down before I got to the gate, it was shut but if I got any
closer it would open for me, I wasn't ready to go through the
gate. I decided not to go through it yet and wait for as long as
possible, besides I was getting tired, I was also cold so rolled
up my windows then I put the driver's seat as far back as it
would go, it wouldn't go horizontal but it was better than
sleeping sat up. I leaned back as far as possible and closed my
eyes and fell asleep surprisingly quick.
I was woken
up not long after I fell asleep by a car honking its horn they
obviously wanted to go through the gate, I can't recall the
reason for going through the gate I just knew I didn't want to.
Well now I have no choice the road I too narrow for a u-turn. So
I started the engine of the car, which is very strange because
I'm 14 years old and never been behind the wheel of a car and
never actually paid attention to the driver of a car, but now it
came to me naturally. I went forward as slowly as I possibly
could hoping that the car behind me would change their mind but
they only became inpatient and honked their horn at me again so
I sped up a bit. As I got close to the gate it started to open I
sighed and went through it.
was beautiful but kind of eerie at the same time, it looked
stunning with silver, gold and even some platinum status, big
beautiful trees, rear flowers and even some thought to be extinct
plants like the Cry Pansy and the Hawaii Chaff Flower... how did
I even know any of this I have never heard of any of those
flowers, this is really weird what earth is going on. What made
it so eerie was that there was not one single animal in this
place... not a fish in the river, not a bird in the air (which
was a pretty gold colour not sunset gold but actual gold like the
statues) and no mammals wandering on the grass this was really
strange. The only other person here was the person in the car
while I came to a fork in the road, there was no sign post no way
of telling which way was which but both paths led to very
different places. The path to my left led to a very light place
with buildings that looked like they were made of white marble
and had doves flying in the sky, which was blue there. To the
right there was a very dark place with sky scrapers and street
lamps. That sky was as black as coal; it had lots of stars and a
full moon. I suppose I was supposed to choose one but neither
look particularly nice to me or a place where I wanted to live...
well I assumed that that was the reason for choosing (I would
soon find out it wasn't). In the end I chose the dark city, I
liked the dark but it looked far too much like New York for my
I drove down
the path to the 'New York' city I drove faster than I had done
all day all I really wanted to do know was sleep and find out how
I got here... the path was longer than I estimated, but I didn't
want to go any faster even though there is nothing any were near
me I could probably still crash or flip the car, something along
those lines, it was a miracle that I hadn't crashed already. When
I finally got to the gate someone tapped on my window "Oh no
please don't be anything bad" I whispered, the second I said it
horrible things went through my mind like; what if I went to the
wrong place would they send me to the other place, what if they
never let me out I would be trapped even worse what if they
executed me. I was close to hysterics when the man tapped on my
window again. I rolled down the window.
you doing here?" the man asked.
is a fork in the road down there and I figured that I was
supposed to choose which place to go to..." I said then added
"Why, aren't I supposed to be here? I'll go if I'm not."
"No no, it's
ok. You weren't followed were you?" that question seemed strange
if we were supposed to choose where we wanted to go why did it
"No the car
behind me went to the other place I think..." I paused trying to
remember... I couldn't but they weren't behind me so they were
either there or still at the fork in the road. "Well they are
either there or still at the fork in the road. Why?" I couldn't
"Well it has
to be your own choice you know free will and all that." That was
good enough for me.
But now I
was worried that I might need to pay to get in this place and
then for a hotel and I didn't have any money. I had a duffle bag
with clothes, shoes and toiletries in it I also had a backpack
with food and water in it. I don't remember packing any of these
things and I don't know how I knew what was in them, but I
couldn't remember how I got on the car either.
like to go in?" the man asked.
umm... what's your name?"
and said "Luca" whilst he was opening the gate, it sounded like a
really old name to me, well I've never heard it before and it
could be foreign and it still sounded old, but still he looked so
young, handsome and absolutely perfect.
Luca" as I went through the gate I added "I'm Copper."
Copper" he shouted as the gate began to close, that confused me
but I drove for I little while longer before I found a car park
and parked my car, got out of it grabbing my duffle bag and
rucksack, my car was a Daewoo, apparently I don't know much about
cars scratch that I don't Know anything about cars. I walked to
the door of the building the car park was for a man met me at the
door he looked younger than Luca but just as handsome.
me I'll get you a room and I'll bring you some stuff to make you
feel more at home later." His voice sounded sweet, but how would
he know what made me feel at home? I was more curious about
name?" I asked.
"I know that
name, it means brave." I shouted, at first I was proud of
remembering it but after a while I felt kind of embarrassed, I
felt like I should explain myself "Sorry, it's just that I know
someone with that name and we researched people's names and their
meanings and stuff like that, and I've never heard of the name
Luca you, know him from the gate."
"Yes I know
him." There was a pause. "Now I'm going to ask you a question,
please answer honestly. What is your first memory?"
It was a
strange question but I answered it anyway "Slowing down at the
first gate here the one that leads to the place with the gold
a lot of your memory... well all of your memory." He touched my
I was seeing
myself and I was falling... Falling from a cliff then I hit the
floor and started to feel numb and everything went
thing I saw was me in the car slowing down at the
realisation came over me...
"I'm dead" I
said "I'm sorry."
my eyes "Why it's not your fault, I fell off a cliff it's
How much did you see?" he asked
myself falling that's all... why should I have seen more?"
should have seen your entire life not just your death, that's my
job you see, removing blocks from people's memories. It didn't
seem to work on you though I wonder why... and another thing you
are the first person I have met with a fully blocked memory."
Tears were spilling over my eye lids now. "Please don't cry." I
could see he was feeling uncomfortable and I tried to stop but it
made me cry more.
s-s-orr-rr-y." I tried to say it smoothly and didn't succeed. I
took a deep breath in then out, that helped and I managed to say
"I'm sorry I don't know why I'm so upset." I started wiping the
tears away from my eyes. He waited till I was finished.
Copper, we will figure this out" he told me.