~When Snow Falls~
By: Kitty Sayjo
On a cold night in New York City, a young woman name Neva walks down the streets alone. Despite the low temperature, she wasn’t wearing a jacket to protect herself from the cold winds blowing at her.
Neva continues to walk until she finally came to her destination. An abandoned building. She quickly sneaks into the building to avoid the cold winds. Once she was inside, Neva looks around until she finds the staircase leading to the rooftop.
She begins climbing up the old staircase, her footsteps echoing throughout the building. By the fifth floor, her phone goes off. She stops and looks to see that it was a text from her friend, Aaron.
“Where are you?” it read.
Neva ignores the text and continues to climb up the stairs. Neva stops for a moment to rethink her decision. Should I text him back? She thought before immediately going against it.
Eventually, she makes it to the rooftop of the building. As she opens the door, the cold breeze gently blows at her once again. The scent of old metal surrounds the area as Neva gets to the short railing of the roof and climbs over it.
She sits on the railing with her feet resting on the concrete below her.
“I hope this works.” Neva says to herself as she looks out at the beautiful scenery.
The stars shine brightly throughout the night sky, while the city lights were all in a glow below. As she continues to look out at the beautiful sight, her phone starts buzzing again. Neva ignores it at first, but the guilt starts to overwhelm her as the buzzing continues.
Eventually, she gives in and looks to see who was messaging her. Sure enough, it was Aaron trying to get her to respond.
“I’m worried about you. Tell me where you are. Why have you been ignoring me for the past few weeks?”
The messages keep piling up until it got to the final message.
“That’s it. I’m gonna look for you.” It read.
“He’s not going to find me.” Neva thought as she sets her phone on silent and puts it back in her pocket.
This wasn’t the first time Neva had tried to isolate herself from others. Ever since she was little, Neva felt like she was cursed to lose someone that was close to her. It started with her mother, a kind young woman who cared for her daughter since the day she was born. She died from cancer when Neva was only five.
Next was her father, who grew closer to Neva ever since her mother past. Unfortunately, he was killed in a car crash a year later. Up next was her grandmother, who took Neva under her wing and raised her as her own. When Neva was around nine years old, her grandmother had and stroke and died.
It wasn’t just family members that were affected by it. Anyone that was close to Neva would meet their demise. Her childhood friend, Bailey, was killed months after being friends with her. Her favorite teacher was found dead in his home.
Most people would see these deaths as a series of unfortunate events, but not Neva. By the time she was in sixth grade, Neva decided to stop growing close to people. She couldn’t handle the death of another person, especially people that she grows attached to.
As the years passed, Neva was able graduate high school without being attached to anyone. She thought she would be able to keep this up, but that was before she met Aaron.
During her first year of college, Neva was paired up with Aaron for a project. Like always, Neva would focus on doing the work and avoid any personal questions that were asked, but something was different.
No matter how hard Neva tried, she couldn’t ignore Aaron’s friendly personality. It got to the point where they start to become friends. A part of her was delighted to have a friend again after so many years, but another part of her was scared as to what might happen.
Thankfully, she had a plan.
During those years of isolation, Neva used that time to figure out why everyone she grew attached to would die. The only connection she found was that each person’s death date was on the first week of December.
Most of the days were already filled, leaving only one day left.
With this in mind, Neva planned on isolating herself from now on until that day has passed. If that plan succeeds, then she will be able to keep her friendship with Aaron without having to fear his potential death.
However, if it fails, then it might be two people dying on that day. Neva sits calmly and waits, occasionally looking at her phone to check the time. After some time has pass and all was silent, Neva starts to worry.
It hasn’t happened yet, has it? She thought as she looks at her phone one more time. 11:57.
“Three more minutes.” Neva says to herself as she puts her phone back in her pocket. She continues to wait, while thinking of all the possibilities that would happen once this was all over.
Suddenly, she feels a cold drop on her shoulder. Neva looks up to see a shower of little, white snowflakes falling down on her and throughout the lit city. This came as a shock to her since it never snowed on any of the death dates.
She gets up from the railing and stands onto the concrete edge of the building. Holding onto the railing with one hand, Neva stretches out her other hand to feel the snowflakes fall onto it.
She starts to feel cold as the snow started to pile up on her, but she didn’t care. She felt that the snow was a sign of hope and that everything was going to be okay.
However, the moment was disturbed when Neva hears loud sirens and blue and red lights flashing in the distance. Panicked, Neva quickly grabs her phone and checks the time. 12:02.
The day is over. Aaron should be okay now, right? she thought as she looks to see if Aaron sent any new messages. Nothing. As she stands there in the cold, snowy night, Neva finally replies to him with one sentence.
“Are you still alive?”