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  • Lee.
  • Andrew Bellury


Sit here, child, and I will tell you about you about that man in the picture on the mantle.

We lived together in Mississippi and in Georgia. I was with him at three in the morning when we found out that Diana died. I've taken him to the hospital to get patched up 3 times. I've fought with hime and the got in the car and gone on road-trips to Charleston and to Mentone and to San Francisco and Nashville. I got a tattoo with him. I've watched him blow off tests and seen him with a goatee that looked like he should have been in Pantera. I watched him get grounded. I got pissed when he showed up late, drunk, on my 21st birthday. I saw him fall in love a number of times and the last time was it, the time, he committed and was going hard out and it was going to be something.

I can't tell all the stories of Lee and how much I loved him and how I miss him or how I weep, openly, when I stop my life for just a minute and remember that I had a friend, who was closer than anyone I've ever been to, who encouraged me and cheered me on and was there and was there and was there until he just wasn't.

He's never met your mother. That's what really breaks my heart. The fact that the one person who I am closest to in my life will never know the other person who I was closest to.

I was at her apartment when I got the call. They were driving home from his bachelor weekend in New Orleans, a weekend I would have been at had I not just started a job in NC a month before, and the sky opened up. It opened up and Lee was asleep in the back seat and he was dreaming of his wedding and then he was gone.

That was ten years ago this day.

Had I not ever known Lee I would not have gotten the call I feared most, and Marianna would not have taken me to the airport to bury my best friend and a bit of me, too, and then I wouldn't have been so alone and she would not have been there for me and then it would all be different.

Lee was my best friend.

And he saw to it that when he left, I'd have another one.
  • Andrew Bellury