. But even just sitting on that couch, he couldn't even see straight. He set the bottle down on the coffee table, and took a nice long drag of his cigarette. He picked up her picture again, and for one minute, his head was clear. Except for her. Her long, soft, auburn hair flowing behind her, he hazel eyes, and her beautiful smile were what he loved most about that picture. She looked so happy there. What went wrong? He sighed and put the picture down, and leaned back into the overstuffed back of the soft leather couch. At least it will be easy to clean up, he thought. It was one year ago tonight, but he could remember every detail as if it were last night. He closed his eyes and breathed in deep...***** She had ended her life in the same fashion that she had lived it, quietly. Gathering a clean bath towel and a magazine, she walked towards the bathroom. Blowing a kiss to her boyfriend just as she was closing the bathroom door. The water was flowing at a fast pace and felt to be just the right temperature. She undressed and lowered herself into the tub. It was an old claw foot tub; she had chosen the house almost specifically for the old bathtub. The razor that she usedto shave her legs was overlooked for her boyfriend's razor instead. He wholeheartedly believed that the best shave could only be achieved with a straight razor, the kind that one would imagine old barbershops used in a long ago, forgotten time. She had always assumed that her boyfriend used the razor because of his fascination with things that were not modern. Even the computerized self-checkout at the supermarket imposed a certain degree of paranoia in him. She thought that he was just silly, although she admitted to herself that sometimes he made perfect sense in his unwillingness to accept new things. She had recently found herself unwilling to accept new things. Opening the razor forced her to think about her boyfriend and smile. She stared at the razor for a short while. She made up her mind and slowly, but forcefully slid the blade against her right wrist. The pain was not as bad as she imagined that it would be. Realizing that it was easier than she thought, she proceeded to slice the left wrist in the same manner that she had sliced the right one. A momentary feeling of accomplishment swept over her followed by dizziness and the uncontrollable urge to drift off to sleep. She didn't fight her fatigue and instead settled down into the tub until her head gave into the force of gravity and the welcomed pull of the water. Looking up from under the water towards the ceiling...

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