Life time after life time Gerard continues to run, continues to hide...but she always finds him. The cycle is never ending; They Meet, They Fall in Love, She Dies. He relives it over and over, but ...
The rough bark of the ancient tree rubbed into my back as I rested against it, trying to avoid the scorching sun. It was hard to believe that it was actually supposed to rain later in the week. I reached into my pocket to pull out a cig, but then I remembered that I stopped smoking about four decades ago. The memory made my smile, for a second. But then the smile faded. It had been exactly 6,272 days. She was 5 days off now. Could that mean that that the cycle was finally broken? Did she finally leave me for the last time? Part of me was relieved that she wouldn't have to suffer, and another part of me wanted to die. If this really was the end, if this was over for good, I would never get to see her again. I pushed myself off of the tree and wandered closer to one of the ugly cement buildings in the court yard. The grass was dead, but weeds were sprouting up everywhere. I hadn't been leaning against the wall for ten seconds, when I heard her voice. No. I thought the cycle had been broken! She was 5 days late! This was wrong, and so much different from before. I dropped my head and played with the hem of my shirt.
"Well look who it is Gerard. Just when we thought this was over." Frank. I exhaled, and squinted as I looked up into the sun before looking back into his face.
"I know." Was all I could manage to mumble. My gaze returned to the ground as I pretended to listen to Frank go on and on about everything under sun. Her gaze had been locked onto me for the past 3 and a half minutes. When I finally looked up to meet her gaze, my first instinct was to keep her away...so I flipped her off. Hopefully that would ward her off for a little. I turned back to Frank and tried to hold a conversation with him until I was finally saved by the hair curling ring of the bell. Class had begun, and so had the cycle.