This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.
Date: 9 July 2012
’11:11 is the universe’s way of urging us to pay attention to our heart, our soul and our inner intuition.’
We all have that one moment that alters the very fragment of our lives. Writers call it an inciting incident, believers call it fate. For me it was finding a young girl sitting by the Willow Bridge.
I was walking down the now familiar road to the dark wood cabin I called home. The crippling silence that surrounded me, had me on high alert despite knowing that no one would be awake this early. It was probably around 4 am now or at least I thought it was since my watch had decided to stop ticking at exactly 11:11 the night before.
I was picking up my pace, secretly haunted by the sound of my combat boots beating against the pavement. The violent whisper of the wind against the dimply lit street tempting me to run again. As I reached the bridge just about to sprint into the forest, I was suddenly drawn by the blue strands of wavy hair that seemed to be dancing with the wind. Enticed by the way she was looking out into the river as if she was saying goodbye to the world. I found myself walking towards her even before I could think of what I was doing.
“Are you okay?” I found myself saying and as I heard the girl giggle in reply, I couldn’t help but feel the irritation start to build knowing in a second I could possibly rip open her throat. Yet something in me was screaming not to hurt her, but why would I care?
“Did I say something funny?” I asked desperately fighting to control the thick layer of annoyance as I noticed her tear stained face.
“Don’t you possibly have a better place to be?” She replied not even as much as glancing up to look at my face.
“Look! I was just trying to be nice okay.” I half shouted at her, now more than a little annoyed.
“If you’re done, you can leave now!” She said finally looking up to face me and I found myself entranced by the subtle darkness in her eyes that seemed to carry so much pain and yet could entice thousands at her feet.
“Listen, jumping won’t fix whatever it is your running from...″
“Burning.” She replied.
“I don’t plan to jump, I plan to burn!”
“And how exactly do you plan to start this fire?” I asked looking around her under the bright light of the full moon that seemed to be shining directly above us.
“The sun..” She whispered almost as if she was ignoring me and merely answering herself. I looked at her for a second lost in thought not really sure what to reply, or if I should reply at all. What sort of person thought they could burn from the sun anyway?
I was about to walk away determined not to be thrown into this girl’s world of crazy, yet feeling a need to rescue her from herself. Save her from the world of darkness she seemed to be wrapped up in.
“Do you ever feel drawn to the pain, like without it, you are a canvass of nothingness?” She suddenly murmured but again I wasn’t sure whether she was telling me or telling herself. So I simply sat next to her waiting for what she was going to say next and that’s all we did for a long time, simply sit neither of us saying a word. Watching the moon in the depths of the river imagining what it could be like at the bottom.
“Why?” I whispered.
“Why would anyone want to die, when the fate of the world lies in our hands?” I asked turning to her for the first time.
“Think about it we control the fate of our life, we control how our stories end even if we didn’t have a hand in how they began.” Now waiting for her to answer but she simply stared at me with a blank expression on her face, so I decided to try something different.
“I need you to live.” I uttered looking her straight in the eyes.
“You realize you just met me right?”
“I do but that doesn’t diminish the need any more than if it was someone I knew sitting here, hell I probably wouldn’t care.”
“And why is it you Neeeeeed me to live?” She inquired back emphasizing the word need.
“I’m still a virgin.” I said watching her expression turn from cold to slightly amused then straight to confused.
“And?” She asked
“And, I need someone who’s going to help me get laid.” Realizing just how insane I sounded yet I was desperate to save her even though I had no idea why yet.
“You’re serious?” She stated looking at me like she had found someone who was possibly crazier than she was, which in all honesty I probably was.
“You need a reason to live I’m giving you one. If you’re here trying to burn which I’m not really sure how you will achieve by the way, you have nothing to lose right?” I queried as she erupted into a sea of laughter and for some reason I felt joy knowing I could at least make her smile.
“I’m a monster you know, I kill people.” She said articulating the last part as if trying to scare me but then being who I am, very little could shake me.
“Monsters don’t feel guilty.” I murmured now reminiscing on what had led me to walk through this bridge in the first place.
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