Because I Can – 10th grade short story Initiation/quest
Brittany Autumn Bragg
Her mom named her BecauseICan when she was born ( to constantly remind her
she could have a better life) and she proudly lived up to her name, because she
could, because she wanted to.
BecauseICans journey began long before she could remember. Her mother
taught her about a better life. Her grandmother taught her mother about a better
life. Her Great Grandmother taught her grandmother the same.
BecauseICan knew there was a better life because that was all she had ever
known. She always had what she needed and she always got what she wanted. Her
mind was already made up that she already had a better life.
A better life was filled with happiness and joy. A place where sugar and
spice and everything nice really was what the women and girls she knew were made
of. Until the day everything changed.
For the first time she was faced with making a choice about a better life.
Her mom lost her job, they ran out of money and that made for a really crappy
life. Her mother told her they were going to have to move in order to have a
better life. I dont want a better life! BecauseICan shouted at her mom.
I liked my life until you lost your job and screwed it up for me! Her mom
tried to explain that sometimes things cant stay the same but when bad things
happen there is always a better life.
The only difference between BecauseICan and the women she came from was that
she was the only one to ever say she didnt want a better life. She didnt
feel like them anymore. They all had a better life why did hers have to be bad
because her mom said there was a better one.
Life didnt get better for BecauseICan. It seemed to get worse and she had
no choice about it. It was the worst day of her life as she packed her stuff.
She told her mom, You get a better life, but my life will never be better
until I am old enough to move back here to Origination, California.
The Initiation bus station was smaller than BecauseICan expected. The
Origination station was so much bigger and nicer where I used to live, she
said to her mom. Not even the Transfer station from there to here was as bad
Within minutes BecauseICan and MissMaker had their bags off the bus and were
met by her moms sister, (who BecauseICan REFUSED to acknowledge as her aunt)
to take them to their new house (which BecauseICan REFUSED to acknowledge as her
Welcome to normalorNOT! said her MOMs sister, smiling lovingly at
her niece BecauseICan. The whole family is at the house waiting.
BecauseICan did not return her MOMs sisters smile and she didnt even
As they drove to BecauseICans MOMs sisters house, BecauseICan
listened, annoyingly, to them talk excitedly about family this and family that!
They are all here, grandma and grandpa, greatnan, and a bunch of our
cousins. She said. Aunt Annoying and the freaks from normalorNOT is more
like it! thought BecauseICan to herself. This will be the best family get
together in a long time. We are all so glad you finally came home to a better
life, said her MOMs sister. With
that BecauseICan tried to block her out, but her MOMs sister kept babbling
on and on.
BecauseICan struggled to keep from yelling at them. She wanted to tell them
to shut up about all that happy better life crap. She wanted to tell her MOMs
sister she didnt want a better life, she didnt want to have a new home.
She wanted her old life, her old home, and all of this better life crap to be a
nightmare that she could wake herself up from. That would be a better life.
She said out loud but not loud enough for them to hear. They wouldnt have
heard me anyway, she thought to herself, because they are too busy
babbling on and on and on
BecauseICan knew she was being rude and didnt give a damn. She was
exhausted from the 3-day bus ride from heaven to hell and she didnt
care if she hurt anyones feelings by going straight to bed. She didnt need
a polite excuse to ignore her MOMs normalorNOT family.
Well BecauseICan was doing all of that thinking her MOMs sister was trying
to get her attention. BecauseICan, said her MOMs sister a little louder
than the time before. Golly jolly, I have been tryen to get your attention
for liken hour, BecauseICans MOMs sister said. What were you thicken
about? Nothin, just tired, BecauseICan said with a fake smile, well
thinking about telling her MOMs sister to leave her alone. Anyway, said
Aunt Annoyingly, I have a surprise for you!
Before BecauseICan could get what? out, her MOMs sister slammed the car
into park, jumped out, opened BecauseICans door, and jerked her out of the
car. Aunt Annoyingly led BecauseICan to a tree, by which an old lady was
sitting, all the time singing tauntingly to BecauseICan Its a secret, its
a secret I ant tellen you. BecauseICan was surprised all right. She saw an
old lady, not just old but ancient, like dinosaurs kind of old, sitting in front
of a stack of nasty looking tires, a piece of warped wood on top of them, with a
magenta green bowling boll in the middle of the table like creation.
What the old women said was the last thing on earth that BecauseICan was
expecting to hear. I am psychic and in your future I see, the old women
said, well hovering her hands over the chipped and worn out bowling ball, that
your life will soon be better!
With that BecauseICan looked at all three women and shouted, I have had
enough of this better life crap! I am going to bed!
She stomped into the house, then to a room, crawled into a bed, and went to