Cathlyn and Carol were both totally crazy and wacko over Eric. Cathlyn didn't have to do anything to attract Eric. For she was already attractive enough. Carol on the other hand, showered Eric which love and care.
Carol wasn't ugly at all. In fact, she looked sweet and pleasant. But she wasn't a cheerleader, she don't fancy sexy dressing. So like everyone expected, Eric chose Cathlyn.
For Carol was just a simple-minded and ordinary girl. While Cathlyn was labeled as the cool and attractive type, Eric always insulted Carol. Telling her what a 'Plain Jane' she was and how dumb she looked. Which obviously made Carol feel so hurt and useless.
Carol never gave up though. She wanted to prove something to Eric. She wanted to prove that looks aren't everything. She studied hard, really hard. She became the top girl, and all the guys who once ignored her started to woo her.
But she never forgot Eric. Everyday, she put a red rose in Eric's locker. Always with the same words. "I care for you, and I always will." Because she knew that Eric was facing a hard time.
Eric began to realise how dumb he had been. His beloved girlfriend, Cathlyn was flirting with other guys. He regretted for choosing the wrong girl. Cathlyn broke up with Eric later.
For she had found a wealthier guy. Eric felt so cheated, stupid and dumb. He went to look for Carol. He knelt on his knees and said, "Carol, please forgive me. Do you want to be my girlfriend?"
Carol rejected him, much to everyone's surprise. She only uttered these words, "You've suffered a great loss, so I don't want you to face another one".
Eric felt disappointed. He didn't understand a word that she said to him. But they became good friends. Did everything together.
Eric began to change into someone better. Because Carol showered him with the love he never experienced before. His ex-girlfriends had never treated him that way.
They just accepted him for his looks. But Carol accepted him for himself. She changed him. Carol continued putting a red rose into his locker everyday.
With the same words. She never forgot.
One day, Carol didn't turn up in school. She didn't come for a week. Initially, Eric thought that she was on a vacation with her family as she had told him that she would be going Hawaii with them.
But one day, he received a call from the General Hospital. They informed him that Carol had been suffering from cancer. But Carol forbade them from telling him the truth.
She didn't want Eric to worry about her. But now that she was about to die. She wanted to see Eric for the last time.
Eric rushed to the hospital. When he saw how weak Carol was. Tears began streaming down his cheeks.
He whispered, "Why didn't you tell me earlier? Why did you hide this from me?" She looked at him and smiled weakly at him.
"When I said that I didn't want you to suffer from another loss, I meant this. I didn't want to tell you because I didn't want you to worry. I wanted to spend my last days with you cheerfully."
Eric looked at her, "You can't leave me!" he said. "What will I be without you?" "You'll be who you are now. I will always be there by your side. Never forget that. Cherish those times live life to the fullest. And one more thing."
"I love you."
And she died.
Eric screamed. He still couldn't accept Carol's death. He had only spent a month with Carol.
A month. But Carol changed his life in a way. A way that no one could ever explain. He regretted, but he knew that Carol would always be keeping an eye on him from Heaven.