Followed by a rain cloud

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21. Ditched (A short story) – April 2017

I feel like I’ve been abandoned, in the middle of a forest, just before it gets dark. I didn’t come here alone. You brought me here. Did you do it on purpose?

I scarpered ahead, intrigued and curious whilst you lagged behind in a cloud bitterness; plotting. Excitable in my youth with a spring in my step and the brightest of smiles. Still growing. Still making mistakes and yet still learning from them. The glow of the sunset adding to my joy. It felt so serene and at ease, as if I’d found utopia. “Isn’t it beautiful?” I gush, turning around to share my delight. But you were so out of reach that you did not hear. In fact you were walking in the wrong direction; away from me. “Wait! Wait for me!” I plead. Sprinting through the trees, trying to make up lost ground but you were gone. “Wait! Stop! Please!” My skin scratched and bleeding, my clothes torn, my breathing shallow. I couldn’t think straight. My biggest fear was becoming a reality. I had been abandoned.

I reached for my phone – 30% battery – and dialed your number. “Hello?” The radio and suppressed laughter echoed in the background.

“Hi, where are you?”

“We decided to go home”

“Oh right… Erm you’ve kind of left me here and I don’t know my way back home…” My voice began to shake, I was beginning to lose control. I had arrived at the edge of the forest, where we had parked your car in the tiny parking lot. The sun had disappeared beyond the horizon and the darkness was beginning to envelope the landscape. I hovered underneath the only working streetlamp; my surroundings becoming less and less visible.

“Lol sorry ‘bout that, we got bored”

“Could you come back and get me?”

“Look, you need to find a bus stop or something. It’s too dark to be driving”

“But…” Click. The phone call ended – 25% battery.

I fell to my knees and sobbed uncontrollably; unsure of what to do or who to call. I didn’t want to alarm mum. She was too far away anyway. Who else did I have? My body ached, from my efforts to catch up to them in the woods. What was I going to do?

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