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Grace Elizabeth Coventry has wanted to die since puberty. Since then, she carries out elaborate plans to end her life. She almost succeeds on her eighteenth birthday, but when an outside force emerges to carry out the deed, an inexplicable survival instinct awakens in her. It’s too late, though. Death has already noticed her. As she hangs on for dear life from the ledge of the Skyway Bridge in Chicago, about to give up to her fate, an unexpected stranger appears to save her, only to be challenged by the ultimate threat. In the end, only she has the power to save herself.
I stood on the ledge of the famous Chicago Skyway Bridge. Standing rod straight was uncomfortable for me. It felt almost unnatural. I usually stooped in a very fashionable Gwyneth Paltrow kind of way. My reasons for this were probably nowhere close to her practiced stance.
I had to thank my natural disposition for feelings of worthlessness. It was said to be a hereditary trait that hit every other sister in every other generation of women on my father’s side of the family. I was the lucky one in my household. My sister Jane was perfectly chipper.
So what if my present state of being was determined by a family condition? A long list of hereditary traits ruled over my brain chemistry, deciding the true potential I’d ever be able to reach. How could I beat that?
The ache in my back paled in comparison to the overwhelming pain that hammered inside my chest. It should have been familiar to me by now. I had been living with it for quite a few years, but recently it had become overbearing and all consuming.
I lifted my head to eye the thick cluster of clouds overhead. The sky seemed to be in tune with my gloom. I could tell that it wasn’t quite night yet, but the day was recessing. The sun was setting behind the thick wall of clouds.