It all begins with a gift? A stranger in orange appears!
“How is this even possible?” my mind keeps repeating as I zoom down the street on my motorbike. Within seconds, I'm outside of my town and on the open road. It's a pitch black night, the only thing illuminating the country road are my headlights. I hear a several loud booms behind me and am almost tempted to look back, but I wisely choose to keep my gaze ahead. I have to stay focused, one wrong move and I could crash, ending the lives of myself and the girl clinging to my back.
I check my speed gauge and see that I'm well over the limit. I pray there aren't any cops patrolling this road, not because I'm afraid of being arrested but because I don't want anyone else getting caught up in this impossible situation. Although, if it continues the way it has been, I'm pretty sure the entire world will get involved.
Suddenly, the thunderous booms grow closer and the ground begins to shake. My bike almost swerves off the road, but fortunately it only takes me a second to regain control. The possibility of a crash causes my passenger to tighten her grip on me, her hands clinging to my chest. If this was a normal night, this would be quite romantic. Unfortunately, this night was anything but normal. “What are we going to do Andrew?” the girl asks, her sweet but terrified voice just barely audible over the whistling wind.
“We keep going Yuki!” I yell back. “At least until I come up with some kind of plan...”
“We need a more than a plan!” Yuki shouts back. “We need a miracle!”
Yuki was right, a miracle is probably what it's going to take to get us through the night in one piece. But miracles only happen in dreams, this is more like a nightmare. A nightmare that just keeps getting worse.
“Come back here little Andrew” a voice calmly echoes from the same direction as the ground shaking booms. “How long do you think you can run from me?”
I ignore the voice and keep my eyes focused on the road. It isn't until I hear Yuki scream that I look back. I almost screamed just as loud when I spot a human hand, easily twice the size of my motorcycle, reaching down toward us.
“I'm breaking up with you”
Ashley's heart sank, those were the last five words she wanted to hear her boyfriend say on their date. “W-what?” was all she could muster as a reply.
“You heard me Ashley” Andrew said while averting his eyes. “I'm putting an end to our relationship right now.”
“B-but... Andrew I...” Ashley frantically glanced around the diner, hoping to spot something or someone who could help her convince Andrew not to leave. “Andrew, why?”
Andrew stood up from the table, Ashley quickly doing the same. “You know why Ashley” he said with sad eyes. “I thought we trusted each other but that little outburst of yours the other day proved me wrong.” Andrew placed enough money on the table to cover both meals and the waiter's tip.
“I promise it won't happen again” Ashley pleaded after grabbing Andrew's hand. “Please Andrew, you have to believe me.”
“I told you what would happen if you pulled something like that again” Andrew growled before pulling his hand free. “But you didn't listen and continued to act completely crazy. We're done Ashley.”
“But Andrew...” Ashley whimpered, tears streaming down her face as Andrew started to leave. “I love you...”
“Goodbye Ashley” Andrew sighed before walking out the door, leaving the diner's staff and other customers to stare at a weeping Ashley, who darted out the restaurant's other exit after crying her eyes out for a few minutes.
After running out into the parking lot, Ashley caught a glimpse of Andrew leaving in his car. Desperate, Ashley tried to catch up to the car on foot, but quickly tripped over her nice white heels, causing her to tumble onto the pavement. By the time Ashley recovered from the fall and looked up, Andrew was nowhere in sight. “Andrew...” she whimpered before trying to stand, only to drop to her backside when she felt a sharp pain in her knee, which she quickly noticed was scraped.
With only one option remaining, Ashley limped toward her car and pulled out her phone. Once inside she tried to call Andrew, but didn't get a single response, despite calling him six times and sending several dozen texts. “No... Please...” she muttered as her tears fell onto her phone's screen.
In desperate need of comfort, Ashley quickly checked the photos she had stored on her phone. As she slowly cycled through all of the happy photos of her and Andrew together, a little smile reappeared on Ashley's face. Despite only dating Andrew for four months, Ashley's phone had accumulated over three hundred photos of her and with him. “Oh, that's when we went to our first movie together...” she muttered to herself while gently stroking her phone. “And that's when I first made him lunch.”
Suddenly, the phone died, causing a distraught Ashley to drop it to the floor before burying her face into her hands and screaming.
Hours passed and Ashley still hadn't stopped crying. Even when the diner's closing staff tried to ask if she was ok, Ashley just locked her car's doors and continued to weep.
Eventually, Ashley's car was the only one left in the parking lot as thick clouds started to cover the night sky. A gentle rain began to drop from the sky, only to grow more intense the longer Ashley cried. A fierce wind started to blow that shook Ashley's car, instantly snapping her out of her sobbing. Eager to get home and out of this storm, Ashley reached for the car keys, only to find them no longer in the slot. “Where the hell did they go?” she grumbled while trying to see if they fell on the car's floor.
Suddenly, a bolt of lightning lit up the entire lot, making Ashley flinch. A second later, Ashley heard a creepy giggle come from her backseat. “Looking for these?” a voice said.
Ashley looked behind her and almost had a heart attack. Sitting in her backseat was a smirking woman with long purple hair and glowing red eyes. She was wearing a bright orange trench coat and matching pants. The woman dangled Ashley's keys up before putting them into her coat. Immediately, Ashley tried to open her door, but the purple-haired woman quickly snapped her fingers, causing every car door to lock. “W-who are y-you?” Ashley whimpered while trying to unlock her door, to no avail.
“You know, I haven't really decided on an official name yet” the stranger chuckled. “So I guess I'll just stick with my normal name... Pik.”
“Pik?” Ashley parroted while frantically looking for a way out. “W-what do you want from m-me?”
“I want to help you Ashley” Pik replied while leaning back in her chair as Ashley tried to open her car's windows, again to no avail. “I saw what happened in there and I'll be honest, it was pretty shocking what Andrew did. To break up with someone like that and in public? I've never seen a more horrible act.”
Ashley sighed, quickly realizing she had no way to escape her car. “No... He's right to break up with me after what I did to him and his family...” she muttered.
Pik leaned forward and smirked when Ashley wasn't looking. “What did you do?” she asked, despite already knowing the answer from reading Ashley's mind. “Was it something bad?” Ashley nodded. “Well, why don't you tell me all about it? If I know what you did, I might be able to help you fix it.”
“Fix it?” Ashley asked. “How?”
“Trust me, I can fix it” Pik replied. “Now that my sister is preoccupied playing House, I'm free to assist anyone I want.” Pik put her hand on Ashley's shoulder, her ice cold touch causing Ashley to shiver. “All I want to do is make you happy Ashley, if you'll let me.” Pik leaned back and put her feet up on the front passenger seat. “So go on, spill the beans.”
Ashley was hesitant to speak, it's not easy for somebody to explain how they screwed up a perfect relationship. However, after Pik whispered in her ear, Ashley suddenly felt her apprehension fade away. “Alright...” she muttered.
Ashley went on to explain how she and Andrew had been happily dating for two months. It seemed perfect, Andrew was the most amazing boyfriend she'd ever had, granted he was the only one she'd had but still. However, one day as Ashley was passing a restaurant, she saw Andrew treating another woman to lunch. Blind with rage and jealously, Ashley burst into the restaurant and fired a flurry of insults towards her boyfriend and the woman he was with. Ashley ended her barrage of insults by grabbing the cake the woman was eating and shoving it in her face, storming out a second later.
Unfortunately for Ashley, she got a text from Andrew a few minutes later...
You know that was my sister right?
Apparently, Andrew's sister had just lost her job and he was comforting her. Ashley thought that was going to be the end, but after an hour of apologizing followed by some great makeup sex, she saved her relationship.
At least until the other day, when curiosity overtook Ashley and she checked her boyfriend's phone. Immediately, she found a text from a contact named 'Lucy' that read...
I'll be free for dinner again tomorrow night. I can't wait to see you again.
Despite what had happened with Andrew's sister, Ashley immediately exploded into a fit of rage and sent dozens of replies that, while worded differently, all said the same thing, 'I'll kill you.' Later, she confronted Andrew on his apparent cheating, only to learn 'Lucy' was his cousin and he was planning on having dinner with her to congratulate her on graduating college. He was going to invite Ashley too, he just was waiting on a date before telling her.
“That was the last straw” Ashley sighed before looking back at the amused Pik. “I'm so stupid... I should have trusted Andrew enough to know he'd never betray me.”
“Indeed” Pik agreed, while being on the verge of laughter. “Well fortunately for you Ashley, I have just the thing that can win him back for you.” Pik reached into her coat and pulled out a ruby bracelet.
Ashley tilted her head as she took the jewelry from Pik's hand. “A bracelet?” she muttered. “How exactly is this supposed to help me?”
“That's a surprise” Pik giggled as Ashley stared down at the bracelet. “All you have to do is put it on before you go to bed and it'll give you the power you need to take Andrew back.”
“Power?” Ashley asked before looking up to find Pik had completely vanished. “What the?” After spending a few moments trying to locate the strange woman, Ashley held the bracelet up in front of her face. “It'll give me the power to take Andrew back eh?” Ashley sighed and tossed the bracelet onto her backseat, spotting her keys a second later, which Pik had left behind. “Yeah, I wish...”
After Ashley started her car and drove away, the heavy rain and winds dying down immediately as Pik reappeared in the parking lot. “It begins” she said before beginning to shake and giggle from excitement. “This is going to be good.”
Ashley reached her apartment complex twenty minutes later, quickly running up to her apartment so she can have some much needed alone time with her favorite movie and a recently bought tub of ice-cream. By the time the film was over, Ashley had completely devoured the tub and prepared to cry herself to sleep. However, the second she tried to get off her couch, she noticed the ruby bracelet sitting on her floor. This was puzzling as Ashley specifically remembered leaving the jewelry in her car.
After making sure her front door and every window her apartment had was locked, Ashley returned to her couch, bracelet in hand. “How could something like this help me get Andrew back?” she thought before picturing her and Andrew's first date and how happy she was. “After how I acted, do I even deserve to have Andrew back? I should at the very least, apologize for how I acted.” Ashley dropped the bracelet onto her couch and started to head to bed, only to return and pick up the trinket a second later. “Then I can ask for a third chance and we can go right back to how it used to be.” Without a second thought, Ashley strapped the bracelet onto her wrist and for a split second, it lit up a bright red. “What did Pik say to do next? Oh that's right, go to bed” she said before smiling. “I'll be sure to text Andrew first thing in the morning.”
Overcome with excitement, it took Ashley several hours to fall asleep. A few minutes later, the bracelet on her wrist lit up again, causing Ashley to let out a quiet moan when she felt her pajamas tighten.
TO BE CONTINUED....