The Girl Who Needed Saving

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Sometimes we need someone to save us from ourselves.

Submitted: March 08, 2016

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A single breath.  That’s all that I heard in the middle of that darkness.  It was just one breath, one soft flow of air that broke the silence.  Truthfully, it terrified me. I slowly turned my head, searching for what caused the small sound.  All I saw was a deep blackness.  More than that, though, it was a hollow darkness.  It felt like I was surrounded by absolutely nothing.  I was completely alone.  After a few moments, I heard another exhale.  It shuddered slightly, almost as if it was dripping with anxiety and fear.  That’s when I realized that the breathing I heard was my own breathing.  The discovery almost brought tears to my eyes.  I was so alone in this incredibly empty void that my own respiration startled me.  I didn’t like this feeling.

“Why am I all by myself?” I whimpered, and I realized the air was growing chillier.  I wrapped my arms around myself, trembling and crying.  I couldn’t remember anything before this place.  I couldn’t remember what warmth or happiness was.  I couldn’t remember what it felt like to be around other people, let alone people who love me.  The longer I thought, the colder I got.  My fingers and arms were beginning to lose sensation.  The tears that rolled down my cheeks began to sting.  I didn’t want to say anymore, and I didn’t even want to hear myself sob.  My voice sounded so broken and lost.  This was too much.  It was too awful.  I lie down on the hard, cold, smooth ground and shut my eyes as tightly as I possibly could.  My breath was coming in short, shallow, almost painful gasps.  I wanted to disappear.  I wanted to die.  I wanted all of this to stop.  But it never stopped.  It went on and on for what seemed like hours.  I couldn’t feel my arms anymore, and my face was raw and chapped.  I could feel a heavy sleepiness taking me over, and I was almost certain that it was hypothermia coming to claim me.  Then, all of a sudden, I felt comforting warmth on the top of my head.  It was radiating through my hair.  I took the last bit of strength I had left, forcing my eyes open.There, right in front of me was a handsome man.  He had his hand on my head and his eyes were warm and kind.

“Are you alright?” he asked.  His voice sounded sweet and gentle.  I tried to speak, but all that came from my mouth was a small croaking sound.  I began to cry again.  I wanted to ask for his help.  I needed his help.  The man lifted me up onto my knees and pulled me tightly into his arms, rocking me.  I snuggled into him, clinging to his shirt in hopes that it would keep him there with me.

“All alone,” I finally managed to whisper into his shoulder.  I felt his lips kiss my temple and he held me more firmly. 

“I know, sweet girl.  I know,” was his response.  “I won’t let you be alone anymore.”  I smiled, sniffling through my tears.  I believed him.  I believed he would stay with me.  I wrapped my arms around his neck.  Suddenly, I noticed.  There was light.  I was no longer in the darkness.  Looking around, I realized he was the source of the soft, yellow glow. 

“You’re glowing,” I said, voice shaky.  He grinned and pressed his forehead to mine, running his fingers through my hair.

“That’s the point, silly.  I came to light up the void within you,” he chuckled.

“Oh,” I murmured as I began to doze off.  “That’s good.  I needed you.”  And without another thought, I fell into a deep and contented sleep. 


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