The time ran slower now.I could see the red sky above me.All around me,there were pictures.Endless images of me,of my family,of my friends...Picture of another,happier past.I felt like I could touch them if I spread my arm,yet I hesitated.I felt like something was holding me back and I could do nothing but give myself up to the gravity.
Will I die?
The thought crossed my mind like thunder.However,I didn't feel scared nor upset.If I was about to die,shouldn't I feel something?
"Take my hand." A voice rang through my ears.I looked above me and there was a man who fell along with me.He was dressed in black and his gloved hand was spread towards me.Because of the light of the sun,I couldn't see his face and I didn't recognise his voice.He was a stranger to me...But I felt like I knew him my whole life.I reached out my hand and...
And a pat on my shoulder woke me up.I opened my eyes slowly and turned towards Crystal.She had a small smile on her beautiful black face."He will notice you sleep and you'll get in trouble.Plus,he brought us a model to paint today,so I don't think you want to miss it,right?" She said and turned to look towards the center of the big room where a half naked woman was standing still.
My empty canvas was before me and I was sitting in the small chair I used whenever I had to paint in the Art College.How was I even able to sleep while I was sitting? Crystal's gently laugh made me look at her again;she had obviously noticed the my weird expression.
"Don't be suprised,you have done it before."
"Yes,really.Now start before Mr.Lock tick us off again." She chuckled gently again after I made another goofy face;I loved painting and Mr.Lock was a really good teacher,but let's just say his voice is not the first thing you wish to hear after you had just woke up...
The time passed quickly and the College ended without me realising it.Soon I found myself walking back home along with Crystal.
"What will you do now?" She asked cheerfully.
"Probably play the violin and then sleep.You?" I knew I sounded gloomy but I really didn't care.
"Oh come one now! You always practice on your violin or sleep.You don't have anything else to do?" She complained but when I just raised my shoulders as a reply,she shook her head and sighed.Crystal knew she couldn't change my mind or my mood so she continued."Well,I have a date with Ethan..." She said and her black cheeks blushed.
"From the dance class?" I asked,knowing that is what she wanted me to do,although I didn't care much.
"Yes and I'm so excited! I actually had a crush on him for a long time and..." That was all I heard since after that I allowed myself to get lost in my own thoughts.I knew Crystal would just speak about him until we part ways and I didn't wish to learn how good he looked when he smiled or about his friends and all this stuff I never bothered to care about.Ever since I remember myself,I was never intrested in boys or romance.I always thought it was too bothersome and really not worth my attention.
As I kept walking and Crystal talked on her own,I looked around.The red sky,the dark building,the grey streets...Scenes I saw everyday and yet I was still fascinated by them.I always knew I was weird,but I had never realised how much weird exactly.Not until I reached the age where I could communicate with people that is.Only when I talked to them I realised that they cannot see or that they don't care to see.Nobody bothers with the little bug that tries to climb the long tree or the shadow inside the dark window of a house that marks the life which exists inside the building.Nor the changes of the colours on the sky or how beautiful and peaceful was to count your breaths and feel happy only and only cause you can do it.
Thus,after I realised how crazy I seemed to everyone cause of my ideas,I never spoke again neither I cared to show my feelings.I became a stranger and only a few people were able to accept me.Unfortunatly,my father didn't belong to those people...
Lost in my thoughts,I tripped and fell,hurting my knee."Are you ok?" Crystal asked and I nodded.Only then,after I looked around,I realised the woman that was watching us.She wore white clothes and had extremely long brown hair.Her skin was a bit tan and she smiled to me once I glared towards her.I thought it would be better to look away and pretended that I didn't see her,but she actually waved as if she wanted to speak with me.
"Wait,I'll talk to the lady." I said to Crystal and went towards the strange woman without even looking back.
"Which woman?" She asked,raising her voice behind me but I was already near the strange figure.Only when I faced her I saw her deep black eyes and the small book she was holding.
"This is for you." She said and smiled,giving me the book.Without thinking,I looked at it:It was golden and the cover had five empty spots,as if it was something missing.The four spots that were placed on the top of the cover showed off the four card suits while the fifth was placed in the center and seemed like a half moon with a little star next to it.I could feel a dark aura coming out of it... I felt like it actually belonged to me,although it was the first time I laid eyes upon it.
"Do I know you?" I asked.
"No,but I know you." She said and smiled kindly.
We stared at each other for a while without talking.I tried to see what options I had."And what if I refuse to take something from a stranger?" I asked.I didn't bother nor was I afraid;I just didn't know what was going on,
"I'm afraid you can't do that,dear." She said in the same pleasant tone.I turned around to speak to Crystal who was probably behind me now.
"Hey,Cris,what do you--" But I was wrong.Crystal was not behind me.She had frozen to the very same spot she was when I left her behind.I looked around.Every had frozen;the birds,the wind,the cars...The time had stopped.
"What is going on?" I asked.
"You have to figure that on your own,dear.Now you have to die." The pleasant voice of the woman seemed to enjoy the moment.I almost laughed at her phrase,thinking she was a random lunatic.However,before I manage to respond or to turn around and face her,I felt a cold pain through my stomach.I looked downwards and saw blood coming out.She had stabbed me with a sword.
"It doesn't matter.See you later,dear.I hope your trip will be nice." She laughed and pulled the sword out of my wound.She pushed me to the ground.Althought I was bleeding,I was able to notice the time had started again thanks to the voices I could hear around me.However,I could analyze what had just happen only for a few seconds.A loud noise on my left side made me turn my head towards that direction.A van was heading towards me...
The hit made me go blind.Pain ran throughout my body.It was so much that I couldn't stand it,but thankfully it stopped fast.Voices were everywhere around me but I could only recognise Crystal's screams next to me.I wasn't sure what she was saying.My hearing started fading away and slowly all my senses abandoned me.
And then,I simply died.
End of Chapter I