What if this is it? What then?
I glanced back over my shoulder, looking back into the empty darkness. Turning forward again, I looked ahead of me and saw only the pavement stretching out. I could hear the water below and the sound of the wind against the girders.
There was no sign of anyone else as I stepped up to the rail, but I knew in any moment someone might come along and stop me.
Stop me... Stop me from what?
Even as I asked myself that question, I was climbing over the rail and leaning out over the inky water. If I closed my eyes, I could hear the soft lapping of the water against the bridge.
I looked out over the Louisville skyline. The city glowed, seeming so beautiful and peaceful, but I knew those streets were just full of liars waiting to take advantage of me.
Sighing, I lowered my eyes to the water. My damp and sweaty hands were clutching the bridge tightly, but what would happen if I just let go?
No one would really miss me. I would just be one less miserable person in the world.
I didn’t even think about it that long. I just let go.
There was a pause, a moment when I didn’t feel myself falling and maybe I could have changed my mind, but then everything tilted and it was too late. The air was rushing past me, stinging my eyes and skin, as my stomach churned as if I were on a roller coaster.
Then came the smack of the water, hard and unforgiving like concrete. Every inch of my body stung and burned. I opened my mouth to scream, but there was only the icy water blocking any sound.
I didn’t mean it...I didn’t mean it...
I hovered somewhere between life and death. I knew I was dying. I couldn’t feel my arms or legs and the pulse that thudded in my ears beat slower and slower.
Out of that nothingness came screaming, hundreds of voices crying out into the night. I struggled to the surface, forcing numb limbs to move until I could lift my head and look around me.
No one...No one is here...
I was so weak, my head fell back again, and the darkness once more surrounded me. Then came the voice.
“I love you. I loved you from the moment our lips touched and I’m going to keep loving you...You have to believe that.”
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