"I promise this will be the last time you'll see me. I won't come back. I won't put you through anything like this again. You can go on with your life without any more interference from me. It will be if I never existed."

My knees must have started to shake, because the trees were suddenly wobbling. I could hear the blood pounding faster than normal behind my ears. His voice sounded farther away.

His voice sounded farther away because I was running. Running faster than I ever had before. I could never challenge Edward, though. I never looked back. I willed myself to keep moving, leave all the pain behind. He never came after me.

Before I knew it, I was back at the house. His Volvo was gone. Gone. My brain was shut down, enabling me to think clearly, and rationally, so I did the first thing I could think of. Drive.

The keys fell from my shaking hands multiple times, but I finally put them into the ignition. There was a mistake, I told myself, they-he's not leaving. I wound my truck faster around each bend, focusing on only one thing. Getting to the hidden white house. I never remembered how to get there. After fifteen minutes of mindless driving around wet, lonely road, I sped. How my truck sped will forever be a mystery to me, but speed it did. The trees seemed closer to me, I thought, I can see the water dripping off one of the lea--

My rusty, old truck seemed to ricochet off the base of an enormous tree. I felt my entire body bolt and slam into the steering wheel. Glass shattered, and leaves fell all around me. But I could only think of one thing.

"It will be as if I never existed."

"It will be as if I never…"

"It will be as if I…"

"It will be as if…"

"It will be as…"

"It will be…"

"It will…"



A black wall slammed into my memory. And Edward never existed.