It began as a whispering in the air. The day had been beautiful and the sky was like a dome of plasma-blue. The clouds had looked like airy anvils drifting under the gleaming disc of sun. I looked out the window. The sky was tar-black and the large clouds were moving towards me. I heard a tapping on the window and then it became a pitter-patter. The beautiful cocktail-blue shade was beginning to darken into gravel-grey. Large pillows of cloud were forming, blotting out the old-gold colour of the sun.
I was too tired and so sad, her voice echo hesitated in my head, she died by drowning, it was just like a part of my body that broke down. She told me many times to teach her to swim, I wanted it a lot but I was just avoiding her all time; if just I told her, maybe.... she wouldn't die.
Suddenly, a strange voice said "IF YOU COULD TURN BACK TIME, DO YOU BLEIVE YOU CAN STRAIGHTEN OUT THE ERRORS AND MISTAKES AND..... SAVE YOUR BEST FRIEND?", "Yes, of course I want it a lot if it's possible" I said powerfully. Then, The sound disappeared, so, I went to my bed to sleep.
The next day, I woke up to the sound of birds singing, the sky was as blue as the sea, the weather was clear and the sun send its rays. I went out to walk a little bit. Abruptly, I heard my friend's voice saying
"Hey, Imane, where are you going? what are you doing?", I turned back and she was really my friend Eva, I was shoked because she died and I attended her funeral just yesterday.
"I'm going to the swimming pool, do you want to go with me?" she asked me but I didn't answer her, I was suprised and she continued " Forget what I said to you. You should come back home and rest. OK?" and she ran away. I didn't understand anything, so, I went to my home. After 10 minutes, my mother told me that she died.
I woke up to the sound of birds singing, the sky was as blue as the sea, the weather was clear and the sun send its rays. I went out to walk a little bit. "One minute! What it's going on?"
"YOU WANTED TO GO BACK IN TIME AND I CARRIED OUT. NOW, IT'S YOUR TURN. THE LAST TIME YOU WENT BACK IN TIME BUT YOU FAILED, SHE DIED AGAIN. WHEN YOU FAIL YOU WILL COME BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN, BUT YOU HAVE JUST THREE ATTEMPTS. YOU SHOULD SAVE HER! HURRY UP!" the strange voice said.
"Well, I should save her, but how?.....Yes, I know. I should accept to teach her to swim" I whispered.
I was too late, so, I ran to the swimming pool, a crowd gathered on it, and I heard someone yelling that there is a girl who is drowning. I rushed and I jumped to save her but the swimming pool was too deap for me. I was trapped underwater, swirling around me in glowing colours, shining fluorescent in the starlight.I felt a longing, longing like I had never dreamed before. It was an ache in my chest, one different to the pain it was causing me not to breathe. I was desperate. Deep, deep blue, rolling swirls of water, weaving around me like dye. Pain shot through me like an arrow as I was tossed like a ragdoll. The waves threw me up, up, until my head broke out of the thrashing waves. The wind screamed to me, shrieking for me to escape. I screamed in return with the last of my breath as the water sucked me back down into the depths of my terror. Eyes open, the minutes passed as if they were an eternity. One last image glowed brightly, and then slipped away, leaving me with nothing. Consciousness gone. World gone. Life gone.Darkness reigned.
I woke up to the sound of birds singing, the sky was as blue as the sea, the weather was clear and the sun send its rays. I went out to walk a little bit again. "I should save her, I should go now" and at once, I saw her so far away. Then, I ran, ran and ran. "Just say it," I silently reminded myself. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't and I sream "Eva, I'll teach to swim, I'm so sorry for everything. Don't go please. I'll do anything for you to teach you". I felt unparalleled psychological comfort. "Did I save her? Did I do it? Can I see her daily again?" a lot of questions came to my mind but I didn't have any answers.
A gentle soft voice woke me up saying "Imane, are you ok? Do you feel better? I'm with you, don't worry. I can teach myself you are not forced. Just rest", it was my friend Eva, so, I cried pathetically "NO. I'll teach you, I want that, please". All presents began to laugh and I was in the hospital. "When you screamed that you'll teach me and when you gave me your apologies, you lost consciousness, so, I called the ambulance to take you.....And now, we should go, the doctor said that you should rest."
"I DID NOT THINK THAT YOU WILL SUCCESED IN YOUR MISSION.I LOST FAITH IN YOU. BUT YOU PROVED THE OPPOSITE. YOU SAY IT FINALLY. LOOK, WHEN YOU WANT TO SAY ANYTHING JUST SAY IT. DON'T BE SHY. YOU DID IT. WELL DONE.MISSION COMPLET."
After five years, Eva won the award for best swimmer internationally. I was so proud of her, she wanted it a lot and she did it finally. I realise that I, we should say what we wanted to say before we ran out of time. Just say it before it's too late. Life is short. There is no time to leave important words unsaid. Take it as a lesson and a rule in your life. Just say it.