“Take my hand in yours. Let this be the start of our adventure together. Please, trust in me as I trust in you. I am and always will be here for you, by your side, for there’s no one else I’d rather be with. Please Hun, take my hand!”
I could see the tears flow down her cheeks. A glint of light reflected off a fresh tear as it came from the moonlight above us, or maybe from the floodlight across from us. Jenny, the girl I always loved, trying to save me. She was desperate. She needed me to take her hand. Just as much as I needed to take a step forward.
A large crowd had already gathered, gasping and mesmerized at the scene as it unfolded. A lady tried to calm her crying baby in her arms as she fought off the tears in her own eyes. A couple of teenagers were recording on their phones, obviously excited at the prospect of posting this online and getting views. As I looked around, I couldn’t help but feel even more useless and enraged at myself.
The cold night air gripped my body tighter and I could feel my body giving in to it as I got weaker. I had made a lot of choices in my life, choices that had led me to this point. There was no other option left. I had to do this. This was the only way I could get peace, and keep her safe. With one last glance at the starry night sky, I took a step forward and let go. I could hear the rails vibrate as the train got closer. I closed my eyes as I swayed forward, silencing the screams from the podium as the train screeched edging closer to my falling body.
Something was wrong. I was still in the same position. My hand was wrapped around the railing post I was previously holding on to. I opened my eyes. There was nothing. I was alone. The night was quiet. No approaching train. No crowd. No Jenny. I frantically looked around, confused at what was going on. That’s when I heard the voice from the shadows across from me. That’s when I saw it slowly emerge just enough to reveal its ghastly silhouette.
“You didn’t think that this was how you would win, did you, old friend?”
No, no, no, no! This isn’t happening right now!
“I’d give you points for being courageous enough to try it, but come on man. There is no winning here. The contract will be fulfilled.”
It laughed, a deep, disturbing laugh as it raised its left hand. That’s when it dawned on me. Nothing was real! The train, the crowd, Jenny! They were all a hallucination!
“Now, my good friend,” it continued, “Let’s have some fun!”
It snapped its fingers, and the last thing I heard was its disturbing laugh come from my own mouth…