By Sarah B
I don’t own any of the characters, I’m not trying to
maliciously step on anybody’s copyright, and I’m certainly not making any money
from writing this. David
Everett appeared in the 1986
episode "Dead Man's Gold".
Jessica sat on her
knees and searched through the cedar chest at the end of her bed. She had not opened it in sometime. "Where is it? It has to be here somewhere," she said
out loud to herself. She lifted out
several items and looked at them. First
there was her high school annual. She
flipped through it briefly. She paused
on the page that documented the senior prom.
She examined the photo of her and David Everett. "King and queen. I'd almost
forgotten," she said. "My, he
was so handsome." She lifted out several
other books, some dried flowers wrapped in a plastic, a teddy bear that had
belonged to Grady, and the box that held her wedding gown. At the bottom of the chest, she finally found
it. Her diary. She flipped through it and then turned the
next to last entry.
May 31, 1954
Well, I haven’t written
to you in over a month. My life has been
a whirlwind since I last talked to you.
First the update. I am a high
school graduate. I was valedictorian
and I was awarded a full scholarship to Harrison College. I was so nervous giving my valedictory
speech but it went well. I could see
Mommy and Daddy beaming from their seats.
I'm proud of myself and I'm happy that I made them proud too.
Daddy lifted my grounding
in time for the senior prom. I had to
promise him that I wouldn't break my curfew.
He even let David pick me up
but made sure himself that David's gas
tank was full this time. I was just a
little embarrassed. I wore a delicate
pink gown. It had a strapless satin bodice. The full skirt was made of tulle. I felt like a princess in it. David
gave me a corsage of pink and white tea roses.
He wore a white sports coat. I
gave him a pink carnation to wear on his lapel.
He looked so handsome. We were
voted the Prom King and Queen! Can you
believe it?! It was a wonderful
We didn't miss my curfew
at all but I was mortified when David
was kissing me goodnight and Daddy caught us.
He flashed the front porch light on and off. Really, I'm not Daddy's little girl anymore. But, the best and most amazing thing
told me that he loves me. I think I love him too. I think that I might marry him. But nothing will keep me from going to
college and I told David that. David
told me that he will wait for me.
She then turned to the last entry.
June 20, 1954
Today is my eighteenth
birthday. I am leaving in two months to
go to college. Mommy is taking me to New York next week for
my first theatre trip. I should be happy,
but I'm not.
Today, Mommy ran into Mrs. Everett
at the grocery market. Mrs. Everett
told her that David has left
town. He ran away and joined the
Merchant Marines. He didn't even say
goodbye to me. I love him but I don't
think I can ever forgive him. I don't
know what I'm going to do. I don't think
I will ever fall in love again.
Jessica repacked all
of the books and other items back into the cedar chest. She started to put her wedding dress back in
when she decided to look at it. She
opened the box and carefully unwrapped the tissue paper that protected it. She stood up and carried it across the
Jessica held the
beautiful silk gown against herself and looked at her reflection in the full
length mirror. She had not kept a
diary after that last entry on that fateful day in June, 1954. "Thank God for that day," she said.
"Just one year later, I met Frank Fletcher. Thankfully, dear diary, my prediction didn't