It was cold and it was dark. Hollow metal sounds were heard when the wind blew in the air.
Eyes found himself back at the bridge, the sound of the river beneath roaring like the beast it was.
He turned and saw Temptation and Sin standing on either side of him, both wearing grim looks on their faces. They were not looking at him. They were looking ahead.
They were looking at Elliot, who was alone on the edge.
Eyes took a deep breath — Why did you bring me back here?
Sin replied — You never did find out how Elliot survived his death here, tonight. Now, you will.
Even as Sin spoke, Eyes thought he heard someone shouting in the distance. But he didn’t peel his eyes away from Elliot. Eyes needed this. Even though Elliot survives, he wanted to watch the man jump.
He wanted that bastard to drown.
And then, as if on cue, Elliot jumped into the cold freezing waters below.
Eyes smiled to himself with little satisfaction. He heard someone shouting again from behind him, accompanied by heavy footsteps that sounded like they were running.
He turned and his breath caught in his throat. It was him. It was the real him, Reed.
Reed came running past where Eyes stood with Sin and Temptation, and he raced to the edge of the bridge. He took a moment to take off the heavy jacket he wore and then, without a moment’s hesitation, he leaped over the railing and into the freezing waters below.
Eyes ran to the edge, afraid and eager to see if he had survived.
When he looked down, he saw a small figure who was very much alive cut across the currents with a steady determination, heading towards the one who was limp and being carelessly pulled by the current.
After a few minutes, Reed reached Elliot and Eyes watched as he pulled the other man to the river bank. The current was strong but after a while, the two small figures made it to back to solid ground. After a few moments, the smaller figure began to move again beside his saviour.
Eyes stood, parts of him trembling. He didn’t know what to say.
I believe you have just witnessed Reed and Elliot’s first meeting, said Sin.
Sin and Temptation were beside him again, by the edge of the bridge.
Eyes still stood quietly. Why did I need to see this? he hissed at them.
Temptation spoke — Because now it is time for your decision.