Ten Feet Above
I was sad, depressed, and all I wanted to do was to end it; so I did. I jumped from the top of the building and was finally free. Death was just a few feet away, I closed my eyes and accepted my fate. I waited for it to end but it didn’t…
I opened my eyes and found myself mysteriously floating 10 feet above the ground. I couldn’t recall anything that happened in the last few minutes.
How was this possible? I couldn’t believe it. I could fly!
Why couldn’t I remember anything. How did I get here?
Before I could understand anything, people saw me flying and were awestruck! Someone even made a video of me hovering over the city and it went viral on YouTube. I became an overnight sensation!
After a couple of weeks of practice I mastered the art of flying. It was amazing to feel the cold wind breezing through my hair and feeling this superhuman power over gravity.
People recognized me everywhere I went. They took my autographs and clicked selfies with me. I was a star. I got everything I ever wanted. The girl I used to like, the one who refused my proposal was now falling head over heels for me. People who ignored me once now adored me. One day, I was flying forty feet above the ground to amuse people who constantly requested me to fly. I felt like God.
Suddenly, what shouldn’t have happened, happened. I felt the pull of gravity on me once again and before I could realize what was happening, my legs hit the ground.
After 2 days I woke up and found myself on a hospital bed. The doctors informed me that I had injured my spine and could never walk again.
I didn’t want to believe them and tried to lift myself above the bed but I just couldn’t.
People started having their doubts about me. Rumours spread that I was some kind of con man and I tricked people’s mind to make them think I was flying.
Most of them thought that I deserved being a cripple for tricking them. I spent months in physiotherapy and after a lot of time I finally managed to walk with the help of crutches.
The world had shunned me now. The girl who I loved, left me and thought I was a cheat. People were either indifferent to me or loathed me. I was invisible again.
I asked God frequently, why he did this to me? What did he gain from my misery? I had nothing left in my life. I decided to end it once and for all.
I found the closest building; one that was tall enough and somehow made my way up to the rooftop. One last time I cursed the Gods and I jumped. Finally, it was over…
I opened my eyes and found myself floating ten feet above the ground.
~Aditya Chandu | Edited by Aditi Dhasmana