I found myself walking through town, aimlessly it seemed, stunned by the stark silence that surrounded me.
There was not a bird in the air nor a soul on the street; it was eerie and unsettlingly.
Even worse was the mist that had descended over everything; it hung in the air, a swirling vapour, and as I cut through it with squinted eyes I could swear I could see shadows darting through it.
I spied the flickering orange light from a lamppost up ahead and instinctively moved towards it, telling myself the dread that crept up my spine was simply from the atmosphere and not from ethereal hands caressing the back of my neck.
My heart stopped as I reached the beam of light.
Of all the times and places for her to show up.
She was exactly as I remembered her: those long, curling locks, those wide green eyes, that silky smooth skin. She was even wearing the same coat, a long black number with buttons down the front, over a striped yellow and orange top that clung to her in all the right ways…and yet was classy and respectable.
I lump formed in my throat. Whispers danced all around me, urging me towards her, and when she looked up and waved, that same small smile tugging at her lips, I just about died.
I tried to wave back but my arms felt heavy as lead, and I prepared to tell her how much I missed her and awkwardly flirt with her like how I used to everyday when she casually walked through me as if I wasn’t even there.
I turned, shocked, and watched her disappear into the mist. I frantically patted myself all over, stunned, and that was when I saw the blood stain spreading down the front on my shirt. The whispering grew to a crescendo all around me as that one shining light finally fizzled out and, in the darkness that swamped me, I felt hands clutching at my body, pulling me deeper into the black.
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