More than Existing

Author's Note: Sad? I thought so. Well, this next chapter has a little happiness in it. (Keyword: little) Enjoy.

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Chapter 12 – "The End"

The next few months flew by. The three friends did everything. They went to Six Flags because Janine wanted to ride a roller coaster. Kurt convinced the professor to let them take the jet so they could visit Hawaii because Janine wanted to go to the beach. They even saw the sites in New York, everything from Ground Zero, to the Statue of Liberty. Once, they even snuck the jet away one night and flew it to France so Janine could see her old friends in Nord-Pas de Calais...of course Professor Xavier was furious with them when they got back. Eventually, a year came and went, and over the next few months Janine began to grow weaker. She never said anything, but Kurt and Kitty could see it in her eyes. She was trying so hard to hang on, but it was obvious to them that she was only hanging on for their sake. In time Janine couldn't leave the house anymore. Her spirits never fell as long as Kurt and Kitty were around. And nowadays they were around a lot. They came to see her everyday after school, and they spent their entire day with her on Saturdays and Sundays. The three friends knew their time was being cut short and they were going to make the best of what little they had left. During those last few weeks, they did what they could. They played games, like cards, and Monopoly and they talked. They talked about anything and everything, ranging from what to eat for lunch to how short life is. Janine taught them a lot about life even if she didn't know it. One day Kurt asked if she was afraid of dying, and this was her response: "No. I know I should be, but I'm not. My life may have been short, but it's been fun, and I've enjoyed myself. I think that's the point. Living you're life to the fullest, and not hoping that one day you'll get to spend your time how you want. I think I've realized over the past year, that there is more to life than just existing. This past year has been the best one of my life. You guys have really made it worthwhile. If I would have never met you, and they would have told me that I wasn't responding to the chemo, I think I would have given up right then. I would have never been able to go do all the things we have. Not many people have friends that would sit here with them when their sick. I'm lucky I have you guys. I think its being friends with you that has made my life worth living my way." Tears began to build in her eyes, "Thanks."
Kurt and Kitty held her hands that night as she went to sleep for the last time. In a way, it was comforting to be there when she let go. Somehow, it made Kitty feel better to know that Janine wasn't alone when she died. A few days later, a boy and a girl stood next to a freshly covered grave. They stood there for a moment and the girl solemnly put a bouquet of white roses on the grave. Kitty laid her head on Kurt's shoulder as she reread the words on Janine's grave again, printing them in her memory.

Janine Strong
A Daughter, A Friend

1988-2004

"There is more to Life, than merely Existing"

Small tears began to fall as Kitty looked at the grave for the last time that day. She hated letting go. Kurt silently led her out of the cemetery. Unable looking at Kitty, he began to blink back his own tears.

The End

After Notes: Wow, that was sad. I'm writing this at work, and I had to try hard not to cry. I hate killing off characters. Its sort of sad, cause this guy at my work just died yesterday from a heart attack.