Prologue

4 minutes, 45 seconds (951 words)

I wasn’t always like this, you know. Once, I was just like you. Enjoying my life to its full extent, thinking about such matters as death, life, love, only when there was a need — which in average was equal to none.

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Chapter One

5 minutes, 30 seconds (1103 words)

For some, the start might be a violent race of emotions. For some others, it might be a capturing gaze, and yet for others, it might be an electrifying touch, a drunken night in a party, a random prank call, or a letter, text message or email that came from nowhere. For a very small number of people, however, it’s unexpected as rain in autumn. Whether fortunately or unfortunately, I fall into that category.

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Chapter Two

9 minutes, 41 seconds (1939 words)

I was an eagle, beating my powerful wings to move above a dense forest. I looked down at it and its inhabitants, alive and noisy. The trees reached up with branches as if to scratch the sky itself. Birds flew from branch to branch, calling energetically to each other. Everything seemed normal. Happy.

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Chapter Three

6 minutes, 33 seconds (1310 words)

Waking up is usually energising. A new day starts, with endless possibilities and expectations. It is not any of these, however, when you wake up screaming.

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Chapter Four

6 minutes, 54 seconds (1380 words)

The dream came back to me as I ran, shocking and haunting in its clarity. I hadn’t ever seen the man in my dream, and yet I knew him. I could remember Aldrin, and the fact that he had done something. He didn’t like me, and I knew our dislike for each other had not been that big. However, he was a man to take everything to extremes, be it love or hate. And hate me he did.

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Chapter Five

4 minutes, 42 seconds (943 words)

“A boxer would at least try to stand up.” I flinched as someone touched my shoulder. The person who was standing before me was smiling, and he extended a hand as he saw my puzzlement. He was wearing a pointed cap on his face that hid most of his features in shadow. He was short but slender, and...

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Chapter Six

8 minutes, 3 seconds (1612 words)

“Hello?”

I was submerged under tons of a heavy material. It was weighing me down, pressing onto my chest, crushing me, choking me.

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Chapter Seven

6 minutes, 37 seconds (1325 words)

It was quiet that night. Snow fell lightly, sprinkling the land in a soft, white blanket. Winter’s first messenger had eluded this land for a while, but now it came with haste, leading the flakes into a wild, unpredictable dance.

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Chapter Eight

6 minutes, 6 seconds (1220 words)

A voice was calling me, again and again. I tried to turn away, to turn my back to it, but it kept calling, pulling me back. I didn’t want to leave this comfortable place. I didn’t want to get pulled into the world outside again. Not now. Not ever.

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Chapter Nine

13 minutes, 21 seconds (2672 words)

“Let go,” she said, and lay a wet piece of cloth on my forehead. I knew her voice. It called to me from the past.

“I can’t,” I whispered, and a tear rolled down the side of my face. I couldn’t let go, even if I wanted to. She had become my life, and now she asks me to let go. How could she ask such a thing of me? After all the things I endured… “Kira… Not now… I can try… This time… I can do it. It will work.”

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