If I told you I wanted to leave, Would you let me?
Yes, I said Leave. Would you let me?
If I wanted to turn out the light,
Would you allow it?
If I wanted to leave the world behind, would you cry?
If I wanted to die,
Would you care?
Would you cry?
If I was in deaths way,
Would you save me?
If I wanted to end myself,
Would you care?
Would you miss me?
If I wanted to take that knife,
And put it through my heart,
Would you let me?
If I wanted to die...
If I wanted to kill myself,
Would you let me?
Would you cry?
Would you miss me?
Would you save me?
“Because I love you.”
No one loves me.
“Your life, before mine, always.”
It’s...not real though.
“No one could love you, or care, but yet here I am, being the only thing keeping you alive. You can think you have no meaning, but you have meaning to me.”
No one loves me. You don’t love me.
“Is it wrong for your mind to love itself?”
“Then let me love you. Let you love yourself.”
You are not a real person.
“Right. You are the only real thing here. I’m just a voice in your head. And yet, even a voice loves you.”
It’s not enough.
“Actually, It’s all you need. Love yourself, and you have done what Millions can’t.”
“I love you. ............ Clarification?”
I love myself.
Why is Death so Painful
I don't think death is painful, I think it's made out to be more painful than it is, depending on the death, obviously, because if somebody is tortured to death, obviously that hurts, big ow. But if you are shot throught the brain, that won't really hurt.
I think death is more of a relief, in a sense. Given the fact that people ae dying by every form of death every day, if you die, there is no worry, or really no emotions.
Eating in the Dark
Yeah so now I have two challenges like this. Everybody knows babies are the best snacc
I’m the antichrist??
I wake up. I feel the same. I look the same. It's the exact same as every other day. I'm gonna go eat a child.
Superhero Catch Phrase
You can't fly if you let your faults way you down.
(I need to reach the word limit)
My Parents are Worse Than Tinder Dates with Knives
“Looking up at stars can be very romantic,” I told my Tinder date—I don’t remember her name—as I glanced at the stars above us. “It can be, truly, but it’s a very… um… situational ‘can’. But, there are times where it’s not. For instance—and I’m just spitting ideas here—when they’re in the center of pentagons…” I squinted at the basement’s ceiling. “Written in either blood or jam—either way it’s not coming out, which is a huge other nightmare in its own right.”
She strolled over to be with two glasses of wine in her hands. I got the fullier one since she had already drank half of hers. “That’s good, I’m not planning on getting rid of them any time soon.”
I refused to look down and make eye-contact with her. “Well… if you’re renting this apartment I would recommend researching some good cleaners online. I can send you a list of my top ten cleaning products if you want.”
“Pass,” she whispered in a voice like liquid ecstasy as she scooted closer to me.
My date reached out and gripped my chin, running her fingers over the stubble I forgot to shave as she forced me to meet her gaze.
“Besides…” She purposefully spilled her wine on the white carpet underneath us. I cringed, but she kept talking. “I’m looking to be dirty tonight.”
Slowly, my eyes drifted over her body, and I noticed how every inch of her tight clothes highlighted her curves. Her eyes were hypnotizing, and her lips were fuller than the moon. I guess most people would refer to her as sexy.
“Miss,” I said.
She giggled and bit her bottom lip. “Miss? Are we doing a student-teacher fantasy? I could get into that.”
“You are an aesthetically pleasing woman,” I told her, “but as I wrote on my profile, I’m not looking for a serious relationship or sexual hook-up—just a date to my twin sister’s wedding. This is a trial date, not a one night stand.”
She laughed. “Oh, come on. You were serious about that?”
I stood and walked towards the door. “Yup.”
“So you just walked out???” My best friend laughed so hard he was wheezing over his burger. A few people at surrounding tables in the food court gave him the death glare for being so loud, but he didn’t seem to notice. “What was her face like?”
“I don’t know, I was looking at the door.”
His hand slammed against the table as he snorted. “Oh man, I bet she was pissed!”
“Maybe,” I said without looking up from my phone.
“You know,” he snatched the phone from my hand, “it’s rude to be on your phone during a meal.”
“Richard, give it back!”
“After, I see what’s taking all of your attenti—” He stopped talking the minute his eyes fell on the screen. “Tinder, again? Dear god, how many people have you swiped right on?”
“Literally everyone that’s come across my screen.” I said as I stole the phone back.
“Uh huh. And how many physios have you met?”
“I wouldn’t call them ‘physios’, exactly,” I mumbled. “Out of twenty-two dates: four cultists, five cheaters, and one sex offender. Oh, and some girl pulled a knife on me because I looked at the waitress taking our order.”
“But, another girl baked me a cake when I told her the story about knife girl that said ‘sorry, but not all girls are physios’.”
“Not really. She was one of the cheaters and had originally written ‘sorry, for cheating’, before her ex-boyfriend dumped her.”
Richard looked at me with pity.
“I’m desperate, okay? You’re lucky to already have a girlfriend to take,” I snapped. “The rehearsal dinner is on Friday. I already told them I’m bringing a date, which leaves me three days to find one.” I kept swiping. “I just need someone my parents won’t nag at me for dating. Or at the very least, someone who can lie well enough so my parents won’t realize they should be nagging at me for dating.”
“You’re never gonna find someone like that in time.”
“Don’t worry. I have a back-up plan. I figured I could always hire a cheap actress or an escort for the night.”
“Or you could find someone you’re actually interested in having a relationship with and taking them to the wedding.”
“No, that wouldn’t work. This is better.”
Richard slouched back in his chair. “Thinking about it, I’ve never actually met anyone you’ve dated…”
“Neither has anyone in my family—that’s why I need to bring a date. It’s a tradition in my family to get married by twenty-five. And there’s my twenty-five-year-old twin sister about to get married to the love of her life, meanwhile I’ve never brought a girl home once. If I don’t show up with a date to at least prove that I’m capable of dating, they’ll do some arranged marriage shit like it’s a Middle Ages.”
“That doesn’t seem reasonable.”
“My mother is forcing my sister to wear her great-grandmother’s silk wedding dress for the sake of tradition even though she has a rare silk allergy.” My phone pinged as someone finally matched with me. “Being ‘reasonable’ was never an option.”
While waiting for Leena, my new Tinder date, to arrive, I fiddled with my soda’s straw.
“I’m here,” a voice called out from behind me. I twisted around to see a white girl in a sweater with ‘Jesus’ knitted on it doing an apologetic sorry-for-being-late-but-I’m-not- running jog across the street to the outdoor cafe.
“Are you Leena?” I asked.
She plopped down beside me. “Yeah. Joshua?”
I eyed her sweater for a little too long, because she noticed and said, “your profile said you needed a date to take to your religious family’s wedding, so…” She panned her hand under ‘Jesus’. “Religious enough, huh?”
I snorted and choked on my soda as I laughed. “Maybe not wear it to the wedding. Where you raised Christian?”
“Nah. Actually, I’m an atheist, but also a damn good liar. But, my parents sent me to a Christian boarding school when I was 15. That’s when I became an atheist—and a damn good liar.”
I cracked a smile. “You’re funny. I think you would get along with my dad.”
“Great, it’s always been a dream of mine to impress strict, conservative fathers.”
“So, what is your reason for going to the wedding?”
Leena raised an eyebrow. “Are you really that suspicious of me?”
“A week ago, I met a girl who wanted to go to the wedding because she was the groom’s ex-girlfriend and she wanted to lie to him about being pregnant so he would go back to her.”
“That’s twisted—but as for my reason, I happen to love eating expensive salmon dinners paid for by irritating people.”
I smiled as my muscles relaxed. “Alright then. Now, do you have any lavender dresses that would match my tie?”
Already in full swing, the rehearsal dinner buzzed around us as my sister cheek-kissed everyone who shared an ounce of DNA with her or her fiance. Meanwhile, I tugged at my tie as Leena eyed the waiters bringing out fondue pots. “Hey, you okay?” She asked.
“Never better,” I lied, as I adjusted my arms to hide my sweat stains.
“Is this about your parents?” She scanned the restaurant’s floor for anyone that looked like a judgy, aged version of me.
I didn’t even have the time to lie before a voice said, “Is this your girlfriend, Joshua?”
I spun around to see my mother and father looming over me. “Yeah,” I choked out.
My mother upturned her nose. “About time you finally date a girl and bring her home.”
“Although,” my father chimed in, “that Merryweather’s daughter is going to be awfully disappointed.”
“After we spent so much time talking you up to her.” My mother scoffed. “And there was so much to talk up. Plus, that venue we were about to book is never going to open up again. What a waste.”
“We thought we were never going to find anyone for you. Anyone acceptable that is.”
My ear tips flared pink. Not because of shame or embarrassment, but because of anger. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Leena’s eyes narrow and I could practically hear the gears grinding. I flashed her a warning don’t-do-it face, and she took a deep breath and bit her tongue like I’ve been doing for the past twenty-five years.
“I mean, I’m not homophobic or anything,” I mean, you definitely are, I thought to myself. “But look at how happy your sister is, marrying someone who isn’t a sin.” My mother said.
Again, I begged Leena with my eyes not to attack this woman like a feral animal.
“So when are you getting married, Joshua?” My father asked.
“Soon! Soon,” I lied and went to take a swig from my champagne, only to find the glass empty.
“I’ll get us new drinks,” Leena said. “Excuse me.”
I gulped as she walked away because while the words she said were appropriate, she said them with an animosity to commit murder. Not third-degree murder out of frustration, but like she was going to start planning an ‘accident’ the moment this dinner was over.
“Oh look, there’s someone who you...” Haven’t insulted yet, I thought. “Haven’t talked to yet,” I said instead, then I ducked out of the conservation and walked over to Richard.
“Having fun?” I asked him.
“Depends on your definition of fun.” Richard said as he looked at Leena talking to a bridesmaid that snagged her attention on her way to getting drinks. “But it looks like you’ll be having fun later on because damn you’re date is hot.”
“Oh, she’s hot, Richard?” His girlfriend, Amanda, crept up behind him with a glass of champagne in her hand. I kept a close eye on it in case she motioned to throw it.
Richard choked over his words. “Smoking… like she’s burning because she’s a witch. A witch and a bitch. What a whore.” He took a swig of his liquor to shut himself up.
“Ah huh,” she teased with a smile on her lips.
I relaxed a little. I guess Amanda isn’t the jealous type.
Amanda glanced at the bridesmaid laughing her head off at whatever Leena whispered in her ear, then turned to me. “So, Leena seems nice.”
“Yeah,” I said. “She’s funny, too.”
“You like her?”
“She’d be a cool person to befriend, I guess. Though, she does seem a bit angry…”
“Friend?!” Richard said. “Dude, no. She’s on Tinder, she’s single, she’s hot, she’s nice, she’s funny… just ask her out already.”
I shrugged. “I don’t know. I’m just not… attracted to her.” I held my head down, really missing not having a drink to slam these feelings down with.
Richard patted me on the back. “Don’t worry, buddy, there’s a million fish in the sea. You’ll find someone.”
“But what if I don’t want to find someone?”
Richard laughed. “I’ve been there. Thought I was done with love after my last girlfriend cheated on me. That was… until I met my sweet Amanda-kins. Ain’t that right, Amanda-kins.”
“That’s right, babe,” she said as she pulled him in for a kiss.
They looked like they were gonna be busy swallowing each other for a while, so I told them, “I’m gonna get a drink.”
After I emptied a new glass of champagne, Leena came up to the waiter I was standing by and took one for herself. “So, what was that about?” I asked her.
“I’m thirsty,” she said.
“That’s not what I’m talking about and you know it.”
“They were being assholes to you and you know it.” She slammed her drink. “And you just let them.” She picked up another drink off the tray of the waiter we were basically holding hostage with our need to get drunk as fast as possible.
“Look, I don’t need you getting offended by my belief like I’m some too shy Christian choirboy who’s afraid of his own shadow because one: I never took choir. And two: I’m a grown man who can stand up for himself. I’m just trying to avoid a scene at my sister’s wedding.”
“What you’re doing is letting them belittle you for taking your time to find someone you like.”
“I don’t know why you’re making such a big deal about this now—I told you they were going to be this bad going in.”
“Their homophobic asses were trying to set up an arranged marriage for you at age twenty-five! Call me crazy, but that’s a little too soon. I mean just because you’ve never dated, never wanted to date before, and don’t get married now doesn’t mean you won’t later on. Everyone falls in love at different rates with whatever gender they please!”
“Or,” I slammed the empty glass back on the tray, then ushered an apology to the waiter for slamming a glass onto his tray. “They don’t fall in love at all!” I lectured in a hushed voice, because again, I’m still trying to avoid a scene. “And I’m tired of people saying I will when I don’t want to.”
With that I spun around, and walked straight out of the restaurant. With a starry sky lighting my way, I trudged down the sidewalk before plopping down in a depressed lump at a bus stop. I was too drunk to drive, but not too dignified to take the bus.
Footsteps followed me to the bus stop. “Leena, I really don’t feel like talking right now.”
“My name isn’t Leena,” a male voice said.
I twisted around to see the waiter whose tray I slammed standing behind me. “Sorry again for slamming that glass on your tray.”
“No worries,” he said as he sat beside me.
“Not to be rude, but shouldn’t you be working right now?”
“Nah, I got Tiffany to cover for me for a minute or two.”
“I don’t know who Tiffany is, but okay.”
“Listen, I couldn’t help but over your conversation with… Leena was it?”
“Oh my god.” I covered my face with my hands. “Don’t tell me you’re here to tell me that ‘there’s someone out there for you, you just haven’t met the right person yet’ spiel, are you?”
“Nah, I’m here to ask you a question. If you don’t mind.”
“Okay, what is it?”
“Do you know what asexuality and aromantic are?”
“Uhhh… no? Never heard of them.”
The waiter chuckled. “I thought so. Well, asexuality is when a person experiences little or no sexual attraction to anyone. Being aromantic means a person experiences little or no romantic attraction to anyone.”
“So, are you trying to say you think I’m asexual and aromantic based off a five minute conversation you overheard?”
“I’m not saying anything except no matter what you do or don’t identify as, you’re still valid no matter what others say.” He stood and brushed off his pants. “I should be getting back.”
“Asexual and aromantic, huh?” I said to myself once he was gone. It sounded right.
I let my body go limp as I relaxed every muscle in my body. My body hugged the curve of the bench as my head rested on its top, my eyes staring into the starry night star. Off in the corner of my vision I spotted the North Star. While all of the other stars huddled together, the North Star stood on its own. Alone.
But that didn’t make it any less bright.
I still think that looking up at stars can be romantic, but right now, they're not. But, it doesn’t make them any less beautiful.
Good morning/ afternoon/ evening
Recently I have recieved a post dedicated towards me in a "romantic" way. But nothing about this is romantic.
Some older men think it's okay for them to prey on younger girls over the internet, because it's how they feel towards them. But never ONCE have I ever been asked if I wanted it. This isn't the first time this has happened, but I still get so sick and afraid every time it does.
THIS IS NOT OKAY.
I'm (almost) 17, and I have a boyfriend.
NOTHING about being hit on, in a gross way, when you don't want it, is okay.
And then after blocking said person they have decided to change the post into a "hate" post.
I would say good, but this doesn't help. Reading something that is hurtful and hateful towards you, still makes you feel like shit.
SENDING HATEFUL MESSAGES TO PEOPLE IS NOT OKAY!
So please, consider the person on the other side of the screen.
For the time being I will be absent from Prose; for this is too much for me to handle and I don't feel comfortable anymore.
It has just occured to me due to a recent post that I have not told the world of prose my situation. Not gonna lie, I'm terrified. But, needless to say, it needs to be said because it causes some... stuff that I don't like... Those of you who know me in real life would know that I am genderfluid and a lesbian. Well this COVID 19 crap has given me time to reflect. I am not a lesbian and I am not genderfluid. I am a trans pansexual. I am a boy. My name is Avery. And I just wanna some to live with and not be an ass, regardless of gender. I am also polyamorus, so that's a thing. Look at me being a big boy and coming out with all this shit. Imma go cry under my bed sheets and be embarrased. Thanks for listening to my Ted Talk (However that thing goes)
she knew this day would hurt, but she didn't realise how much. She just lay there completely still, she couldn't get up, not today, she felt too numb, too empty. She sighed "happy birthday beautiful girl". She whispered, she hoped that wherever her baby girl was she'd be able to hear her, to know she was always thinking of her, especially today. She'd give anything for just one more moment with her, but that wasn't to be. Instead of trying to fake her way thorough the day she closed her eyes again, at least she could be with her baby girl in her dreams.
It took decades longer than anyone ever anticipated. And then, just as the world took a collective sigh of relief, it mutated.
Some called it forced evolution.
The survivors were a new type of human. Their irises turned into pale silver, their hair and skin varying shades of gray. Apparently this was due to some melanocyte mutation. It was protective, some scientists said, against the constant blue light exposure.
Some changed only partially. The ones who didn’t change at all, unfortunately, perished.
Luke and his wife Isabel were some of the last partial mutants left. Isabel, who was of light caramel skin and wavy raven hair, now had one silver eye and one coffee. She was still beautiful, of course, even more so, but Luke could never get used to that one silver eye. It was beautiful, yes, but eerie.
Isabel was in the kitchen that morning, making breakfast out of their last remaining box of eggs, stirring coffee with powdered milk. This meal would be one of the last from their most recent weekly shipment, and Luke wondered if there would be more. Isabel hummed as she worked, softly in her native Brazilian Portuguese, and Luke couldn’t help but feel a deep sense of foreboding.
Today was the day.
“Good morning, love.”
Isabel turned and smiled. Her full lips still a healthy pink color. “Hey. Hungry?”
He wasn’t. “Starving.”
“Are you nervous? About today?”
Luke considered the question as he sat down on the kitchen counter. “I’m not sure how I feel.”
“They broke the locks on the gates, I heard them this morning.” Isabel continued, placing a plate on the counter for him.
“There’s nowhere to go.”
“There’s always somewhere to go.” Isabel countered.
“Well, not here anyway.” Luke worried for his wife, whose only mutation was her one silver eye. Luke on the other hand was deemed almost a full mutant, only a few streaks of ash blonde left on his almost completely silver mane.
Isabel smiled and leaned across the counter to kiss him softly on the lips. “Meu amor. You worry too much.”
Luke couldn’t help it. They had to have a back up plan. Today they were finally letting the partial mutants leave their cordoned cities, where they have been living on weekly rations for ten months. Apparently it was now considered safe to attempt reintegration.
What that meant for them, Luke wasn’t entirely sure, but he wasn’t hopeful. Reintegration would mean they would have to stop the weekly shipments, the patrolled protections. There wouldn’t be enough food, and there couldn’t be enough jobs. Isabel was a teacher before the world changed, but what school would hire her now? She would stand out like a sore thumb with her jet black hair and complected skin. Any silver hair would get that job before her. And there weren’t enough of those positions to begin with. Luke might get hired, but one look at his ID and it would be some service industry job at best.
“At least we can maybe travel further out a bit. Remember when we used to do that?” Isabel mused, her eyes wide, innocent.
“Yes, that would be nice.”
“Luke! Stop doing that.”
“Humoring me.” For the first time that day Isabel’s demeanor flattened. “I know I’m being silly. We probably won’t be allowed to have plane tickets.” She chuckled mirthlessly. “Still, at least we wouldn’t be locked in like prisoners anymore.”
Luke nodded slowly. It was time to tell her. He looked Isabel in the eye. “I’ve been talking to Merv.”
Isabel’s hand paused in midair. “What on earth for?”
Like hesitated. “He can get us on a ship. To that island.”
“Jesus Christ, Luke, the mythical island where all the Partials live happily ever after? Are you serious?” Isabel shook her head incredulously.
“Listen, it was too hard before, when the cordon was in place.” Luke explained. “But now, we can sneak out and nobody would be the wiser. There’s nothing for us here, Isabel, we wouldn’t survive reintegration.”
Isabel stayed quiet for what seemed like forever but was probably just a beat or two. “You mean, I wouldn’t survive it.”
“That’s not what I said.”
“But it’s what you mean.” Isabel sighed. “You realize what would happen if you’re wrong about this island, right? We could never come back. They would kill us first.”
“I know. But either we take this risk or we stay. It would be worse than living in the cordon. Isabel... you realize that, don’t you?”
Isabel exhaled slowly, her one silver eye practically glowing against her long dark lashes. “Do you really believe that?”
Isabel paused, silently considering her husband, and for a split second Luke thought she would refuse. Then she smiled, her eyes crinkling at the corners like they always did, and she reached across to wrap Luke in her long limbs. “Then, my love, let’s go.”
It’s funny when you have nothing left to lose, you find out the lengths you could actually go.
Luke thought they would never see land again. The ship had been sailing for three long months, with Merv’s cousin, a hardened man of the sea, at the captain’s helm. Daily he would bark harsh orders to whoever was in earshot, often laden with unnecessary obscenities.
“That’s just his way.” Merv would explain to Luke with a careless shrug. “But he’s a good captain, he’ll get all of us there in one piece, I promise ya.”
Finally, just as Luke was beginning to believe he got on a ship with a bunch of unstable sailors, they saw land. At the sight, Luke thought he saw the hard captain cry.
The day they saw land, Luke remembered practically running down to the tiny cabin his wife was resting in. Isabel was sleeping a lot those days. Luke guessed that being exposed to too many people much further down the mutation line and living in such close quarters must be taking a toll on her fragile health.
“Isabel, my love, we’re almost there. Can you believe it? We’ll reach land in a day or two.” Luke cooed, as he touched his wife’s cheek gently. “Isabel?”
Isabel’s eyes could only open a sliver. “Meu amor.”
Luke fought the urge to weep. The seas have not been kind to Isabel. His wife looked so frail, her once rich caramel skin now so sallow, her midnight black hair without its previous luster.
“Did you hear me, Isabel?” Luke pleaded, his voice breaking. “We’re almost there. Just a day away. My love, just hold on another day.”
“I love you, Luke.” Isabel croaked in a barely audible whisper, and for a moment Luke saw a flicker of life in his wife’s eyes: one silver, one coffee. Then it was gone, and Luke would never see it again.
They called the island Last Haven. Aptly named as the last foothold of old humanity.
It was a sanctuary for the dying.
It was years before Luke finally accepted this, as he watched his friends die one by one around him. He was, he explained to his neighbors, the most changed out of the last remaining partial mutants, and this afforded him the longest survivability of them all.
The secret, of course, was that he colored streaks of his silver mane with yellow dye. He changed completely many years ago, just as the world was slowly realizing the new division in humankind. Before they started separating the pure silver mutants from the partial ones, leaving the rest who didn’t evolve at all to die.
When they started cordoning off cities to contain the Partials, apparently for their own protection, Luke knew he couldn’t leave his wife there. Isabel was the love of his life, the center of his universe. He had to get her out of there, had to get her to a place where she could live protected and loved, not shunned.
Isabel didn’t make it to Last Haven. She didn’t even make it out of the ship.
It left Luke a broken man. The day Isabel died, a part of him died with her.
For years he lived on the island, helping where he could, convincing himself that it had not all been in vain. Even though Isabel was gone, his love for her brought him there, and that would have to be enough.
Last Haven thrived, for a community full of dying people, a family forged from desolate pasts and deep losses. It wasn’t perfect, but it became home, and this new family kept Luke hanging on.
Then, one day, Luke noticed his body changing. They were tiny changes, barely noticeable at first, but he knew his world was changing again all the same.
At first he started seeing small flecks of hazel in his silver irises. Then he noticed his skin slowly starting to turn a healthy shade of pink. Finally, he found he didn’t need to dye his hair anymore.
After a few months Luke looked like the man he was before the nightmare started. Dazed, he walked into the town center of Last Haven and found his friends and neighbors gathered there. All appeared to have reverted completely back to their old selves. All looked at each other in hopeful confusion and bewilderment.
Luke felt a tear on his cheek as he began to smile for the first time in a very long while. Isabel would have loved it here.