Publication date: October 6th, 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
I wasn’t supposed to find Selexah in this life.
Timing is one of the weirdest things in the world. Some people are like magnets. Their chemistry is undeniable. The ones who look at each other in a way every person on the planet prays someone will look at them. There are two people, who clearly have a connection, but for a reason secret to everyone except the universe, they can’t be together. Maybe it’s because one of them is interested when the other is not. Maybe in the instant that the person who was interested first gives up, the other decides to start holding on. Maybe it’s a physical distance between two locations. Maybe it’s not being single at the same time. I doubt, however, that anyone has ever thought, before today, that maybe, it’s because one of them is dead.
And, I am dead.
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Danny and I lie motionless. The thin-bed presses against his back and I wish I could sit up without the action resulting in people talking to me. At some point, I’ll have to think of something to say. For now, I’ll rest. Throughout the day, different people come in to see Danny. It’s always the same. People are so happy when someone doesn’t die. I had someone to mourn my death, but those memories always seem just out of reach.
I wonder sometimes if people are ever not happy when someone lives. It sounds a bit morbid, but there are people who truly want to die. I think their families must feel that. They must know somewhere deep down that they’d be better off. Maybe they’re sick and dying, the inevitable being prolonged. Or, maybe they’re mentally ill. Maybe they struggle and fight every day to wake up, go through the motions, and are just looking for some peace. I don’t think any parent wants to outlive their child. I don’t think any person wishes death on someone they love. But, after all my Jumping, and all the thoughts I’ve read, I can’t help but believe that there are circumstances when death is the best choice. When “I’m so happy you’re alive” is a lie, and both parties know it.
That’s not Danny’s case. He’s just a boy, barely nine years old, with a lifetime ahead of him. He has plenty of people who love him and will care for him. He has people to ensure he keeps living, keeps dreaming, and keeps moving forward.
“What happened?” Finally, I speak. If I’m ever going to get Danny out of this joint, I’ll have to talk. Maybe I can get him out before I give his body back, and he can completely skip the hospital. That’d be a nice gift. He can wake up in his own bed. The worst part will be having to be told again that his parents are dead. He won’t remember when he’s told now, because his grandpa will actually be telling me. The people in his life will chalk it up to shock and retell him the story, never knowing that two days from now will be the first time Danny truly hears the story of how he lost his parents and almost his life.
Shalana Battles is a YA/Adult writer who tells stories about love…sometimes with witches and ghosts. Her debut novel, SOUL JUMPER is coming out October, 6, 2020. Be the first to hear about upcoming projects and book updates by signing up for her newsletter below!