Ever wondered how hard it is to catch lightning? Well I'll tell you now, it's not easy. I'll tell you my story, I guess… I have time.
I looked out across the park and saw her sat there, laughing. She was always laughing. Her red hair shone in the sun, and it made her seem like some sort of angel. I walked over to her, and our other friends, without thinking twice. It was hard to love someone so much and never be able to actually talk to them about it. Thinking about it, it was possibly the hardest thing I had ever had to do.
"Hey, Tai!" she called. Her voice was always so cheerful. She immediately bounded to her feet and ran over to me.
She leapt into the air as she ran. "Catch me!" she shouted, laughing.
I ran to catch her in mid-air but I stumbled and fell to the ground.
She landed on top of me with a thump and I felt the wind leave my chest. "Nice catch." She giggled.
We spoke for hours that day, until long after everyone else had gone home, and then I wondered if she would ever actually say anything to me. I was just too shy to utter a word now that we were alone. I had saved the world, and yet saying how I felt to the girl I loved had seemed impossible. She whispered goodbye in my ear, and left the sweet smell of her perfume hanging in the air as she walked home. I sighed and went home. Well, what else could I actually do?
I remember falling to sleep at about twelve and waking up around one. There was no point in enduring nightmares. I had just laid there, thinking and wondering. I can't remember, for sure, what time exactly I got back out of bed again, but I do remember what I did when I finally did. I climbed out of window and ran as fast as I could to catch that spark before it went out. It was all that I had been dreaming about and I knew there wasn't long left; she had been going away the next day, that was why we had the picnic. We were all trying to pretend that it wasn't the end of an era; that it would be okay when she was gone… but it would have torn my heart in two.
The stars had glistened above me as I ran towards her house. I remember how brightly they had shined so vividly. I also remember that I was running barefoot, for some reason, and it was so cold. It didn't take long before I regretted not taking the miniscule amount of time to get shoes. I mean, I could have at least grabbed my slippers.
I remembered the way to her house. I knew it off by heart. It's weird the things your brain remembers. Well, I had thought about going this way on Valentine's Day and declaring my love like we were in some stupid play. The only problem was I had never built up the courage to actually do it. It was silly, really. I bounded over a garbage can and kept running, thinking myself some sort of superhero. I was nearly there now.
When I reached her house, I threw a stone at her window, and then another, and then another. I can remember how I felt. It was like my heart had been stung when I didn't see her appear. I was so annoyed when I realised that life wasn't always like that book. I think it's called Romeo and Juliet. It sucked but the movies just weren't real. That was the day I decided fairy tales weren't real. I left at that point. It had been time to finally give up on that childhood love.
Well, that was the plan, but she had other plans.
"What do you want, Tai?" she asked, her melodic voice calling me back.
I turned and saw the stars all around her, framing her beautiful face as she leaned out of the window of her apartment. She looked down at me with those big beautiful eyes.
The butterflies in my stomach at that point were almost insufferable. "I've been wanting to tell you…" I found out how hard you can bite your lip without it bleeding at that point.
"Wanting to tell me what?"
"That. Well, you see. I think that—" I stammered like a buffoon.
"Tai, it's three in the morning. Just out with it, already!" she shouted, rubbing sleep from her eyes.
"Sora, I loved you!" I had followed my heart. Like a true idiot.
"Tai…" She whispered. "I don't really know what to say."
"I'm sorry." I slunk backwards into the shadows. "I shouldn't have said anything."
"No… it's just." Sora looked around. "I wanna come down there and show you how long I've been waiting but I've forgotten how to move."
I stared at her. I found myself asking: did she really just say that?
"Catch me!" she yelled, and she leapt out of the window.
"Wha—!" I blurted. My arms had been suddenly as full of her as my eyes had been.
"Kiss me, idiot." She laughed, locking her lips with me.
And that is the story of how I caught lightning. It's probably not the most interesting blog entry I've ever done, but when I think back to how hard it had seemed at the time. Well, I just want everyone to know that it's not impossible.
I decided to try a different tense than normal. This was inspired by the song 'Lightning' by Alex Goot. I hope you enjoyed it :)