Not a Love Story

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          Once upon a time in NYC there was a Boy and a Girl. This boy named Kyle was born on January 1st , one hospital room away from this Girl named Katie. Katie’s family lived on 5th street and Kyle’s family lived on 6th street. When Kyle was 5 years old he loved to look up at the sky and when he noticed that the sky was blue he decided his favorite color was blue. When Katie was 5 she went on vacation to California and loved looking at the ocean there because she realized that the ocean was supposed to be blue, even though the water in New York was greenish brown, and she decided that blue was now her favorite color.
            Kyle’s family did not see the point in spending money on a private school so he went to the local NYC public school. On September 11, 2001 Kyle’s father was in the World Trade Center and never made it out. Kyle  missed his father everyday and visited his father’s grave every year on September 11th , however,  he was a strong kid and did not let this loss change him. Kyle found his place in high school when he joined the track team. He was a rising star and was breaking records and making the newspapers by his sophomore year. Girls were all over this rising star but for some reason Kyle never felt the right click with anyone. Kyle felt like nobody really understood him. He liked to write poetry and stories in his free time but he kept it a secret because he did not trust people very easily.
            Katie’s parents wanted her to have plenty of opportunities in her future and believed they should send her to a private school so that she could be well educated. It was the second week of seventh grade and Katie was excited for school that day, until tragedy struck. When Katie went outside and looked at the World Trade Center burning, she frantically ran to the phone to call her father who worked in the building but he did not answer. Her father also died that day. Katie was a strong girl and directed her angry energy towards something more productive. Katie became obsessed with running, and she ran everyday because it made her forget about the anger she carried around. She was disappointed because there was no track team at her school, but she ran everyday on her own anyway. Katie found her strength in high school in her English class. Her teacher was impressed with her writing skills and creativity and when she was a senior, Katie got an internship at the local newspaper.
            Katie was placed in the sports department and to prepare for her first day of work, she read past articles about the various sports topics. She was especially interested in the section about the city’s track stars. She was only slightly impressed with the times of the girls because knew that she was still faster then most of them. She was very impressed, however, with this one boy named Kyle who, according to the paper, had broken 3 personal records in his last meet!
            Katie worked hard at her internship all year filing papers and getting coffee for the staff.  The writers and editors of the sports section grew to love Katie and her enthusiasm about her job. She always talked about the track meet results and so as a reward for her hard work all year they let Katie help cover the last track meet of that year.
            It was the day of the last track meet of Kyle’s high school career and, despite his raw talent, he was very nervous. But his nerves clearly did not effect his performance because he was a beast in his race and was the clear winner. After passing the finish line, he was told the winner needed to be interviewed and was sent over Katie, on the sidelines.
            Kyle and his speed in the race amazed Katie. She was sure she had never seen legs move that fast in her life. Katie felt unexplainably excited to meet this guy and as he approached she felt as if her hear was beating so fast it might start to overheat and melt down her body.
The first thing Kyle noticed when he saw Katie was her favorite blue dress and the way it complimented her blue eyes.
            “I love your eyes,” was the first thing he said, “Blue is my favorite color you know”.
“Mine too!” Katie said while blushing.
            Katie and Kyle walked to a bench and Katie proceeded to interview him. However, talking for an hour, their conversation turned into much more than an interview. Kyle felt that click that he had never felt with anybody before and was able to open up to Katie. They talked about why they liked the color blue. They talked about losing their fathers and how they dealt with the pain of that still. They talked about their shared passions for running and writing. They wanted to keep talking forever, but a college scout from a big university in upstate New York soon pulled Kyle away. Before parting they exchanged phone numbers, so sure that they would see each again, and hopefully again and again.
      That day when she got home, Katie got her early acceptance letter to Stanford, which had always been her dream school. Kyle was offered a full scholarship from the scout that day. The rest of the school year was busy for Katie and Kyle and, although they thought of each other often, they never met again. The day that they met and discovered their similarity, their destinies stepped in and sent them on different paths, on opposite sides of the country. They both grew up to be very successful in their careers but never met again and never felt close enough to anybody else to fall in love.  

About the Author: 
I am an American Senior in High School (12th Grade), submitting this story as part of my Honors Physics Class!!

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