Earn Your Wings
The moment she slips through the window, you feel your heart stop. You can almost hear the thundering of her heart in the silence, but slowed, like the world had ceased to spin time impossibly halted. You freeze, the confessional note dropping from your hand and hitting the floor without a sound. Your hand still holds the shape of the envelope that conceals your feelings, the emotions you were about to admit. You had promised her. You had said that you would go away together, always together, never leave each other.
Surely this isn't happening? You inhale shakily as you start forward, panicked, though seemingly in slow motion as the wind whips at her dress in the night air. Her ribbon looses from her hair, fluttering back through the open window. Her eyes, wide open, gaze back at you, a smile curling onto her pale lips. You watch, your mouth agape as her body slips over the edge, hidden from view. Dignified even in suicide, she bows her head as she disappears.
You gulp down air,