Foul-weather Friend

Avatar Author: Rachel Addison Miller Read Bio

When one is young, darkness holds its own confused anxiety. What’s unknown, unseen, is waiting for you to make the wrong move, and take you from your childish safety.

I don’t remember when day became the source of fear, and night a comforting relief. It was a slow, intangible shift. With the fading of illusory stability, daylit reality lost much of its charm. It expects so much, watches so much.

Do, get, achieve.
Interact, help – but don’t get in anyone’s way.
Stumble, rise, apologize.

Now the night is all my own. I have no fear of my lifelong friend. I never ask for her forgiveness, for there are no boundaries to trespass. She sits with me silently, asking nothing, and for a time I have no fear.

Then she leaves me, and I stand alone again on shifting ground.

It’s how it should be.

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  1. Avatar emily.ruth

    This is very interesting – let me make sure I understand. She is much more comfortable when the sun goes down than during the day? Even venture so far as to say she is afraid of the day?

    I’m a definite night person, I get much more done and I am much more awake when it’s dark outside. So, I think I can relate. I enjoyed the read, thanks!

  2. Avatar Eloquent Mess {(LoA)}

    Two stories in, and you’re putting me to shame.

    I stand in awe.

  3. Avatar Rachel Addison Miller

    Yes, the anxiety in accountability, responsibility…it was less trite in my head. ;-)
    I feel you…morning should be illegal.

  4. Avatar Raegan Dauterive

    interesting perspective. Personally, I didn’t like the dark but I loved night time, if that makes sense :D

  5. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    I like it, a slightly different take on the meanings of light and dark. Makes me think of the twisted version, “Always look on the bright side of life, and hide on the dark side where no one can see you.”

  6. Avatar Ath

    I completely relate to this story. I have always found solace in the dark, at night.

    Do, get, achieve.
    Interact, help – but don’t get in anyone’s way.
    Stumble, rise, apologize.

    That’s what made the story for me. Great job!

  7. Avatar A Dabble of Thelonious

    Beautifully written and perfectly paced. So many people forget that pacing is still important in microfiction, but this is just great.