Onlooker A: ”Oh my God!!! Is she dead? ”
Onlooker B: ”Call 911… Somebody call 911! ”
Onlooker C: ”I think shes already dead… no need to rush the ambulance. ”
Onlooker A: I guess shes going straight to the morgue… tsk! tsk! Such a horrible way to die ”
Onlookers continued to discuss the accident among themselves, as some even brought out their smartphones for videos. Different people had different feelings towards the victim.
Some felt pathetic, some were scared, and others were confused as to what actually happened, as no one saw this coming. They all couldn help wondering what the identity of the victim was.
[Ring!] [Ring!] [Ring!!!]
”Boss, its done ”
”Whats going on?… Where am I?… H..ow come I can feel my body?… I don even feel pain anywhere… Even the darkness is gone… Iris… Iris… Calm down… Calm down… calm down… just breathe… breathe…breathe ”
Iris Bowman wakes up with a start and begins sweating profusely, unknown to her, her pillow and bed sheets had been thoroughly soaked by nothing else but her sweat. She took a while to understand what was happening to her, and around her. She needed to really take things coolly, so she kept reminding herself.
However, taking things coolly was not as easy as it sounds. Finally taking the environment into view, Iris jumps from the bed and starts pacing up and down in the room.
”Lights! A soft bed! Cars! Sounds from other people! ” [Sigh] ”Could this be a joke? Is someone out there playing a prank on me? This isn funny, you know ”
She couldn understand what was happening here. The feeling of being in such a warm bed is so foreign to her that she couldn understand she just slept on one. Wait, the bed is not the issue. She could actually feel her body and move her arms at will. Closing her eyes and taking a deep breath, Iris mouths the words, ”when was the last time I felt this way? ”
The last time she checked, she was cold and shattered through and through, and couldn even move a finger. How is she suddenly able to do these things that only living humans could do? Do dead people also have dreams? Wait! Whats even todays date?
She only had a fleeting thought, not knowing that her whole world had changed already.
Iris moves robotically to her phone which was lying on the bed, and what she sees threatens to drive her insane. She then lifts her head to the bedside table and sees her cute foldable calendar on it. She really loves this gift from her younger sister, Rachel, who painstakingly designed it for her sister to feel her presence wherever she went. Undoubtedly, Iris was always on the move.
Well, that was five years ago, when the seventeen-year-old Rachel loved art very much, her parents were alive, and she was also very close to her dear sister, Iris. Now, they only live like strangers.
Unknown to Rachel, however, Iris always has the calendar modified to suit the year in question, and she carries it along on all her business trips. This actually costs her a fortune every year. Not that she ever feels it though.
Reaching for the calendar, Iris was shocked once again to see the date, September 20, 2022. What was going on? Her eyes threatened to fall from their sockets, and her body trembled uncontrollably.
Iris wasn feeling cold at the moment, but she just couldn control the violent movements of her body, which resulted from shock, agitation, denial, joy, dilemma, and a bunch of other emotions she couldn quite place her hands on.
Could someone explain her current situation to her, please? Somebody? Anybody? Feels like shes all alone in the huge bedroom adjoining her office. Iris couldn understand what was happening around her, but one thing she is sure of is that the damned meeting is only fifteen minutes away.
This meeting changed her entire life forever, a meeting she always wished she could give anything to avoid.
She couldn help feeling sick deep down to her bones. To think she was once all over the moon about this seemingly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Iris had lived this moment before, waking up with a start, rushing for the meeting, being all groggy during the proceedings, and signing several documents she could never make out.
After all, whats there to fear? Her capable assistant has read and reread everything before presenting it to her. There is absolutely nothing to worry about, as she could trust Mina with her life. Or at least, that was what Iris thought, as the signed documents sealed her fate cruelly, making her a public enemy. This turned out to be her greatest flaw.
Parents advised their daughters with her name. siblings wouldn have a proper conversation without her stupidity included in it. All social media outlets, including the print and electronic media, were on her case, and finally, the blockbuster movie about her supposed biography was what sealed her fate in the eyes of the public.
Everything negative about Iris Bowman became a big hit.
Iris remembers vividly that exactly one year after today, she dies in a car crash which she was certain happened to be a staged accident. Checking the time once again, she ignores the incessant ringing of her phone, switches it off, and dashes for the door. She needed to clear her head. She needed to feel the breeze in her waist-length, dark and water-like hair.
Iris needed to take a breather and process everything that was happening around her. There was no way she was staying in her room or going for the damned meeting.
The so-called foreign business partners can wait the whole night or even an eternity, for all she cares about. She would not even bother to adjourn the meeting. Let them wait!
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