Sacrifice and Love

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is part of novel I've always wanted to write; it's been in my head quite awhile, actually. Besides being part of a story, it's also a riddle. There are 3 characters: Katherine Lewis, Indigo Clay, and Aaron Kane. There are 3 paragraphs, each in a different perspective. See if you can match the perspective to the character. Enjoy!

Submitted: February 03, 2015

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Submitted: February 03, 2015

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I saw a light in the distance. It beckoned to me, and I felt myself drifting towards it. It felt so warm, so nice, like my best memories. I can go there and be free. From my worries, the world, everything. Forever. Then something sliced through my trance. Aaron Kane. The name swirled around in my brain, among the mist that threatened to shut me down forever. Suddenly, everything came flooding back. The journey. The war. The arrow. No. I must go back. I forced myself to turn away from the light and gazed at the long, dark journey back. It will be a dangerous trek back. I must. For Aaron.

 

I am stuck. As smart as I am, I’m conflicted. On one side, it’s my childhood sweetheart, my first crush. Indigo Clay. The other was first a close friend, then a companion bonded by trauma, and finally, my other crush. We’ve been through so much together, her and me. She saved my life. She refused to leave without me, even when her life was in danger. She took the arrow for me. Suddenly I knew my answer. Katherine, my conscience whispered. Katherine Lewis. I found myself murmuring her name. I have made my choice: I will not leave her here alone. She will make it. I know she will. Otherwise, I will die with her.

 

She lied on the cold stone floor, pale. Her clothes were stained with blood, hers and others. After the long battle, blood was inevitable. But what shocked me most was the arrow that protruded from her chest. I saw what had happened. The arrow was meant for Aaron. But she saw it, and too late to warn Aaron, she leapt in front of him and took the arrow for him. Now her life hung in balance. I watched Aaron sank to his knees, holding her hand. I watched tears fall from his face. I saw him whispering her name. I turned around, and behind the boulder, I wept silently. I finally made my decision, though it pained me to do so. I will give up Aaron. He belonged with her, not me. They’ve been through so much together. They have a bond that we never will have. They will be happy together. I will leave, and spare Aaron the awkwardness. It will hurt him too, but I know it is the best for all of us. He will be grateful later. Our time together was short, but happy. I will treasure it forever. I know he will too. I know of Aaron’s feelings for her, even if he is not aware of them. We girls observe; it is a natural trait. I hope Katherine makes it. Because I know Aaron too well; he will die with her if she does not regain consciousness.


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