You lost ’cause I lied. I stole, and you died. I watched the life trickle, watched your breath slow and your glow fade. You looked at me once with understanding, like you knew this was how it had to end.

It was the promise that drew me to the flame. The beast I discovered too late.

I was selfish. I admit it. A true swindler. Just a few faked signatures, a few false rumours, and the land was mine.

I never thought you’d get in the way of the bullet, the one aimed for my heart that wound up in yours.


Copyright © 2015 by Emily Clayton
Originally appeared on Flash!Friday:
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