Blood Drive (Part 1/3)

“Excuse me, but is there anyone here who wants to participate in the blood drive?”

The attention of the entire classroom swiveled towards the open front door, thirty-one pairs of eyes – some expectant, some curious and some wary – examining the somewhat unremarkable attendant who had entered following a polite series of knocks. Class had barely started, a pity in that it was likely to have been a very exciting event given that the teacher himself looked bored to death, but, students being students, most were relishing the welcome interruption to what had had the prospect of being an actual class session.

I did, however, take the liberty of being amused at how excited the teacher seemed to be at the interruption, at his zero hesitancy on closing the textbook. Some days, no one did feel like class. Today seemed like one of those days, and there was no reason to kick out a voluntary distraction.

“Well then, I’d apologize but since I’m abandoning the lesson for good cause, we’ll just hold off learning about things you already know until next week, shall we?” The teacher announced with a chuckle, rolling up his sleeves and heading out past the amused nurse. Many others stood up, each with their own observation of the situation – “I’m actually wondering if we’ll ever get any lessons done at this rate?” “If I didn’t live where it’s supposedly infested with malaria-” quite a lot of people snorted at that, having heard the same rant every time the blood drive happened, “-I’d have been able to get a free freaking cinema coupon!” “Do you think I’ll still have problems with blood pressure?”

I turned my eyes back toward the desk, a sudden buzz in my head. This was the first time I’ll be actually available for a blood donation at all, age and medication having interfered the last two occasions this had happened. But then again, I thought, I hadn’t really been medicated then – unless you count Tylenol as viable blood donation risks.

 

Truth be told, I’d been scared. I was never very fond of needles, more so than the average person; I had embarrassing childhood accounts of rolling on the hospital floor in resistance to prove it. But still, it really was a good cause, and I did know, albeit theoretically, that those needles couldn’t hurt any more than the injections that we didn’t really have much choice but to take. I tended to overreact, pinching my thigh to distract myself even with those injections, but I did know that it couldn’t actually hurt that bad… right?

I thought back to a friend of mine, one that I particularly looked upon. He was probably the one life who had the most hardships throughout my knowing of any acquaintance, and he had been a very vocal enthusiast of blood donation. He’d only recently contacted me to alert me of his twentieth donation, to which I’d responded with the appropriate awe. I pushed my reminiscence the tiniest bit more to recall that time when he’d given me the most heartwarming speech in terms of his wishing for my happiness, and that tipped it for me. I stood up as flippantly as possible, and ran downstairs to where the vehicles were parked.

Another nurse directed me to the cafeteria, where the paperwork had to be filled out. I sat down nervously next to my classmates, eyeing the blood-plasma yellow paper. My mind supplied that it was pretty ironic that the blood drive paperwork had the color of what was essentially the liquid part of blood, but I kept that to myself. It probably wasn’t even intended, anyway.

“First time?” a voice asked as I turned, startled. The nurse who’d called us out for the event was hovering next to me, having obviously sensed by hesitance. I looked around and realized that no one else was having problems with simple paperwork. Flushing slightly, I nodded. She smiled sympathetically, and pointed out the boxes I needed to fill, and the boxes I didn’t really have to, unless I wanted to. Purely out of spite, I filled out my address as the nurse observed it in obvious amusement, probably taking note of my rebel soul.

She shuffled me over to the makeshift receptionist’s desk, where a man in a suit (looking horribly uncomfortable, god, that suit must be absolutely suffocating-) stamped my papers and sent me off with a, “Go up and into the bus labeled with the number four, if you will.”

I complied and went inside, and immediately let out a breath I didn’t know I had been holding until then. The familiar sight of my classmates greeted me, and the ease in which they were holding themselves convinced me that hey, maybe this isn’t going to be so bad after all.

TBC…


I’m…. trying my hand at narrative diaries? With a little bit of fiction touch to them?

So this is basically a snippet of my life, about a month back during midterms when I couldn’t just write it up.

Also a PSA that blood drives are important for hospitals because they often don’t have enough to give out transfusions to those who need it! Doesn’t even hurt that bad, really, and if you live in Korea you’ll get snacks and movie tickets and a little blood donor identification card that allows you a discount whenever you get a transfusion yourself, so yeah. Give life, give blood!

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‘active now’ #1

This one is a little something I wrote on a whim, and then got slightly out of hand.
(Just in case – Don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned my other works yet. I’m just desperately trying to distract myself from finals)
A little bit of personal and secondhand experience (or maybe a lot) influenced the general inspiration. To be precise, I was inspired by social networking sites in which a lot of drama can occur!
This probably isn’t going to be too long – three, four parts, tops? Hope everyone enjoys it, though :)

“You cannot be serious.” Helen muttered, running her hair through her auburn locks, glaring at the monitor like it had personally offended her. On the screen, the tiny black script glowed unblinkingly up at her, seemingly mocking her while stating that the object of her affections had been ‘active 1m ago’.

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Writeworld promt #1: Short Story

I wrote this on tumblr, from an image prompt by the writeworld tumblr blog!

This is just a snippet, but I might continue :) image source can be found here

Evening stroll by Miles-Johnston

Lorelei stared into the distance, the wind picking up her yellow overcoat as it danced through the air. Bursts of lights flashed across her features as she stared ahead, eyes steely, into the distance. She was lost in the view when she felt a soft nudge at her ankle.

“You sure you can manage on you own?”

The little blue critter at her feet, Leal, whispered softly, his own eyes also entranced with the view upon them.

Lorelei flashed a crooked smile upon her partner-in-crime, and quickly reverted her eyes back to face the front. A burst of blood orange, almost red, diffused into the sky, and all the others, equally colorful as the sight before them, ‘ooh’ed in quick succession.

This was not the first time that this had happened in their eyes; nor would it possibly be the last. However, the beauty never ceased to be so compelling.

“I think I could handle my own, at least for now.”

She murmured softly, wiping away all traces of regret from her mind. It had already happened; there was no use trying to deny it anymore. Regret would eat at her heart, would keep her from the great things she had planned for herself in place of Destiny. No use mulling over anything – the deed is irreversible.

“I know you are perfectly capable, but we all just worry, you’ve just taken a big step, after all.”

Treowe, a turquoise and rather long critter chimed in, the others nodding after him.

Lorelei smiled. “It’s funny that you worry about me now- I mean, I’ve just set my own entire village up in technicolor flames, what could possibly stop me anymore?”

Leal cringed at that. “Well, if you put it that way-“

“I’ll be fine.” She insisted. “It was something I had to do, wasn’t it?”

The sight before them was starting to resemble a fireworks display now. Explosions of all shapes and colors went off between the buildings, completely destroying any and all evidence that could suggest that it was once inhabited. A particularly gorgeous building went down, and Lorelei found herself absentmindedly mourning the loss of all the effort that must have been put in to make those now-crumbling stone walls.

“Just- know that we’re always here for you, okay?”

One last bang echoed through the plains, and everything went still. Every critters eyes flew back to the once-colorful display before them, now merely a wide, inexplicable patch of black in the meadow.

Lorelei adjusted her backpack and lifted her umbrella up high. It was time to go.