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Forever Eight: An Original Story by Dawn Collins, Part 5

Updated on November 28, 2012

It was just two days until Calvin's birthday and he didn't believe it was possible but his fate was even more inescapable than all the other times put together. His mom had issued a restraining order against his dad so Calvin hadn't talked to him since the day they met a few months earlier. To make matters worse, Malcolm had proposed to Calvin's mother and was now living with them.

Had he not known how it would all end, however, Calvin had to admit that the past few months had been deceptively enjoyable. Cory's mom had been sent to prison and since he had no other family, Calvin's mother had begun the process of officially fostering him with the intent to adopt. In just a year Calvin and Cory would be brothers... that was if they lived to see the day after tomorrow.

Malcolm also acted like a real dad, taking the boys to the movies and the park, and adding little league coach to his title of tutor. If Calvin didn't know better he would have said that the man even loved them. It was hard to believe this seemingly harmless man would be stabbing them all to death in just a couple of days time.

The two boys walked to school on May 4, 1995 after the usual blueberry pancakes, made by Malcolm this time. After lunch rolled around and he and Cory weren't convulsing, Calvin let go of his suspicion that the meal Malcolm made was poisoned. Even more puzzling, when the boys got home Malcolm gathered the whole family into the van for a surprise birthday dinner for Calvin and he actually drove not to a forest clearing, but up to a restaurant. Over the course of the meal, Calvin's mom announced that she was pregnant and so this time everyone knew about Sophie's existence and Malcolm was obviously her father.

It was ten thirty p.m. when they had finished cake and ice cream and everyone but Calvin, who was watching Malcolm for sudden moves, had fallen asleep on the living room furniture while watching movies when the doorbell rang. Malcolm got up and stretched and looked through the peep hole. He laughed and opened the door, pulling the man on the other side into a hug.

Calvin stifled a gasp... as the two men pulled away from hugging he got a good look at the man's face which was almost identical to Malcolm's!

It was a scenario Calvin had never considered and it explained why Malcolm never seemed like the killing kind. He wondered if he should scream or if that was the sort of trigger that would set Malcolm's twin brother off. Remembering the last message, he decided to sit closer to his mother and protect her and Sophie the best he could. The next thing he debated on was whether or not to rouse Cory who could sleep through a tornado.

"This is my brother Darren." Malcolm didn't seem perturbed at all by his Darren's sudden and late appearance.

Malcolm turned and walked into the kitchen, calling over his shoulder, "There's still some of young Calvin's birthday cake left and I can make some coffee if you want."

"Actually I'm here for revenge... for the fire. Sorry we don't have time for our usual reading, Calvin!"

Calvin reacted quickly, jumping in front of his mom and taking the bullet meant for her. He heard several screams: his mother, Malcolm and Cory who had finally woken to the sound of gunfire. Calvin tried to focus, he wanted to do more but the searing pain in his shoulder was too great. He heard the front door creak open again and another explosion of gunfire and then silence. Whether it was actually silent at that point, or because he blacked out, Calvin wasn't sure.

All he knew is that for once he didn't hear the whisper that normally signaled his death and the restart of time...

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      Mrs Flores 4 years ago from everywhere

      Interesting, totally didnt see that coming

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      dcollins3..did I miss something ? had Calvin had a premonition of a stabbing by Malcolm ? I assume Darren shot the gun ? and then he left?and to assume Calvin met with death cause he didn't hear the whisper and restart of time ? I've enjoyed reading this story, just a bit confused on the last paragraphs...I am again assuming" forever eight" signifies/confirms his demise?

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      Dawn Collins 4 years ago from Indianapolis

      Calvin's doesn't have premonitions he has been reliving the same life. Each time he is killed he assumes it's Malcolm and is completely unaware that Malcolm has a twin brother. "Forever Eight" as a title is a metaphor, Calvin has relived his life forty-seven times which if you take into account that he doesn't start to remember what is going to happen until age three that is just under 282 total years of living the same life which would seem like forever to anyone. There is no doubt that Calvin's killer, who we now know has always been Darren, would rather be up close and personal, but Calvin has built up such a large support system this time around that he is forced to use a gun instead. I also realize I haven't explained why Darren always reads Shakespeare, but there is still one more part to go and I hope it wraps up everything to everyone's liking. Thanks for the feedback!

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      dcollins3..Thank you so much for the explaination..this is a great write..you are doing an awesosme job..have you considered doing a book of short stories for publish ?

      I now can see further than the end of my nose, I must have missed one of the serials,or read them out of order... I'll go back and reread..looking forward to your next chapter...have a great day..

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      Dawn Collins 4 years ago from Indianapolis

      A book of short stories is actually one of the projects I'm working on. I'm thinking of self publishing on Amazon and using hub pages to release previews of my novels. Thanks again for the feedback. This is my first attempt at sharing my work with the public and I would love to make a living as an author.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Now we've got Sophie in the plot, can there be a twist? How about a part 7 to swing it all(making a book of 350 pages)?

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I can not stop reading and I also don't want this fantastic story to end! I am completely enthralled and never thought about the possibility of a twin. I would write more but I have to get to the next chapter.

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