No one knew why it was there, glinting darkly in the centre of the ballroom.
A Masquerade Party gone horribly right.
Terrorism? Insanity? No one could answer as to why it was there.
But it was.
Slowly ticking down.
No Escape, No exit.
All everyone knew and had long accepted was death.
They were going to die here.
Everyone was gathered around the corners of the somewhat magnificent ballroom. Red drapes and mirrors circled the Dance floor. Some would say that this suited the original appeal of the party know they just seemed extremely depressing as if they were already in a red satin coffin.
Husband held wife, daughter held brother. Families separated from the rest of the silent crowd to sob quietly as they tried to enjoy there final hour. Separated from everyone Jack stood quietly watching them attempt to justify there lives.
A tap on his shoulder, a quiet, husky voice.
Whats your name, stranger The voice murmured, barely louder than a cough.
Alone He replied quietly, not daring to turn.
I can see that
No, my name Jack Alone
Jack turned quickly, his longish black hair nearly whipping the apparent stranger. She jumped petitley.
She was beautiful, yet, somewhat dark. She was only as tall as Jacks chin, and quite thin, yet the slinky black dress she wore showed off whatever little curves she had effortlessly. Her face was hidden behind a white rabbit mask in a stark contrast to her otherwise strait black clothing, she also seemed to continually shiver, as though she was always cold.
such a fitting name she smiled, awaiting his reply.
Youre assuming that Im to spend my last minutes alone? he replied wryly, knowing it to be true.
No, you just look like a Jack she shivered again, more violently this time. Jack reached out almost instinctively to hold her, but stopped as he realised she was a total stranger.
No please, please do I need someone to hold me Jack held her, and felt her small frame pull him even closer.
Whatever, Jack thought. Id rather go out the way I came in frantically grabbing a women. He felt her sobbing into his black dinner jacket and tried to comfort her. My extraordinary girl, cheer up its not as though we had much to live for. She just glared at him.
She then tentatively replied Is it bad that your right?
Jack felt a deep bellowing laugh from deep inside of him he couldnt help it, it was so funny.
Ive never felt so right, about what will happen here tonight She looked at him inquisitively.
Dont worry, Famous quote he replied.
Music slowly began to filter through the air as the band who had originally just dropped and ran began to play slow melancholy music. It was as if they were trying to play there grief over there soon to be deaths out, to let everyone know what they were feeling. No one moved, everyone just watched quietly and felt there hearts go out to the expressive musicians.
Its so sad The girl remarked to Jack, also watching.
What is? Jack replied, feigning ignorance.
Were all going to die, if not here, then sometime soon.
Then why not now? What could you possibly accomplish that would have any impact on anything in the universe, ever?
Thats a horrible way of looking at life She answered bitterly.
But deep down you know its true thats why our species is so insane, thats why were all going to die here tonight, our plain, unabashed Ignorance.
She looked at jack more closely; she noticed his darkened eyes, his far too white face his abrupt thinness.
You dont go out too much do you Jack?
Whatever helped you to that marvellous and somewhat ingenious conclusion? Jack said, wholly too sarcastically for his uptight demeanour. Sorry, just a little shook up, I didnt mean to be rude.
Thats ok, Jack, She replied thoughtfully I understand its just that your view of everything, even your own death is somewhat startling.
Yet somewhat refreshing, no? I mean, why be horribly droll about the whole thing, hell, if Im going to die I couldnt have chosen a more better time! Jack said joy fully. Its dark, Im taking a LOT of people with me and of course Im having a thrilling conversation with you excellent stimulation that will hopefully keep us well entertained through the long voyage to hell.
Im not going to hell She interjected. I havent done anything wrong
My Lady, everyone goes to hell, Im not suggesting that youre a bad person but you have broken a few hearts in your time and every one of them would have condemned you to burn.
Jack was right, she had. Everyone has I guess eventually, we all burn. She thought to herself sullenly. Jack seemed to always be right.
Dont worry about it just try to enjoy our remaining minutes. Jack looked at her closely, and she again shivered, not at the cold this time, but at his serious gaze. Yet somehow, she felt so comfortable in his presence.
Oh Jack, if only we had met at sometime before this. She said slowly, not wanting to start something she couldnt bring herself to finish. But hey, she thought to herself how bad can this be?
Jack laughed sarcastically at that.
If you met me out of here, you would never had talked to me, were driven together by unusual circumstances, and just hoping we can leave with no regrets.
Oh Jack She replied, with a small twinkle eye Ive never had any regrets.
Minutes past and still, no one moved. The Musicians played there wholesomely saddest songs and the men and women held each other in the corners. The hour was drawing to an end and this party was going to crash with a bang.
Jack sat quietly with the unknown women in his arms. Im not going out like this Im not leaving this world huddled in a fucking corner with someone I barely know, yet love so much Im going out living the high life, giving the proverbial finger towards tradition.
Do you dance?
Do I Dance? She replied Ha, Ive never danced a step in my life
Well, youve got about 2 minutes to learn!
Jack jumped up and swept her towards the dance floor in a quick decisive movement. Before she knew it she was being swept around the dance floor in a beautiful Waltz. The Musicians picked up on the increasing mood as the crowd watched in awe Two strangers had seemingly come together in an instant to be loved, as they had always wanted to be. No one joined the two figures everyone just watched. The time was drawing closer, the musicians played faster and faster and the two dancers swept around the dance floor one last time, just to be with each other.
I Love you The girl wept in his arms.
I Love you The man replied.
So the two danced.
They danced there lives away.