Original Writing: Rumours over Rumours
It happened on a usual Friday in the autumn. The weather was very terrible: masses of rain were falling down the sky as if the clouds were exploding. There was no sun visible in the sky.
The school bell rang and David put his stuff away and walked out of the classroom. He stood outside the school with his mates, waiting for their mums and dads to pick them up. Having to stay under the rain without any umbrella or a place where they could protect themselves from the rain. After 15 minutes standing and waiting outside in the cold David’s last friend was picked up by his mother. That was very unusual as normally David is the first one to be able to go home, but this day was completely different. David had to wait about half an hour until the red BMW with his dad sitting inside arrived, red-faced and in hurry. David sat down on the front passenger’s seat next to a normally unknown image.
The car immediately made its way home. There was an uncommon silence inside the car. David sensed that something was definitely wrong, as normally he asks his son about how the day was. After a few minutes his Dad broke the silence:
“David, how can you explain me the rumour that is there around our neighbourhood?”
David just stared at the face of his Dad, thinking ‘What is he talking about? What is wrong with him?’
“Don’t look at me as if nothing had happened! You know exactly what I’m talking about. The rumour about you.”
“What rumour!? I don’t know anything about it – seriously. What’s the rumour?”
“The rumour is that one of my friend saw you in a bar smoking and drinking lots of vodka. He also saw you with another half nude girl. I can’t remember her name.”
“What? Who started that damned rumour about me? David asked innocently.
“David – Is it true or not?” asked his dad suspiciously.
“No dad! Of course it isn’t true! I have never smoked or drunk any type of alcohol! You have to believe me dad! And I don’t even know that girl you are talking about and I haven’t been in that bar.”
“Don’t tell me any excuses young boy. Your mum will deal with you when we arrive at home”
David kept quiet for the rest of their journey.
David’s dad only deposed David at home and drove away somewhere. David got much panicked because he knew that if his dad just went away without even speaking to his mum, it meant that trouble was waiting for David at home. Usually his mum does not get that angry with him and believes his son. But this time it was looking very differently because when he went into the house his mum was waiting for him on the couch.
“You owe me an explanation young man!” she said in an unusual tone.
“W-what is there to explain mum?”
“Don’t try to take the piss out of me! You know what I mean. The rumour about you. Is it true?”
David shook his head slowly, “No mum”
His mum laughed doubtfully:
“Oh, c’mon! You think I can really believe you? I know you very well and you know that as well as I do how your face looks like when you are telling a lie. Why are you not just telling me the truth?”
Depressed David looked up from the floor and said it straight out to his mum:
“Yes mum! Yes – You are damn right. I was there in that pub and drunk a lot of alcohol and smoked. But you have to believe me; I don’t know anything about that girl dad was telling me about. The bar is a clean bar and not a brothel.”
“David, we never had any types of problems with your brother!”
“Why don’t you just tell me that into my face? You hate me and only think about Robert! Robert here, Robert there, he did this and that good think… I’ve got enough of your Robert!”
“OK David. I see, you don’t want to be compared with your elder brother? I know the reason: It is because he is a good person and you are exactly the opposite of him. That’s why you don’t like him and don’t want to be compared to him!”
David was crying and silently went to his room. He laid down on his bed and cried. After a while he fell asleep.
The next day was a holiday and David woke up very early, at about 6 o’clock. He first washed his face, got dressed and got back into his bed. He didn’t have any breakfast because his mum was there and he didn’t want to see her again. David spent all his day in his room doing nothing else as sleeping or playing around with his mobile phone.
His parents completely ignored him, and so did he to them. His parents and David did not communicate to each other properly for about 4 week. David never went into this bar again, drunk alcohol or smoked cigarettes during this time although he was very depressed and often wished to go there. He thought of the possible effect that could happen if he did that again and got caught. When he got back to school after the holidays his mum started speaking with him and David felt very happy about it because in this period of time he found out how important a mother is to a son, which he just experienced.
Their relationship was built together again and it seemed to be nothing that could break them both apart.
But one day when David was at school his mum got a text message from one of David’s mates that simply destroyed everything. This SMS was telling his mum that David went to a brothel and walked around with inadequately dressed girls. It was Jack, but he was lying.
When David came back from school that day, her mother welcomed him with a slap. David got startled from that. He looked at his mother despairingly and didn’t know the reason for this slap.
“What did I do now mum? I swear to God I didn’t go to that bar again or drunk alcohol!” he asked frightened.
“You are a good actor David! I know that style of yours”
David asked without knowing anything.
“I’ve had enough of you! D’you think I am that stupid? I just got a message from one of your friends telling me about Eva.”
“I don’t know any Eva! Who are you talking about?”
“Oh c’mon David! First flirting with her in a bar and then walking around with her while she was wearing nearly nothing!”
“Mum I don’t have any girlfriend and neither I know anybody called Eva”
“Why don’t you just admit that you know that girl and the past rumour was true? You can’t hide it forever!”
“What should I admit? What am I hiding?”
“You know what David? I don’t even believe a single word coming out of your mouth!”
“Do you know why I love my dad more than you? It’s because you hate me! You only love Robert and don’t care about me at all! I hate you too!”
After saying this David ran upstairs to his room crying. He again lied down on his bed and thought about what he said. He regretted what he just said to his mum, because it wasn’t true. He loved his mum a lot. It was just that they sometimes couldn’t agree and had different thoughts about things.
After a while he again slept. In that night he had a dramatic nightmare:
He was falling into a whole without any end with his brother. There was a pavement on a side with people holding their hands up in order to catch one of the persons from falling. He saw how his brother Robert was able to rescue himself and survived. David himself was falling further and further into the whole, having no end. Suddenly he then woke up.
When he woke up David realised that he was sweating extremely. He got out of his bed and washed his face in the bathroom. In the bathroom he looked at himself in the mirror and thought “I am dead anyway inside”. He was feeling an uncertain pain that was killing him inside. He looked at the clock; it was 3 o’clock.
After he went back to his room he decided to write a letter to his parents about that he is trying to suicide. Once he put the letter on his desk, he opened the window and went out to the balcony. From the ladder there he climbed down the wall. There was a lake he knew about 5 kilometres away from his house, where he wanted to go. After looking back to the bedroom window of his parents and said farewell to his parents inside. He started his way to this lake by running all the five kilometres. He ran as fast as he had never done before. At about 3.30 he arrived there on the lake. David’s biggest fear was a lake or sea as he could not swim. There were boats, which could be rented on the lake. As David didn’t have any money with him he just took one and paddled to the centre of the lake.
5 kilometres away from where David was, his mum woke up and had the funny feeling that something was wrong, having to do with David. She decided to go to David’s room to ensure that everything was alright. But in fact it wasn’t at all. When she opened his room, she saw the empty room with the window open and the farewell letter on David’s desk. She screamed a very ear-piercing scream when she read about David’s suicide.
At the same time David was in the centre of the lake and about to suicide himself. David closed his eyes and though about his family, his brother, mum and dad. Then he jumped into the lake with ice cold water and allowed the lake to swallow him…