Staring at her gun, I knew I should be afraid; but in all the chaos , only one emotion was running through me.
I close my eyes, waiting for bullets, but nothing happens. I open my eyes to see her just standing there staring at me.
“Do it!” She flinches when I speak, “Just shoot me already!”
“I- Your-” she lowers her gun, “I can’t shoot you.”
“Please!” As I yell the fire around us grows and she jumps back.
“But, you’re just a little girl. They didn’t tell me-! They didn’t tell me you were just a girl.”
I start crying, the fire around me getting more and more out of control.
“I can’t stop it!” I raise my hands, covering my face. “You have to shoot me so it’ll stop!” The harder I cry the bigger the fire gets.
She starts shouting, at first i think she’s trying to calm me down but when I open my eyes she’s engulfed by flames. Her gun goes off, firing randomly in the air as a last ‘Fight or flight’ reaction.
A bullet pings off one of the buildings, hitting me in the forehead.
It melts on impact.
She was relying on the bullet, I was relying on her, both failed.
I start crying again, standing in the middle of carnage. The entire town is up in flames and it’s all my own doing. I tried to stop it and i only made things worse.
8 years old and already I’ve destroyed two cities.
“It’s okay.” I open my eyes to see an older lady leaning over me, she grabs my shoulders, her hands cool to the touch. I open my mouth to speak but she puts a finger to my lips. “Just watch.”
She stands up, moving her hand in a circular motion above her head before bringing it in front of her. I watch as the flames around us flow into her finger tips, leaving only charred remains.
“How-!” She shushes me again before I can get the words out and takes me hand.
“Come child, I’ll show what you need to know.”(353 Words)