Flash Fiction: The Dawn

Ahmed Nabil


I woke up feeling drowsy, all furniture in my apartment was messed up. I couldn’t even find my lighter. My girlfriend was cooking something up for me, I didn’t know what it was. I roughly checked my drawer to see if I could find any old lighters that might still work. The smoke of my cigarette was the first thing that came inside my body when I got out of bed. I didn’t even remember what made me feel this way.

“Here you go, Olvi.” Cielo said in a really soft voice. I could barely hear what she said.

“Such a rare sight.” I replied.

“What?” She looked confused.

“I didn’t even know you can cook.”

She sighed, and laughed. “Because today is a special day for us.”

I didn’t care much about what she was saying and kept munching the bread with pineapple jam she made. I was starving.

Cielo stared at the window blankly, it felt like she had something in her head.

“Why are you so quiet?” I asked, with the mouth full of bread.

”Let’s just sit there until dawn.” Cielo pointed at the couch next to the window.

We stared at the mountains that surrounded UNPAD. It looked majestic. I wish I had my phone with me so I could take a picture of the mountains, but I was too lazy to look for it. We ended up sleeping on the couch because the view was so relaxing.

It was dawn already. The sound of someone trying to open my door woke me up. Although I’m not surprised because I’d been losing my key plenty of times. And maybe someone had found it and tried to break into my room.

The door opened, it was my mom.

“Mom?” I startled.

“What are you doing here?” I asked her because she did not tell me she would come. Even if she did, why would she just come in without knocking?

She didn’t answer. Her tears dropped to the floor as she entered my room.

“What’s wrong?” I’m confused.

She remained silent. She walked slowly towards my bed and tidies it up.

Cielo and I just stood behind her. Not speaking a word.

My father suddenly barged in and hugged my mother really tight. I could see the sorrow that surrounded his face.

“What the fuck is going on here?” I shouted angrily. Not knowing what was going on.

The two remained silent. My mother’s cry was the last thing I wanted to hear.

“We will give him a proper burial, let’s just get his belongings” Said my father.

I have never been this confused in my whole life. Why didn’t they answer me, and who was giving whom a proper burial? I looked at Cielo but she just stood beside me not saying any words.

My parents left my room with my mother still cried her heart out.

“You don’t remember?” Cielo asked me.

“You did say that you wanted us to be together.” She continued.

I tried to remember what was happening in the last 3 days. For a second I thought I was wrong, I’m speechless. So that’s the reason why my room was a complete mess. I was depressed.

“Do you want me to make you a coffee?” Cielo smiled.

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