Heavy rainfall beats down on a small town in California. The clouds became darker as the rain continued to fall. The wind blew harshly, causing branches of trees to fall off. The streets were littered with leaves, twigs and trash. There were crashes of lightning in all directions, striking random places at any time. The place resembled a ghost town, as no one was seen outside their homes.

During the storm, a bird got caught in a gust of wind. The wind propelled the bird in different directions, until it finally crashed into a small glass window of a small rundown house.

Moments later, a skinny figure slowly walked towards the window. She placed both hands on her small black sweatpants pockets and stared blankly at the bird stuck on the other side of the glass.

”Its going to die soon. ” Alya mumbled with a plain expression on her face, then turned and walked away from the window.

We skin was pale and unhealthy, and underneath her eyes, wew dark eye bags. She didn seem to be sleeping well.

She then noticed a big roach climbing up the dirty white walls. Her pupils dilated and she quickly stepped away from the roach on the wall. She didn like the thing one bit.


Alya muttered and walked towards a tiny termite infested bookshelf beside a small white mattress on the floor, which looked more like a boulder than a bed. She reached for the only book there, then turned on the lights and sat on a worn out sofa.

Alya opened the book to find the first three pages torn. Alya was not surprised.

What thing ate the book now?

Right between the second and third page, she found a smaller cockroach resting there. Instantly, in a panic, Alya closed the book and threw it on the floor. The roach then came out of the book and quickly crawled away for its dear life.

Alya was getting tired, she bared her teeth in anger.

”No matter how clean this place is, or how much bud repellent I use, I still see these damn cockroaches everywhere! ” she yelled as she yanked her hair furiously. She hated insects, especially roaches. Those specific were a pain in her neck. They just kept on multiplying, no matter what she did.

After muttering some unknown curses, she finally calmed down. She took a deep breath and rubbed her temples.

Alya sighed deeply and picked up the book on the floor. She was really tired of this. She sat back down on the sofa and slowly opened the book again, not hoping to find another one.

She slowly exhaled and tried to read what was on the first page,though it was futile. She closed the book.

Before she could keep it back on the shelf, her stomach rumbled loudly.

”….. ”

She groaned, then slowly stood up to her feet. She then walked up to a small wooden table in the middle of the room, her chocolate brown eyes spot two dollars and an apple.

Hesitantly,she grabbed the apple and took a bite out of it. She cringed at the sour taste, but managed to gorge it down.

It mustve gotten bad on the inside.

Suddenly, Alyas stomach felt uneasy, she quickly ran to the kitchen sink and drank a glass of water. Alya could no longer hear her tummy rumble, with the loud crashes of thunder outside. She had barely eaten in the past few days, and her stomach couldn take it anymore.

With no other choice, she pulled out a small phone from her pants pocket and dialed a number. The phone rang twice but went straight to voicemail.

”Nikki, Im a little short on cash right now, so if you don mind, can you please send me some? I promise to pay you back as soon as I can. Please call me back when you hear this. ” she cut the call and sighed, then stared back at the two dollars on the table.

Just need to pull through for now.

She clenched her fists in anger. She had the strong urge to break something, but she couldn . She quickly calmed down and exhaled once again.

She grabbed the money and ran to the door. She tied her long wavy chestnut brown hair up in a ponytail, quickly wore an old pair of brown boots, and a black raincoat. She then placed the money in her coats pocket, took an umbrella,and left the rundown house.

She opened the umbrella and started to run a few blocks. Minutes later, Alya reached a small store but found it closed. She stared at the sign breathless. That was the only store that could he opened at this time. All other shops were closed due to the rain. She hadn really eaten anything, and that was her last chance to eat something for the day. She slowly clenched her fists.

But just as she was about to throw a fit,a bolt if lightning struck a nearby metal pole, which caused it to wobble. Alyas eyes widen in shock and she slowly started to back up.

Before she could pick up the pace, the pole suddenly stopped wobbling. Alya exhaled deeply in relief as she wiped off the sweat on her face and walked away. She could have gotten seriously injured if the pole were to hit her, or worse. She didn have the stomach to eat anymore.

At that exact moment, the bottom of the pole broke and started to fall.

Alyas ears perked up at the loud screeching sound and slowly turned back, she stared at the large pole that was about to fall on her. She tried to move, but her feet wouldn budge. Her surroundings seemed to be in slow motion. She prayed for her body to move or just react, but she couldn even lift her finger.


Just in the nick of time, her body managed to move out of the way before the pole could crush her. The pole fell to the ground with a loud bang.

With that sudden close to death experience, her body felt numb as her legs could no longer hold her up and she fell to the ground, dropping the umbrella she was holding. Her clothes and hair were getting soaked in the rain.

”I….I couldve died. ” she stuttered, out of breath. All this time she had forgotten to breathe.

Almost five minutes had passed and Alya was still in the same position. She fumbled for her umbrella and found it seconds later, then grabbed the umbrella and closed it.

Just as she was about to stand to her feet, lightning struck her in an instant. The lightning bolt engulfed her entire body. Her once pale skin was now fried to a crisp. She could feel the electricity down to her cells. She tried to scream, but not a single word came out from her mouth.

I can die like this, I haven gotten the life I wanted yet. I thought Id be rich before I die.

I bet she doesn remember me.

Alya gritted her teeth in anger as tears threaten to spill out, but it never came. The pain she felt was so much and so long to bear. She knew she would die soon, but she still couldn accept it. She tried to move but she felt only pain. Her vision got blurrier by the second.

She could no longer feel her legs or arms, she couldn even hear her own voice anymore. Her eyelids grew heavier until it finally closed. As she felt the darkness surround her, she let out her last breath.

I need…..a second chance.

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