Dynamo
a year ago500+ Views
The Bridge
Hey guys, this is just a short story that I wrote after hearing the song Self Conclusion by The Spill Canvas. I definitely recommend giving it a listen, but preferably after reading this and then letting me know your thoughts on how close I was able to represent the song. Thank you and let me know what you think! Hope you enjoy it!
As she walked towards the bridge, she tried to embrace everything that would be lost. The gentle breeze that contained a soft hint of sea salt that made her hair swing from side to side. The noise of the ocean's waves crashing against the rocks below. The bright lights of cars and buildings that shined in the distance of the night. All of these would surely be missed, but her mind was already set. Years and years of despair and pain had finally caught up to the young girl. The constant bullying at school and the seclusion from her own family were the main pieces of the misshapen puzzle, with a bunch of unnecessary extras. If life is already this bad from the start, it surely cannot get any better was the reasoning etched into her mind. Often she would run away from the fighting with her parents to this very bridge. It was calming for her; the waves and breeze specifically would help her heart settle. Sometimes, she would stay so long that the night would creep up on her, but she was never afraid. The one thing she could always rely on, no matter how horrible life was, was that bridge. And now, it seemed that the bridge would be the last thing she would see as she closed her eyes for the final time.
As she walked nearer to the destined dropping point, she noticed a shadowy figure leaning over the edge. How weird, no one is ever here at this time was her thought. She walked closer and closer until she could make out the figure. It was a boy, roughly around the age as she was. The boy had turned his head right when the girl stopped approaching. Although dark, the boy's eyes extended as much as they could, as if he were in shock. As her eyes settled, she could see more clearly into his eyes. And in them, she recognized something. Something familiar, as if she had seen it before. She spoke: "Excuse me sir, but I have certain plans that I need to uphold, and you are directly in my way. If you wouldn't mind stepping away and allowing me to carry on with my business, I would greatly appreciate it." "Oh? And what kind of business would that be, if you don't mind me asking?" replied the boy. His voice sounded as if it were trying hard to keep itself intact, which resulted in some cracks here and there. "Well, if I'm going to be perfectly honest, I plan on jumping off of this bridge, right from where you are standing. And before you say anything or try to stop me, I want you to know that I have thought this through and there is no other option. It's going to happen." The boy lowered his head while cracking a very subtle smirk before replying. "Miss," he started, "do you have any idea who you are talking to, or what you even said at all?"
"It doesn't matter, I don't know you and you don't know me. I have nothing to hide and soon, nothing to fear. I would tell you everything about me, but frankly, it's getting cold and I would like to get this over with." "I'm sorry" said the boy, "but I am not moving or leaving." "Fine, suit yourself." The girl took off her shoes and climbed over the edge. Her hands being the only thing holding her from falling into the waves she so loved. "If I were you, I would walk away now. You wouldn't want to see what happens next." The boy did not move away. Instead, he started walking towards the girl. "No, don't come any closer. I swear to God if you come closer, I'll jump right now." The boy stopped. He looked up into her eyes, and using the moon as a light, the girl could see into his eyes with much more clarity. Again, she could not help but notice something in his eyes. She was sure that she had never seen him before, yet he looked so familiar. That is when the boy spoke. "Listen, I know you have your mind set on doing this, and I understand where you're coming from, but believe me, there are so many things still in store for you." "Oh yeah?" replied the girl, "Like what? All of my life has been horrible and I know for sure it'll only get worse. Why should I have to deal with it by myself? It's just not fair." "You're right, it's not fair, but that is why you won't be alone anymore."The girl was sure the boy was joking, but a look into his eyes showed just how serious he was. "What, don't tell me that you'll stay with me? You don't even know me!" "I know," replied the boy, "but I would like to change that soon. So let me give you a choice. Instead of jumping off of this bridge, live with me." The girl was surprised. She had certainly never imagined something like this happening, but now that it has, she didn't know how to react. All of her life had spent wallowing in misery alone, never having anyone care for her, but now that this was an option, she wasn't sure how to comprehend it. "So you're telling me that you'll be willing to be with me, forever?" "Of course" replied the boy. "And tell me, why would you do something like that for someone you don't even know?" The boy looked up with a smile, the moon gleaming wonderfully in his eyes. It was then when the girl finally realized why his eyes looked so familiar. She was looking at the same eyes that would stare back at her from the mirror in her room. The same eyes that for countless nights would run out of tears and become too swollen to keep awake. "I believe that things happen for a reason. Just like there had to be a reason for me to be here, somewhere I never ever thought of coming to, and you, who believed that this bridge would stand alone when you arrived. I know it is not a coincidence, it can't be."
It was something about his heartwarming smile and gleaming eyes that brought a warmth in the girl's heart. A warmth that the girl, herself, had long thought to be dead. This warmth was so strong that it soon began convincing her. "Ok" said the girl. "I will give you one night to prove that life is worth living for. One night, but I swear, if you break my heart or if I get hurt, I will come back and leap from this very spot. It will be the end of me." "Settle down precious, I know what you are going through. But let me say, that you will get hurt eventually, we cannot avoid it. But I will be there for you to pick you up when you fall. That is a promise." "Then you must promise on my life! I was going to jump had you not been here, so don't make me regret not doing it." "Don't worry, I will save your life, because you have already saved mine." "What do you mean?" asked the girl as the boy helped her off the railing and back on the solid cement. "Well, to be honest, I also had plans on jumping as well. But before going through, I asked for a sign. Anything to prove that this life was worth living still. That is when I saw you."
2 comments
Well done! I love The Spill Canvas, and "Self Conclusion" *might* be my favorite song of theirs. (I say might because I have a horrible time picking a favorite song by bands that I love. Lol I love music too much!) Your story perfectly depicts what I see and feel when I hear the song. You captured the girl's anguish, fear, and hopelessness, as well as the boy's glimmer of hope, determination, and amazement in that moment when she appears. I enjoyed it. As an editor, you have some places I'd tweak and I think it could be *even* better by detailing it out. However, for a short piece inspired by a song, great work, @Dynamo!!!! I really do enjoy your writing! ^_^
a year ago·Reply
@ButterflyBlu Thank you so much for reading and telling me what you think! I'm glad you liked it c:
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