Alexa tore out a sheet of notebook paper and scribbled down a quite note to her best friend. She folded the paper neatly, then discreetly handed the paper towards the desk next to her and held out her note for the person to take. She felt the hand of her best friend take it and quickly pulled her arm back to her body so the teacher wouldn't notice her acts. Alexa glanced towards Joey out of the corner of her eye to see him smile and write something under her quick note of, "I'm so bored! Wanna play hangman?
Joey handed the folded paper back to his friend with his added input reading, "Ya, sure.
" Anything would have been better than listening to the nasal sound of the lecturing teacher, in both Alexa and Joey's opinions.
Alexa silently giggled and wrote down, "I'll go first!
" before drawing out the simply and typical setup of the game hangman. Alexa didn't need any time to figure out a word that she wanted to use. She had been thinking about playing this game with Joey ever since the class started twenty minutes ago. She scratched out ten dashes large enough to fit one letter each underneath the setup for her stick figure's hanging. Alexa folded the paper back up and passed the game to her friend so they could finally start.
Like Alexa suspected, Joey went through all of the vowels, excluding Y, before trying out any other letters. Three of the five were used, spelling out: _ E
_ _ E
_ _ I O
_ on Alexa's dashes. The stick man had his head and his stick body drawn out for the consequence of the wrong letters of A and U that Joey had guessed.
Joey continued to guess letters while Alexa continued to write out the correct ones on the lines. Every wrong letter entitled another body part to be added to the hangman, just as the game's rules warranted for. It didn't take long for the game to start to come to an end, for Joey would only have six guesses to figure out what word was planted within Alexa's head.
When Joey had incorrectly guessed five letters, Alexa drew an arrow at the last letter he used and wrote a small note telling him, "Joey! Don't let me die!
" One last incorrect guess, and Alexa's stick man was as good as dead.
Alexa handed the paper back to Joey and waited him to make his next guess impatiently. Alexa watched her friend mumble letters to himself before guessing one at--what she guessed--random. Alexa took the paper excitedly, hoping for her friend to guess another correct letter so he would have another chance to save her stick man from being hung. Her smile faltered when she saw that the letter he wrote down as his guess was far from right. Alexa sighed and finished her stick man, dead at the hangman's noose. Alexa fished a red pen out of her pocket and wrote down what the three remaining letters were in her word that Joey failed to guess.D E P R E S S I O N
Alexa took her pencil once again and scribbled a small note in the corner of the paper. She sadly handed the note to Joey and laid her head on the desk, watching her friend. Joey took the paper, confused at his friend's sudden drop in attitude. He read over what was newly written and felt his jaw slack. Not only was "depression" Alexa's shocking word, but her little side note made the paper and pencil game sound like Joey really had been holding his friend's life in his hands while they were playing.
Joey reread the short note once again to make sure that he didn't just imagine it or maybe even read it wrong. "Whoops. I died before you could figure it out
Joey looked at his friend with wide and confused eyes. He pointed at the note as if to ask what she was talking about. Alexa didn't answer. All she did was look at her best friend as if she had been beaten close to death, and he was the one who did it. Joey finally figured out why it was so important that he saved her stick-figure persona when Alexa slid up her sleeve to reveal red slashes adorning her arm.