He inhaled deeply,
taking in the aroma of the unadulterated air.
He listens to the sound of the gravel crunch beneath his feet,
as he strolls tranquilly through the streets.
He immerses himself in this calm,
in this silence,
in this lack of Humanity.

He stops
under the light of a flickering lamp post.
The crunch of the gravel
no longer there.
The puddles
ripple in the wind.
He closes his eyes,
indifferent to his now
red-stained shoes.

Amanda Lu was born in 1995 in Toronto, Canada, and is currently a freshman at SVA majoring in Computer Arts