*HIT AND RUN*
i stand in the middle of a deserted road. i can hear dogs barking in the distance. a ferris wheel is spinning somewhere out there too. it's midnight.
you said if we're destined, we'll meet. we'll happen. i have been looking up dictionaries ever since and this is my seventh. and each time, i seem to skip the page on which 'destiny' appears. i fancy other words tonight.
c for crime. w for witness. r for your name.
fuck. useless. i scream.
a car whizzes past me the next second as i hear another. rubbing them, i squint my eyes as hard as i can. i take heavy steps towards a victim.
a lady. middle-aged. she was picking up empty stray bottles. she should've stayed in. her wails get to me in waves. too loud. then too faint. i hear but i don't. she is mumbling things. her last words, i'm certain. names of her boys. she has a girl maybe.
she's a struggle drenched in blood. she spots me, i sense. her hands desperately trying to reach me. her last chance at life.
i now know how a roadside peddlar feels being the victim.
you hit and ran me too.
i stand there aimlessly, shamelessly watching her bleed to death. maybe she has minutes, i think. maybe she'd die anyway on the way to the hospital. i have 'Crime and Punishment' in my hand.
have you read Dostoyevsky? i ask. i am a demon disguised as human.
she's dying. did you mark the date on the calendar the day you left?
i turn back to leave. i have another death to mourn tonight. her cries turn into wraths. loud. louder.
squeaks then. soft, shrill. silence then. it always prevails. the ferris wheel is still spinning. the dogs are hungrier now. they have a feast to relish.
we don't talk now. if we did, i'd ask you to be safe on the road. remember, there is no crime if there are no witnesses.
darling, are you out tonight?
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