Happy Endings....Right?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic


??Tonight she walks alone. No friends, No family who loves her. She looks around as she approaches the house, no one in sight. She enters quickly and carefully closes the door behind her. She's back where it all started. Her mind flashes back to that night and a chill goes down her spine as she remembers the painful betrayal.

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?She was sixteen, her friends led her to this very spot. As she entered into the room she see's her boyfriend in bed with her best mate. She stood for a moment in shock as to what she wsas seeing, the harsh realization made her stagger backwards, causing her to trip over a table. She tries to stop herself from falling but it's too late. Her head strikes the hard concrete of the floor and she loses conciousness. She wakes, freezing and dazed. She looks down at the bloody scene, her friends crying over her body. Confused, she tries to call out to them but to no avail. They give no response. She tries to scream while they cover her her lifeless body but no one seems to notice. She reaches out to grab her boyfriend but her hand passes through him as if he wasn't there. Realization strikes her, she now comes to understand that her boyfriend is definatley there, but it was her who wasn't.

?It was that fateful night that changed every thing forever. An innocent enough mistake turned into a tragic death. Now twelve years later, the same group of people she once called friends, return to the spot it all started. They come once again to try and reconnect with a lost spirit. Every year on the same day, for eleven years, they've tried to no avail. They pray that this is the year that she forgives them.

?The group sits down next to the old table and tries to remember that painful night. As she allows them to see her spirit, she sees the regret displayed on their faces. And in their eyes, she sees her reflection. She sees that she is still sixteen, forever a child. Sixteen, forever a result of that fateful night. She sees how the years of living with this pain have aged her friends, their scared and battleworn bodies clinging to their last breath of life. She tries to speak to them, but something from beyond takes the words from her. She tries to comfort them as their tears fall, but she knows somwthing isn't right. The void that she has fought to keep from entering for so long calls out to her, and starts pulling her backwards. She tries to fight, but it's a losing battle. The betrayal she faced that night blackened her soul, weighing down on her spirit. Seeing them again was too much for her to take, and her soul itself starts to fade into the dark nothingness of the void. There was nothing left she could give, no more hope, no reason left to fight. She lets it all go. As she fades she can see their terrified faces, hear their agonizing screams echo around her. She looks back a final time to see her friends crumbling to dust before her. She was all they had left, their last bit of hope. Now that she's fading from existence, she takes with her everything she gave them. Allowing her peace to move on to a better place, while also trapping them in the void forever.

 

?Sometimes, there are no happy endings, no sad but sweet goodbyes.

?Sometimes, there is only a memory of what once was.

 


Submitted: June 14, 2021

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