Saturday, 29 December 2012

..◄▬The final Jump▬►..

       The sound of squealing tyres and squeaking pedals broke the monotony of the isolated patch of road. Vivian pedalled hard with tears streaking his face. Once again he had an argument with his friends. Ha.. if you could call them friends. Ever since he remembered, Vivian never got along well with any homo sapiens. His mother forever encouraged him to make friends but however hard he may try it would be futile. As the site neared, the familiar calm started to soothe Vivian's aggravated conscience. This place was quite different, something was really weird about this place. Nothing much about the climb but it was at the very edge of the town. An uphill ride on his bicycle took him to the place, a clearing which ended in a cliff overhanging a valley which ran about a mile deep. It was here, Vivian found peace, but today that peace seemed tainted. The place seemed aware of not one but two consciences. This quite startled him, for no one ever came all the way up here, it was strange. He was the king of this little kingdom, or that was what he thought so. Vivian propped his cycle along the lone tree which marked this place and squatted in the soil. The breeze was chilling as twilight fast approached. A beautiful shade of scarlet coloured the sun as if it was blushing as it dived into the realms of the horizon. 
        Vivian's dry tears evaporated leaving a colder face making him shiver involuntarily shiver. The view was scenic yet frightening. A single misguided step was enough to fall deep into the deathly valley. Another nagging thought gained precedence as his heart beat faster. How easy would it be to just jump off. All his worries, his vagaries, his problems would just end all of a sudden. So very wonderful. No more pain, no more betrayals, no quarrels. No longer would he have to think of all these man made pretences and act to please the world. This thought fought all other logical signals in his brain and gained dominance over his being. The thought vibrated in his body reaching the tips of his numb fingers. It was an exhilarating prospect. Finally to end it, to culminate this life, why had he not thought of it before. A nervous excitement grew and his legs moved as if they had a life of their own. He strode in a haze  to the very edge of the cliff, arms spread out. The breeze was no longer calm, it beat furiously against his body. His clothes flapping hard. Nothing could describe that wild instinct. As he prepared to fling himself.. a sharp and distinct shout pierced the haze that surrounded his thoughts. Like an arrow meeting its mark, Vivian recoiled and suddenly he was terribly aware of the precipice he was standing upon. A sharp pang of fear gripped his hammering heart as Vivian backed away from the edge of the cliff.
       And there by the tree stood a girl with outlandish clothes, something which was out of the vogue half a decade ago. The same voice tumbled over her lips, " Vivian get back.." Vivian couldn't comprehend what was going on. He slowly walked back towards the tree. The girl smiled but it didn't quite reach her flint black eyes. Those eyes beheld some pain, some unfinished goal. As she spoke a chill passed Vivian's spine, " Vivian what was it you were about to do. Ending your life, who gave you the right to do so..." Her anger was palpable but Vivian could not quite get it why was this unfamiliar girl concerned of him. Vivian couldn't articulated, the exhilaration had left him numb. He just folded down to the ground as a crumpled leaf and let those bone chilling words  wash his mind. The girl continued.. " Don't you ever think of ending your life. It is too precious. you won't realise its price unless you no longer have it." The sun by now had touched the red horizon. The birds were on their return journey to their nests. "Vivian, I know it is frustrating, but you must live on.. Who knows someday, somewhere there is someone made just for you.. Get up now its getting late. Just shake off all your apprehenses and MOVE On.." Vivian was involuntarily following her command. He stood up and took his bicycle to begin his way back home.
     But just as he turned a thought struck hi hard, " Hey.. you, how do you know my name. Isn't it a bit strange?" Instead of an answer the girl smiled, this time a cynical one quite darkening her features making her dangerously beautiful and said, " Vivian why do you think no one comes here. It is so beautiful up here, even then no visitors, its so lonely, no animals, not an insect, ever thought of it?" Vivian was confused just as the girl said," It was here 7 years ago I jumped off to end my life, I didn't want you to.. so I came back just to see you off..bye.." As she jumped off the cliff leaving Vivian in a fearful jumble of emotions..,

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