Silence

"The more I gave to her, the more full my heart felt, but I could give nothing to her now. As I lay there and as the ground began to shake, I closed my eyes. We were foam on a rolling ocean wave that was about to embrace the sand that it had created" [Entry for Endfic Writing Competition - CC Greatly Appreciated]

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1. Silence

Wind was the only thing that I felt as I looked over the railing. He whispered cold solace in my ear, and made his last prayers known as He screeched through the screen that surrounded the porch. Her family as well as mine were gathered together on the couch, eyes focused on the ground and spines bent over in fervent begging for some unknown resolution. They did this not because of faith in some god but because they knew that if their eyes met, the fear reflected there would confirm what was now only a thought.

 

Lost in my own head, I jerked as the glass divider shrugged to life. She was the one opening it.  It’s funny, even then, I couldn’t help but see how stunningly beautiful she was; her constantly ruffled some shade of brown hair was short, her smile could make anyone see her inpatient peace, and her eyes were blue. No, not blue. They were the color of the sky when it is no longer day but not yet night, a color that was then highlighted by the blotchy red that flooded her face.

 

As she crossed the short eternity and sat next to me, I knew that nothing could be said. My mind screamed that this time would be the last time I would gently touch her callused hands, the last time she would kiss me. Then, she buried her head in my chest and let me run my thumb across her purposefully slack face. Only then did my eyes sting with hot tears as I had come to peace with the world ending, with my death, but I couldn’t fathom hers. The more I gave to her, the more full my heart felt, but I could give nothing to her now. As I lay there and as the ground began to shake, I closed my eyes. We were foam on a rolling ocean wave that was about to embrace the sand bellow it.

 

Soon, I could feel nothing except her quick breath against me, and I held her tightly, shutting my own eyes closed. I thought I would want to see it, reclined on the couch my family bought two, three years ago, but not that wasn’t what I needed. I let my ears and fingers become numb as I focused on anything, but soon there was nothing to hear, nothing to feel.

 

People had been screaming since the first one happened.

 

Now, there is silence. 

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