There was a smell of summer rain on hot tarmac as Ellie ran from the building. Her breath burned her chest as she fled. The image of their faces wouldn’t leave her mind; imprinted there, they whispered like echoes, over and over again. Pausing to glance over her shoulder, she gathered her breath quickly, before beginning to run once again.
She had to get far away. She knew she couldn’t go back. She wouldn’t. It was not an option. She didn’t stop running, not even to check whether she was being followed. Not until she was at the safety of the bridge. There, she paused and leant against the wall. Sinking down onto the floor, she collapsed, tears welling up inside her and bubbling over. She was so lost in thought that she didn’t hear footsteps. At least not until it was too late.
Turning to look up at that building for the last time, she finally let go of the memories and images that had haunted her. She knew for sure now that she would never be in that position again. She turned away just as the wrecking ball swung into action and ruptured the heart of the structure, shattering the wall that had surrounded her heart for all those years, and freeing the ghosts.
Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.