After that day he started to come less and less to school and on the days that he would come he was never the same any more. He never laughed at my jokes or smiled or even tried to tease me like he had before. It was like I was looking at stranger who had his face on. Of course I didn't back down because I knew he needed me and that this was all a cry for help it had to be. "Hey Alex want to eat lunch together?" I asked him as we walked to the lunch room. I remember the first time when he asked me and how his eyes light up like mine when I had yes. He didn't answer me and walked away but not fast enough for me to not get a good look at his wrist. The scares that he called bracelets were deeper now and a lot more messier. I was scared that I would lose him then because of course I didn't know that I had already lost him...none of knew until it was to late to save him.
After school I called my mom and told her I was gonna walk home to clear my head of some thoughts. She didn't push me to talk about it and just left me alone to my thoughts. I walked home alone that day starring at his name on my phone and the last message he sent me when he was still happy. It brought tears to my eyes to think that something so bad could have happened to bring such a happy boy like him down in the dumps. Finally I got enough courage to call his house number hoping his mom could shed some light on what was happening but I didn't get that...I got something much worse.
"Hello?" It was Alex who answered the phone and my heart skipped a beat then broke when I thought of what he had said in class earlier and how he was avoiding me. So I started to cry on the phone with him. "Hi...Alex...it's Kelly." He sighed a little for a second I thought I heard a teasing remark about to come but was caught off by a drunk mans voice. "I'm home! Alex get your damn ass out here and great your dad!" The man screamed in the background of the phone call. Alex's tone seemed to drop all at once and that's when I knew that there was trouble at home. "Don't call this number again Kelly...Stay away from me at school and don't you dare ever come to my house again..." He had a sound of fear to his voice again as he spoke again. Then the phone hung up suddenly and I was left with silence and tears in my eyes.