Silence of the Lake

It’s been 15 years, but I still regret what happened at the lake that night. It wasn’t supposed to play out that way.

Flashbacks take over my mind; pitch black sky, a broken lamp, screaming and the suddenly…
Silence.
The lake’s water thrusting about the bed.
Still silence.
Come up, I pray. Come up.
Silence takes over the world
A year ago, this would be my dream.

Silence has lasted for what seems like years
But not now. This shouldn’t have happened.
Why was silence so painful?

It was an accident, I didn’t mean for it to happen.
Silence was a killer machine

Just come back up, Ben, come back up.
The lake turned silent

I can’t face anything now.
My heart seemed to stop

I need you, Ben. I didn’t mean it.
Silence. He was never coming back

I was a murderer; I was a killer.

I was the worst person ever.

My brother…
My poor poor brother…
His world-wide dreams…
I destroyed that.

I destroyed the best thing that had ever happened to me.

By Hollie Atton


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