He stands above me, hands in his pockets. He shrugs, dismissively.
He looks better than usual; eyes not bloodshot, cheeks not sunken.
"Aren't you dead?" I ask him.
He reaches out a hand, I take it.
We're standing under a tree.
My tree. The one I was climbing. It seems I let go of more than the branch.
I look around.
Its end of May or early June,
It's a picture-perfect afternoon, and he's there.
We could drive the winding country road,
Or grab a scoop at À La Mode,
But no, we're here.
In an open field that's framed with trees,
We pick a spot and shoot the breeze,
Like buddies do.
He's quoting songs by his favorite bands,
And telling jokes I don't understand.
What do I do?
He talks as I take in the view.
All I'll see is sky for forever.
I'll let the world pass by for forever.
Feels like I must go on for forever this way.
The two of us on a perfect day.
We walk a while and talk about.
The things we'd have done when we got out of school.
Bike the Appalachian trail or
Write a book or learn to sail
Wouldn't that have been cool?
There's nothing that we can't discuss
Like girls we wish would have noticed us, and guys too.
He looks around and says to me
"There's nowhere else I'd rather be"
And I say, "me too"
And we talk and take in the view.
We just talk and take in the view.
All we see is sky for forever
We let the world pass by for forever
Feels like we will go on for forever this way, this way.
All we see is light for forever
'Cause the sun shines bright for forever
He says, "We'll be alright for forever, this way,"
Two friends on a perfect day.
And there he goes,
Racing back toward the tree.
From far across the yellow field I hear him calling, "Follow me,"
There we go,
Now I know how the world looks from up so high.
One foot after the other.
One branch then to another.
I climb higher and higher.
I climb 'til the entire
Sun shines on my face...
And I suddenly feel my gaze slip away.
I look down.
I'm finally done.
I'm there on the ground.
And I know, he came to get me.
He came to get me
And he says, "Everything's okay,"
"All we'll see is sky for forever,
We'll let the world pass by for forever
It's just you and I for forever this way, this way"
And I believe him;
The world will not watch us, we will watch the world
"Why are you here?"
"Evan, don't you understand? We're dead,"
"No, I know. Why were you here, waiting, for me,"
"Well, when you're falling in a forest and when you hit the ground, all you need is somebody to find you. What I mean is, I watched you climb up there. You were all alone. I saw, you just let go. And I just figured maybe you didn't want to be alone when you hit the ground..."
So does he.
All we'll see is light, for forever.
'Cause the sun burns bright for forever.
We will be alright for forever, this way.
A / N (I don't own characters or cover image, and I altered the lyrics)
There's an explanation at the end of the story if you need clarification