Charming's Star

By @L-R-Battista
Charming's Star

This is the story of Delilah Letters, a nineteen-year-old college student. She aspires to be a screenwriter or director and dive into her imaginary worlds. However, life has other plans. After all, nothing really goes as planned. This is a short story right now, but it might become a long story. I know the description is vague but give it a chance. Hope you enjoy, L-R-Battista Side Note: I do not own the cover, it belongs to its rightful owner whom, I thank for creating such beautiful art.

Chapter 23

A Swim With Death

 \”Delilah!\” Ryan yelled, grabbing glass away from me and sitting me down by the pool.

          \”What?\” I rasped, trying to suck air into my lungs.

          \”Why did you do that?\” he demanded.

       \”Are you just playing with me?\” I blurted, the alcohol really starting to affect me.

The long line of windows across from the pool that led to a giant patio was blurring together, I could no longer make out the dolphin shape of the pool.

       \”What do you mean, am I playing you?\” Ryan shouted.

I began to fall sideways onto the tiled floor when he catches me and lays me in his lap.

      \”What do you mean, am I playing you?\” Ryan repeated, his face serious.

     I opened and closed my eyes, trying to clear my vision.

     \”Damn, alcohol,\” I cursed under my breath.

     \”Hello? Earth to Lia!\” he yelled, waving his large hand in front of my face.

     \”Stars aren\’t on earth,\” I mumbled.

    \”You know what I mean, Lia,\” he said, rolling his eyes.

    \”Sure I do,\” I snapped, attempting to lift myself from his lap.

     Instantly, he pushed me back down gently, \”You didn\’t answer my question, Lia,\” he murmured, caressing my hair gently.

     \”Are you just playing with me? Are you just pretending to be my friend?\” I spat, again attempting to get up.

     His eyes widened in surprise and shook his head vehemently; \”What? Of course not! Are you feeling alright?\”

    \”You wouldn\’t lie to me would you?\” I questioned, feeling nauseous from sitting up so long.

    \”I cross my heart and hope to die before lying to you star,\” he sincerely said, marking a cross above his heart.

     \”Kay,\” I mumbled, laying back down on his lap.

    \”Star, I am going to get you something to eat, ok?\” Ryan whispered, lifting me up bridal style and laying me on a lounge chair.

     \”No…I wanna go swimming,\” I slurred, rising from the seat. 

     \”Not until you eat something,\” he stated, pushing me back on the chair.

     \”I\’m not hungry,\” I pouted.

     Ryan sighed and ran a hand through his midnight hair, \”You have to eat. After you eat, then we can go swimming, alright?\”

     I nodded, closing my eyes. For some reason, I was seeing three of him and it was confusing me.

    \”Stay there,\” he commanded, giving me a stern look.

    \”Aye, Aye, Captain!\” I shouted, mock saluting him.

    He shook his head and ran through the door, into the dark party.

   After I could no longer see him, I stood up carefully.

   \”He\’s probably not going to come back,\” I said to myself.

    I sighed and tested my balance and almost landed head-first on the concrete. Quickly, I spread my wings like an airplane to steady myself.

   \”I almost cracked my head open,\” I giggled and then began to run around, pretending to be an airplane.

   \”RRRRRRRRRRRUUUUMMMMMMMM,\” I shouted, stumbling over my own feet

Suddenly, I tripped over a striped pink and blue noodle and toppled into the pool. At first, I didn\’t register I was underwater, in a pool, in my drunken state. But then, my lungs started to burn for air. I attempted to swim upward but my vision was still blurring everything together, making it impossible to know which way was up. 

My arms and legs became dead weights, tired of fighting and black spots clouded my vision. I laid back into the water, spread-eagle and open my mouth, releasing the last of my air in a giggle. Water crammed its way into my lungs, suffocating. I started to sink to the bottom of the pool near one of the perfectly tiled dolphins. I was dying but in my drunken state, I found it amusing.

I was laughing, water washing into my throat and into my lungs. From below, everything looked like a watercolor painting, a different point of view of life.A huge shadow then appeared to leap into the water, its moves graceful. I registered a slight ripple in the water right as the shadow seemed to touch down beneath the surface. I wonder if it\’s an angel, I thought to myself. 

The shadow seemed to be coming closer and closer to me, so maybe, he was taking me to heaven. I\’d always wondered what heaven was like. However, the shadow seemed frantic, his arms and legs propelling him faster and faster. I tried reassuring him that there was no rush by smiling but seemed that I had lost all feeling in my body.

Strong arms wrapped themselves around my waist and began to pull me up from the abyss and closer to the light. I wondered to myself if heaven was just all white light like it is normally pictured or if it was more than that. 

Then I remembered that I might have to go purgatory because I hadn\’t gone to confession in a while. I would probably need to atone for my sins. Hopefully, it\’s not too much of a drag, I thought before I lost consciousness and broke into the light. 

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