She sat there on the shore,panting and sobbing,gazing into the never-ending sea besides her,reminiscing about the day.She had hoped for this year to be better,without any insults,or bullying and yet all of her hopes were crushed the moment she entered the premises of the school.She was awkward around people,so they made fun of her and had no friends.She was so busy crying her heart out that she didn’t even pay any attention when a boy came beside her and sat down.She looked at him and God he looked like he could even give the angels a run for their money and there she was,her own self. Even though she wanted to talk to him,she bit her tongue ‘ Why on earth would he want to talk to you’,she thought.
”Hello there ” he said.She couldn’t believe her ears and he chuckled at her expression.
”Urm… hiii… I ..i me.. mean hello.”
”What are you doing out here all alone?” he asked.
She wanted to tell him everything,about the bullying,the insults about the wounds she had inflicted upon herself,she had no idea why but she wanted.But she restrained herself.”Its beautiful out here ” she replied instead.
”That’s not the answer you know”.
“I do”. And then there was silence,it became dark,they both went their separate ways.
It became their routine,they both met at the same place,same time everyday and talk about their day.She slowly warmed upto him,told him everything.He too became her savior,helped her overcome her social anxiety.He made her promise that she wouldn’t cut herself anymore,she couldn’t do it at first but then she couldn’t afford to disappoint him,and so she tried Around a month passed by,she was now a totally different person,cheerful.She even made a few good friends at school,stopped cutting herself and also managed to stand upto her bullies.The only person responsible for all this was her savior, her best friend and she couldn’t thank him enough.
One evening she came late and he was there waiting.
” I want to tell you something "he said she encouraged him to go on.”I know you would probably hate me for not telling this to you beforehand but, was one of the people you hate the most.I was a bully myself.I have done things I am not proud of trust me”.She could see the guilt seeping through his eyes,but still couldn’t grab hold of the situation .”I wanted to stop,I really did,wanted to beg for their forgiveness the day I realized its effects,I did I really did. I.. I … tru… I know u might never forgive me but…. Trust me if I had a chance I would have done my best to make it all better.I just ……. Just……”He had tears in his eyes
“ Why didn’t you ?” was all that she managed to ask,she didn’t know whether she would ever be able to forgive him or not.”You .. should just go,its getting dark." He stood up and started walking,she didn’t stop him.She couldn’t sleep that night.
The very next morning the ground swept beneath her feet when she read the headlines in the local newspaper ” MISSING BOY FOUND DEAD DROWNED IN HIS CAR IN THE SEA”.It was him,his picture in the paper.He had been missing for over a month and the authorities confirmed that he had been dead for around a month now.
'But how??' she met him,talked to him how was that possible if he was already dead?.He had saved her.Had he been a ghost all this time.The thought terrified her initially until she realized that if this was all real,even if he was an entity he never harmed her,he was her savior after all.She knew she had to move on.She knew he was there because he was repenting,he was guilty.
She went to his funeral, went near his coffin and spoke the words,they both needed badly”I forgive you”.
She felt at peace, and through the sudden warm breeze,that caressed her,as if meant only for her,she suddenly realized so did he.He could now leave this world, and she could live her life.