Life of Jermaine
By: Mohammed Almaroof
April 2008, 8:35 PM, Mr. Koult was awaken of his sleep due the extremely loud noises of the kids upstairs, from the laughter he can tell it was just another prank. Mr. Koult was always a nice guy, he barely ever get mad at kids, especially orphans, but this time was different. This made an already long and tiring day even longer. Mr.Koult put his glasses on, stomping the stairs on his way up, the kids were never even close to being afraid of Mr.Koult, but the look on his face can scare away the strongest man you know. The laughter immediately stopped. There was a noise coming out from the bathroom, somebody was locked in there but Mr.Koult was too focused on whoever did this. “Who the hell did this!?” ,He said, “Come out right now or all of you will be grounded immediately!”, the noise from the bathroom stopped. Everyone in the room became silent, and you can almost feel the fear floating around the room.
New Life, New Journey
Jermaine didn’t care for any of those things except for one, an old necklace, it appeared to be a wedding gift. It was heart shaped and when you open it, both of his parents wedding picture are on each side. Ever since that day Jermaine never took that necklace off ever. He kept it because he didn’t think his family left, he believed that his family died. They must have a good reason to disappear. He kept it on to remember them or maybe even in case he finds them somewhere. Jermaine started on his own journey, to find out what happened to his parents. He didn’t have any family left, atleast any that he knows of. He tried every family friend, they don’t know neither. He tried libraries, phonebooks, everything, he couldn’t find a thing. But Jermaine never gave up, until he knows what happened.
Jermaine met Mr.Koult, the owner of the orphanage. He was like a father figure to Jermaine, he always protected him, he was always by his side. Jermaine knew that no matter what happens to him he always had Mr.Koult to help him. But he never let Mr.Koult to really get close to him. He never expressed his feelings to Mr.Koult. The only time he ever told Mr.Koult how he feels was when he was mad at the Bull’s terrible draft picks.
The kids never talked to Jermaine. When he first came they invited him to play together, but he was so depressed from the incident that he didn’t want to socialize at all. His only friend was a kid named Josh. Josh and Jermaine was the same age, with the same interest, same characteristics, even almost same background. They met during Jermaines first year in the orphanage, Jermaine saw Josh sitting by himself at lunch as usual, and he introduced himself to Josh. Ever since then they became bestfriends. Jermaine never seen Josh talk to any of the kids, actually he never saw him even talk to Mr.Koult! Jermaine always thought that Josh isolated himself because he was scared of people. Both of them always looked out for each other ever since they met. They became the best of friends. Every time they talk, hang out or do anything together, the kids at the orphanage would laugh at them. Jermaine thought that the kids were also scared of Josh since they never make fun of him, only make fun of Jermaine. Mr.Koult was always there to protect Jermaine, but he didn’t care for Josh neither.
Jermaine has grown to be one of the best athletes in state. During his freshmen year in high school he became the number 1 basketball player of his class in the nation. In his Sophomore year he had a chip on his shoulder, to win state championship. During his sophomore summer league he met a freshmen named Christian Wilson. These two were also very alike, their style of play, their physical traits, both tall and skinny. And they looked exactly alike. Jermaine liked Christian and he didn’t find any trouble guiding him. Chris always looked up to him as an older brother, his go-to person when he needs an advise. First it was strictly basketball conversations but that quickly built up to be general life advises. They became very close to the point where Jermaine opened up about his story. Chris felt very bad for Jermaine and thought it would be good for Jermaine to feel like he has a family, so he invited Jermaine for thanksgiving with his family.
Home Sweet Home
Later on he excused himself to take a bathroom break, the house was decorated with so many family pictures. Every wall was filled with pictures. Even the bathroom! On his way to the bathroom, he was looking at all the pictures he came across. Until he came across one picture, the parent’s wedding picture. Jermaine opened his necklace, and realized it was the same picture. His head was spinning. He didn’t know what to say. “Is this, you guys?” he asked, and he quickly hid his necklace. “Yes! That’s our wedding picture! Way back ago. We both had a necklace that had this picture in it, I still have mine but my husband lost it somewhere in our old boxes that we left back home” the mother answered. Jermaine approached the father, and punched him right in the jaw. “You coward.” He said, then slowly left the house. Chris was helping his father while the mother was yelling at Jermaine to stop and come back.
What dosent kill you makes you stronger
Jermaine started considering suicide. The next day, in the orphanage, the kids his age played a prank on him, they hid his pills. Jermaine started his day, spent a lot of time looking for it but he gave up, thinking that it was probably somewhere in his school locker. He spent his entire school day thinking about his life, why is he here? Whats the point? After practice, Chris and Jermaine were the only two left, they were waiting for their rides to come, it became late and dark, and no one was left but them two. Chris tried to apologize again. Jermaine took out his uncles Swiss knife, the knife that he kept in his pockets the last few days in case he was ready to leave. Chris started backing off but Jermaine is way too quick and strong for him, Jermaine stabbed him six times. He started weeping. Chris had a tear in his eye, then he quickly passed away. “im so sorry… im so sorry…. They took away what I loved most, and ill take away what they love most….im so sorry…. I love you little brother…” Jermaine said. The he held his hands. Then Jermaine started running as fast as he could back home. When he arrived at the orphanage he quickly entered the bathroom and started crying, he took his necklace and flushed it down the toilet. Josh started knocking on the door. Jermaine let him and explained everything to him. Josh tried to calm him down, but Jermaine was freaking out. Both of them can hear the other kids laughing at them from behind the door. Jermaine started crying, then he stabbed Josh six times in the chest, he began to cry “Im sorry! Im so sorry! I love you…” he cried, then Jermaine ended it all. The seventeen years of agony. Long suffering. It was time for all that to end. Jermaine went away quickly and quietly. Mr.Koult opened the door after pounding on it violently many of times, when he opened the door he found one body, Jermaine’s, with a Swiss knife straight in his heart.
In the Chicago’s post office, there’s a old message dropped on the floor by mistake, it says “From Nelson Wilson to Jermaine Wilson.
Son, I’m very sorry, I never wanted you to find out that way. Please read this letter, it will explain exactly what happened:
Me and your mother had you at a very young age, we loved you, never stopped loving you. But we couldn’t afford to have you. We didn’t have no money no job no shelter nothing. My family forced me to give you to my brother, Rob. I still see you everyday but they take care of you while I go try to find a job. After I found a chance to work in uptown Chicago, I wanted to take you with me but my family didn’t let me take you. They thought of me as a loser, a nobody. I cut off all ties with them and got in a big argument to take you with me, with us. But they wouldn’t let me, they said they would sue me for the baby and say that we couldn’t supply for you. We had no chance of winning, so we were forced to leave you. We tried to come back but we couldn’t find any of the families. Please forgive us, now that youre here, I want us to be together again. Ill make it up for you I swear, just forgive me.
From: Nelson Wilson
I love you son.”