TITLE: My Best Friend, Death
GENRE: YA Magical Realism
‘A meaningless life overshadowed by a meaningless death’ is what Damien expected to be inscribed on his tombstone. Instead, it just said ‘In Loving Memory’. It didn’t even have his name, birth, or death date on it. The granite was completely barren, save those three words.
What memory? Damien thought. His old body was stuffed in a cheap coffin and about to be buried under an unnamed stone. He was practically forgotten already. But what could he be angry about? His dad did the best he could. At three dollars per inscribed letter, ‘In Loving Memory’ cost him a hand of poker and a shot of Jack. Should his gambling withdrawal last any longer, Joey would surely pay the price in emotional bruises and quiet tears.
The funeral was even more pathetic than the gravesite. Paul—his father—Joey, Death, and Damien were the only people there, not including those visiting their loved ones. There wasn’t a priest or a eulogy; just his dad and brother—the entirety of his family—staring into a six foot hole as the summation of his sixteen year existence was slowly lowered into it. Thankfully, Joey was nice enough to bury him in his favorite My Chemical Romance shirt.
Damien hid behind a weeping willow as he watched from a distance. His heart ached at the sight of his brother clutching the Mickey Mouse necklace he once wore. Damien forced himself to suppress the desire to run up and wrap his brother in a hug he knew his dad would never give.