Emily always knew it was going to end like this. That neither would be free, while the other exists.
"I'd point the gun at your heart, if I thought you had one," she told the man who had laughed at every ounce of her pain.
His smile his only reply.
Emily turned away, turned and looked out over the great expanse of the valley below.
She hadn't the heart to tell him she'd lured him here to this particular location on purpose - for reasons that had absolutely nothing to do with him. His ego being what it is.
"I never meant for it..." he began, but never got to finish.
Because the look in Emily's eyes as she turned back to him, told him another syllable from his goddamn mouth would only speed them both to the end that shone brightly in her eyes.
"I should have known," she began as she once again took aim right between his eyes - where the man's third-eye shoulda been.
"I reckon we were doomed to end this way from the very beginning. I always saw it coming, from as young as I can recall... in all those fucking dreams... those goddamn eyes... always reflecting back to me this inevitable end."
There wasn't an ounce of wobble in her voice, and for that Emily was glad.
"The saddest part... is you'll leave here thinking it's you who's finally free."
And with that, Emily turned on her bare feet and ran... ran and then leapt out into the broad sky, as if its waiting arms were just aching to hold her once more.
The only arms... she'd ever known she'd be safe in.
And somewhere off in the distance a radio played a Kaleo song... "I want more..."
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