She is us.

Picture this.
The sun is ready to envelop the whole town with the morning breeze. For a great way to end the summer, they decided to wander around the town and get out of their comfort zones. That’s what they’re all searching for, isn’t it? Adventure.
She takes his hand, he takes her heart.
When she looks into his eyes, she doesn’t seem scared. He makes her feel better just by being there. That’s why she always craves for his presence. He reminds her of a cozy place she used to go, back in her days as a child. He reminds her of home.
 Tick-tock.
How could she forget? They’re not supposed to last forever. It’s a summer fling. Time observes them in a complicated strategy, patiently waiting to tear them apart. Their hands remain intertwined for the rest of the hour. She laughs at their silly mistakes, their inside chemistry jokes, and the way their hands sweat. But whenever she looks at him, there it is again, his impeccable smile that never fails to take her breath away. It’s like she’s falling into this vast crevasse with nothing to hold on to, but she falls anyway. She doesn’t have a care in the world. Why would she when he’s there?
 Tick-tock.
She feels something slowly sliding away from her. She shivers. Those hands that used to give her warmth suddenly becomes ice cold. The coldness runs through her body. All at once she feels oblivious to her surroundings. It’s like everything is being taken away from me, she thought. Well, except for two things; a heart colder than ice, and a pair of eyes that are starting to fill up with tears.
 Tick-tock.
Their time is over. She watches him leave. Drifting farther away from her as the wintery air kicks in. He doesn’t even turn back to give her a quick goodbye. He doesn’t give her the last chance to hear his contagious laugh. He leaves so fast she could feel her broken pieces scattering once again. No letters, no signs, no anything. He just left. He left her hanging. He left her with a defeated heart. That’s when the tears come. That’s the moment where she stands in the middle of the bridge with loneliness as her only companion. And now the one she loves the most causes her so much pain. The irony of life hits her in the eyes. She wants to fall, but she can’t. She’ll drown in the water.
Everything she sees turns into the hue of darkness.
Then she gets confused. She thought that the world is losing its light, but the truth is she’s just going blind. Sometimes, there are painful situations that trigger her emotional imbalance.

Perhaps her eyes need to be washed by her tears so that she could see life with a clearer view again.

(The last sentence is a literary work from Alex Tan. Artwork by Soltreis)

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