PROLOGUE: FIREWORKS

~SOUNDTRACK: Son Lux – Lost it to trying (instrumental)~

It was the 4th of July and I was drunk under a starry sky painted in fireworks.

In hindsight, I couldn't say that night, precisely, was the night when it all began. I think the beginning of this story is set a bit ahead, considering you sometimes need some time to stop the war against yourself and what it is you're feeling. But in hindsight, I could say that night, precisely, is what set things in motion.

One drink.

One crazy idea.

One breathless 'Let's do this'.

One tick of the clock as midnight washed over us.

One loud boom and one explosion illuminating the night sky.

One cigarette and a bit too much booze on both ends.

It was the 4th of July and I was drunk under a starry sky painted in fireworks. But so was he. And we collided hard, just like two sets of fireworks heading towards each other at high speed. The sound of it was deafening. The explosion was blinding. The collision hurt deep inside my bones and set me on fire like nothing before. But oh, we made quite the sight.

It was the 4th of July and I was drunk under a starry sky painted in fireworks. I recognized the poison on his lips and I still choked on it. And he sipped on the fire in my veins like a fine wine.

It's the 4th of July again. And as I close my eyes, painted on the inside of my eyelids I can see unveiling a whole year worth of fireworks, each one brighter than the one before. And you and I, the brightest ones.

Heyoo! Hi, you guys! Glad to have you here, thrilled you gave this story a chance, even more excited that you're sticking around for an author's note and further digging into the story!

Some of you may know me as the author of Light Up My Sky and Smoke and Mirrors, or not. That's coolio. I just hope I can make you fall in love with these characters as much as I love them. Stick around, y'all! I've got great plans!

Lots of love,

xoxo