Alone in the world

I'm alone and the world has ended.

All alone. My world is changing and I'm trying to find out what's happening.

I'm falling in love with someone at the wrong time.

I'm alone in this world


2. Introduction



“My name is Sam.” The first sound, after a very long night.

I looked up and tried to read the boy's-Sam's- expression. Again, he looked like he was analysing me.

I looked down quickly.

“Annabel.” I replied in a whisper.

The small girl, who was sitting between us, looked up at me.

“I have a very similar name to yours. My name is Annabeth.”

I laughed. It was definitely the first positive emotion that had come out of me.


“ Well Annabeth,” I said to her, smiling, “Why don't we call you Beth so we don't get confused?”

“ Like the quiet girl in 'Little Women'?” she asked me.

I was surprised. 'Little Women' was centuries old and I couldn't really imagine a young girl like her to read it.

“Yes. Like Beth in 'Little Women'.”

Beth smiled at me and then glanced at the boy called Sam.

“ I've seen you before. You were eating berries,” she told him.

Berries?” I questioned, horrified. I was sure there were no bushes around when I was looking for Alice.

Sam looked at me, a little sheepishly.

“ Anyway, how old are you?” he asked me.

“Fifteen,” I replied automatically, but then I hesitated. “ What's the date today?”

“ Fourteenth of March,” he replied, glancing at the sun that was now rising.


I was silent for a long time.


It's my birthday today. I'm sixteen.” I whispered.


Beth and Sam were watching me. We were all quiet for a long time.

“I'm sorry.” Sam whispered.

I looked at him. If the world had not ended, I would have been with my family. I would have been with my friends. I would have been with Alice.


Alice. I missed her so much.


“ I'm seventeen.” Sam said to me. He looked at me, to see my reaction.

I didn't move for a long time.

“ I'm seven.” Beth sighed. She rested her head on my shoulder and we were all still for a long time, watching the sun rise.

I realized we had been sitting here for the whole night. The three of us: Sam, Beth and I. I also realized I had a new family.

But I wanted Alice. So much.

I sighed and rested my head on Beth's head. Sam looked at us for a moment and then closed his eyes. It stayed closed.

I also closed my eyes. And they also stayed closed.

My dreams were beautiful. Full of colour and hope. Maybe it was a birthday treat. Maybe.

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