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The cold midnight air kissed my exposed skin as I stood watch over the city from my apartment balcony. The lights below were fuzzy reminders of far-away life. I had chased a fantasy—a dream. But at the time, it didn’t seem to matter. I remember her eyes, the deep sparkling water of those dark pools. I remember the way lines form beside her eyes when she smiles, radiant and full of merriment like all the Christmas lights in my childhood. I remember how she whispered, how her voice would seep into my skin and embrace my dirty soul. I kept thinking to myself what I did to deserve her, and I often wondered how she could love a man like me.
Warmth rose up in my cheeks and flowed slowly from my eyes. I embraced myself; it felt like the cold had gotten the best of me. My lips were dry and shaking, and I could smell the alcohol from my own frozen breath. I had been drinking, hoping that the sweet burn of the intoxicating liquid would wash away the thorns in my core. It numbed me a bit, but it only made my memories of her more vivid.
It was then that the sweet scent of her perfume drifted into my space, as if to call my attention to a presence surrounding me. I looked around, inside my messy, dimly-lit apartment, and I could almost feel her there.
“Marika,” I called out softly into the void, hoping that the darkness would answer. “Marika, are you there?”
A feminine figure seemed to take shape, emerging like smoke from the shadows of my apartment. Slowly, I recognized her features—her lips, her cheeks, her eyes. I fell backwards, and the wall broke my fall. A cold wave moved upwards across my back, filling my head with confused waters that crashed on the shore of my consciousness. She walked closer and closer, until finally I could feel her warmth. She looked into my eyes, and I remembered how it felt when I first saw her that pleasant summer morning.
I found myself without a voice, the alcohol in my system finally hitting me in between the eyes. She held my cheek with her fingertips and I felt her warmth embrace me.
“It’s you,” I said in a whisper, afraid that I might violate our sacred space. “How—?”
She looked outside, into the living city, into the night. “We don’t have much time,” she said with a hint of emptiness in her voice. She brought her eyes back at me, and I stood still. “Daniel,” she said, and at the mention of my name, I felt my knees tremble. “Hold me.”
I embraced her fully, but before I could feel her warmth—the proof of her—Marika had vanished.
Laraine Smith: My only suggestion on the grammar is to use www.grammarcheck.net. I have it bookmarked on Google Chrome. I see myself in the determination in this beautiful story! I have Cerebral Palsy, and I have dreams that I have been working hard for, too! The humor made me laugh!
zoheusher20: What more can I say? The writing style and little details drew me into the book and for the entirety of the story I was Juliet. I felt her turmoil and emotions and every trouble or triumph as they arrived. This story was very different and had quite a few little but unexpected twists that made it...
N_F_G: This story was fantastic! It was really enjoyable, and the characters and locations felt real to me as I read the story! Celeste was an amazing character, who survived all her struggles, and I felt the author did an excellent job writing about suicide and self harm- in a sensitive, authentic mann...
Ashley Kimler: I love the drama and the darkness of this story. Sadly, I was distracted my editorial errors and couldn't delve into it. The grammar mistakes kept me from being able to forget where I was and immerse in the story. If not for that, I think I would have given this chapter 5 stars. My advice to the ...
_Dusks_kiss: I never knew that one of my favourite childhood cartoons could turn into such a beautiful story. Tho there are many grammatical errors and writing errors, this story warmed my heart to 100%. I would definitely want this book to get published and I would also buy it. It’s amazing character develop...