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Onward together!

ASI limped across the bridge, my spectacles slid off my face and plummeted into the roaring river. My vision was assaulted by the rain pouring from the angst-heavy sky. The trees clutched the soil as the leaves were forc­ibly blown away.

I wobbled as I yearned to reach the other side. I grabbed on to my partner tightly with my shivering hands. Suddenly, the smell of burnt grass seeped into my nose. I struggled for oxygen as my lungs felt like they were being invaded by unwelcome guests.

Jesse stared at the bridge straight on and took the first step. I lifted my foot but quickly pulled it down. It felt like my feet were restrained by a metal chain.

“Annie!” A voice exploded through the rain. I swiv­eled my eyes toward Jesse. She was more than halfway across the worn-out bridge. “I have to move. I have to move!” I repeated to myself. There was no time to waste. I took a leap of faith and sprinted across the bridge.

I heard a sound. I didn’t care. I ran. Suddenly, the bridge came crashing down. My heart raced, and I grabbed onto the muddy ledge. I felt myself slipping away. Mud started to seep under my nails as I clung on for dear life. Just then, I felt a tug on my arm. I was slowly dragged out of danger. I gasped, finally able to take in a breath of air. My fist clutched as if I was still hanging from the edge.

“I swear I would’ve fallen into the river back there if it weren’t for you.”

“Yea, there’s a reason why you’re the more stubborn one between us.” We fell silent and I continued to feel the rain pound on my face. I inched my way back up, dragging my left foot behind me. My white sneakers… Well, they weren’t so white anymore. On the contrary, Jesse, her face was still white as snow. I could only imagine what she was thinking. Could it be that she was fearing for the unknown that was lying ahead? Or could she be replaying my agonizing scream for help? I don’t know. All I know is that there is a road ahead of us and that we are going to get through together.


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