He ran, as fast as he could. This couldn't be happening. His bare feet slammed the pavement as he bolted down the street, tears blurring the street lights, making them look like the moon.
Images of him flashed before his eyes. He had known him forever, always smiling, despite everything. He had known the cruelty of the world, but never showed it. He once told him, given the choice, he would rather take everyone else's pain upon himself than never feel pain again and watch the world suffer. This child, beaten, neglected, always had a smile on his face, just so no one would worry. He was the only friend the boy had. He was the kindest, gentlest kid he knew. He wouldn't harm a fly, but always took the place of someone else who suffered. The kindest kid he knew. Was the one who had been through the most. He wiped his eyes, and turned the corner. Why is it always the worst things happen to the best people, and the best things happen to the worst people? He had confided in him, he should have been the one he confided in.
He stopped in front of the house that was never really his home. And clapped his hand over his mouth to keep him from screaming. He sobbed and let the tears flow. His mind flashed back to the last text he ever received from him.
"I know I will never be able to take away the burdens of the world, but I can take away one of yours. I'm so sorry. Forgive me."
He fell to the ground. He let all of it out, and screamed, tears flowing as does the fountain of youth. He looked up at the pale face of his friend, suspended from the tree, rope around his neck. He thought back to the times when they were small, and read stories of happy ever after. He told me he wanted everyone to have a happy ever after. "Can't you see now?" He sobbed. "It doesn't exist!" He screamed at the sky. "ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?! HE DIDN'T DESERVE THIS! NO ONE DESERVES THIS!!"
He picked up rocks from the ground and threw them at the window of his house where he had never been appreciated. Neighbors came out of their houses and held him back. He stuggled only for a minute, then broke down it tears. He saw a neighbor take out their phone.
"911, what's your emergency?"
"I need to report a suicide"