Anyway, I've been OBSESSED with the song Hanging On by Ellie Goulding. It's her version of Active Child's song. I don't care much for Tinie Tempah's rapping part, so you could either watch the edited version without Tinie Tempah (the first video), or this beautiful cover by two other girls (the second video).
But enough of that! Let's talk about "All Summer in a Day". I'm pretty sure I've talked about this story before, because it's just that AWESOME, but I want to talk about it again.
All Summer in a Day is basically my favorite story that's been told at school in sixth grade. It's by Ray Bradbury, famously known for the novel "Fahrenheit 451". It's one of my bookmarks on my laptop. Read Wikipedia's synopsis below, and if you're interested, read the small story here.
"The story is about a class of school children on Venus, which in this story is a world of constant rainstorms, where the sun is only visible for two hours every seven years.
One of the children, Margot, moved to Venus from Earth five years earlier, and she is the only one in her class to remember sunshine, since the sun shone regularly on Earth. She describes the sun as "a penny", or "like a fire in the stove", and the other children, being too young ever to have seen it themselves, refuse to believe her account of it. Out of jealousy, she is bullied and ostracized by the other students..."
So, what? Did you read it yet? 'Cuz I'm about to drop a bomb on ya.
Mm' kay. . .
Well. . .
Here's the bomb. . .
Clumped up in one big paragraph. . .
Here goes nothing. . .
The kids were all nine years old when they saw the sun. People on Venus see the sun every seven years. That means the next time they will see the sun is when they're all sixteen years old. TEENAGERS. I thought up something so weirdly weird and here it is: Margot returns to Earth because she's just really depressed and misses the sun and all. And since Margot was gone, William felt all guilty even though Margot forgave him and misses her. Margot doesn't talk with the kids on Venus until seven years later, and uh duh, they're TEENAGERS. But she doesn't talk to all the kids*cough teenagers*, only William. On the phone. When people find out how to communicate with people on different planets. And they talk to each other when the sun is out at Venus. William still feels really guilty but can't and doesn't really express his feelings to Margot cuz', well, he's still William. Two hours later, Margot hears the roar of the rain on the other line and decides it's time to hang up, and William is all sad that the time is up, but he's not sure whether or not it's because of the sun going away or the conversation ending. It's only when William hears the white noise of the telephone he realizes that he misses Margot, not the sun. And Margot learns to fully forget about the whole situation and William. They never talk again, but William lives his life on the question: What if?
Oh, I had another idea. I thought of it before I thought of the one I just told you guys. I thought of it during the ending of Hanging On. Big paragraph time?
Well, Margot stays on Venus. William and she turn out to be best friends. When the sun comes out seven years later, when they're TEENAGERS, they're really happy. They spend their time in the sun running around and chasing each other and acting like little kids. Except something's wrong. The sun seems to be hurdling toward them, getting closer and closer. (Yeah, I know they'd be too hot even if the sun moved an inch, but this is fictionous, okay??!) They're staring at the sun in shock, trying to do something. Right before the heat burns them up, Margot grabs William's hand and smiles sadly. She's giving up. There's no hope. They spend their last seconds together, staring at each other, unable to cry because the tears just evaporate off their faces. They know there was so much they could do, and they know exactly what they could do all along, but now it's too late. Aaaand, cut to black. . .
Sheesh, I just have a knack for making sad things even more sad. How can I think of these things and not burst into tears? Oh right,
I'M ASH KETCHUP, GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL!!!!!
Like, I just found that out. Uh, bye! Small round green vegetables.