Journey by Stephen Clark  
    to Ridgetown

 
 
You say, "Well, it's been interesting listening to you Bob, but now I really must go."
    Bob looks miserable. He says, "Yep. Yep. You're leaving me too. Well, I guess I can't blame you. I'm such an idiot, boring you with all this stuff. I really hate myself. I'm going to go outside and jump in front of a car and end it all. Right now."
    As you walk outside, Bob follows you close behind. You're not sure if he's serious about jumping in front of a car or not. You start walking to Ridgetown College of TAFE, but behind you you hear a scream and a screech of tyres and you turn to see Bob lying dead under a set of wheels on the busy road.
    You gasp and put your hand to your mouth. You murmur to yourself, "I was just talking to him -- and now he's dead -- I could have prevented it --"
    You feel so guilty about the whole thing, you feel unable to continue with your mission so you go and seek counselling with a therapist and you talk through all your complex guilt feelings until you feel better.
 
 
 
 
The End