The Crossing

If you had the power to change your past - to fix every mistake you've ever made, to live the perfect life - would you do it?

Alice Carlton, the sixteen-year-old good girl, is dying because of a single mistake.
Charon is trapped in a living death because he dared fight his fate.
Two wrongs never make a right. Or do they?

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4. Learning

            Alice gasped as if icy water had been poured over her head. Struggling to distance herself from what she’d seen, she ran her hands through her hair. They came away blood-free.

            “You see, Alice. That is what is possible here. So do you want to learn?” Charon’s voice was quiet and controlled, but Alice could still hear the pleasure he was fighting to keep in check.

            “You get some sort of high out of this, don’t you? Messing with my head?” When Charon didn’t bother denying it, she continued. “Why would I want to do that? Why would I want to kill the people I care about?”

            Charon sighed again. That seemed to be a habit of his. Melodrama didn’t even begin to describe his personality. “When you control the memory, you alter it as you wish. So, unless you want your boyfriend to be dead permanently, you have to change it. What happens here alters the real world too, you know. Right now, his parents are planning a funeral for this Benji.”

            That drew Alice up short. “Why did you kill him? Why?”

            Another shrug. “Forces you to learn.” He saw Alice’s expression and shook his head. “There’s a rule though, Alice. No altering your own death. You have three days to make peace with those you are leaving behind.”

            “So I won’t wake up then? Guess I kind of expected that. Ok, so how do I start?”

            Charon reached out and touched the skin between her eyes. “Close your eyes and concentrate on the memory. Imagine every detail. Let it draw you in.”

            Alice did.

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