Beyond The Seventh Tree

An anti-social man loses touch with reality following his conviction for assaulting a paedophile after witnessing him sexually assaulting his teen bus buddy.

In the “afterlife lounge”, middle-aged widower Mariusz Kopa gazes down on his funeral, reflecting on the events that lead to his premature death. His lonely and directionless life discovered a new purpose when two years ago, teen Charlotte chose to regularly sit next to him on her daily bus trip to school. Mariusz took it upon himself to become Charlotte’s silent protector – it gave his life purpose. During their two years as side by side bus buddies, they did not utter one word to each other, content in each other’s silent company. One morning, after alighting the bus, Mariusz witnesses a paedophile assault Charlotte, and nearly beats the paedophile to death. Arrested, imprisoned and then transferred to a mental institution, Mariusz blames himself for not protecting his angel, Charlotte. Mariusz withdraws from the social media and judicial circus, finding sanctuary in the white forest next door to the mental institution. There, he spiritually focuses on Charlotte’s recovery. Judged not mentally competent for trial, Mariusz eventually serves his time and is considered sufficiently rehabilitated to return to society. Mariusz however, is not ready. Meanwhile, Charlotte now studying at university, becomes aware of her longing for guidance – she misses Mariusz. She decides to find him in the hope they can start again. Unable to cope without Charlotte, Mariusz decides to call time on his life, by laying in his white forest sanctuary, out of sight, beyond the seventh tree. Charlotte eventually finds him, but is too late. He dies. At Mariusz’ funeral, in a moment alone with him, Charlotte urges Mariusz’s spirit to stay with her. Back in the afterlife lounge, Mariusz must choose between being reborn or spiritually guide and protect a loved one. No brainer. Mariusz’s spirit swoops down to become part of Charlotte’s life.

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In the Vein Of:
*Novel - Catcher in the Rye
*Novel - The Outsider
Author Bio:
Born to European parents in Australia, and through my global travels, I have always had exposure to many cultures, characters and situations. This all adds up to many enriching experiences and story ideas. Through my past and current vocations as a project manager, amateur theatre actor, youth counsellor, school teacher and sports coach, I observe and engage with many different people. I began writing for fun as a tween. My natural passion for storytelling has expanded to a full time hobby.

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