Disclaimer: I do not own Tuck Everlasting or the characters in my fanfiction. I do use lines from the movie and book in my fanfiction, which, if you didn't already guess, are not mine either.
Hey you guys! I have been super, super busy! But it's been so fun! Mostly (a-ha-ha, high school scares me)…
Anyway, "By Your Hand" will be updated (If you read it) so do not fret! I decided to do this story, though, because I absolutely adore Tuck Everlasting. I think Winnie made the right decision if it was real life. But for story purposes and stuff, I think she really should have drunken that water! Urgh! I wanted her to be with Jesse forever and ever and ever and everrrrrrrrrrrr! :O
So that's what this is going to be about! I read a lot of fanfictions on Tuck Everlasting, but I wanted to make mine a little different. I'm going to take it more of the "movie"-pathway, mostly because Winnie is older in the movie and that works out for what I want to do. So to refresh, if you forgot, Jesse is 17 and Winnie is 15 (In the movie! I am not using her original age).
"A proper education gains one's entré into society," my mother began.
"Your mother and I have given this a great deal of thought," my father interjected. All I could do is listen silently.
"Middlehouse Academy for girls," she hurried to finish her statement, as if I would run off, "in Pensford, has an excellent reputation."
"Middlehouse?" I would not be sent away to that school. How could they? Those girls are all the same and horribly boring, "But that's a terrible place, everyone says so. It's like a jail."
I fought back, but my mother just kept retorting, "Nonsense. Girls emerge from there as refined, young ladies well-versed in etiquette and manners, both of which you are sorely lacking."
This always made me feel horrible, as if I wasn't good enough the way I was. I liked who I was, Winnie Foster, myself. "But I don't want to be one of those girls."
"Which is precisely why you must go. I cannot let your unbridled nature ruin your chances for a respectable future."
"Winifred…" my father spoke quickly, "I'm sorry… But we have to do what's best for you."
"I won't do it," I stated, gripping the arms of my chair, "I'm not like those girls… I won't go!"
And I actually did run off. I couldn't take it anymore! How could my parents, my own mother and father, do this to me! It just wasn't fair! "Winifred!" I heard my mother's strict voice call after me.
"I won't go!" I screamed back, on the verge of tears, I was so angry.
My parents wanted to send me away, send me so far away! They hadn't even let me step outside the yard, yet they'll send me hundreds of miles away. I kept running, making my feet hurt as I pounded onto the ground as hard as I could out of anger and frustration. Finally, I reached the fence, the stupid, iron fence that always kept me chained here in this house. I tightly gripped the iron rods of the fence. Sighing, I released my grip, letting my hands fall back to my sides where they belonged. "If my parents are going to ship me off like this, then I'm at least going to live before they do!" I thought to myself, exiting the gate. I really didn't know where I was going, but I just wanted to keep going. So I did; and I walked straight in the wood. Today, I, Winnie Foster, would live my life the way I wanted to.
I waltzed through the wood, enjoying myself. I'd never felt more free in my life, yet I was only steps away from my home! I kept going, never looking back, not once. The wondrous sights filled my head—the beautiful trees twirling up to touch the sky, leaves falling to the ground in front of me, and even a rabbit scurried across the path I was taking. I wandered and wandered until the only indication that I had been out here far too long was the sun that was beginning to set. "Well, it was wonderful while it lasted…" I mumbled to myself.
However, I couldn't deny it, my heart was soaring. My feet were sore and my throat was as dry as the air on this hot August day, yet my heart soared. I was happy. It wasn't really a feeling I often got. Sure, I wasn't ever really sad, but you really could not call me "happy". I wandered around some more until I finally came to the final conclusion that I was lost. Dashing through and snapping stray tree branches, I reached a clearing. It wasn't much, but there was a tree that had fallen over, what luck I had! I sighed with such relief as I rested my feet. Sitting there silently, I heard something. Something… Bubbling? Gurgling? Maybe there was a river! I remember my father talking about how you should always follow a stream if you're lost… Right? Maybe that was wrong…
Getting up on my sore feet, I tried to find where the noise was coming from. Then, I spotted a shimmer out of the corner of my eye. Looking over, I saw a small spring in which the setting sun shined upon. "Ah, water!" I croaked with joy, completely parched. Kneeling down, I pulled my hair back and brought my face in closer to the spring. Making my hands into a tiny bowl shape, I dunk them into the water, scooping the cold substance up. The first drop of water slid down the back of my throat, and it felt like… Heaven! The water immediately moistened my dirt-dry throat. I gulped handfuls and handfuls of the water. With my thirst finally quenched, I wobbled up to my feet, which were only a bit sore now. I felt much, much better. I wiped my mouth with the corner of my sleeve, refreshed. I turned around to head back home, but I guess that never happened. Because, when I turned around, there was a young boy staring at me, a young attractive boy. And the look he gave me was enough to send shivers up and down your spine several times, which I think happened. His face was horrorstricken.
I know, I know it's short. But didn't it seem like an excellent place to leave you guys hanging? Ha-ha, it did to me! No, really this is basically the introduction to the story. I promise the next chapter is longer. This fanfiction will have set release dates, unlike my other story, so be sure to check it out each week! This will be updated once a week. I'll usually try to get it uploaded Sunday, but don't fret if it isn't up on Sunday. I promise there will always be a chapter a week. Note: The first like 3 three chapters will be closely compared to the movie, but after that, I promise it starts to branch out.