Trapped

I wrote this awhile ago for one of my English assessment tasks and I wanted to know what you guys think :3 (It had to be less than 800 words so yeah)

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1. Trapped

I hear the distinctive sound of a gunshot. As my body falls to the ground the world around me starts to go black…

~2 Years Later~

I am sitting on the curb just waiting for something interesting to happen, but as usual nothing does. ‘What did I do to do to deserve this?’ My usual thoughts echoed around my head. I see a man rushing towards me, probably late for work. I brace myself for the impact that will follow, but he just goes straight through me, I forgot yet again, no one can see me. “Are you alright?” An unfamiliar voice asks, I brush it off and continue looking at the rush hour traffic in front of me. I sense a presence next to me and I feel myself tense up. I look around and my eyes are met by a set of mesmerizing ocean blue orbs.

“Hello? Anyone in there?” He asked waving his hand in front of my face. I point towards myself and he nods.

“Y-you can see me?” I ask in disbelief.

“Of course I can see you, why wouldn’t I?” He replied humorously. What? For so long I have believed that I am just a ghost of my previous life, when along someone can see me. 

“So do you have a name?” He asked playing with a rock at his feet.

“Skylar and you?” I reply, still in utter shock.

“Hunter, nice to meet you Skylar.” He said with a smile plastered on his face.

“You too...” I whispered standing up.

~3 days later~

Hunter and I have gotten much closer in the past few days, but I still haven’t told him my secret….

“Where are you going?” He asked jogging to keep up with me.

“I’m going to see my brother.” I replied picking up my pace.

“Wait.” He said grabbing my arm. Wait, he grabbed my arm, MY arm. That’s impossible! He gave me a look that said ‘I’m coming with you!’ I responded with a look saying ‘Ok...’ 

“Why did you ask me if I could see you the other day?” He asked breaking the silence between us as we walked. I was speechless. I can’t tell him I’m dead, that would freak him out, but I also can’t lie to him.

“I ahh, I’m dead, but I can’t move on because something is holding me back…” I said whispering the last part. After I told him this he stopped dead in his tracks with a horrified look on his face. While I was awaiting his response I heard the familiar sound of my brother’s scream.

 I feel that he has lost so much in the past two years, after I was killed my parents couldn’t stand living anymore so they both committed suicide.

I walk into the lounge room to find my brother gliding a metal blade across his wrist muttering the words “She’s not gone.” Over and over again. At only 14 he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Hunter walks in and sees the bloody mess.

“W-who a-are y-you?” Jake stutters, scared of the stranger in our house.

“I’m a friend of your sister” He replies. They start talking and I fell myself fading away and Hunter can see it too.

“I’m sorry buddy I have to go...” He says walking to my side.

“Did you see that?” I asked when we were outside the house.

“Yeah I did... I think he’s the one that is not letting you pass on...” Hunter replied staring directly into my eyes. I feel myself blush.

“Yeah I think you’re right...” I replied breaking our gaze. I have to figure out how to get Jake to let me go so I can move on.

~A few days later~

Hunter has convinced Jake that he must let my spirit go. At first he shunned the idea but now he has warmed up to it. “Pssst! Hunter!” I whispered from behind him. He turned around and grinned at me.

“What is it Sky?” He asked leaving Jake to look at old photos.

“I think it’s time!” I replied in excitement.

“Oh. Really? So soon?” He asked with a sad look plastered on his face. I just brush it off and start embracing the light, soon I am just a memory.

~Newspaper article: 2 days later~

A young male was found hanging from rafters in a suburban home with a note taped to his chest. The note reads: “I miss you too much to go on like this. I hope you can forgive me and realize that now we can be together forever…” 

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