He is the tall dark stranger those warnings prepared me for. Those dark eyes and soul-penetrating gaze. I notice his indifferent smile and lifeless words, yet I bare my chest and grit my teeth as his knife lacerates my skin.
The blade is cold. The pain is barely noticeable until his fingers slide around my sternum. My heart rips from its vessels.
He walks away, my beating heart in his hand.
I stumble, leaving a mess of blood behind me.
“I wish you would learn to listen.” My mother begins loading her gun. “Come on, before that heart stops beating.”
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