It Slowly Slipped Away

by The Cowl Editor on November 14, 2019


by Grace O’Connor ’22

She looked in the mirror and took a deep breath
Today was the day her life would change
She looked down at her newly polished nails as her heart drummed in her chest
Time was going by painfully slow but too fast

She stood up slowly and walked down the stairs in silence
The silence in the air weighed down with every step
The last time she saw her she was in her arms, the most beautiful thing alive
It felt hard to breath every time she thought about her

Woman holding a photograph up
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She sipped the coffee slowly as her mind kept running rapidly
She wanted more than anything another chance
A new relationship, one that she could cherish rather than one bear the emptiness
Of a relationship that was nonexistent

The ring of the doorbell echoed through the house
She stood up slowly and walked to the door at the end of the hall
She put her hand on the cold door knob and twisted it hesitantly
She gasped when she saw her face

It was the day that changed everything
One that she had tried to erase from her memories for years
But also a day she could never get back, all the emotions that she had buried inside
Sometimes would bubble up to the surface

All she kept was that one photo
That one memory
It slowly slipped away
Until that one moment, the day that changed everything