Losing It All

By Gia, age 16, Florida

On one cold, dreary day in our London flat, as the rain rattled against the windows, I held onto Mimi as she breathed her last fluttering breath.

It's been a week since I'd seen those eyes staring at the camera on the mantle. Or her hands gracefully fingering the remote control. A week. If something happens to me, Ron, I want you to leave London. She gave me a weak smile. London was her dream. She loved it here. Not me. I loved her though, and would follow her anywhere.

It's time for me to leave London. I haven't slept in weeks, caring to her every want and need. Her once athletic body became a saddened victim to the sores and pains that plagued her. At least I'm not dying alone, she added one morning after an hour of chills and vomiting. I'm missing that longing gaze that made me fall in love with her. Her eyes that have a hold on me.

I walked into the bathroom ready to brush my teeth. There were two toothbrushes staring back at me. I'm living in denial, I state to the walls, since there is no one around. I want to hear Mimi saunter in through the door after one of her many two mile bike rides. Ron! That ride was amazing! The scent of her vanilla and strawberry shampoo lingers. I want to run my hands through her hair and watch her giggle as I tickle her. I walked into our bedroom and knew I had to leave London for good. She wants me to be happy.

The For Sale sign flaps in the wind as I pack up the last of the boxes into my Mini Cooper. All that's left is the red velvet couch I can't salvage. It tugs at my heart. Goodbye, Mimi, I whisper.

Ron! That car never worked! she would yell, then giggle as I told her she was wrong. I look up at the flat, teary eyed, and then without another glance, pulled out into the five o'clock London traffic.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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