The Truth

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: True Confessions  |  House: Booksie Classic
A girl who is unhappy with her life, makes a decision that may change her life forever.

Submitted: February 02, 2010

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The surface of the water rippled slightly with the wind, distorting the mirrored image of the full moon reflecting off its surface. I placed my hands on the railing of the steel bridge brushing my fingers over its cold frame. I took one last breath and pulled myself up onto the railing, teetering for a moment on my heels before steadying myself and facing the truth that was reflected back at me by the water.
My imperfections staring back at me, as clear as ever. The signs of a miserable life, left to walk this world alone and neglected. I didn’t want this life, I never had. Ashamed and disgusted with the way I had lived for so long, I looked away.
The world around me lay silent, asleep and completely unaware of what I was about to do. I looked towards the sky were the stars shined clearly in the sky, so perfect, so beautiful. When I was younger I had wished that someday I could be a star, so perfect and beautiful, lighting up the sky with my beauty and grace.
I closed my eyes, letting my head fall back and felt my hair blow in the gentle breeze. This moment was perfect and I grasped onto it, placing it in the back of my mind hoping to never forget this one perfect moment in my life. I had lived a lie for too long and this was the one moment that the truth could come out, but no one would be around to hear it, no one had never been there. My eyes began to sting as tears began to spill out and in that moment of weakness I let go, letting myself fall into the river below.  
I fell for a few seconds before hitting the water, washing the tears away. Instantly water rushed into my ears and my body temperature began to fall as I became more submersed in it. I closed my eyes, forgetting the pain and waiting for it all to end, hoping this was the end.
Suddenly the reality of it all came flooding back to me. Maybe my life wasn’t as bad as I had made it seem. Maybe if I saved myself now I could change everything around and start over.
I opened my eyes and looked up. The surface above me but becoming farther away as I slipped under, my body unmoving and numb, almost lifeless. With all the strength left in me, I began swimming for the surface. Struggling severally to reach the top, blood pulsing in my veins, and pain sweeping through my body with every movement I made. My lungs began screaming for air, and my head was pounding along with my heart.
I broke the surface, gulping in every bit of oxygen I could. I used the last bit of the energy I had to swim toward the shore, every stroke filled with pain. I reached the shore, collapsing in the soft sand, digging my hands into its cold depths dragging myself farther out of the water. Exhausted and tired I looked at the sky, thankful the stars were still shinnying. As I caught my breath, a wave of fear and confusion swept over me. I shivered in the cold as I felt hot tears burning my eyes like earlier. Then slowly, one by one, they began to fall and this time I did not jump to stop them.


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