An Old Photograph

A familiar face stares out of the worn edges of an old photograph
She gently runs her fingers over the long blonde hair, shining hazel eyes, brilliant smile
The image of a 14 year old girl she used to know so well
The halo still shines above her head
It radiates the beautiful light of youth and innocence

A tear runs down her face
Softly splashing onto the other person in the photograph
A handsome boy, grinning at the girl with adoration in his eyes
Love radiates from the image
Only she knows the truth, only she knows what it truly means

The picture begins to dissolve in her hands
She feels herself begin to tumble
Falling head first back into a different time, a different place, a different world
Now she sees the girl standing before her
They look at each other with knowing eyes, you are me

She softly reaches out her hand and touches the girls face
Tears stream freely down her cheeks
The girl embraces her future self
She sees the pain, but she does not know what has yet to transpire
No knowledge that a demon will soon come and snatch her halo

The girl pulls back to look into her eyes
Absorbing flashes of tragic memories and hurt, a foreign world that strikes fear into her heart
She whispers softly to the girl, “I’m sorry.”
The girl nods her head sadly, accepting the apology and the pain she knows is in her future
“You will be okay.” She closes her eyes as she begins to fade.

Opening her eyes she sees the photograph in her hand
A sob of regret escapes her as she relives everything she knows the girl will soon experience
There is nothing she can do, but pray she will be okay
Pray she will make it through
Pray something or someone will look out for her

As her tears begin to fade she looks up
Her reflection stares back at her from the mirror on the wall
Long blonde hair, shining hazel eyes, brilliant smile
Same as the 14 year old girl in the photograph
And a halo radiates from atop her head once more…


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