Tuesday Tidbit: 292

An interesting piece for your Tuesday Tidbit today!

Enjoy! D.R Breshears

Her feet, though weak, were carrying her through the cold crisp creek without fault, her cocoa-colored skin contrasting greatly with the not-so-delicate red cuts covering her heels and ankles like thick woolen socks.

Despite the breathtaking beauty of the practically untouched Oregon backwoods surrounding her, she stared blankly ahead at something far beyond the haze of the trees in the distance.

The cadence of her footsteps splashing down mixed with the slow beat of her heart sounded pleasant to her, the noises coming together like a cadet keeping time. ‘2 9 2’. 292 That’s what she kept repeating to herself with each step. Splash – 2. Beat – 9. Splash – 2.

She stumbled on a loose rock mechanically and broke her dead gaze to look down and catch her footing. She noticed only momentarily the cool crimson-colored water around her as she splashed water on her heels and legs to try and stop the bleeding.

More attention would have been given to her fascinatingly blood-stained legs if her focus hadn’t been stolen by something floating past her rather quickly. Her feet found a spurt of energy from God knows where and she leaped forward to retrieve it, trying to catch the dark blue blob of fabric before the current took it away.

She leaned down warily and picked it up; a hoodie, a dark blue hoodie with gray drawstrings and a hole in the right sleeve. She let herself slink down into the cold water as she held the sweater close to her. The inside tag read what she had feared: 292. 

Her eyes closed mercifully and she tried to cry, but all that was left was an empty feeling, a hollow, lonely emptiness that hurt more than anything they could have done to her.

She had survived, but with nothing left to survive for. She looked around as the sun poked it’s first curious rays through the trees ahead, waking all the chattering and ignorantly cheerful birds all around her.

She took a deep, painful breath. She was alive, but she had never felt more dead in her life.


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