Death Date

Autumn finds herself face to face with the soul catchers, begging for 10 more days of life. She soon begins to unravel the secrets of the Shadow Realm and the Heavens and it's inhabitants. Rooming with the Soul Catchers isn't easy, especially when Mr. Talk Dark and Arrogant is the boss, but after all how bad can it be? And it's only for 10 days.. what could possibly go wrong?

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Autumn 

The sun crept up behind my black curtains, slowly illuminating my small apartment. I groggily opened my eyes, rubbing the sleep out of them as I looked over at my alarm clock.

7:30 

Oh crap! I'm late! 

I darted out of bed, running straight to the bathroom to get ready. I didn't know what had happened. My alarm didn't go off… ughh this is just great! I start in half an hour and it's at least a 20 minute walk to the office…
I hastily brushed my hair back and put on my skirt and shirt. Since I worked in the accounting department of a big corporation, dresses and skirts were required of us.
I quickly bolted into my kitchen, grabbing my water bottle and a snack for breakfast before rushing out the door. 
I hurriedly walked through the streets of New York at a steady pace, sipping my water and looking out at the busy traffic. I guess it's a good thing I don't own a car… I took out my phone to look at the time. 7:52. Not too bad, I just need to-

BAM! 

I was hit with a force that sent me staggering toward the edge of the street, almost into the flow of traffic. I just barely caught myself, balancing on my toes trying to avoid falling into the path of the moving cars. Horns blared as I was finally able to lean forward and step away from the curb. Fear coursed through me as I watched my water bottle roll into the street, instantly crushed by an incoming car. It left a dark wet stain on the road.

That could have been me…Holy crap, I almost died. 

"I'm sooooo sorry!!" I looked up to see a girl surging towards me, her blond curls bouncing. There was a rather good-looking guy with strawberry blonde hair following close behind her. She stood in front of my, catching her breath before continuing, "Are you okay? Are you hurt??"

I took in her concerned expression, nodding slowly. With a shaky breath I struggled to reply. "I'm…" I glanced at my smashed water bottle in the street, "I'm fine," though it sounded more like I was trying to convince myself than her. 

The gorgeous guy who now stood beside her looked at me worriedly, before turning to the girl.

"I told you not to let that horse off of its leash! It almost killed her." I look at them, puzzled.

"Horse?" I murmured. The girl simply rolled her eyes and looked at me.
"My dog, Viper. He's pretty big… I'm so sorry again for him jumping at you like that!" She whistled loudly and a big mastiff came running up to us. She calmly reattached the leash as the dog regarded me warily, then she extended her hand for me to shake.
"I'm Angel, by the way."

I stared down at the dog. So that was what ran into me…

"Uh, I'm Autumn, and it's okay. I guess I just lost my water bottle," I tried to joke, but my laugh came out feebly, as I was still shaken by my 'near-death experience.' I peeked back down at her dog, "I'll have to agree with your friend here- maybe it's just best to keep him on a leash," I gave her a light smile.
She winced "Of course- and hey, let us make it up to you. I can buy you a coffee to replace that," she pointed to the water stain on the pavement. I considered it for a moment, before the fair haired man with her pulled out a pocket watch to check the time. That's odd... Who uses a pocket watch...?

THE TIME!! It's got to be past eight o'clock already! Crap! 

I smiled at the girl and nodded, "Thank you, that's kind, but it's okay. Now if you excuse me, I'm a little late to work." 

She smiled brightly and stepped aside; the boy shook his head impatiently and started walking the other way, dragging the girl behind. I waved, shouldered my bag, and started speed walking my way to the office. Five minutes later I arrived, certain I was late now.
I got to my desk out of breath and sweaty, damn I'm out of shape. I poked my tummy blaming it for my shortness of breath. Maya, the receptionist at the firm (who also happened to be my best friend), walked up to me, smirking.

"Tsk Tsk Autumn. Tardiness is not a trait one wishes to acquire while working here," she laughed. 

I rolled my eyes, putting my bag in my desk drawer.
"Whatever, Maya, I need some coffee. It's way too early for this." 

She smiled and followed me to the Break Room where some coffee was brewing. Grabbing a couple of napkins, I patted the sweat off of my forehead. She leaned against the counter, "So what happened that made you late?"

I quickly recounted what had just happened on the street with the girl and the man. She nodded thoughtfully as I related to her my 'almost death.'

"Hmmm…" she said, looking thoughtful, "So was the guy cute?" 

I smacked her playfully, "Seriously?! Out of all that, the guy is what you think about?" I rolled my eyes and grabbed the pot of coffee, pouring some in my foam cup. 

"He was good looking though…" I smiled, shrugging. She laughed and gave a little clap.

Just then, the door flew open and a very handsome man walked in. He was sharply dressed in an expensive-looking black suit. His black hair arranged nicely, dark brown eyes landing on me as he strode forward with so much confidence that it took me by surprise.
I know I've seen him before…somewhere…

"Excuse me, I didn't mean to interrupt," He said, speaking lightly.

"Good Morning, Henry" Maya smiled nicely. He nodded politely but kept his eyes on me. Oh yeah- Henry! The newest Attorney at the firm, very successful for his age, youngest attorney in our office.

"You're Autumn, right?" He said, "I think we met briefly back when I first started, at a company meeting." 

I nodded lightly, not quite remembering,"Yes… umm it's nice to see you again."

He nodded, "I'm going to be very blunt, Autumn," He straightened his suit,
"I know this is very sudden, but I was wondering if you had plans tonight?" 

I blushed, definitely surprised. Tonight? Dang, so soon! Okay Autumn, act cool.
"That depends…" I grinned coyly.

"Oh really?" he said, smirking.
"Yes," I stated, "Why are you asking?" I sipped my coffee while looking at him steadily.

His answer was immediate," I'd like take you out somewhere." 

I tried to keep my appearance indifferent, giving him my best demure smile. It had been a while since I went out on a date- especially with someone as good looking as him.

"When?" I asked blatantly.

He smiled at me broadly, "Tonight, right after work." 
I nodded, agreeing,"Great, I'll meet you at your desk at six." 

He smiled at me once again and gave Maya a curt nod before leaving without another word. Maya squealed, clapping happily.

"Finally! Autumn has a date!" 

I rolled my eyes, walking out of the break room and mentally prepared myself for the day. A pile of papers was placed on my desk. I sighed and thought of my date after work, the possibilities getting me through my day.

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