Love Lies Dying by Steve Gerlach

By Steve Gerlach

She was once on his couch, examining a publication. She was once a whole stranger. and he or she used to be naked... Her identify was once Zoe, and she or he had survived a terrible ordeal. Fleeing from difficulty and the specter of demise, Zoe grew to become to her ally, Helen. using for 3 days directly, she arrived chilly and hungry on Helen's doorstep. yet Helen was once at paintings. Leaving Helen's husband, John, and Zoe together...all by myself. Having escaped from a lifetime of terror and violence, Zoe was once yes she may perhaps cover out with them for it slow. simply lengthy adequate to come back on her toes and her existence so as back. John's in simple terms mistake was once to agree she may well stick with them... simply because Zoe's earlier was once quick catching up along with her. And that previous could draw all of them right into a video game of existence and dying. via letting her remain, John had no proposal of the horror that will be visited on them all... for somebody had a video game to complete - a online game that may flip very lethal certainly. LOVE LIES death you usually love, those you hurt...

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Her smell wafted over him again. He noticed for the first time that she had a small scar running across her left eyebrow. “It all depends who we tell about them,” she said as she sat back and picked up the book. John looked at his watch: 12:04. After midnight? This has gone on too long. “Okay, I better go and find Helen,” John said as he stood and placed the coffee mug to one side. ” John turned and headed down the hallway, grabbing a coat off the hallstand as he went. “Johnny, I wouldn’t,” Zoe called after him.

No,” she replied. ” I won’t say no to that, he thought. ” “It all depends whether the bastard is dead or not,” Zoe whispered. ” Zoe hugged him tighter and burrowed her head into his shoulder. Strands of hair that had escaped her ponytail tickled his chin and her clean, fresh smell enveloped him again. Poor girl, John thought. She deserves so much more. He moved her hair from around his chin. The strands were soft and smooth. “So, tell me about you,” Zoe whispered. “Well, there’s nothing much to tell.

John watched as she sat there, in a yoga-like position, breathing deeply. After a short while, she opened her eyes and smiled at him. “I’m better now,” she said. “Good,” he replied. ” she whispered. ” John’s eyes darted back to the hallway. Just inside the door he could see the gun still resting on the floor. “Don’t worry about it,” he said. “Yeah,” Zoe let out a giggle. “I can see who’s worried about it. ” John said. “You shouldn’t go around pointing that thing at people. ” And that was it. Her face changed in a second, like a storm-cloud had blown over it, and she was crying again.

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