Twelve

Its quarter to twelve, the ballrooms’ empty without a soul, filled only with a vacant silence that sweeps across the emerald marble floor. Accompanied only by my echoing thoughts of stillness, elegantly whispering those horrible fears. Faintly, a muffled rhythm makes its way through the lonely room, a gentle beating melody. Across the way I glance to the magnificent glass grandfather clock as it proudly shines 11:59. One minute to midnight. My chest goes numb turning cold the touch. I fall against the colorful tiled wall, the gentle beating sound has disappeared. In my frailty, before my sigh, I inhale deeply and in this breath a fragrance. This fragrance seductive and unforgettable, my chest erupts. I hear the beating rhythm again. Beating louder and more rampant with every thud. In my disbelief I hesitate to look, slowly turning filled with an anxious anticipation. Standing beside me in a sparkling white dress, its her, holding her hand out as if to save me. Without a second thought I take her hand and she guides me out the floor, taking my hands to gently place them at her waist while wrapping her arms around me. In this moment there’s an eternity, a never ending beautiful serenity. Looking deeply into one anothers eyes, gently peering forward to where our lips meet; the grandfather violent strikes midnight. My eyes open. I’m in my room, laying in my bed, it must have been a dream. I look over to my side and to my amazement there she is. My love. Peacefully watching, I take in this princess’s beauty I hear a crash against the window. Pulling back the curtain the window is cracked with a blurred object below. I reach out for the object bringing it back to me and as i open my hand I realized its a dove. The dove was sitting in my hands lifeless from hurtling crash. I turn back to her to fall back into her embrace. Shes gone. Vanished.

Am I awake?…

Twelve

Jordan Hildwein

Joined July 2009

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