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Made Man - Chapter 7


Matteo Calvi

I woke up in a dazed state. I had no idea what was going on, and I didn't know where I was. I could barely open my eyes. I was scared, more scared than I had ever been.

Finally I heard George's voice. He had been with me all night. He told me that I took a bullet that had clipped a part of my heart. My chances of survival were very low. He broke down and cried right there. I didn't know what to feel. Next thing I know I have a priest standing over me. He has his hands stretched out and is doing one of those last rights blessings. At that moment I knew it was final. I was done, they were positive I was going to die. I didn't know what to do.

As the priest stayed in my room, I wondered what was next. Was there heaven and hell as I believe? Which one was I gonna go to? It seems pretty obvious, but I started to pray anyway. I talked to God for half an hour. It was pure, no bull, I was like a child again. I didn't believe I was gonna be forgiven but I thought I might as well say sorry for all the stuff I put him through.

I told him how sorry I was. I started to run through my life events, the worst and best. I analyzed each. I had nothing else to do, I was running out of time. I had a constant sharp pain in my chest. Then I started to think about everything, and I just started to cry.

Georgie leaped over to my bedside to see if I was okay. I realized I had been given one of the greatest gifts, love. I told Georgie I was sorry for putting him through everything. He comforted me and talked to me. He never left my side. He was true over and over, unlike those other guys who probably skipped town by now.

Things started to get fuzzy. My vision was blinking out. I would have said something but I was too at peace. I started to hear a faint voice in the distance. I couldn't make out the words. I felt like I was floating. The sound started to get louder and I could finally make out the message.

It said, "Repent, my son, and you will be forgiven."

At that moment I knew God was real. I knew everything they said about him was true. If he would accept someone like me, he must truly be righteous. And at that moment I shouted out, "Lord My God, I am sorry for all my sins, forgive me."

My breaths started to get short and I knew it was finally time. I saw a white light in the distance. I started to crawl towards it. It got bigger and brighter. At the end was a man with his hands out. I didn't know why but I kept going. I looked back for a second and saw myself lying in the bed. George was hugging me and the doctors were examining me. I was gone. I had no where to go but towards the light now.

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