It’s the last day of the year of 2015. Midnight is approaching. Underneath his apartment, a party is going on for few hours. Music is played with people talking loudly. Compare to that festivity, his apartment is silent. He’s sitting at his desk, his back facing the noises. Since the beginning of the evening, he focuses on the clockwise. The ticking of the little one. Ten seconds. The crowd beneath him started the countdown. He is waiting for the year to change. He wanted to begin a new year so that he can put his project in motion. Five seconds. This last year was all wandering. The one that is about to come will be the year of action, he thought. One second. Fireworks are sparkling in the dark night. Midnight. One second. The crowd is screaming:
HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2015!!!!
2016 has begun. Supposedly. Wait…2015?
Two months later, I had the chance to face Eden again. We were at the mall. Christmas was around the corner and to cheer Ethan up after the last few hard days, I told him he could get whatever he wanted. We made our way through the crowd, store by store. Until Ethan saw him. He stood still. I glanced at what he was staring: a young man, in his twenties, red hair, the look of an assassin and a long black coat on his back. Eden. I pulled Ethan behind me. I gazed around quickly to find an escape but all the exits were unattainable. Eden slowly opened his right hand. Something slid along his sleeve to land in his hand. A shotgun. A woman randomly noticed the weapon and started to scream. Everyone looked at her then where she was pointing. In a second, all the happiness turned into fear. People fled in all directions. But we stood still. Eden raised his arm. He aimed at me. I closed my eyes to blink when I heard a loud BANG! When I opened my eyes, Eden ran to get covered: three guards were shooting at him. As Eden wasn’t paying attention to us, I dragged Ethan in a hallway that led to the toilets. We hid in one of the many cabins. When we suddenly heard three shots. Then a complete silent. Footsteps came towards us. It was fast and distanced. Someone was running. The pace slowed down arriving in the toilets. I heard people trying to camouflage their tears. Ethan was terrified. He trembled like a leave falling from its tree. When I saw a shadow under the door, I slammed it from inside. It knocked the assailant down. I hardly got up. I grabbed the shot gun, took Ethan’s hand and rushed to the closest staircase. We went to the parking lot. I tried to open several cars but none opened. We hid in between a big truck and a wall. I checked the shotgun: one bullet left. Ethan held me tight. Eden arrived at the same floor as we were. He walked slowly, stopping every four steps. As soon as he appeared in front of us, I shot him. I missed but some bullet’s particles came across his leg. At the same moment, I ran and hit him in the chin with the shotgun. He fell on the floor. Unconscious. The mall’s guards were getting closer and closer. I had few seconds before they showed up. I took that time to search in his pockets, trying to find something that will help me understand a little bit more the situation I got in. He only had one thing: a picture of Ethan, younger than he is now. I stared at the frozen smile Ethan wore. I turned the picture. On the back, something was hand-written.
144 Claflin Blvd. NY
To be continued