Hellbound
A journey through the bowels of Hell
with The Devil as your guide.

Seventeen

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The cold sand crinkled beneath my toes as we walked along the beach, Charlotte’s petite hand clasped in mine. Brilliant stars twinkled in the cloudless sky. I inhaled the warm night air.

“This is so romantic, isn’t it?” Charlotte smiled next to me, giving my hand a light squeeze. “I can’t believe we’re in Greece, it’s just so wonderful, Michael.”

I laughed at her enthusiasm. She was always so happy, so positive. I loved how it rubbed off onto me. I was glad to be alive for the first time ever. I looked forward to waking up in the morning because she was with me. Charlotte had been my savior, my guiding light since we’d met by chance on a plane from Thailand. We’d fallen for each other quickly; me with her kind heart and giving nature and her with my determination. She said I inspired her. I felt so wanted around her, so needed. She made me want to be a better person. I had given away the underground fights in Las Vegas and moved with her to San Francisco to become a personal trainer. I even ran some boxing classes at a gym near our apartment in North Beach and trained some homeless kids for free. It felt good to be giving something back, creating something instead of just tearing people down.

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