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The Anchor and the Wings

By Bri Swain All Rights Reserved ©



The night sky was dark and bare, no stars or moon in sight. It matches the way she feels. Empty and hollow, no light left within her. The wind blew around her lifting her hair, pulling on her clothes. Her lifeless eyes stared down at the words laid out in front of her on the tombstone. The name glaring back at her, Hadrian Morteus, her best friend was gone and his body was buried six feet under. No one knew what happened to him, except for her. She saw what happened, but didn’t know why he was dead. She couldn’t comprehend it, how could he be gone? He had been in her life since she was six, always happy, with that same silly grin and bright emerald eyes. How could she live without him?

She feels someone come up behind her. Feels their arms wrap around her waist and hug her tight. That was all it took for the tears to flow, rushing down in twin tracks on her cheeks. Her knees give out and she starts to fall. The person catches her before she hits the ground and sits with her in their lap sobbing into their shoulder. After about twenty minutes she looks up at the person, ”AlecXander.”

He cracks a small, sad smirk at her. “Hey, Lux.” More tears escape from her golden brown eyes. AlecXander pulls her closer to him, ” Hey, hey, don’t cry. You know he could never stand it when you cried.”

“But he’s not here anymore. He’s gone forever. It’s not fair. No one even knows what happened to him.”

“No, they don’t. Only you do. I don’t even know, but maybe you can change that. Write a story for the people that wanna know. Don’t keep it bottled up inside of you.”

For the first time since Hadrian had died a spark came into her eyes. She looks up at him, “Do you really think I can do it?” He smirks down at her, “I know you can do it. You are a know-it-all,  after all.”

She lays her head back down on his shoulder, thinking. They stay on the ground in front of Hadrian’s grave until the sun starts to rise. Lux stands up first, looking up at the sky and remembering all of the good times she had with Hadrian.

AlecXander grabs her hand, squeezing it lightly. “Make everyone understand, Lux. Don’t let them think up their own versions. Tell them the truth so they can’t deny it. He deserves for everyone to finally understand him. Hadrian might have been my rival, but he always understood me better than even my best friends. I'm just sorry to say that I never knew him that well, maybe if I did I could have helped him like he helped me. He doesn't deserve for people to just misunderstand him when someone can help them know what happened.”

She looks at him and nods. “I will.” She runs back to her dorm room, grabs her bag, and heads to the library. She finds an empty table in the back and sits down, taking out a notebook and pen. She stares down at the blank page, thoughts clouding her mind.

Then she thinks of the perfect place to begin. The moment everything had changed. The afternoon that she could never forget. She clicks her pen and began to write. 

He paces through the living room in his quarters. Broken furniture and glass is scattered on the floor around him. Anger and grief warring in his head. Regret taking hold of his heart. Stupid Morteus, he thought, couldn't have waited another day before offing yourself. If you had just waited one more day, you silly little idiot, then maybe you would still be here with me. I didn't mean to hurt you, love. I was just trying to protect you from harm.

Draco Malfoy sat upon the roof of the school looking down at the ground below. So easy, all he would have to do is lean a little bit more forward and then he could be gone forever just like Morteus. He wasn't strong like him though, he was scared of not knowing what would happen when he died. Why Hadrian? He thought,  Why couldn't you have been weak for once in your life? All you had to do was live, but of course that was too easy a task for you, you just had to prove everyone wrong and die. At least you did it on your own terms though instead of being murdered.

His storm grey eyes look up at the moon surrounded by the stars. "That's you Morteus," he whispers. "The brightest person in this dark, dark world surrounded by the naive idiots who think that one day they will shine as brightly as you when it's impossible. Just like the moon though, your light wasn't really yours. It was fake, wasn't it, Hadrian? You fooled us all by acting like you were happy, when really you were the most broken out of us all. Well, I hope you're up there laughing at us all in Heaven with your parents. You deserve happiness after everything that you have gone through because of foolish people. I wish you were still here though, who am I going to fight with everyday? Who's going to show up at random times and always know how I'm feeling and what to do to get me in a better mood? I love you Hadrian Morteus and I just wish you would've stayed long enough for me to tell you that."
AlecXander once more stares down the length of the building, just wondering what it would feel like to fall down it. He turns around and walks away as quickly as possible. He wants to hate Hadrian for leaving him with this grief inside his heart, but knew it was impossible. It wasn't like Hadrian had even known that he would affect everyone like this.
Dimitri Spayde stares at the bed right across from his. The emptiness mocking him, reminding him that his best friend was supposed to be on there instead of six feet underground dead. It felt like he had lost a brother. 
Finally, he tears his gaze away from the bed and looks at the wall above it covered in posters of bands and games that Hadrian had loved. Dimitri couldn't understand why he hadn't stopped Hadrian that day. He knew that Hadrian had been extremely upset all of that week, and now he would never see him happy again.
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