Because I Can

Because I Can - 10th grade short story Initiation/quest


Brittany Autumn Bragg

Her mom named her BecauseICan when she was born ( to constantly remind her
she could have a better life) and she proudly lived up to her name, because she
could, because she wanted to.

BecauseICan’s journey began long before she could remember. Her mother
taught her about a better life. Her grandmother taught her mother about a better
life. Her Great Grandmother taught her grandmother the same.

BecauseICan knew there was a better life because that was all she had ever
known. She always had what she needed and she always got what she wanted. Her
mind was already made up that she already had a better life.

A better life was filled with happiness and joy. A place where sugar and
spice and everything nice really was what the women and girls she knew were made
of. Until the day everything changed.

For the first time she was faced with making a choice about a better life.
Her mom lost her job, they ran out of money and that made for a really crappy
life. Her mother told her they were going to have to move in order to have a
better life. “I don’t want a better life!” BecauseICan shouted at her mom.
“I liked my life until you lost your job and screwed it up for me!” Her mom
tried to explain that sometimes things can’t stay the same but when bad things
happen there is always a better life.

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The only difference between BecauseICan and the women she came from was that
she was the only one to ever say she didn’t want a better life. She didn’t
feel like them anymore. They all had a better life why did hers have to be bad
because her mom said there was a better one.

Life didn’t get better for BecauseICan. It seemed to get worse and she had
no choice about it. It was the worst day of her life as she packed her stuff.
She told her mom, “You get a better life, but my life will never be better
until I am old enough to move back here to Origination, California.”

The Initiation bus station was smaller than BecauseICan expected. “The
Origination station was so much bigger and nicer where I used to live,” she
said to her mom. “Not even the Transfer station from there to here was as bad
as this.”

Within minutes BecauseICan and MissMaker had their bags off the bus and were
met by her mom’s sister, (who BecauseICan REFUSED to acknowledge as her aunt)
to take them to their new house (which BecauseICan REFUSED to acknowledge as her
new home).

“Welcome to normalorNOT!” said her MOM’s sister, smiling lovingly at
her niece BecauseICan. “The whole family is at the house waiting.”
BecauseICan did not return her MOM’s sister’s smile and she didn’t even
say hello.

As they drove to BecauseICan’s MOM’s sister’s house, BecauseICan
listened, annoyingly, to them talk excitedly about family this and family that!

“They are all here, grandma and grandpa, greatnan, and a bunch of our
cousins.” She said. “Aunt Annoying and the freaks from normalorNOT is more
like it!” thought BecauseICan to herself. “This will be the best family get
together in a long time. We are all so glad you finally came home to a better
life,” said her MOM’s sister. With

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that BecauseICan tried to block her out, but her MOM’s sister kept babbling
on and on.

BecauseICan struggled to keep from yelling at them. She wanted to tell them
to shut up about all that happy better life crap. She wanted to tell her MOM’s
sister she didn’t want a better life, she didn’t want to have a new home.
She wanted her old life, her old home, and all of this better life crap to be a
nightmare that she could wake herself up from. “That would be a better life.”
She said out loud but not loud enough for them to hear. “They wouldn’t have
heard me anyway,” she thought to herself, “because they are too busy
babbling on and on and on…”

BecauseICan knew she was being rude and didn’t give a damn. She was
exhausted from the 3-day bus ride from “heaven to hell” and she didn’t
care if she hurt anyone’s feelings by going straight to bed. She didn’t need
a polite excuse to ignore her MOM’s normalorNOT family.

Well BecauseICan was doing all of that thinking her MOM’s sister was trying
to get her attention. “BecauseICan,” said