As my world burned to ash I frowned. Checking the tiny words, the instructions, followed so religiously. "Set oven to 450 degrees..."
State of Mind
As my world burned, they asked for a time machine.
I shook my head and said that is why we have our memories.
As my world burned, I could not help but wonder what would rise from the ashes. Yes, my nightmare was over: He was dead, his bloody carcass buried amongst the flames. But, as I turned to merge with the shadows, I still gripped the knife in my hand.
Ha geez, here we go again...
As my world burned, I popped a green gummy bear into my mouth, because why not? This world didn't burn to take me down with it. I was The Author's heroine, and she wouldn't let me die.
Some Light Reading
As my world burned, I sat down on a soft patch of grass amidst its chaos. The citric scent of my steeping Earl Grey pierced through pungent fumes of ashen smoke that clung to everything it touched. The two odors blended together, invading my senses with a turbulent redolence as I turned to the next page of the book that was resting on my lap.
As my world burned
If they figured out
How I started the fire
Roasting the silver lining.
As my world burned, I roasted a marshmallow. Hey, You gotta make the best out of a bad situation, right?
As my world burned, his grew stronger: every death, every loss, every heat-wrenching scream was just another victory, another opportunity.
So I did the only thing I could.
I left my world behind, and stood, alive but empty, by his side.
As my world burned around me, I lay in bed staring at the ceiling, focused on a crack I always said I'd fix but never did. There would be so many of those unfinished things now - the words I didn't say, the trips I didn't take, the dreams I failed to chase. I took stock of my life like this for three more days before the power grid failed and there was no more time to think of regrets, only survival.
As my world burned, she smiled. And as she smiled, I saw only a single tear before the flames engulfed her face. Hands shaking, I kissed the matchbook I held before throwing it away.