Karena Cotton

Rookie (6-8-98 / Michigan)

Why are You not Breathing?


Cry all you want, no one’s going to hear you.
I’ll lock you up, tie you up, blind-fold you, keep you mine.
Your tears look so lovely against your skin.
Cry all you want my love.
Cry.
They will never find you.
They will never know you’re here.
They will never take you away from me.
You’re mine.
Mine.
Mine.
Everything about you is mine.
Mine.
From your beautiful silver hair to the tips of your toes.
All belong to me.
Why are you screaming for help?
Don’t scream.
Don’t be scared.
Don’t struggle.
I’m here.
I’ll be here.
You don’t need them.
With me you’ll be safe.
You’ll be safe if you stay here forever with me.
Forever.
With me.
Just you and me.
What a lovely thing.
Why are you still crying?
Stop now.
Don’t cry.
Hush hush baby.
I am here.
Stop your crying.
I will protect you.
Why are you moving away from me?
Don’t go.
I won’t hurt you.
I love you.
Don’t go.
Why are you refusing me?
Don’t.
Please don’t.
I love you.
Please don’t do this to me.
Why are you screaming?
Don’t scream.
I’m not hurting you.
I’m loving you.
Don’t scream.
It hurts me to hear you scream.
Does it hurt?
I don’t think you’ll hurt as much as I hurt.
It’s just a knife.
No big deal.
Don’t scream.
Don’t move.
Or it’ll go deeper into your beautiful skin.
We don’t want to hurt your beautiful skin, no?
Why are you still crying?
Your blindfold is already wet.
Stop it.
Stop crying.
Stop moving so much.
I love you.
It doesn’t hurt.
It’s just a knife.
It won’t hurt as much as I’m hurting.
It’s just a knife.
Your blood.
Your blood.
Your blood is so beautiful.
Contrasting perfectly against your skin.
White and red.
Like a beautiful painting.
If only you could see it for yourself.
Why are you not moving anymore?
Why are you not crying anymore?
Why are you not screaming anymore?
Why are you not breathing anymore?
Look at me.
Look at me.
Look at me.
I love you.
Stay with me.
Forever.
I’ll protect you.
I’ll keep you safe.
I’ll treat you good.
Love me.
Love me.
I love you.
Why are you not breathing anymore?

Submitted: Friday, October 11, 2013

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I wanted to write a piece for halloween and this is what came to mind.

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  • Rookie Lisa Laue (10/12/2013 4:16:00 PM)

    It reminds me a bit of a Thriller tough, but it fits perfectly to Halloween~! Great work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lisa Laue (10/12/2013 4:15:00 PM)

    I really like it! It reminds me of a Thriller though...But i like it~ (Report) Reply

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