You Only Live Once

Would you save a life if it meant ending your own?

Al Nelson
Al Nelson
Nov 1 · 2 min read
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“Why do you have a tattoo of a nine on your wrist?” She asks, lacing her fingers through my own.

“I dunno,” I shrug. “Been like that ever since I was born. A birthmark, I guess.”

“Oh, look at the kids!” Lila shrieks with mirth. She points to a gaggle of costumed children on the other side of the road. “Aren’t they cute? I miss trick-or-treating.”

“Me too — oh, watch out!”

The squeal of tires echoes behind us and we both swivel around at the sound. A car swerves down the middle of the road, horn blaring and smoke billowing from under the hood.

It’s out of control…and heading right for the sidewalk where the children are.

I don’t think. I act. My heart thuds inside my chest and I run, waving my arms and screaming to get their attention.

The car bears down on us.

They scream and scatter. My legs pump in double time.

I have only a second to look back across the road, and I see her face.

In my haste, the engagement ring I meant to give her fell out of my pocket. It clinks across the ground, and the last thing I see is the sparkle of the diamond in the light.

The car swerves one more time, and all is darkness.


The next thing I hear is, “Why do you have a tattoo of an 8 on your wrist?”

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