I believed him, when he told me how beautiful I was, how rare and pure and beautiful I was, and I believed him when he said I was too good for this cold, hard world, and I believed him when he told me that it would be an honour for a man like him to protect me and cherish me, and I believed him when he told me that if I only said “yes”, he would keep me safe for the rest of my life. Now that I have had some time to reflect on my acceptance of his offer, I have come tounderstand that I shouldn’t have been so quick to assume he meant that he wanted to marry me, and I definitely should have realized that when he said the rest of my life, he already had an end date in mind.
Everyone insisted that he was imaginary, but I knew better. How could I have invented the soft leather of his trunk, or the weight of his breath in my hand? Even then, so young, I knew the world was already starting to lie to me.
It is only the ones that you don’t hear coming that can kill you, she thought to herself, as she heard the tell-tale sound of bombs whistling through the air. That is what they always say. Sadly, they are wrong.
Before it happened, I had always heard death compared to sleep. “How right they were,” I thought to myself, as I slowly woke up from my decades’ long slumber on the cool lake bottom.
She had long suspected that time worked differently for her, than for other people. Surely I was only gone a moment, she thought to herself. The coffee in the mug she was holding was still hot, but the children she had taught to spell that morning were now long gone.
I followed a strange man home, trusting his blue eyes and lack of guile, but it turned out that home was palace far beneath the waves, and the payment to open the gates was death. It seemed like a worthwhile sacrifice.
I didn’t notice him until I put my camera down. “Come away from there”, I beckoned him, “it isn’t safe”, but he just shook his head and sat down. “One tree silenced the voice of God here,” he said wistfully. “Where on earth could I run that would ever be safe from that?”