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|The will to live (standard:other, 1003 words)|
|Author: valerian||Added: Aug 19 2003||Views/Reads: 2145/1271||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|In the middle of the night, a girl was standing on the railway tracks.|
The will to live It was in the middle of the night. It wasn't completely dark, as artificial lights from the city were visible and it was full moon. Dark clouds rushed over the dark blue sky. Her name was Annah and she was seventeen. The girl was walking towards the railway tracks, and zipped up her jacket as the raw night air made chills go down her spine and make her shiver. Why did she do that? It wouldn't matter soon anyway. Only a few steps away from the tracks now. Hesitating. Arms hanging down her side. Annah looked down at the tracks, staring as if those tracks were the only thing that existed or the only thing that mattered. For her, that was somehow true. Another cold gust of wind ruffled her black hair and woke her from the trance, and then she blinked and looked up and around. Her eyes were icy blue in the right lightning, but right now they were much darker. --- I was staring at the tracks but didn't realize it first. I knew the train was only minutes away now. It feels like it happened years ago but it was just this morning. The day had started out better than usual, with the sun shining from a clear blue sky. Summer was almost here to free us all from school in another two weeks. Everyone had been so up about it, planning for parties and ceremonies when this school year was to come to an end. On the last day of school, we're all going to the church to have the final ceremony with singing and boring speeches. Last time it was beautiful as always. The girls in simple but classy dresses with flowers in their hair, and the guys in suits, looking better than ever. We always felt so grown up during that day. The church itself was decorated inside and out with flowers and twigs of birch and our nation's flag. I couldn't concentrate very much in any of my classes today. All I could think of was that day and all the things we were going to do during summer. --- She turned to look at her left when she thought she heard the train. On her cheek, a tear glistened in the moonlight. She wiped it off. More came. --- Emily and my soulmate Kevin. We were going to travel around the continent on our own. To see the great cities and experience everything. To get away from our parents. To grow up a little... I came up with the idea and they all loved it. They had nothing better planned so it was a deal after our parents had promised to help us out with money. Paris, Rome, Athens. The many lunchbreaks and late nights we've spent planning and talking and dreaming and laughing... Oh god, so much happened today and it was such an emotionally exhaustive day... it feels like a dream more than memories. In a way, it was so long ago. Forgot my watch. But it shouldn't be more than two, three minutes now. Slowly I took the final few steps. I was there now. Right on the railway tracks. I'm so tired. Exhausted. Crying all day. I started to walk along the tracks, knowing the train would come up behind me. Didn't want to see it I guess. --- The train should be here soon but the only thing that was there was nothing but the night and the full moon and the girl on the track. Suddenly everything went quiet, the wind almost stopped. Somewhere far away in the background was the noise of the city. Annah suddenly spun Click here to read the rest of this story (45 more lines)
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