Eyes found himself sitting in the cold. He was back on the bridge, sitting on the edge this time. He knew where he was, he knew what he had wanted to do.
At first he was confused, but then it made sense. Sin had sent him back to the past, to a time when he hadn’t those bad deeds quite yet. This was his second chance.
A part of him still wanted to jump. But he couldn’t waste this. Second chances were few and precious. He sighed and looked up at the night sky, blazing with stars. They were so beautiful.
He ignored the rushing waters beneath him, knowing that he wouldn’t do it. This night was too beautiful to waste. Nobody would die today.
He remembered everything.
He remembered his parents, his family. He remembered his life, how everything led to this one moment.
But he also remembered Sin and Temptation and … Reed.
As if on cue, he heard a voice shouting in the wind. He turned around and saw a man running towards him, waving his hands.
Eyes knew who it was. He spun around and planted his feet firmly back on the bridge. He began to walk to meet the man.
Reed Williams looked very out of breath and very surprised when he reached Eyes. He clearly hadn’t expected the man on the bridge to do what he did. “Are you okay, mate?” he asked.
Eyes smiled sadly at the man whose life he had destroyed, once. “I’m fine.”
Reed glanced behind Eyes at the bridge’s edge. “What were you doing out there?” His voice was uncertain and suspicious.
“Just admiring the night,” was Eyes’s reply. “I’m fine, don’t worry.”
Reed stared at him for a while. Eyes could see the lack of belief in the man’s eyes. Eyes smiled at him, a bright genuine smile this time. “I’m fine, just needed to clear my head.”
Reed nodded slowly. “What’s your name?”
Eyes almost said “Eyes” when he remembered. “My name’s Elliot,” he said.
“I’m Reed,” returned the man in front of him. “Are you sure you’re alright? Could I get you a cab or something?”
Elliot stood up straight and smiled at the man. He didn’t want anything to do with this man anymore. It would be too painful to.
“I’m fine,” he said for the last time. “And I’m sorry.”
Elliot reached forward and gave the surprised man a hug. And then he began walking away, never looking back to see if Reed believed him.
Elliot knew he had a new life to live now.
And this time he was planning to get it right.
(21/08/16 – 25/09/16)