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Heyyyyyy it’s your girl, back from the dead and avoiding her word count. No but for real, i’m slightly embarrassed about how little of NaNoWriMo I did. BUT I had two weeks of performances and another week where I was out of town with no computer so… I have a good bundle of half baked excuses to feed you. I will do a post on Nano in a bit when I have the time (So probably never, let’s be honest lol.) Anyway, part 14 of this lovely story that I know you all missed terribly.
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Since you all probably forgot what happened or just love this story so much you need to read it again, you can find links to the post here
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“Okay. Okay, okay,” I try to organize my thoughts, but it’s hard when she’s right there. And I thought she was gone forever. Gosh, I can’t focus, “Okay, okay, so, to get you out we’ll have to… No wait, we can’t do that. That got closed off. So then that must mean we have to-“
“Who said anything about me leaving?” She blinks, I look at her. The dog is rubbing up against her. She’s starching their ears and they look so happy. So content. They’ve never looked like that with me. Never so peaceful. I lick my lip and bite the inside of my cheek.
“You don’t want to leave?” I ask, cautious, my hopes soaring, my heart beat slowing.
“I… Don’t think so,” She murmurs, looking around. She looks a lot like the dog… dogs, whatever. Happy. Peaceful. Content. “I mean, what’s not to like?”
“You don’t want to leave…” I let myself smile a little, then make it go away. I can’t smile. Can’t even entertain that idea. It’s not possible. It’ll end badly. “You have to leave.”
“Why?” She scoffs, “There’s nothing for me up there. Bu down here… Here I have you and… and this, whatever this is.” She says gesturing around her. The dark rolling hills of nothingness and the red sky.
“I’m nothing. This is nothing.” I hear my voice crack. With panic. With franticness, “You’re mom, oh gosh, your mom. She’s gonna be so worried… I-“
“Will you just shut up?” She sighs, “It’s no big deal, we just send a message up to her, to let her know I’m alright. Then I can chill out here for a while.”
“You don’t understand. It’s not for just like a month or two,” I run a hand through my hair, tugging at the ends, “It’s forever. Like forever, forever.”
“You make it seem like such a bad thing,” She shrugs, “Let’s go tell my mom.”
“Wait.” I grab her arm as she starts to turn away. “Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait.”
“What?” She looks are her arm. My bare hands on her bare shoulder. I stare at it for a second to. I’ve dreamed of this. Of touching her. Just skin to skin. Just to be able to feel her warmth. But there is no warmth. There’s just a lingering heat of life. A dying ember of her entirety.
“We don’t have a lot of time,” I say quickly, removing my hand. Her absence of her jump starting my heart. My mind. “We have to move fast to get this to work.”
“What to work?” She asks, cocking her head at me.
“I remember something about pomegranates,” I say grabbing her hand and pulling her with me as I start to run.
“Slow down!” She groans, “And what about pomegranates?”
“I don’t remember, we have to find out, before it’s too late,” I say, dragging her with me. My heart roaring in my ears because as I grip her hand. I can already feel it getting lighter. I can already feel it disappearing. She wasn’t completely gone yet. There was still a little bit of earth left in her. A little bit of life. And if I just figure out how to keep that inside her. Maybe I can save her.
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