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Her eyes where glazed over and I could see the universe reflected in them as she stared up at the sky in its darkest hour. Her dark blue eyes looked almost black in the near pitch darkness and the pattern of her dress was getting lost in the grass. I could just make out the pearly shine of drying tears on her face as I tried to think back to the moment when they first fell. There was no change in her heart beat, I know because I almost fell asleep to the rhythmic beating nor did her breathing change as I felt every inhale and exhale as I rested my head on her chest.

As if reading my mind her soft voice broke through the silence that was steadily growing louder as morning approached. "I'm happy," she said "so happy that all I can do is cry." I didn't know what to say so I said nothing as I could feel my heart swell with love and pride. The shy, lonely girl I met 2 years ago was now a strong independent young lady.

I heard her take a deep breath as we watched the first layer of the night change to a dark grey. The sand was about to run out. The clock was about to stop ticking. It was my turn to sigh deeply, inhaling the cool damp air and the faint smell of lavender from her hair. I sat up and looked at her still lying on the grass with eyes closed. I slid closer to her and took one last long look at her to keep forever in my heart.

I could see her lips begin to tremble and see her closed eyes shut a little more tightly knowing she was trying to hold back more tears. "Don't cry beautiful, everything will be alright, you'll see, after all memories last forever." I said as softly and sweetly as I could as I held back my own pain.

This was the moment I loved and also dreaded, knowing I had done my job and now had to say goodbye. Swallowing back my own private tears and ignoring the familiar sting behind my eyelids and the burning that was slowly growing in intensity in my throat.

I let a few moments go by to allow myself to calm down and collect strength. I looked up at the sky and as I watched the first few rays of sunlight lighten the sky I knew it was time. I took a deep breath and with all my strength I focused all my attention away from the tingling forming on my fingertips that was quickly spreading over my hands and arms.

When I looked at her again she was already looking at me and in that moment we smiled softly as we curled into each other's arms and with all our strength we held onto each other as tightly as we could.

At the very last second I kissed her forehead knowing as our grip loosened she would open her eyes and I wouldn't be there, but in her memory I would always stay and that was more than enough for me, her imaginary friend.
I really enjoyed writing this short story. I never had an imaginary friend as a child but my little sister did and with her help I hope I created a magical atmosphere filled with love and hope.
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stargirl2791 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gosh... that ending!!! it's heartbreakingly poignant! 
an imaginary friend... or a character in a dream, the way i see it.
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CodyWolf Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
This is amazing. So beautiful written. You can feel his love for her and the love she returns. I have an imaginary friend and love him. He keeps me sane. It's my way to vent or cry. Best friend I've ever hand ^^ But this really is amazing.
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foopfooper Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
That ending was so beautiful it made me cry.
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VanyilaChoco-chan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't experienced feeling that kind of love, but it certainly felt like my heart was being squeezed when I read the end.

This is so beautiful, I don't even have enough words to describe how beautiful this is.
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axxerr Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
this story could not have been written better. i first felt a sense of peace, as if i was lying in a field were nothing can harm me and i could just lie there all day. then i could easily feel as if i was on the verge of tears. i could also relate to being emotionally attached to... well i wouldn't call mine imaginary friends. i take the fictional characters i wright about and imagine them both in their worlds and in mine. i feel what they feel, i think what they think. but through that i found this story to be MUCH more relatable and enjoyable then any other love story i have heard/read before. thank you and keep up the good work.
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axxerr Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
i hope the fact that i am 13, and that i have never felt these feeling, does not make the following comment any less significant.
 
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sabletigers Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
That was very well written. Tears came to my eyes just as I approached the end. It was sad yet sweet and I loved the way you presented the character's emotions, thoughts, and surroundings. Plus you have great describing skills and imagery. Thank you for the wonderful story :)
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wlewis92 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That was awesome!!
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caatalexis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   General Artist
This is so sad, and adorable. Actually, it really reminds me of the song One of Repetition by Nami (www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU8ixn…, which is about the same thing - a boy likes a doll and imagines she comes to life, but one day gets a girlfriend and the dollgirl disappears. It makes me cry every time, as did your story. Actually, in your story, at first I thought that the girl was dying, but the guy being imaginary was just so cute and sad... Congratulations on the well-deserved DD. T.T
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rynq Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
I still have imaginary friends, but I like to the characters and pretend that's all they are
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