The Invitation: Prologue

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It would be a grave mistake to share my story. Speaking of madness often gets one sent to sanitariums—as I know all too well. However the events of the past eat at me, devouring my thoughts during sun-dappled days. In turn, my nightmares grow strong, bloated on my fears, gaining from my sunlit loss.

If I can put these words down, share them, perhaps I can deprive them their power. I hope that by spreading them out, I diminish them. Like a chef diluting a potent wine with water, I am trying to dilute words and memories with more words and memories, drowning them in an ocean of minds. The thought that had stayed my hand thus far came upon me one night and I couldn’t get it out of my head. What if my story can be transmitted like a virus? What if it is using me to spread to new hosts. If that is the case, try to find it in your heart to forgive me but I can bear it no longer.

(Know this, it is not my intention to deceive but I am not sure how much I can trust myself.)

It all started on one summer’s eve . . .

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Comments (4 so far!)

  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Great start, especially that first paragraph. It rings quite true in the frantic nature and the desperate attempt at self-cure.

  2. Avatar August 2nd

    This piece has something of a gothic or Victorian flavour to it (the subject matter and style brought to mind Poe’s story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether) which will be something of a challenge to maintain, I suspect.

    The use of the word “chef” caught me off guard and thereby interrupted the flow of the story for me. Rather than “Like a chef,” could I recommend “As when?” It is the action that is important and not who performs that action.

    Your final line threw me off as well. It seems quite casual when compared with the text above.

  3. Avatar Escapist

    The chef analogy and and talk of viruses really add a lot of color to this, I really like it. Looking forward to reading more.

  4. Avatar Sanglorian

    I agree with August 2nd that it smacks of the Gothic. I also like the two different approaches to ideas – does transmitting them dilute them, or double them?