(For our final assignment we had to create a short story. This one is my original draft, the one I submitted as my final assignment is titled “Jenny’s Journey” (Short Story 1) that I shared on my page)
Life with Teddy
Soft music began to slowly fill the room, signalling it was eight am and time to get up for the day. However, Jenny wasn’t ready to wake up yet, she had finally fallen asleep three hours ago after a long night of agony and several trips to the bathroom. She didn’t want to leave the comfort of her bed, moving caused her pain. It was like this every day for the last four years, ever since she was diagnose with Endometriosis at the young age of nineteen.
Her thoughts were interrupted by the familiar sound of claws on her bedroom floor, she turned her head to watch Teddy walk up the ramp and onto her bed. She had found the perfect way to get her dog up onto her bed without her having to lift him or him jumping on the bed, both of which caused her pain. Teddy knew the routine, he got down on his belly and slowly crawled his way up to Jenny. Once he had his head beside her, she carefully rolled over onto her side to cuddle her dog, this was the best part of the morning. If it wasn’t for her best friend, she wouldn’t get out of bed at all.
Three years ago Jenny was really struggling with her illness and feeling depressed. She could no longer work due to the pain and her friends had stopped talking to her the year before that. Moving around caused her a great deal of pain so she decided that she was going to stay in bed as much as possible. She bought a small TV for her room and only left the bed to go to the bathroom, to grab food or go to her doctor appointments. After a couple months, she began to experience pain in her feet and legs when she was standing for half an hour and after two hours she needed to sit down. When she started to experience pain around her hips two months later, she realized her new pains were from lack of movement. That made her feel even worse, moving was now agony, she didn’t know how she was going to get out of this vicious cycle she was in. One night when she was up late because of the pain, she decided to see if anyone was online in her internet support group. She ended up pouring her heart out to a member and afterwards, they suggest she get a pet to help her stay active and to help with the loneliness she was feeling. Jenny liked the idea and began to research smart dog breeds, she wanted one that would be able to fetch things for her if she needed it.
A week later Jenny had responded to an ad about English Setter puppies for sale and was now headed over to look at the puppies. She was able to find the house no problem, there was pen in the front yard that had 5 puppies playing around in it and a couple kids squealing in delight at the puppies piled onto each other. There were some adults off to the side quietly talking to themselves so Jenny decided to head over to the puppies and see if there was one she wanted to take home.
Chad had been talking to some people that were interested in buying one of his puppies when he first saw Jenny. Her fiery red hair appeared incandescent in the sun as she bent to pick up one of the puppies. He couldn’t help but smile as the puppy started to lick her face like it was covered in food and wiggle it’s body in excitement as she held the pup close. Chad excused himself and headed over to her to introduce himself and see if she had any questions. Her green eyes, as deep and endless as space met his and for a moment his breath caught in his throat, she had to be one of the most beautiful women he had seen.
“It looks like he really likes you a lot” Chad commented as the puppy cuddled up to her.
“Good cause I think I really like him a lot too” she happily replied as she continued to pet the puppy in her arms.
Chad decided to give her his number in case she had any problems but secretly he also hoped she would call to hang out. Jenny wasn’t like any other girl he had met, she seemed more laid back and she didn’t dress to impress, she wore what was comfortable and the confidence she had in that was hotter than a girl in a skin tight short black dress.
Jenny never regretted her decision that day, she loved her new best friend Teddy and was starting to get into a serious relationship with Chad, the guy she bought the puppy from. Now she had a reason to get out of bed everyday even though it hurt, Teddy was worth it. He never complained if she kept ranting about how much pain she was in and if she passed out on the bathroom floor after a long night of throwing up, he would cuddle up beside her. He was always there to comfort her when she needed it, she was never alone again.