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As I sat on that icy cold metal bench under the awning of the bus stop, all I could do was stare at that dreaded timer on my wrist. My hands were shaking, and not because it was in the middle of winter, white snow falling from the dark sky. Street lamps and car headlights illuminated the busy street. People walked on the sidewalk, looking through windows of shops and small restaurants.
45 seconds.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡv5aAKjhOHQ
That was when my heartbeat started to pick up. My eyes stayed glued to the numbers growing smaller and smaller every moment. The air was filled with the scent of diesel. I started to tap my foot in anticipation. I could feel every tick of the changing numbers vibrate throughout my entire body.
30 seconds.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡwXvzOKZgFK
The rise and fall of my chest was quick and nervous. Puffs of breath were seen in the freezing winter atmosphere. The sounds of the traffic and bustling people diminished to a dull static, the clock getting louder and louder in my ears.
15 seconds.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡKh8RAcjsDF
That was when I heard the footsteps. I willed myself not to look up and stared at the timer as the last tick reverberated within me and silence fell.
ZERO.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡiUTrsKZ6RV
"Excuse me, do you mind if I sit next to you?"
A voice snapped me out of my trance, and all the static of the world became clear again. I looked up.
There you were.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0iQG2hypOf
And holy shit, you were beautiful.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡvp1k0ijstw
Your pale skin contrasted your hair wonderfully. Red dusted your cheeks from the cold. Those eyes had to be the most pretty shade of green I've ever seen. Your facial features were slightly obscured by the darkness, but I could still see the beauty that was you. The small smile that graced your lips was so warm, I almost melted. 712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ3Z0tNNCVq4
You looked around my age, if not slightly younger. The scent of coffee drifted into my nostrils. You probably worked night shift at a cafe.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ74KJCO24wE
"You're my soulmate." I blurted out, dumbfounded. How could a girl this perfect be mine?712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡeHtwUee8km
Your smile fell and your eyebrows furrowed. "Pardon?" you asked, confused. I straightened up. 712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡBn86OYvhAh
"You're my soulmate," I repeated. "See?" Holding out my wrist towards you, you took it, looking down on the now still timer. Your mouth gaped open, and shock was on your face.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡaQ93FZ7oEF
Oh no.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ32atBkoImw
You stayed silent, staring at my wrist. I chuckled nervously. "...What's wrong?" 712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡnFlgWeQd5P
You finally looked up.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡSEBgdhyLBe
"I am so sorry."712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡYlVecoYUSg
It was barely a whisper, but I heard it. You let go of my wrist and pulled up your sleeve. You held your hand out to me. My heart dropped.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJ7sgqdoNpg
Your timer was still counting down.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJCFvH4JLsA
"No," I whimpered, hands clenched at my sides. "No, no, no, it has to be some mistake." Tears formed at the corners of my eyes. I felt like I was suffocating.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡCGCwpDU6ec
I finally found my soulmate, and I wasn't hers.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡQCIfx0W3nB
"Are you okay? I'm so sorry. If there's anything I could do--"712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJsfzORIqcM
I didn't realize I was walking away. I could hear your shouts from behind me, but I paid no mind. It was a blur of sounds and lights. My feet did all the work, carrying me in my empty shell. I felt nothing but heartache. Blood dripped from my wrist.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡfA6ZqAr2B5
The glass that cased the timer away in my skin broke. Shattered.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡQORESGiuhX
The last thing I heard before everything turned black was your voice and a car horn.712Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡMTIxCGT6Rfns220.127.116.11da2