wow i haven't done one of these in ages

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Young she was and yet not so. The braids of her dark hair was touched by no frost; her white arms and clear face were flawless and smooth, and the light of stars was in her bright eyes, grey as a cloudless night; yet queenly she looked, and thought and knowledge were in her glance, as of one who has known many things that the years bring.

I Promise

Every person has a specific number of lives they live throughout their existence. Every person has a soul mate they must find before they cease to exist – it doesn’t matter whether they meet in their first life, or their last life, they always meet at some point. But when one half dies, the other dies also.

Josh first met Simon in their fifth life. Josh was a waiter at a 5-star restaurant in this life, and Simon was his boss. They knew from the moment they laid eyes on each other that they were soulmates, and that was confirmed when they showed each other their soulmate-marks on their arms. Both men got as far as moving in with each other before Simon was hit by a drunk driver.

And every life they lived, they found each other. Even though they were born in different places, they never lived more than 100 miles away from each other.

And at the end of every life, Simon would die. It was never Josh who was murdered or killed. Watching his soul mate die was one of the most painful and torturous experiences he had. ‘This isn’t fair,’ he would always say.

Josh’s favourite life so far was burned into his brain. He could recall nearly every conversation the pair had. They were fun-loving teenagers on the school’s football team. They both loved this life, well, they both liked every life they were together really. This life was short-lived, however, because Simon was killed a few years later by a tsunami when he was on holiday.

Their worst life by far was when Josh was Simon’s doctor. Simon was diagnosed with melanoma (eyes cancer) at 23 years old. In this life, he had no parents and lived at a care home since he had trouble finding his own place, money and a job. The care home he lived at was cruel and this impacted Simon greatly, especially when he was kicked out to live on the streets after he was diagnosed. Josh pitied Simon and said he could live at the hospital so he could keep an eye on him.

Both of them knew that Simon didn’t have much time left, 6 months at the very most, despite Josh never telling Simon how long he had. Josh would sit in Simon’s ward whenever he had a break, and he would shower the other man with affection. They never risked being a couple this time because they wouldn’t be together for long before Death would catch up with Simon.

Every day, Josh came into work 30 minutes early just to check up on Simon and lie in the bed with him. He petted his hair, comforted him and watched TV with him. Other nurses and doctors would come in occasionally and see the pair holding hands on the bed.

Josh watched as the light slowly died in Simon’s blue eyes as the cancer became worse. He had lost his peripheral vision and was becoming blind. It hurt Josh to see Simon like this, and it caused him to spend even more time with him, no matter how painful it was to both of them.

Early in February, Simon became fully blind. Josh cried a little every time he saw his best friend and remembered that he could no longer see the brunet. He eventually quit being a doctor to spend all of his time with the blond. The staff gave them room and disturbed them less and less often knowing that saving Simon was beyond anyone’s capabilities.

A few weeks after, Simon and Josh shared one last conversation with each other.

“Josh?”

“Yeah, Si?”

“I’m scared.”

“We’ll find each other in the next life, and the next. I promise to find you as quickly as possible.”

“Promise?”

“Yes. I promise.”

They kissed each other for the first and last time in that life. Simon’s hand grew limp in Josh’s, and the long beep from the heart monitor confirmed that he was gone.

Josh saw white once more, signifying the end of their forty-sixth life.

Then they came to their 50th life; Josh and Simon were infamous Youtubers in a group of seven called ‘The Sidemen’. Every day, they would release a couple of videos for hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy and laugh at.

This was their best life, they decided.

They grew older together and got to the point of having rings on each other’s fingers. They moved in together after finishing Youtube whilst still keeping in contact of their old friends. They adopted a child together and watched him grow up and find his soul mate. Neither knew what life the child was in; it could be his last life, or his tenth. He could know who his soul mate was, he might not. Upon asking the child, he replied with “I lost count after 20,”.

They watched him become older, they watched him graduate and they watched him move out.

Then they watched each other gain wrinkles.

And Simon watched as Josh fell ill and become progressively worse.

And Simon watched as Josh died in his arms.

And instead of his vision going white as it usually did, it turned black.