Chained on the Bridge

“Hey, have you heard about the bridge connecting our town with the other town over the hill?” he asked her after their long silence.

“Are you talking about THE Bridge? With capital ‘B’?” She asked in return.

“Yes, that one. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I believe we should go there together.”

“Are you sure?”

“Of course not, but I don’t know anyone else I could ask.”

“And what’s your plan once we got there?”

” I don’t know, but we can just enjoy the view while crossing it. Who knows maybe we can reach the other town and settle down,” he answered, still with doubt in his mind.

“Hmm, I’ve been meaning to ask you that too, but I wasn’t sure about it.”

“Really, what a coincidence. Maybe we really do need to cross that bridge together.”

“You know what, you’re right, fuck everything and let’s go to that bridge!” she said with sudden enthusiasm.

“Okay, let’s do it! You drive, or I drive?”

“Driving? What the hell are you talking about, we’re going to walk there!”

And so they started their journey to The Bridge.


The Bridge

“It’s beautiful,” she said as they walk together, chained hand in hand.

“It is, the view definitely makes the long walk worth it.”

The Bridge was a long one. Long and full with hurdles more than they ever imagined. Don’t ask how they got their hands chained together, that’s the rule to cross the bridge, and nobody knows why. But they don’t mind, because the chain, as hard and heavy as it is, kept them close together.

Until something they did not expect shows up.

“Oh no,” she said in panic seeing a giant gap blocking their path.

“Damn,” he was lost for words faced with the challenge ahead.

“What should we do?”

“Hmm, I heard about some gaps on The Bridge, but I believe it shouldn’t be this close to the entrance.”

They looked behind them.

“It’s not that close,” she said.

“Yeah, I don’t even realize we’ve walked this far.”

“Maybe we should jump.”

“What? Are you crazy?!”

“You want to walk back? It looks very far you know, and it seems like some parts of the bridge we walked through have fallen.”

“Now that you mention it,” he answered while looking back.

“So?”

“Okay, let’s jump. I’ll jump first, with this chain, we’ll fall together anyway.”

“Are you sure?”

“Hey, it was your idea in the first place.”

“I wasn’t that sure you know, it just something that crossed my mind. We can just sit here before deciding the leap of faith if you want.”

“No, let’s do it, let’s jump. I believe it’s the only way.”

“Okay, I believe you.”

“Don’t believe in me, I don’t even believe in myself.”

“Don’t say that, if you can’t believe in yourself, at least believe in me that believes in you.”

“How can you believe in me for this life-changing … heck, it might be life-ending, decision.”

“It’s okay, I believe it will lead to greater things.”

“Okay, if you say so.”

She smiled at him. She was trying to hide it, but he saw that she’s holding her tears and fears behind that smile.

And without any further notice, they jumped…

 

 

 

 

 

 

They jumped to their downfall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a moment that feels like forever, he regretted his decision to jump.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They still on their downfall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When suddenly something happened … their chains began to break.

 

 

 

That’s not all, while he was falling down, she fell slower … slower … and even slower before suddenly flying upwards.

 

“HEEEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” he screamed while their distance is still not too far in between.

 

 

 

“I DON’T KNOW!! IT SEEMS LIKE SOME MYSTERIOUS FORCE IS PULLING US UPWARD!” she answered.

 

 

“US?!”

 

 

“YES!”

 

 

 

“NO FORCE IS PULLING ME UPWARD!! HEEEEY!”

 

She couldn’t hear him anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He kept falling down, and the sight of her is getting less clear as each second he fell to his unknown fate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He tried to hold onto anything in sight, from old branches, passing birds, false hopes, thunderclouds, and many other things he saw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But still, he kept falling down without any ground to crush to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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