The sun-kissed my face as I walked through the aisle between the trees. When was the last time I saw the sun?... it felt beautiful.
"Keep walking', Archie pushed me.
"Don't do that again Archie", I gave him a death stare but it wasn't enough to stop him.
"Why not?", he said mockingly and pushed me again.
"Leave her be Arc", Darren stepped in. He was the only one Archie would listen to.
I saw birds and felt the fresh air while walking.
"I told you I will be fine...I don't need protection"
"You know it's not your place to decide", Archie spoke with pride in his words. Darren looked at me and his smile was enough to calm me down. I still remember the time when I first saw Darren, my whole world lit up. He was like light in the dark for me. We met first in the mainland when our reality turned into a nightmare...a day none of us could ever forget.
We reached the mystic tree after walking for hours. Archie wouldn't stop annoying me the whole time.
"Okay...we are here", he said and tapped the twig hanging along the old branch. It fell right in his hands.
Darren gave him a neutral look and I couldn't stop laughing. He tried to stick it back but at the end just wrapped it in some leaves.
The tree was huge and so beautiful. All the apples were right on the top.
"Okay, go now", Darren uttered and gave me a bag to collect them.
I nodded and took it from him.
This was the only advantage I got as one of the climbers in the mainland. I was better off than others because of this... at least that's how I always saw it.
I climbed the tree feeling all the wind on my face. It felt free and beautiful. Climbing was one of the things that kept me intact, I was broken but it saved me.
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