I want to feel all that love and emotion

Written in response to: Write a story about someone making a gift (chocolate or otherwise) for a loved one.... view prompt

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LGBTQ+ Sad Fiction

This story contains themes or mentions of physical violence, gore, or abuse.


“Marlin? Where are you?”

I see a shape on the ground in the dark alleyway. No. I’m too late.

“Marlin?”

They cough, blood splattered on their lips. Their hair is damp from the puddle their head rests in, and I don’t want to think about if it’s blood or not. “Qu-Quinn? That you?”

“Marlin.” I whisper, my eyes filling with tears as I fall to my knees beside them. Their shirt has been slashed, and it’s stained red at their side, beneath their hand, the dark stain creeping farther and farther. “What happened?”

“Wolf. Slashed me.” They groan, fingers digging into their side. “I didn’t see it coming.”

“You’re-You’re okay, right? You’ll be okay? We can go get help, you’ll be okay.”

They give me a small, sad smile, and my heart sinks. “I don’t-I don’t think so.”

“What? N-No, you have to be.” Tears spill down my cheeks, hitting their chest, my fingers gripping their free hand.

“Hey. You’ll-” They cough again, their body trembling with each movement. “You’ll be okay. Without me.”

“No I won’t. I can’t lose you, Marlin, I can’t. Please, I need you here.”

“I’ll alway be-” Their voice is ragged, and their eyes flutter open and closed. They’re trying to stay awake. “I’ll always be with you, okay? Just don’t-don’t give up. Find Karlen. Tell him I say hi.”

“I need you, Marlin. You can’t leave me.”

“I love you, Quinn.” They say, cupping the side of my face gently. “Be safe. You need to go now, before they get back. The boat is already at the dock. Go.”

“Marlin, no. I can’t-”

“Go. Please. I’ll be okay. I love you, Quinn.”

“N-No. Keep your eyes open, it’s okay.” But they don’t. “Marlin. Marlin!”

My hands tremble, and I try to feel for a pulse. But I find nothing. I’m crying hard, and I pull my blood soaked hands away from them. 

I can hear growls and snarls in the distance, and stagger to my feet, pulling their bag with me. I have to go. I don’t want to leave them, but I won’t survive here.

So I run.

I run through the empty streets, holding the bag with all of their things close to me. The wind bites at my skin as I do, and I can’t stop crying.

“You! Stop!”

I don’t. I keep going, almost there, almost free, then I trip.

I manage to get back up, my pants ripped at the knees, and I stagger forward, but my lead is gone. They’re so close, and I don’t think I can make it.

But I try.

Miraculously, I make it to the dock. I fish around in my pocket, searching for the handkerchief. I throw it out into the water, and it unfolds into the rowboat. I have to jump to reach it, and I leap off the 

I land in the boat hard, and scrabble for the oars. I can hear hooves pounding on the ground behind me as I start rowing, then I block it out.

I love you, Quinn. I’ll always be with you.

I can’t hear anything, can’t see anything, but I keep moving. I’m crying, but I row and row and row until I’m far enough. Then I bury my face in my hands, and cry.




February 17, 2022 20:54

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01:16 Mar 20, 2022

Using Conan Gray lyrics as your title to a snippet of a larger story you're working on? Absolute fatality- I'm dead. I'm excited to see what comes next :))

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Ari Berri
14:02 Mar 21, 2022

Thank you, I'm glad you like it =)

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20:15 Mar 21, 2022

Of course :D

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Leo Reynie
14:45 Mar 17, 2022

Wait Ari what’s the larger story? Can you publish it in parts? Also I’m reading this on the bus so I still have to do school after. I need to stop reading these before I have to function

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Ari Berri
14:02 Mar 21, 2022

I might, but I don't have a lot of it done. But if I can work on more of it, then I will

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Leo Reynie
16:06 Mar 21, 2022

That would be great, thank you (:

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Kat Sencen
04:44 Mar 09, 2022

(Copied from Echo Sundar, you should check out their stories!!!) TIME TO SPREAD POSITIVITY WHEN I SAY "I AM" YOU SAY "LOVED" THEN COPY/PASTE THIS TO SOMEONE ON REEDSY AND CONTINUE THE CHAIN LETS SPREAD SOME POSITIVITY READY??? I AM-

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06:23 Feb 25, 2022

*not you making me cry gay tears*

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damn i have no idea what happened but that's in a good way *applause* amazing job, ari! btw hru o_o we haven't talked in a while

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Ari Berri
15:17 Mar 04, 2022

Lol, yeah, it's just a snippet from larger story I'm working on

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oh noice :D hru? it's been dEcAdEs/j

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