TITLE: THESE BONES
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
There was a boy in the lake.
I wasn’t sure whether he was real or not, since I have a tendency to see things that aren’t really there.
At first, I thought he was my brother, but then I realised he was way too big to be a ten-year-old boy, and even in my mind my brother will never get any older.
That’s scary, isn’t it? To realise you’ve lived a whole eight years longer than your older brother ever could.
Besides, the nightmares ended years ago. This was a real, flesh-and-blood boy drowning in the lake. No illusions. No hallucinations.
It wasn’t like he was fighting against it, either. He was just sinking, down, down into the inky water.
As if he’d decided to die tonight.
I kicked off my shoes and I waded into the water, my jeans dragging me down, my legs numbing quickly. I reached the boy and dragged him above the water, cradling his head. He looked so peaceful, like he was sleeping, his dark hair splayed out in the water, eyes gently closed.
I considered letting him go, letting him disappear into the murky depths, but I couldn’t. I carried him back to the shore, and in those seconds I felt as if I were making up for what I didn’t do for my brother. I couldn’t let this boy die as well.
And then I resuscitated a boy who was going to die anyway, but who still changed everything.