Sunlight and Shadows

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He found it curious how she always sat facing the sun. When it set she would stay in the very same spot, waiting for it to rise again so that she could watch its trip across the sky. He would occasionally watch her from the shadows. Finally, after curiosity had eaten its way through his brain, he walked up to her from the dark and asked: “Why do you always sit and stare at the sun?”

“Because it’s warm.” She answered simply as she turned towards him with a smile.

“But doesn’t it get bright?”

“Yes.”

“Doesn’t it bother you to be blind?”

“Doesn’t it bother you to be cold and numb?” She countered.

He frowned. “But my eyes are clear.”

“But isn’t it lonely not to have company?”

“I prefer to watch the shadows.”

“So you watch everyone else’s shadow so no one can sneak up on you?”

“Yeah.”

“It sounds lonely.”

“It sounds safe.”

“It’s… sad.”

His frown deepened as she turned away from him and faced the sun. Then he went back to the shade.

A few days later he saw her run into the shadows. She was crying.

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    I think he touched a nerve..

  2. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    i love the detail of how she sits facing the sun, ‘because it’s warm’, and who doesn’t appreciate a warm ray of sun?

  3. Avatar Silven

    Almost childishly simple, but also able to tug at emotional strings the way children so easily do. I want to know what happened.

  4. Avatar Jesse Blake

    Interesting personification.

  5. Avatar Tyrannical TeaCup

    Very nice though the back to back conversation could be adjusted a little bit to deliver more of an impact. I like this though.