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The Last Day

Sebastian Booth, Contributer

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The day started off like any other day.  I woke up, got ready and brushed my teeth. However, throughout the morning, my brother Jack and I got into little fights and were not very happy with each other.  He was in middle school while I was in high school. When my mom dropped him off at school, we were still pretty mad at each other so we didn’t say anything to each other when he got out of the car. As we were driving to my school, i felt kind of bad so I decided to text him and say “I’m sorry”.  That is when I heard a buzz and realized he had left his phone in the back seat. When I finally got to my school, I went to the normal spot where I meet my friends in the morning. We talked like usual, and when the bell rang we went our separate ways, and to our different classes. At the end of first period, when everyone was leaving class, going through the courtyard to get to second period, I just remember hearing buzzes everywhere.  Heads were looking around and then down at their phones. Then silence for the seconds after when people were processing what they had just read. Alerts on every phone saying there was a nuclear missile inbound, and that North Korea had started a war. After that, there was only chaos. Everyone, running, crying and calling. Everyone wanted to try and avoid what was going to happen. The first thing I did was call my mom. She picked up and was almost crying, hearing my voice, asking me if I was OK and are you in a safe place.  I said Yes, and she asked me if I was able to get through to Jack. My mom said that my dad was on his way to get Jack but had no way of contacting him. That’s when I remembered everything that happened that morning, me getting mad at Jack, him leaving his phone, but most importantly, me never saying “sorry”. My mom said it would take her 15 minutes to get to the school. She said I had a choice, I could wait at the school with everyone or start walking in the direction of our house. I decided to walk in the direction of my house to get to my family as soon as possible. When I finally saw my mom’s car in the distance I started running.  She picked me up and we started driving to Jack’s school. After ten minutes we arrived and it was complete chaos. The teachers were trying but it was not possible to calm the kids. We could see dad in the distance running around calling Jack’s name. We all started looking for him, but we could not find him. None of his friends had seen him since the alarm first went off. At the back of the school I finally found him and texted my parents where we were. Immediately I knew why we couldn’t find him and why he was back here. I saw his friend Conner on the ground unconscious. Jack was desperately trying to wake him up and help him. He said that when the alarms started going off, he tripped and fell and hit his head.  I told Jack our parents were on the way and when they got there they helped us get Conner to safety and called his parents to let them know where he was. I finally got to talk to my brother and said I was sorry and that I loved him. He said the same, and that he was sorry. Before we got back in the car we heard the same buzzing, people looking down and then people processing what they just read. As it turned out, it was a false alarm and we were all going to be fine. We all looked at each other and cried because we knew it was going to be alright but we were angry that one mistake had turned everything into chaos and this should not have happened. On my way back home I thought of how we had all handled this and that if this were real, it could have ended very badly and how now I was just happy to be with my family.

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