Chapter 13: A New DirectionMature

He was dying and there was nothing she could do to help him. She loved him so much but bringing him here felt so unfair to her. She had died nothing more than a few hours ago and yet she felt more upset seeing him like this than her own body, dead on the floor.

"Sophie?" he said, his voice a mere whisper.

"I'm here Finn! I love you so much!" her words were muffled by the tears she was shedding. Another thing which was confusing her was how much she had cried recently. But then again, death does change you.

"I can see you." he managed a weak smile. She reciprocated, trying to hug him. "That must mean its nearly done."

"You should have stayed. I didn't want you to die for me!"

Lollie was watching.

"Are you sure?"

Sophie turned to look at her new friend.

"What?"

"Your friend there is a bit of a failure. He kinda missed. Otherwise he'd already be with us. So its really just a nasty scratch. Sure it'll kill him but only if he bleeds to death. They can fix him."

"Who are you?" he mumbled, blinking in confusion.

Sophie nodded.

"I'm about to save your life."

Lily focused. She had been practising this for a long time.

"Umm... Lollie? What are you doing?"

"We're ghosts now Sophie. So try getting attention. We have some new skills. It's just that they're hard to master."

At that exact moment, Lily screamed. Sophie covered her ears in vain. Finn was exceedingly confused since he could hear the scream twice - one in the living world, and one in the dead world.

It didn't take long for them to hear approaching footsteps. Sophie smiled.

"You're going to live a long life Finn. A happy one. Just do me one favour will you? Please remember me."

With that, she leaned over and planted a gentle kiss on his lips.

"I love you." she said.

"I love you too. How can I... How can I go on without you?"

"I'm always going to be with you. Promise."

The two girls watched as an ambulance approached and took him away. Sophie stood and blew a kiss as the door shut.

Lollie collapsed.

"It takes a lot out of me." she said, just before drifting into unconsciousness. Sophie just sat by her side, waiting for her friend to come back.

 

Sophie lost track of time. She suspected that she had slept for a while and had only just woken up from a lovely dream - she had been alive.

There was someone stood behind her.

Finn.

"Sophie?" he asked, leaning down. She turned to face him.

"I can see you Soph. And I'm not going anywhere without you."

At that moment, Lollie woke up, startled by her dream. Another long lost memory rearing its ugly head.

"Lots of problems to deal with." she mumbled under her breath. "The girl who won't move on."

"What?"

"You only stay a ghost if there's some trauma you need to deal with. Murder is the common one I'm assured. So why are you still here?"

"Then there's the boy who can see the dead. To me, that says only one thing. You're dead. But you're not. So. At a guess, your mind is dying. Bad luck."

"Plus we've got me."

Sophie's phone rang, this time signalling an incoming call.

"And the phone that just won't stop ringing."

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