Alive

She entered the used bookstore during the night.
Carrying with her,
a curious black book.
It was given to her by her life’s greatest adversary.
She had loved the artist.
But never wanted to read it.
For some reason.

The bookseller refused to buy it.
He said they already had plenty of copies.
Feeling frantic,
she told him to just take it for free.

The bookseller was amused.
Why?
Do you think you’re going to die?

No.

Unbeknownst to her at the time,
she would be forced to take a leap of faith later that night.
And survive.

She was 26.

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