by Eden Harriman '23
Ink is thrilled to start publishing our first serial novel, Candlelight, with the beginning of its first chapter, by Sophomore Eden Harriman. Her writing will be published as a chapter each month, and readers can follow through the book on this website!
I loved riding my bike down the busy streets. All of the buildings and people seemed to blur into one, beautiful mess as I zoomed down the sidewalk. The beige of walls, the purples and lilacs of flowers in pots, the light blue of the sky. They all mixed harmoniously as my bike pedals spun out of my control. I let my feet fly, the air rushing over my body. It was exhilarating. These rides were the only times that I truly felt alive anymore, and I cherished every second of them. If only the sun would come out just a little more...
I skid to a stop in front of a tall, white building in the middle of downtown. I had almost flown right past my destination. Lavender lilacs sat royally outside the sliding glass doors that made the entrance to the building. As I looked up, I could see the hundreds of windows that neatly lined the building up to the roof, giving a sense that everyone inside was watching you. I shivered at the thought.
“I hate hospitals.” I mumbled, quietly enough that no one could hear.