|shadows that spoke (standard:Psychological fiction, 1868 words)|
|Author: elusive||Added: Oct 06 2004||Views/Reads: 1879/1134||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|shadows follow everywhere............|
There was a man named Luminas, who came to a disturbing reality when he was 25. One day as he stood under the sun waiting for his bus to arrive,he began to worry about something he that taken for granted all his life-his very own shadow! He would wonder why it never left him alone and why,why on earth did it have to exist? He couldn't confide in any friend or tell anyone that it was a shadow that disturbed him so. Once, he had, in a light-hearted sort of manner,spoken about his harrowing shadow to a group of friends. They rolled and howled with laughter. This became a private joke about him. Everytime his friends met him thereafter, they teased him saying,"Hi! how's ur shadow?" or "Meet Luminas,and this is his shadow!" He felt like hiding his face in the dark when they teased him like that. He realised he was different from his friends,who carried on with their lives, without actually understanding their existence,without asking any questions whatsoever.They told him to go see a shrink.He hated them even more and began withdrawing from them and slowly turned into a recluse. But his shadow,or for that matter the mystery about it's existence, continued to nag him.His worry turned into hatred for his ghost of a shadow. Whenever he went out in the sun,he was bothered about how his shadow stuck to him,whether it was early morn or 12 in the noon when it was right below him, or 4 in the eve when it stretched out idly alongside-he was irritated with this constant flimsy company. In the eve too it followed him,under the street lights.It never left him even when he was at home. The worry became a nagging itch and he couldn't concentrate on his work.Even simple activities such as writing under the table lamp or working in the kitchen or taking a walk became stressful..Things got worse and his worry grew into paranoia.He was inches away from a breakdown."Maybe it's time to see a shrink",he thought to himself.How would he know he was making a mountain out of a molehill.His only means of escape was to sit in a dark room for hours together to get rid of his shadow."Oh lord! How I wish I had no shadow!", was a plea that was addressed to no one in particular. He lay down on his comfortable bed,with all the lights switched off,where he couldn't even see his thoughts.This was a comfort to him.His wishful thinking told him his shadow was gone,but his conscious and educated mind told him that he could not escape it forever.That made him panick even more.He drifted between panick and comfort in the darkness.He was drifting in the dark and suddenly found himself standing in the sun at half-past 4.The sun made shadows of everything around him and seemed to rejoice at the thought that nothing was spared of it's influence.It went down lazily,at it's receding best and cast a long shadow beside him."The shadow of Luminas!" he spat "I could kill you!!" In a nervous impulse he bent down,touched his shadow and gripped two edges of it .Surprisingly he found his shadow coming off the ground. Excitedly, he tore it off the ground.It came off like a child's poorly done papercraft in a book,but was still stuck to his feet.In a desperate attempt to get rid of it,he made some clumsy moves, danced and kicked about trying to get the shadow off his feet but it just wouldn't come off. He pulled, tugged, whacked and threw it about but in vain.Finally he gave up and let the shadow down. It settled down to the ground as softly as a feather would fall.Tired and defeated, he screamed at his shadow,stamped on it and walked on trying not to look at it,which now seemed to have a mocking expression of it's own."It cannot belong to me" he thought."Why should I have something that I don't need", was his child-like plea."It's ugly...and cruel.It mocks me!" The sun went down the horizon,laughing at his plight, then darkness descended on him again. The next day was a holiday.Luminas woke up late, after a long night of restless sleep and realised he had some errands to do.So he went out with a heavy heart,not knowing how to avoid the day.He walked on for hours trying to dodge his shadow.He stood under the shades of trees for long,thinking to himself,or walked close under the jutting shades of shops to fool his shadow.He had his lunch in a dingy restaurant,where he spent more than 2 hrs reading and thinking,oblivious to the stares he received from the waiters. Click here to read the rest of this story (111 more lines)
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