Alive (sort of): pt.4

“This place feels familiar.” I looked around the forest clearing.

“Oh, good.” The relief in Violet’s voice was noticeable. “I was afraid you wouldn’t remember it.”

I cocked my head to one side. “Have we been here before?”

She gave me a look I was far too used to seeing. That look which says ‘you’re an idiot.’ “No. Well, you haven’t. I came here once…” She trailed off as whatever memories she had of that place came back to her.

“So, what?” Once again I was left feeling very confused. “How would I remember somewhere I’ve never been?”

“Because I’ve been here, Mark.” She said it as though it were the most obvious thing in the world. I stared at her blankly. She stared back, waiting for it to dawn on me. It didn’t. “And I killed you?” If it was meant to be a nudge for my brain, it didn’t work. “And then I brought you back?”

“Sort of.” I clarified.

“Yeah, sort of.” Her exasperation was now audible. “That’s beside the point though.”

“Okay, so you killed me and unkilled me-”

“Unkilled?” A shake of her head, a smile. “You’re such a dunce, sometimes.”

“Whatever you call it, you did that and what? I got some of your memories?”

“Uh, sure.” She shrugged. “That’s close enough. But it’s more like you got spliced into some of the more,” She paused, looking for the right word. “The ones with more emotion attached.”

“So I’ve never been here before?” I was slowly understanding, I thought.

Never is a strong word.”

“Right…” I nodded.

“You just hadn’t been here yet.”

“Right.” More nodding.

“But you also had been here.”

“Right…” My understanding of the entire situation was fading again, but I continued to nod.

“But not as you.”

“Okay, I don’t think I’m ever going to get it.” I shrugged and sighed.

“Yeah,” she nodded knowingly. “You said that last time we were here.”

“Wait, what?”


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