2. Running in the Rain
I dash along the pavement, my own steps following me as they echo through the night. My heart pounds loudly in my chest. My breath turns white as I lose it into the night sky, I'm panting. No! I can't stop now! I have to keep running. Splash splash splash!!! Yikes!!! I nearly fell. Come on! I can do this! Even the lampposts have gone to sleep. Rain pours down hard, dripping off my iced brown hair. Just a little further... It's only a matter of time. I have to make it! I hear the owls call for me. Thank goodness that I am getting near. I feel water soaking through my jacket and onto my shoulders. I truly am sorry. More than Cosette is. Seriously though, what was up with her that day? Everyday? I recall how she acted towards me the day before. Writing things on a piece of paper. The one dreaded line I remember. Cosette wrote on her piece of paper "I am a CURSE and a BURDEN". I didn't dare ask her about it. Why should I? That is what I think about myself day and night so perhaps I already knew why? Cosette doesn't feel wanted in this world, like me. I have finally found something the ghost girl and I share in common. Her and I, we don't belong here. Why should we think we do for a second? She's the girl in black and white who stares blankly at everyone who passes and I'm just.. Well.. Me. Some people say that earth is a machine and there are no spare parts, we all have our purposes. That isn't true. For me or Cosette. Do we really have a meaning? A place? A home here on earth?
"ARRGGGHHHH!!!!!!!" I scream. I trip up and fall on the muddy ground. I cant see that well because of the darkness but my hand are covered in the icky substance. I wipe them on my now ripped jeans and examine my knee where the new hole is. The blood trickling down it is a relief considering it is warming my frozen body. My leg feels weak and my head feels dazed as I collapse on the floor.
I wake up, cold and lying on the ground. Heck - I fell asleep! I have to get going! When I try and get up, pain shoots through my calf. I really can't stop now! It's started pouring down, the Heavens have opened up I guess. Seriously angels, stop with the tears! I'm freezing to death here! Ok ok ok! I get it! As it in response to my thoughts, it started pouring down harder and faster.
I break into the clearing to find a sign saying 'Woodcreak Forest: No trespassing allowed!'. I stumble through the dark woods, watching out for the tree roots covered up by the fallen leaves. I see smoke and walk towards it.
"You're late." My grandmother greets me. A stern expression on her face as she keeps still in her rocking chair. "And look at the state you're in! Oh dear child, what happened?"
"There was a slight disturbance." I say. I fall to my knees and Grandmother rushes beside me.
I am held tight in her warm arms when I collapse and loose consciousness.