The pressure of life has gotten me down.
I can’t eat any more. I can’t fuckin sleep. The seconds, minutes and hours of the day wrap together in chaotic dissonance.
I am distracted and discontent. I am confused and desperate.
I’ve lost everything I had. My money, my career, my best friend. My love.
It’d be easier now, right now, to exercise my cursed being from this disgusting place…
I bought my ‘piece of mind’ from a dealer up the street from my house. I was ready. The shit will end tonight.
I put the metallic silver peace maker against my temple.
Close my eyes.
The cold tremble in my chest drops to my stomach. Nervousness overcomes my being.
My hands sweat profusely. I can hear my heart beat loudly, almost as if in protest.
“I give up.” I try to convince myself. “I fuckin’ give the fuck up, man..”
The trigger. I feel it between my index finger. It’s a lot harder to pull down when you aren’t aiming at another.
“Just do it. Do it!” I tell myself.
My breathing becomes short bursts. Adrenaline begins to rush through my body.
I begin to feel sick.
The weight of the gun begins to slowly make my arm tremble.
“what are you frightened of, kid?”
A voice to the side of me startles me and shocks me back to reality. I open my eyes wide like a deer caught in headlights and point the gun in the direction of the voice.
A young man with fair skin sits across from me. He is dressed in all black. His hair is slicked back neatly. He sits on my bed next to me, playing with a cell phone.
“Who in the hell…?” I begin.
“Do I really need to formally introduce myself?” He asks smoothly, not looking away from his phone.
I open my mouth to answer, but only a breath is released.
“Hurry up, kid.” He says, finally looking at me with a grin. His solid black eyes mesmerized me. I couldn’t look away from him. His cold eyes seemingly peered into my soul. I felt uneasy, but I wasn’t feeling as if I needed to defend myself.
“Why are you…? How did you..?” I start up again.
He shakes his head and groans. He closes his eyes and rubs between them.
“Though it be not your predestined time, child” He says breathing deeply. “I have been called to arrange a get away for you. A ticket straight out of this…. Life.”
My mouth slowly drops open, and I remember the gun in my hand. I look to it.
“Yep. still there..” I think to myself. “So does that mean ghosts carry guns? Shit! Am I a ghost?”
I begin to ask the stranger and he puts his hand up to stop me.
“Not yet, you aren’t dead. I was sent here to, more or less, watch you follow through with this. I am here as an arbitrator. I care not whether or not you die. I just have to watch. Quite a job, huh?”
“I don’t have anything else to live for.. I lost everything.. I don’t have anyone to talk to. I don’t have anyone to love or to love me back.. I’m….. I’m worthless.” I begin to sob slowly. “What do I have to live for!?”
“You beings do not listen very closely. Not only do I have to put this foolish flesh costume on for you, but I also need to repeat myself…” He stands up. He is incredibly tall and slender and towers over me. “I care not for your welfare. I am here to give you your ticket, if you so choose it.”
“I want this pain to go away…” I say, still crying.
“Then do it, child. Kill yourself.”
I shake my head, I don’t know if I can. I don’t know…. If I can.
“I don’t know if I can.” I say helplessly.
“Then don’t.” He says, obviously becoming more and more annoyed with me.
“Can you help me, sir? Please?” I look up to him.
He bends down. He hovers his face close to mine and stares in my eyes again. I begin to retch back, the stench of burnt plastic and rubbing alcohol escape from his body. He cocks his head at an angle to the side, still staring me down and says,
I swallow hard and slowly move back, across my bed.
“You know,” he says turning away from me and walking towards a mirror. “If I were a pathetic sack of worthlessness I’d kill myself too. The world would be better. What do you do BUT take up oxygen and resources from better specimen?”
I look at the ‘arbitrator’ confused.
“You have no reason to be here anymore. If I could take that tool from you, I’d kill you myself. But, alas, it doesn’t work like that. So come along, child. Pull the trigger, take your ticket and lets go.”
“I thought you said you didn’t care!? The fuck man!? I know I have some worth, I’m just in a rut, that’s all” I begin to shake my head and cry harder. “I’m just, I’m just confused is all. This has to be a cry for help!”
“Funny… You cry for help and no one is here. None in the physical anyway.” He laughs. “Worthless flesh skin…”
“NO! I just need help! That’s it! I want help. God I want HELP! PLEASE!” I lay back on the bed, crippled with sadness. “Don’t forsake me, PLEASE!”
The man begins to laugh even harder.
“Forsake YOU!? Foolish being… get it over with!”
I slowly put the gun to my head. Mucus and tears stream down my hot face. I didn’t care anymore. I didn’t care. I’ll leave now. I don’t CARE!
I begin to pull the trigger.
“What do you think awaits you?” The man asks, as I begin to hesitate.
I sit up some to look at him. He is back looking down at his phone.
“You will die anyway, at some point. Why rush it? You have no clue what goes on after your short time on this plane of existence, it could be worse elsewhere..” He says as he slowly puts his phone down and stares at me. His face becomes grim and he steps towards the bed. He puts his hand on mine. His frosty hand send chills through my body. He clutches the gun in my hand and puts it back to my temple.
“Of course, if it’s your time…” He smiles and his eyes widen. He squeezes my wrist, which clinches my hand.
The trigger is pulled.
“NOOOO!” I yell as I hear three clicks against my skull.
I lay on the floor of my room, soaked in sweat. The gun still clutched in my hand. I look at it and throw it away from me in disgust. As it hits the ground a thunderous clap erupts from it as it discharges. The bullet shoots upwards, into my ceiling. I look at the hole in shock and turn over to my stomach and begin to cry again. Life may be hard, but I have to continue… I shake my head, reliving, (could it have been real?) my last few minutes.
The smell of burnt plastic hits my nose again and I lurch up, looking for the man. I search around the room, but cannot see him.
“Guess it wasn’t your time yet, kid. Three bullets that don’t fire off? Who’d have thought. My missions been accomplished, see ya soon”
I sit back to the bed. A feeling of relief washes over me.
I immediately begin to thank God for sending his quite peculiar angel to help me.
I think it was an angel… Quite strange…
And what in the hell did he mean by ‘see ya soon…??’