The internet is huge. But not huge enough for Ava to never meet her soul-mate. When Ava comes across the blog of someone with the pen-name 'retrac', somehow her life is transformed. With one simple message, a new love begins to blossom between two very different people. But whilst these two internet-crossed lovers exchange messages, a normal family gets along with their everyday life, just down the street. But behind every perfect scene, is a fault. What hides behind the darkness of the computer screen?


17. Ava


Slightly annoyed that I've had to wait this long, I decide to take the waiter's offer by sitting down at a table across from the door to at least order a drink and starter, in case retrac takes any longer. It's only a few minutes before they bring me a lemonade in a tall glass, ice cubes bobbing on the surface.

If only retrac's arrival could have been this quick.

I take a sip from the glass, bubbles fizzing down my throat, awakening me from my bored, tired state of mind beforehand. Who knew this could suddenly make me feel a whole lot more...alive. I feel like if I'm going to meet retrac, it has to be now when I feel completely up to it.

My heart begins to race every time the door to the restaurant opens, and crashes down around me as soon as I realise it can't be him. In the end I give up looking, and seem actually quite excited when my starter of olive bread appears. Munching on the homemade bread, I almost don't notice the waiter standing beside me, trying to get my attention.

"Madame," he says politely, as I turn to face him, "It seems you're accompaniment is here."

He points to the door and my eyes follow instinctively. But when I look to the door, two people stand there. One is a girl about my age, dressed as if she looks like she's about to go to a party. The other is an older man, who looks about the age of a father. But their faces are blurry from this view.

Which one is it?

My heart beats rapidly, my breath on fire.

Either way, retrac is not who he said he was.


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