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Cuttlefish Garden

So many colors. Blue making love to yellow, red walking orange, the rainbow hugging a unicorn, this is amazing! I floated to the sky with diamonds in my hands​, and saw father Peirce frowning down upon me. Suddenly, I dropped and crashed into a red ocean; I thought I was going to die. However, I quickly realized that I was not injured in any way. I looked around and I saw a woolly mammoth teaching a class of great white sharks. They all turned to me and grinned with glee. How can i stand this! What is happening!? Is this real life? No, it's a fantasy, a fantasy... that is much better than reality. Perhaps I could stay here. Perhaps I could befriend the mammoth. Perhaps I can be happy.

  "Charlie?"

  "What!? Who are you!? Where am I!?" 

  "Again huh? I'm doctor Moreno, I've come to see how you are. It's been almost a week since you've been checked into​ our facility."

  "I- I'm in rehab?"

  "Yes, Charlie."

  "Doc, I would like to go back to cuttlefish garden."

            

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Cuttlefish Garden
So many colors. Blue making love to yellow, red walking orange, the rainbow hugging a unicorn, this is amazing! I floated to the sky with diamonds in my hands​, and saw father Peirce frowning down upon me. Suddenly, I dropped and crashed into a red ocean; I thought I was going to die. However, I quickly realized that I was not injured in any way. I looked around and I saw a woolly mammoth teaching a class of great white sharks. They all turned to me and grinned with glee. How can i stand this! What is happening!? Is this real life? No, it's a fantasy, a fantasy... that is much better than reality. Perhaps I could stay here. Perhaps I could befriend the mammoth. Perhaps I can be happy.
  "Charlie?"
  "What!? Who are you!? Where am I!?" 
  "Again huh? I'm doctor Moreno, I've come to see how you are. It's been almost a week since you've been checked into​ our facility."
  "I- I'm in rehab?"
  "Yes, Charlie."
  "Doc, I would like to go back to cuttlefish garden."
            
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Convergence

They shared the same cradle, like two drops of water with the same reflections, each twin a perfected vision of the other. Little Yvette was born first, reaching for the hand of Monique, who was a part of herself, because both infants seemed to meld together as one.

Their relationship was a special one, beyond the bounds of what anyone could imagine. At two years old, Yvette and Monique would sit in their high chairs, playing with their food on their trays, arranging it into unique patterns and shapes that seemed to emanate from their subconscious, forming distorted images that did not mimic reality as it oozed and metamorphosed into a semblance of the imagination deeply entrenched in their minds. Their proud parents could see their talent, imagining that they were drawing houses and trees and maybe even horses. But they were completely wrong as the youngsters painted with profound emotion coming out of a deep well-spring of absolute naturalness.

At three years of age, the beauteous Yvette contracted spinal meningitis and died three days later in a hospital. Monique was absolutely devastated, feeling that she had lost the first and best version of herself. Even at her young age, she could sense the spirit of Yvette weeping into her body, becoming a part of her. As Monique grew, she became a passionate artist drawing seeping images of twisted deviations in time and space with phallic overtones. Always, her natural style incorporated sexual desire, death, decay, hope and love with images that seemed to drip off her canvasses, seemingly suspended in air. In the corner of every painting, she always embedded a tiny facsimile of her deceased twin sister, Yvette.

All day long, Monique painted her unconscious in wild sweeps of color. Everything seemed to be moving and flowing, osmosing into a life of its own. At night, she would put down her brush and fall exhausted into her bed. As she slept, the paintings continued their vitality, breathing and twisting as the paint left the canvas and flowed into the room, in mutations and warps. Even the little facsimile of Yvette, incorporated into the tiny corner of the paintings, danced around the room as one with the tinctures of tints and colors.

One night, Monique was restless and wandered into her studio, only to see, for the first time, the contortions and irregularities in the life of her paintings. There among the pigments, she saw that Yvette had escaped her entrapment. Yvette, overjoyed to once again see her twin, opened her mouth and inhaled Monique into her body, sponging her into her lifeblood.

“Now it’s my turn,” Yvette proclaimed, as she picked up the paintbrush and began painting in her inborn, fluid style, making sure to incorporate her beloved Monique into the corner of each painting. Once again, the twins became one drop of water composed of two souls.

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Convergence
They shared the same cradle, like two drops of water with the same reflections, each twin a perfected vision of the other. Little Yvette was born first, reaching for the hand of Monique, who was a part of herself, because both infants seemed to meld together as one.

Their relationship was a special one, beyond the bounds of what anyone could imagine. At two years old, Yvette and Monique would sit in their high chairs, playing with their food on their trays, arranging it into unique patterns and shapes that seemed to emanate from their subconscious, forming distorted images that did not mimic reality as it oozed and metamorphosed into a semblance of the imagination deeply entrenched in their minds. Their proud parents could see their talent, imagining that they were drawing houses and trees and maybe even horses. But they were completely wrong as the youngsters painted with profound emotion coming out of a deep well-spring of absolute naturalness.

At three years of age, the beauteous Yvette contracted spinal meningitis and died three days later in a hospital. Monique was absolutely devastated, feeling that she had lost the first and best version of herself. Even at her young age, she could sense the spirit of Yvette weeping into her body, becoming a part of her. As Monique grew, she became a passionate artist drawing seeping images of twisted deviations in time and space with phallic overtones. Always, her natural style incorporated sexual desire, death, decay, hope and love with images that seemed to drip off her canvasses, seemingly suspended in air. In the corner of every painting, she always embedded a tiny facsimile of her deceased twin sister, Yvette.

All day long, Monique painted her unconscious in wild sweeps of color. Everything seemed to be moving and flowing, osmosing into a life of its own. At night, she would put down her brush and fall exhausted into her bed. As she slept, the paintings continued their vitality, breathing and twisting as the paint left the canvas and flowed into the room, in mutations and warps. Even the little facsimile of Yvette, incorporated into the tiny corner of the paintings, danced around the room as one with the tinctures of tints and colors.

One night, Monique was restless and wandered into her studio, only to see, for the first time, the contortions and irregularities in the life of her paintings. There among the pigments, she saw that Yvette had escaped her entrapment. Yvette, overjoyed to once again see her twin, opened her mouth and inhaled Monique into her body, sponging her into her lifeblood.

“Now it’s my turn,” Yvette proclaimed, as she picked up the paintbrush and began painting in her inborn, fluid style, making sure to incorporate her beloved Monique into the corner of each painting. Once again, the twins became one drop of water composed of two souls.
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Little Fiona

I knew death was inevitable. It will happen to me and everyone around me.

But I never expected my little sister to die before me.

At first, I thought it was a dream. I still think that I'm in a dream. One day, I'll wake up.

Little Fiona will be jumping on my bed, shouting for me to wake up and play with her.

One day, I'll be happy again.

The thing is, it didn't feel like losing someone. It felt numb. I wouldn't say painless, what with all those tears rolling down my cheeks. But it felt surreal. And I'll never forget this feeling. The feeling of grief and such sadness that maybe someday, I'll have to experience again.

Her room stands still in the particles of dust laid by the sunlight peering through the windows. White sheets were draped over everything. It was my only proof to myself that she was gone and this was real.

Every night, I strip the white sheets that covers her bed, and sleep on the white puffy mattress of hers. Believing that the next day, I will be with her.

I'm holding onto the strings of hope.

But they are fraying so quickly.

I still remember the funeral for her. The day we both wrote our wills together. Our wishes for our family and our friends. Except, she would be the only one dying soon. But, it's not true. She isn't dead. I won't believe it.

I will never believe it. 

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Little Fiona
I knew death was inevitable. It will happen to me and everyone around me.
But I never expected my little sister to die before me.

At first, I thought it was a dream. I still think that I'm in a dream. One day, I'll wake up.
Little Fiona will be jumping on my bed, shouting for me to wake up and play with her.
One day, I'll be happy again.

The thing is, it didn't feel like losing someone. It felt numb. I wouldn't say painless, what with all those tears rolling down my cheeks. But it felt surreal. And I'll never forget this feeling. The feeling of grief and such sadness that maybe someday, I'll have to experience again.

Her room stands still in the particles of dust laid by the sunlight peering through the windows. White sheets were draped over everything. It was my only proof to myself that she was gone and this was real.

Every night, I strip the white sheets that covers her bed, and sleep on the white puffy mattress of hers. Believing that the next day, I will be with her.
I'm holding onto the strings of hope.
But they are fraying so quickly.

I still remember the funeral for her. The day we both wrote our wills together. Our wishes for our family and our friends. Except, she would be the only one dying soon. But, it's not true. She isn't dead. I won't believe it.
I will never believe it. 
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Chapter 31 of Scenes From a Dusty Mind
Written by dustygrein in portal Fiction

Behind the Closed Door

July 18

I feel as if these walls are actually moving closer to me. The air seems to have grown a little thicker now, and the smoke from my cigarette lies heavily between the desk and the windows. The weak sunlight does little to dispel my gloom.

I used to love this little room. The magic that flowed so effortlessly from my head onto the page whenever I came in here. Hell, even the cork-board Harold bought me used to make me smile. Now the damn thing just hangs there, sagging under the weight of its burdensome array of yellowing pictures and unused research.

Mocking me, the enormous piece of blank paper sits in the typewriter. It awaits something—anything—as it stares back at me. That clean page, nestled between the platen and the keys on the damnable typewriter, seems to grow as the room shrinks.

The old typewriter was once a portal to the many worlds of my characters, but now it seems they have closed the door. I can almost hear them laughing at me from their hiding places; they taunt me, daring me to find them.

I know they are doing something, but they are hiding it from me. I can’t write about what they are doing on the other side of the door. How can I share what I can’t see? I had heard of writer’s block, but I had no idea that it was the characters’ fault!

I knew that the casts of my many stories had grown quiet, but having them all turn their backs on me at once is almost more than I can bear.

Maybe I should have taken up painting instead.

(c) 2017 - dustygrein

** Truth is oft times more surreal than fiction - or so the characters in my head tell me...

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Chapter 31 of Scenes From a Dusty Mind
Written by dustygrein in portal Fiction
Behind the Closed Door
July 18

I feel as if these walls are actually moving closer to me. The air seems to have grown a little thicker now, and the smoke from my cigarette lies heavily between the desk and the windows. The weak sunlight does little to dispel my gloom.

I used to love this little room. The magic that flowed so effortlessly from my head onto the page whenever I came in here. Hell, even the cork-board Harold bought me used to make me smile. Now the damn thing just hangs there, sagging under the weight of its burdensome array of yellowing pictures and unused research.

Mocking me, the enormous piece of blank paper sits in the typewriter. It awaits something—anything—as it stares back at me. That clean page, nestled between the platen and the keys on the damnable typewriter, seems to grow as the room shrinks.

The old typewriter was once a portal to the many worlds of my characters, but now it seems they have closed the door. I can almost hear them laughing at me from their hiding places; they taunt me, daring me to find them.

I know they are doing something, but they are hiding it from me. I can’t write about what they are doing on the other side of the door. How can I share what I can’t see? I had heard of writer’s block, but I had no idea that it was the characters’ fault!

I knew that the casts of my many stories had grown quiet, but having them all turn their backs on me at once is almost more than I can bear.

Maybe I should have taken up painting instead.

(c) 2017 - dustygrein

** Truth is oft times more surreal than fiction - or so the characters in my head tell me...
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Mountain Game

PROLOGUE

Eyes-of-an-Owl's gaze was drawn to the heavens. The starry sky he knew so well was forever changed. The prophecy was about to unfold. The first sign had appeared. The new star... the bringer of death. The star that drifts aimlessly with its brothers. It marks the coming, the warrior’s omen. The time of the rebellion. Eyes-of-an-Owl knew it to be a time of dishonor: a time of impasse. The old medicine man dipped his fingers into the black paint at his side and began the chant - the chant of silence, as he smeared on the cloak of death. The time had come. The star would fall.

He closed himself off to the world and allowed the chant to overtake him. The mantra was to help him drop into a state of meditation; from there he could seek answers from the other realm. He whispered for help from his spirit guide. Would the answer come for his plea?

The smoke of tobacco and the heat of the flame swallowed the small chamber as the old man drifted into a clouded vision amid the dark tunnel of change. Things were hazy at first as the patterns unfolded in a maze of illusion under the mask of sleep. Blinded by the fog of a trance, a scene unfolded as a sense of reality raised the shroud of hesitation and focused the dreamer’s perception to receive the quest. The layer of mist hung in the air and it seemed to billow at his feet as he stepped through the warren. When he reached out and touched a wall he found it hot to the stroke and smooth as a knife blade. The sight gave way to a large darkened cavern with flat walls covered in drawings and designs that he could not distinguish.

The air stunk of musty sweat and animal rot mixed with the smell of white trapper stink: the bait used in their trapping. Yet the odor had a unique twist he could not place. He walked forward through the sultry tunnel, the fog rolled at his feet and swelled as he passed. The tunnel in which he walked opened into a large room with tall smooth pillars that lifted in columns supporting a contoured canopy of soft glowing light with interrupted patches of night sky. Through the haze of the picture came the feeling he wasn’t alone.

He could not fully understand what he saw next, for who could understand the spirit realm? Ghostly shadows moved through the misty room, at first distant, then closer, as the man was pulled through the chamber like he was falling, yet vertical. Immense figures passed by the haze, out of focus, without form - then took shape with abrupt clarity. Taller than a man and well muscled, their skin looked as if it were covered in scales. Was the perception misleading? The tough hide was smooth to the touch and metallic in color. Spots of various red hues blanketed the flesh, but seemed out of place over the silver backdrop.

As he looked upon a face he felt fear overtake him. For surely it was the face of a demon. The thing had no lips, but protruding from the upper jaw the savage, oversized fangs of a cat froth amid the otherwise small toothy mouth. Icy red pupils burned beneath large round reflective orbs like narrow slits of evil that studied the environment with complete maliciousness. Long knotted branches of black jointed cords appeared as numerous spider legs, twisted and gnarled, encircling the skull and skirting the crown of its head. Truly ugly and evil - never had he seen a creature quite like it.

The demon turned towards a body hanging helpless from a limb. Then the revelation transposed to the scope of the demon’s view as the visionary focused on the treachery. The man was screaming in the agonies of the torture. A massive forearm supporting numerous hooked daggers dragged across the victim’s back rendering the flesh and tearing the skin. A hand, clawed and menacing, pulled the loose hide free as the giant raised his eyes skyward in triumph. The devil reveled in the screams of the vanquished.

“The gatherer!” Whispered the dream, as the visualization revealed its scope.

The visionary knew the sign. The Demons to come for the quest of men... Stealing the soul… harvesting the pinnacle.... 

 “The gatherers have arrived.”

The ground below him tossed and he found himself thrown from his feet. The floor then buckled once more and he watched other demons fall. The purge had come. The star would descend. Sucked from the scene to a rock over a cliff, a streak tore the night sky with flares like branches that spread in a shower from the heavens above.

Then, Eyes-of-an-Owl awoke in his chamber. The dream ended in a haze of the fire’s smoke. His quest had revealed many secrets, and the sign had been uncovered. In the night’s sky was the answer. 

 He stepped out of his lodge into the cold air of the intense starry night. A new light glowed bright; it was the hunter’s star. Proof once more that the time was soon. How many would die this time? The star intensified then passed into fiery streaks of luster that pierced the expanse. The luminary was falling, forever sealing his people’s fate. 

 The time of the gathering had come.  

(The first chapter)  https://theprose.com/post/142765/mountain-game 

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Mountain Game
PROLOGUE

Eyes-of-an-Owl's gaze was drawn to the heavens. The starry sky he knew so well was forever changed. The prophecy was about to unfold. The first sign had appeared. The new star... the bringer of death. The star that drifts aimlessly with its brothers. It marks the coming, the warrior’s omen. The time of the rebellion. Eyes-of-an-Owl knew it to be a time of dishonor: a time of impasse. The old medicine man dipped his fingers into the black paint at his side and began the chant - the chant of silence, as he smeared on the cloak of death. The time had come. The star would fall.

He closed himself off to the world and allowed the chant to overtake him. The mantra was to help him drop into a state of meditation; from there he could seek answers from the other realm. He whispered for help from his spirit guide. Would the answer come for his plea?

The smoke of tobacco and the heat of the flame swallowed the small chamber as the old man drifted into a clouded vision amid the dark tunnel of change. Things were hazy at first as the patterns unfolded in a maze of illusion under the mask of sleep. Blinded by the fog of a trance, a scene unfolded as a sense of reality raised the shroud of hesitation and focused the dreamer’s perception to receive the quest. The layer of mist hung in the air and it seemed to billow at his feet as he stepped through the warren. When he reached out and touched a wall he found it hot to the stroke and smooth as a knife blade. The sight gave way to a large darkened cavern with flat walls covered in drawings and designs that he could not distinguish.

The air stunk of musty sweat and animal rot mixed with the smell of white trapper stink: the bait used in their trapping. Yet the odor had a unique twist he could not place. He walked forward through the sultry tunnel, the fog rolled at his feet and swelled as he passed. The tunnel in which he walked opened into a large room with tall smooth pillars that lifted in columns supporting a contoured canopy of soft glowing light with interrupted patches of night sky. Through the haze of the picture came the feeling he wasn’t alone.

He could not fully understand what he saw next, for who could understand the spirit realm? Ghostly shadows moved through the misty room, at first distant, then closer, as the man was pulled through the chamber like he was falling, yet vertical. Immense figures passed by the haze, out of focus, without form - then took shape with abrupt clarity. Taller than a man and well muscled, their skin looked as if it were covered in scales. Was the perception misleading? The tough hide was smooth to the touch and metallic in color. Spots of various red hues blanketed the flesh, but seemed out of place over the silver backdrop.

As he looked upon a face he felt fear overtake him. For surely it was the face of a demon. The thing had no lips, but protruding from the upper jaw the savage, oversized fangs of a cat froth amid the otherwise small toothy mouth. Icy red pupils burned beneath large round reflective orbs like narrow slits of evil that studied the environment with complete maliciousness. Long knotted branches of black jointed cords appeared as numerous spider legs, twisted and gnarled, encircling the skull and skirting the crown of its head. Truly ugly and evil - never had he seen a creature quite like it.

The demon turned towards a body hanging helpless from a limb. Then the revelation transposed to the scope of the demon’s view as the visionary focused on the treachery. The man was screaming in the agonies of the torture. A massive forearm supporting numerous hooked daggers dragged across the victim’s back rendering the flesh and tearing the skin. A hand, clawed and menacing, pulled the loose hide free as the giant raised his eyes skyward in triumph. The devil reveled in the screams of the vanquished.

“The gatherer!” Whispered the dream, as the visualization revealed its scope.

The visionary knew the sign. The Demons to come for the quest of men... Stealing the soul… harvesting the pinnacle.... 

 “The gatherers have arrived.”

The ground below him tossed and he found himself thrown from his feet. The floor then buckled once more and he watched other demons fall. The purge had come. The star would descend. Sucked from the scene to a rock over a cliff, a streak tore the night sky with flares like branches that spread in a shower from the heavens above.

Then, Eyes-of-an-Owl awoke in his chamber. The dream ended in a haze of the fire’s smoke. His quest had revealed many secrets, and the sign had been uncovered. In the night’s sky was the answer. 

 He stepped out of his lodge into the cold air of the intense starry night. A new light glowed bright; it was the hunter’s star. Proof once more that the time was soon. How many would die this time? The star intensified then passed into fiery streaks of luster that pierced the expanse. The luminary was falling, forever sealing his people’s fate. 

 The time of the gathering had come.  

(The first chapter)  https://theprose.com/post/142765/mountain-game 
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Double 0s

There SHOULD be breasts here, I think again, as I touch my upper chest, now flat as a board. But no, breast cancer came in like a mercenary and had no mercy, taking what was once my best feature.

As I undress to ready for my shower, I think of the perfect melons that I used to have. Double Ds and amazingly perky, when they very well could have been so saggy, like my grandmother's, who could damn near hook hers under her belt. No, mine were svelte and round, sitting on my chest like two perfect sentries, surveying all whom they may conquer. And boy, did they conquer! Many men fell under my spell - old, young, black, white; hell, even the gays couldn't help but admire them.

And now they are gone! I feel the wetness on my cheeks and realize that I am once again crying over my loss. "NOOOOOOOOOOO!" I yell; I refuse to cry! So instead I pound pound pound my hand against the bathroom wall until it's numb, perhaps broken, but I don't care, because now I am broken. Now, I no longer have my badges of womanhood. Now, I can no longer get out of parking tickets or get free drinks at my favorite bar. Now, I can no longer wear those cute halter tops, basking in the attention my twins used to award me with.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I can get reconstructive surgery, but they won't be MINE, dammit! I spent YEARS building them up! I even did that funny exercise with my friends when I was young, the one Judy Blume taught us about in 'Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret'. We'd sit in a circle in one of our bedrooms, chanting our mantra - "We must, we must, we must increase our busts!" - while bringing our bent arms forwards and back over and over again. I don't know for sure, of course, if that did the trick, but my mams sure were marvelous!

And now they are gone! I look at where a mirror used to be, before I smashed it and all the others, the better to never again see my lacking chest... Dammit, that felt good, smashing them all to smithereens. I wish I could do the same to that fuckin' cancer!

But I cannot. All I can do is think about how much I've lost. About how Brad left, with some lame excuse ending in "It's not you, it's me". Bullshit. It was all me. And what I could no longer provide him... God, he used to love my boobs, stroking them with just the right touch, softly rubbing on my nipples, feeling them hardening and-

No! I will NOT think about that! Fuck Brad and the horse he rode in on!..or his "horse" that I used to ride every other morning... No! Get a grip, Rachel, I tell myself. We do NOT want to think about that douche-bag anymore!

The water is running, but I can't bring myself to get in. I can't touch the scars that mark where my womanhood was torn away from me. I just can't... I just can't. So instead, I just sit on the bathroom floor and cry and cry and cry.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Neither myself nor anyone in my family (that I know of) have had to deal with this atrocious disease, but I imagine this' exactly how I'd react, if not worse, should that ever come my way.

With that being said, I also want this to work as my stand in solidarity for those who have suffered.

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Double 0s
There SHOULD be breasts here, I think again, as I touch my upper chest, now flat as a board. But no, breast cancer came in like a mercenary and had no mercy, taking what was once my best feature.

As I undress to ready for my shower, I think of the perfect melons that I used to have. Double Ds and amazingly perky, when they very well could have been so saggy, like my grandmother's, who could damn near hook hers under her belt. No, mine were svelte and round, sitting on my chest like two perfect sentries, surveying all whom they may conquer. And boy, did they conquer! Many men fell under my spell - old, young, black, white; hell, even the gays couldn't help but admire them.

And now they are gone! I feel the wetness on my cheeks and realize that I am once again crying over my loss. "NOOOOOOOOOOO!" I yell; I refuse to cry! So instead I pound pound pound my hand against the bathroom wall until it's numb, perhaps broken, but I don't care, because now I am broken. Now, I no longer have my badges of womanhood. Now, I can no longer get out of parking tickets or get free drinks at my favorite bar. Now, I can no longer wear those cute halter tops, basking in the attention my twins used to award me with.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I can get reconstructive surgery, but they won't be MINE, dammit! I spent YEARS building them up! I even did that funny exercise with my friends when I was young, the one Judy Blume taught us about in 'Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret'. We'd sit in a circle in one of our bedrooms, chanting our mantra - "We must, we must, we must increase our busts!" - while bringing our bent arms forwards and back over and over again. I don't know for sure, of course, if that did the trick, but my mams sure were marvelous!

And now they are gone! I look at where a mirror used to be, before I smashed it and all the others, the better to never again see my lacking chest... Dammit, that felt good, smashing them all to smithereens. I wish I could do the same to that fuckin' cancer!

But I cannot. All I can do is think about how much I've lost. About how Brad left, with some lame excuse ending in "It's not you, it's me". Bullshit. It was all me. And what I could no longer provide him... God, he used to love my boobs, stroking them with just the right touch, softly rubbing on my nipples, feeling them hardening and-

No! I will NOT think about that! Fuck Brad and the horse he rode in on!..or his "horse" that I used to ride every other morning... No! Get a grip, Rachel, I tell myself. We do NOT want to think about that douche-bag anymore!

The water is running, but I can't bring myself to get in. I can't touch the scars that mark where my womanhood was torn away from me. I just can't... I just can't. So instead, I just sit on the bathroom floor and cry and cry and cry.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Neither myself nor anyone in my family (that I know of) have had to deal with this atrocious disease, but I imagine this' exactly how I'd react, if not worse, should that ever come my way.

With that being said, I also want this to work as my stand in solidarity for those who have suffered.
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The Battery of Perpetual Motion

The Ticking begins…

In my mind and in my thoughts, all that I can see are images of pseudo-humans. Take the schema of a human body and convert it to a faint semi-transparent model in your mind.

These were the type of figures that I viewed that eternal night

within my sleep.

They walked underground waiting for the subway to arrive.

Many with briefcases in hand, marched and paced around aimlessly. I sharply took notice to something that these characters all had in common.

Every one of these human-like characters, had wristwatches

upon their arms emanating faint ticking sounds.

My eyes shifted to the lights of the approaching subway.

Immediately I noticed some of these invisible tinted men lying flat

upon the tracks; yet these individuals wore watches where time had apparently ceased.

As the sounds of the friction between the tracks and the wheels of the Metro 'tick-tocked' its way into my subconscious, my train of thought also shifted.

I focused randomly upon a period within my youth when I would go to the park on a regular basis.

As I seemed to recall they were exceptional and irreplaceable moments.

Every day after school, I met up with my friends in the park to play basketball at four. On my way down to the courts, I noticed each day without failure, an old man in his late nineties sitting on a bench feeding the crows with his back to the ocean.

I would pass this man for weeks on end without sharing a word, until one day I stumbled accidentally, over his shoes.

I looked to him and expressed my most sincere apologies.

From that point on, a conversation began that would later shape the outcome my life.

He spoke of his being,

and his past experiences.

He explained to me things that he would have done differently if he were my age, and told me of the things he was happy that he had achieved.

Every day after that, I would stop and converse with this elderly gentleman for hours, learning ways to save time and make progress in life.

I never had seen my own grandfathers, and in some way,

this man took their place.

The Ticking continued…

In shifting once again,

I noticed in the tunnel, that at different times, without failure these faded men would fall. Suddenly it occurred to me, as if it were secretly yet purposefully whispered into my ear, that upon the birth of life for these men, the first day of their respective deaths,

was also established.

It then dawned on me that they ran about carrying with them a symbol to measure their own mortality, upon their wrists. These non-people were making appointments that would occupy yet another year, in the 100 that they might have had the option of living.

Each second bringing them one step closer to everything

and nothing all at once.

My attention seemed to wander as it would when a song is stuck in your head, yet this time the tune was that of the second hand to my own timepiece, which seemed to be ticking faster than usual.

My soul began to race as I instinctually prepared to defend myself against a force that had the aura of a thief with no body, who was sent to take me away. My neurosynapses fired as the next scene unfolded before my eyes.

I saw that old man on the bench again.

Except this time I looked closer, and the morals I learned were no longer the focus of his existence.

For this time I focused in on his face, and saw to my deathly surprise, none other than my own image.

Tears began to flow from my eyes and intoxicated my new reality. My hands were wrinkled as they tossed seeds upon the ground to the vivacious and ravenous birds. In that state I began to think about my life and the ghosts in the subway terminal.

I reasoned that indeed one’s objective should be to enjoy life as a whole, and not to concentrate on any single stress

at hand.

We are much too often stuck in the Now rather than focused on the Becoming.

For Time heals all that has been marred with wounds, and in the end, generously removes the soul from your struggling body, like the ejection of an obsolete game cartridge from an old entertainment system.

I remembered a time when I was a child and I wanted answers to questions I had not thought of. In that state, I had not the strength or the mind to think of examining the mysterious stones that lay before me. I had not the muscles to push the rocks over to see what indeed lie underneath them as they rested upon the grass.

As I grew older the questions came to me more quickly, for my environment was strong, and my family gracious with support. I in turn, also became strong in mind and body. This strength allowed me to move the stones, and later the boulders, that would reveal the potential answers to my unspoken questions; only to find more questions to my own answers.

Soon the lights began to flash upon the process of attaining true comprehension.

Truly the more strength I gained the more I understood, and the more I realized that indeed I knew very little, of something much more.

I recalled a time at the park, where I stood at the free throw line attempting to match my opponent in our game of “horse.” Prior to letting go of the ball, I remember pausing to watch the Sunset, an event that even the old man would turn his head for.

That summer I watched about 100 sunsets, noting in full detail how each one made me feel.

Suddenly, I felt my hands cool, as the sky began to darken around me. I realized that the Sun was about to set once again.

The seeds all rushed out of my hands and the vultures began intensely poking at my lap and my flesh with their beaks to clean-up the unexpected failure in operation, as if I were an inviting park statue, enlaced in available tissue. I could see from the corner of my eye, adolescents staring into the dimming light of the sky, upon the soccer field to my right.

Suddenly I recognized that for some reason, soon to be mortally apparent, I would be unable to turn my head around to experience the event that I had witnessed for so many years on end.

No longer could I stand. No longer could I run into the ocean wearing nothing but my goose bumps. No longer could I get on a plane,

packing nothing but a smile.

No longer could I tell my family,

that I love them.

I did,

love them.

I saw that in this moment, it was indeed the last minute of my life; where all I had now, were the experiences that I had dared to venture to this moment.

There were to be no new occurrences, except for the inevitable coming of the end to all actualization of my own physical and mental potential.

I hypothesized that in my life I would be happy if I had made few enemies. That I had loved many and most; that I learned, taught, and gave to my surroundings; that I had brought up a good family; that I had raised brave resourceful children whom I knew would be able to successfully raise good children of their own; for I would soon live within their blood.

These children would be the only link likely to speak of my dreams and my philosophies, of my loves and my goals, of my experiences and my soul. For these thoughts, to my successors, would be alive in their minds. I imagined that indeed I had a tool case of knowledge and answers to questions that I rationalized from other questions.

I knew that from this point on, I would no longer have enough strength to enjoy the world that I was given the honor to live in.

Right then, I found that, strength, was perhaps not the meaning to life, but its inherent means of being; that all our actions were to be measured against our lives after our deaths. That indeed time had no meaning or effect after the tool for measuring it, had passed away.

I began to smile radiantly, while carving my potential post-future within a thick storm cloud inside of my consciousness. I felt the rains and the electricity invigorate me to the point where my body itself, went numb. I gasped with a ghastly horror that remains ineffable for it had no property of certain description.

I saw at that moment a vision of my own demise…

that from this cloud which gave the potential of the light to come,

a halt in action was to precipitate.

It reigned supreme with violent rains,

as it parted, while I seemed to be parting as well.

In praying to see the Sun again,

I was shocked to find the lights of the subway shine upon my face as it inflamed my spirit and made its way down to eventually pass through me, within its long-awaited tunnel.

And with its exit…

The Ticking ceased.

Copyright © 1986-2017

Alan Salé

All Rights Reserved

contact: AASalehi@gmail.com

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The Battery of Perpetual Motion
The Ticking begins…

In my mind and in my thoughts, all that I can see are images of pseudo-humans. Take the schema of a human body and convert it to a faint semi-transparent model in your mind.

These were the type of figures that I viewed that eternal night
within my sleep.

They walked underground waiting for the subway to arrive.

Many with briefcases in hand, marched and paced around aimlessly. I sharply took notice to something that these characters all had in common.
Every one of these human-like characters, had wristwatches
upon their arms emanating faint ticking sounds.

My eyes shifted to the lights of the approaching subway.

Immediately I noticed some of these invisible tinted men lying flat
upon the tracks; yet these individuals wore watches where time had apparently ceased.

As the sounds of the friction between the tracks and the wheels of the Metro 'tick-tocked' its way into my subconscious, my train of thought also shifted.

I focused randomly upon a period within my youth when I would go to the park on a regular basis.

As I seemed to recall they were exceptional and irreplaceable moments.

Every day after school, I met up with my friends in the park to play basketball at four. On my way down to the courts, I noticed each day without failure, an old man in his late nineties sitting on a bench feeding the crows with his back to the ocean.
I would pass this man for weeks on end without sharing a word, until one day I stumbled accidentally, over his shoes.
I looked to him and expressed my most sincere apologies.

From that point on, a conversation began that would later shape the outcome my life.

He spoke of his being,
and his past experiences.
He explained to me things that he would have done differently if he were my age, and told me of the things he was happy that he had achieved.

Every day after that, I would stop and converse with this elderly gentleman for hours, learning ways to save time and make progress in life.

I never had seen my own grandfathers, and in some way,
this man took their place.

The Ticking continued…

In shifting once again,
I noticed in the tunnel, that at different times, without failure these faded men would fall. Suddenly it occurred to me, as if it were secretly yet purposefully whispered into my ear, that upon the birth of life for these men, the first day of their respective deaths,
was also established.

It then dawned on me that they ran about carrying with them a symbol to measure their own mortality, upon their wrists. These non-people were making appointments that would occupy yet another year, in the 100 that they might have had the option of living.
Each second bringing them one step closer to everything
and nothing all at once.
My attention seemed to wander as it would when a song is stuck in your head, yet this time the tune was that of the second hand to my own timepiece, which seemed to be ticking faster than usual.

My soul began to race as I instinctually prepared to defend myself against a force that had the aura of a thief with no body, who was sent to take me away. My neurosynapses fired as the next scene unfolded before my eyes.

I saw that old man on the bench again.
Except this time I looked closer, and the morals I learned were no longer the focus of his existence.

For this time I focused in on his face, and saw to my deathly surprise, none other than my own image.

Tears began to flow from my eyes and intoxicated my new reality. My hands were wrinkled as they tossed seeds upon the ground to the vivacious and ravenous birds. In that state I began to think about my life and the ghosts in the subway terminal.

I reasoned that indeed one’s objective should be to enjoy life as a whole, and not to concentrate on any single stress
at hand.

We are much too often stuck in the Now rather than focused on the Becoming.

For Time heals all that has been marred with wounds, and in the end, generously removes the soul from your struggling body, like the ejection of an obsolete game cartridge from an old entertainment system.

I remembered a time when I was a child and I wanted answers to questions I had not thought of. In that state, I had not the strength or the mind to think of examining the mysterious stones that lay before me. I had not the muscles to push the rocks over to see what indeed lie underneath them as they rested upon the grass.

As I grew older the questions came to me more quickly, for my environment was strong, and my family gracious with support. I in turn, also became strong in mind and body. This strength allowed me to move the stones, and later the boulders, that would reveal the potential answers to my unspoken questions; only to find more questions to my own answers.
Soon the lights began to flash upon the process of attaining true comprehension.
Truly the more strength I gained the more I understood, and the more I realized that indeed I knew very little, of something much more.

I recalled a time at the park, where I stood at the free throw line attempting to match my opponent in our game of “horse.” Prior to letting go of the ball, I remember pausing to watch the Sunset, an event that even the old man would turn his head for.

That summer I watched about 100 sunsets, noting in full detail how each one made me feel.

Suddenly, I felt my hands cool, as the sky began to darken around me. I realized that the Sun was about to set once again.

The seeds all rushed out of my hands and the vultures began intensely poking at my lap and my flesh with their beaks to clean-up the unexpected failure in operation, as if I were an inviting park statue, enlaced in available tissue. I could see from the corner of my eye, adolescents staring into the dimming light of the sky, upon the soccer field to my right.
Suddenly I recognized that for some reason, soon to be mortally apparent, I would be unable to turn my head around to experience the event that I had witnessed for so many years on end.

No longer could I stand. No longer could I run into the ocean wearing nothing but my goose bumps. No longer could I get on a plane,
packing nothing but a smile.

No longer could I tell my family,
that I love them.
I did,
love them.

I saw that in this moment, it was indeed the last minute of my life; where all I had now, were the experiences that I had dared to venture to this moment.

There were to be no new occurrences, except for the inevitable coming of the end to all actualization of my own physical and mental potential.

I hypothesized that in my life I would be happy if I had made few enemies. That I had loved many and most; that I learned, taught, and gave to my surroundings; that I had brought up a good family; that I had raised brave resourceful children whom I knew would be able to successfully raise good children of their own; for I would soon live within their blood.

These children would be the only link likely to speak of my dreams and my philosophies, of my loves and my goals, of my experiences and my soul. For these thoughts, to my successors, would be alive in their minds. I imagined that indeed I had a tool case of knowledge and answers to questions that I rationalized from other questions.

I knew that from this point on, I would no longer have enough strength to enjoy the world that I was given the honor to live in.

Right then, I found that, strength, was perhaps not the meaning to life, but its inherent means of being; that all our actions were to be measured against our lives after our deaths. That indeed time had no meaning or effect after the tool for measuring it, had passed away.
I began to smile radiantly, while carving my potential post-future within a thick storm cloud inside of my consciousness. I felt the rains and the electricity invigorate me to the point where my body itself, went numb. I gasped with a ghastly horror that remains ineffable for it had no property of certain description.

I saw at that moment a vision of my own demise…
that from this cloud which gave the potential of the light to come,
a halt in action was to precipitate.

It reigned supreme with violent rains,
as it parted, while I seemed to be parting as well.

In praying to see the Sun again,
I was shocked to find the lights of the subway shine upon my face as it inflamed my spirit and made its way down to eventually pass through me, within its long-awaited tunnel.


And with its exit…

The Ticking ceased.


Copyright © 1986-2017
Alan Salé
All Rights Reserved
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The little pine-tree.

Most of the deciduous trees in the forest had shivered off their leaves when a pack of strange animals came to chop me down. They took me into a heated dwelling and stood me up in a corner, donning me with extravagant necklaces of sun-strings and packaged up offerings of peace.The heat from the fireplace was drying my needles. I started drifting in and out of consciousness while the strange creatures had feasts and performed bizarre rituals. Finally I drifted off for the last time, watching in confusion as the smallest of the animals clawed at the packaged offerings, emitting a squeal of elation.

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The little pine-tree.
Most of the deciduous trees in the forest had shivered off their leaves when a pack of strange animals came to chop me down. They took me into a heated dwelling and stood me up in a corner, donning me with extravagant necklaces of sun-strings and packaged up offerings of peace.The heat from the fireplace was drying my needles. I started drifting in and out of consciousness while the strange creatures had feasts and performed bizarre rituals. Finally I drifted off for the last time, watching in confusion as the smallest of the animals clawed at the packaged offerings, emitting a squeal of elation.
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Good witch turned bad

I gazed solemnly at the lifeless body splayed on the cold hard ground. Thick red blood seeped out of the chest and immediately sank into the soil. From all indications – broken rib, mutilated ear and a fire-burned chest – it was obvious that this dead human before my feet put up a fight before meeting his untimely death.

Shaking my head sorrowfully, I pitied the poor creature.

Maybe I shouldn’t show any sort of remorse, considering the fact that I was the one who killed him. I personally landed the punch to his rib cage….with a ten kilogram sledgehammer. No one else but me produced the hot fire on my palm and threw towards his chest. He had writhed in agony, not seeming to decide whether to sob over the wounds inflicted on him or put out the fire consuming him.

I wanted to be a good witch, I thought gravely and squatted next to the corpse.

When did I get so evil?

Ah, I remember!

My mother.

My mother was the evilest witch to ever exist.. With a black robe, a pointy hat and a broomstick, she was the entire package – the epitome of witchcraft. Her long nose even had its own bulbous warts, from which pus-covered creatures arose when they accidentally burst. She was so evil; she managed to get the infamous nickname ‘The Evilest’ over the centuries. She wore the name with pride.

It suited her. She was so evil, when she first gave birth to me, she shoved me face-down into a tub of water to kill me. I happened to have inherited her magical powers, so I escaped unharmed.

My first birthday…I still recall it. My mother had been there with me. She’d baked her famous barf-scented mud-icing cake, topping it off with a burning goblin’s toe sticking, supposedly a candle.

The cake wasn’t that bad.

When I was two, I’d started figuring out how to use my powers. The moment I spilled some water unto the floor and accidentally turned it into a colorful butterfly while trying to magically clean it up, I immediately knew that I wanted to be a good witch. I realized that contrary to my mother’s attitude, I actually loved nice beautiful things.

I wanted to be good.

So for the next few days, I was happily transforming ever water droplet I came across into a pile of butterflies of every hue.

That is, until The Evilest caught me in the act. She’d frowned and given the speech about colorful stuff being not-so-evil. Then she changed the butterflies into blood-sucking vampire bats.

The age of five was the age I got my very own magic wand. Being the hyperactive, excited, spirited kid that I was, I went about having fun with it.

I changed a little ant I found in our backyard into a fluffy and cuddly puppy. I’d immediately named the mutt Cuddly. Having a wand meant I could make the dog appear and disappear at will, so I was able to hide it from my wicked mother for three days.

On the fourth day, she had seen the dog. Once again, I got another boring spiel about fluffy things being not-so-evil. She then went ahead to try to coax me into embracing my inner evil….then transformed my dog into a spider.

The long thin broomstick I got on my tenth birthday was capable of giving one mean ghastly and malicious laugh. She claimed that was supposed to help me work on laughing like an evil malevolent witch and not a happy girl.

She’d always called my soft bubbly laughter ‘sickening’.

That night, we had frog legs for dinner.

As part of my becoming-a-teenager party, she took me to the neighboring witch’s dark home and gave me firsthand lessons on how to kill another witch. It was an experience with a whole lot of magic wand zaps here and there. At the end of the fight, the neighboring witch was blasted into a black chicken. The Evilest suggested we take the animal home.

The next morning, we had troll-spit flavored drumsticks…and I didn’t ponder on where the meat came from. Besides, why should I have cared? I was a growing girl. I needed protein.

The only present I got from my mother on my eighteenth birthday was an ominous talkative of a spell book. It had the evilest spells to be ever fabricated. She had written the spell book along with the wickedest minds in existence.

From that day, we would cook death potions and other recipes together in massive pots. While I was in charge of acquiring all the different ingredients from different sources, my mother did the spell-casting and stirring part. It was fun. At least, most parts of it. I didn’t like when she’ll order me to taste the final product to make sure it was in order.

My mother is the evilest. I mean, she was the evilest. That is until I destroyed her during my twentieth birthday and claimed her title.

I wanted to be a good witch, I thought again while dragging the dead man’s body towards my place. Most body parts will make an excellent ingredient for my newest evil potion.

After that is done, I’ll resume working on a spell….to take over the world.

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Good witch turned bad
I gazed solemnly at the lifeless body splayed on the cold hard ground. Thick red blood seeped out of the chest and immediately sank into the soil. From all indications – broken rib, mutilated ear and a fire-burned chest – it was obvious that this dead human before my feet put up a fight before meeting his untimely death.
Shaking my head sorrowfully, I pitied the poor creature.

Maybe I shouldn’t show any sort of remorse, considering the fact that I was the one who killed him. I personally landed the punch to his rib cage….with a ten kilogram sledgehammer. No one else but me produced the hot fire on my palm and threw towards his chest. He had writhed in agony, not seeming to decide whether to sob over the wounds inflicted on him or put out the fire consuming him.

I wanted to be a good witch, I thought gravely and squatted next to the corpse.
When did I get so evil?

Ah, I remember!

My mother.

My mother was the evilest witch to ever exist.. With a black robe, a pointy hat and a broomstick, she was the entire package – the epitome of witchcraft. Her long nose even had its own bulbous warts, from which pus-covered creatures arose when they accidentally burst. She was so evil; she managed to get the infamous nickname ‘The Evilest’ over the centuries. She wore the name with pride.

It suited her. She was so evil, when she first gave birth to me, she shoved me face-down into a tub of water to kill me. I happened to have inherited her magical powers, so I escaped unharmed.

My first birthday…I still recall it. My mother had been there with me. She’d baked her famous barf-scented mud-icing cake, topping it off with a burning goblin’s toe sticking, supposedly a candle.

The cake wasn’t that bad.

When I was two, I’d started figuring out how to use my powers. The moment I spilled some water unto the floor and accidentally turned it into a colorful butterfly while trying to magically clean it up, I immediately knew that I wanted to be a good witch. I realized that contrary to my mother’s attitude, I actually loved nice beautiful things.
I wanted to be good.

So for the next few days, I was happily transforming ever water droplet I came across into a pile of butterflies of every hue.

That is, until The Evilest caught me in the act. She’d frowned and given the speech about colorful stuff being not-so-evil. Then she changed the butterflies into blood-sucking vampire bats.

The age of five was the age I got my very own magic wand. Being the hyperactive, excited, spirited kid that I was, I went about having fun with it.

I changed a little ant I found in our backyard into a fluffy and cuddly puppy. I’d immediately named the mutt Cuddly. Having a wand meant I could make the dog appear and disappear at will, so I was able to hide it from my wicked mother for three days.

On the fourth day, she had seen the dog. Once again, I got another boring spiel about fluffy things being not-so-evil. She then went ahead to try to coax me into embracing my inner evil….then transformed my dog into a spider.

The long thin broomstick I got on my tenth birthday was capable of giving one mean ghastly and malicious laugh. She claimed that was supposed to help me work on laughing like an evil malevolent witch and not a happy girl.
She’d always called my soft bubbly laughter ‘sickening’.

That night, we had frog legs for dinner.

As part of my becoming-a-teenager party, she took me to the neighboring witch’s dark home and gave me firsthand lessons on how to kill another witch. It was an experience with a whole lot of magic wand zaps here and there. At the end of the fight, the neighboring witch was blasted into a black chicken. The Evilest suggested we take the animal home.

The next morning, we had troll-spit flavored drumsticks…and I didn’t ponder on where the meat came from. Besides, why should I have cared? I was a growing girl. I needed protein.

The only present I got from my mother on my eighteenth birthday was an ominous talkative of a spell book. It had the evilest spells to be ever fabricated. She had written the spell book along with the wickedest minds in existence.

From that day, we would cook death potions and other recipes together in massive pots. While I was in charge of acquiring all the different ingredients from different sources, my mother did the spell-casting and stirring part. It was fun. At least, most parts of it. I didn’t like when she’ll order me to taste the final product to make sure it was in order.
My mother is the evilest. I mean, she was the evilest. That is until I destroyed her during my twentieth birthday and claimed her title.

I wanted to be a good witch, I thought again while dragging the dead man’s body towards my place. Most body parts will make an excellent ingredient for my newest evil potion.

After that is done, I’ll resume working on a spell….to take over the world.

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Coffee and Croissants

There she was - dressed in the darkest haze of shadows, with strands laced among her cheeks. She came here for her, but would soon find she was here for them. Her name was Cece; her father gave her the nick-name when she was a baby. He was the typical drunk, loved his family but never showed it. The absent kind. She still loved him. He was all she had left. Cece's mom passed away while hiking; the doctors said it was a heart condition. She did have her art though, her one true love.

Today was her interview. It was the day she was waiting for. Would Ms. Reynolds enjoy her art? Would she hate it? Cece couldn't wait to find out. She scurried into her red slacks, black slinky tee, and her favorite black blazer. It was a tad too warm for the blazer, but that didn't matter. 

Cece began to draw when she was young. She had constant nightmares about the Asylum down the street from where she grew up - the Klein asylum. Her dad would often go on intoxicated rampages about the people there and how they were ruining society. Cece found that the Asylum began to inspire her passion of art. The characters in her dreams always ended up on her paper. Now she just needed to show the rest of the world.

"One more block down" she frantically called to the driver. The building looked as she imagined. It wasn't very modern: red brick layered the bottom to the top, small windows dressed each floor, ignoring any perceivable pattern, and an old mail room was visible through the clear glass door. She dropped her half-eaten croissant and still full cup of coffee in the trash. She lived on coffee and croissants. She rode the elevator with excitement but apprehension. Was this her debut? 

She opened her portfolio slowly for one last glance. When she lifted her eyes, Ms. Reynolds stood in front of her outside the elevator door. Cece just knew it was her.

"Nice to meet you Cece, I'm Ms. Reynolds. Glad you found it ok."

"The pleasure is mine!" Cece shook her hand with delight. 

The office was dank, something felt quite eerie, but rather interesting. She felt passion spark within her. Cece showed her portfolio to Ms. Reynolds and patiently waited to see her expression. She stopped at one of Cece's favorites. It was a charcoal sketch of a man with a sword through chest; his chest made of stone and snakes. Cece drew it after one nightmare and it became a part of her soul, as odd as that sounds. 

There was always a constant character though in her dreams. He was an older man: he wore glasses, had a rusty-red beard, and very pale skin. He always looked suspicious. Cece was scared of him and never actually drew him.

"Well Cece you have the job!"

What....she didn't know what to say.

"You mean, your hiring me? Really?"

"Yes, sort of like giving you your first assignment and we'll take it from there."

"Wow. Thank you!" She was so happy she wanted to hug Ms. Reynolds, but of course she restrained herself.

"I want you to visit the Klein Asylum and meet with the patients. Get some inspiration for our gallery opening. The patients are all agreeable to your visit and excited to talk and share with you. Just keep a journal and let your creativity flow. We will need five pieces created with a small excerpt on each patient, with their permission of course."

Uh... "Really the Klein Asylum?" Cece was obviously hesitant.

"Yes Cece I believe you have what we are looking for."

Just like that Cece was off to the Klein Asylum for her tour. She was welcomed by Mary, the head nurse. From there Cece felt comfortable but stressed. As if she knew why to expect but had no recollection of meeting anyone here before. Cece was shown each dark-lit room along side Mary and met several unique patients. Some appearing normal but when triggered, became completely different individuals. Some were sad. Some were lonely. Some just wanted to die but weren't granted that right. 

Cece always wanted a sibling. She felt lonely often and used her dolls to keep her entertained. Her mom was kind, but couldn't relate well to Cece. Plus, she let her drunk husband call the shots. Cece hated that. On the most lonely nights, a nightmare would be coming. She always left her pencils and paints next to her bed incase she needed them right away.

The tour was coming to an end. She then heard a voice shout her name from upstairs, a familiar voice. She slowly walked upstairs, escorted by Mary. 

"Hi Cece are you ready to paint?"

It was the man in her nightmares: he wore glasses, had a rusty-red beard, and very pale skin. Cece thought she was just having another nightmare; she tensed up and couldnt speak. His name was Mr. Frederick and he was the head Psychiatrist at the Asylum. Cece sat down next to him, as if someone else controlled her body now. He handed her some pastel oil paints and smiled. He placed his hand on her thigh. Cece's temperature dropped lower. She thought his was part of the assignment; perhaps, a test. She began to draw and blocked out the touch of his hand on her red-covered thigh. A few seconds later, she looked down and noticed her pants were no longer the shade of red she slipped on this morning. No black blazer in sight. All she saw was blue. Her hair longer than it was this morning. Cece began to feel the heat come back to her. 

"What the fuck is going on! Get your dirty hands off me!"

"Cece it's okay it's me, Mr. Frederick."

"What the fuck! Is this a test?"

"No tests sweetheart, we are just drawing today..."

She glanced around the art room and realized only her art covered the walls. Smack in the center was her favorite piece; it was a man with a sword through his chest- his chest made of stone and snakes. 

She began to have a flash-back. She had been here before.

"Cece you're okay, it's just a bad day. You're home at Klein."

"Are you fucking crazy, you were just trying to fuck me or something a minute ago!"

"Cece your father was molesting you since you were a child and you have been in and out of hospitals since for depression and PTSD. I touch your leg sometimes because you only draw with physical contact. We have been decreasing that each month your here."

"He never molested me! You are though!" The nurses came up and closed the door so the other patients didn't hear. I saw they had a syringe in heir pocket.

"Cece you were pregnant with your fathers child at eighteen and your mom didn't believe you. You miscarried in your second trimester. I have touched you to help you stay creative and to cope. I know it's not right as a doctor but it was the only way you would keep expressing yourself. I never raped you or made you perform anything on me." Just like that, memories flooded her vision.

She asked "how long have I been here?"

"Since you were eighteen. About seven years."

"Are my parents alive?"

"Your mom passed away several years ago in a car accident. You like to envision her hiking and usually cope with her passing by remembering her that way, being in nature. Your dad, I'm sorry to say, was killed in prison a few weeks ago. We have not yet been able to process his passing, but we will with time..."

Her head dropped. She felt confused but remembered it all now. The truth was now reality.

"But what about Ms. Reynolds? The interview?"

"You often have dreams of showing your art to the world and opening a gallery. These are thoughts we encourage and this room has become your studio."

It was then I heard my favorite voice shout up, it was Mary. "It's time for coffee and croissants everyone!"

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Coffee and Croissants
There she was - dressed in the darkest haze of shadows, with strands laced among her cheeks. She came here for her, but would soon find she was here for them. Her name was Cece; her father gave her the nick-name when she was a baby. He was the typical drunk, loved his family but never showed it. The absent kind. She still loved him. He was all she had left. Cece's mom passed away while hiking; the doctors said it was a heart condition. She did have her art though, her one true love.

Today was her interview. It was the day she was waiting for. Would Ms. Reynolds enjoy her art? Would she hate it? Cece couldn't wait to find out. She scurried into her red slacks, black slinky tee, and her favorite black blazer. It was a tad too warm for the blazer, but that didn't matter. 

Cece began to draw when she was young. She had constant nightmares about the Asylum down the street from where she grew up - the Klein asylum. Her dad would often go on intoxicated rampages about the people there and how they were ruining society. Cece found that the Asylum began to inspire her passion of art. The characters in her dreams always ended up on her paper. Now she just needed to show the rest of the world.

"One more block down" she frantically called to the driver. The building looked as she imagined. It wasn't very modern: red brick layered the bottom to the top, small windows dressed each floor, ignoring any perceivable pattern, and an old mail room was visible through the clear glass door. She dropped her half-eaten croissant and still full cup of coffee in the trash. She lived on coffee and croissants. She rode the elevator with excitement but apprehension. Was this her debut? 

She opened her portfolio slowly for one last glance. When she lifted her eyes, Ms. Reynolds stood in front of her outside the elevator door. Cece just knew it was her.
"Nice to meet you Cece, I'm Ms. Reynolds. Glad you found it ok."
"The pleasure is mine!" Cece shook her hand with delight. 

The office was dank, something felt quite eerie, but rather interesting. She felt passion spark within her. Cece showed her portfolio to Ms. Reynolds and patiently waited to see her expression. She stopped at one of Cece's favorites. It was a charcoal sketch of a man with a sword through chest; his chest made of stone and snakes. Cece drew it after one nightmare and it became a part of her soul, as odd as that sounds. 

There was always a constant character though in her dreams. He was an older man: he wore glasses, had a rusty-red beard, and very pale skin. He always looked suspicious. Cece was scared of him and never actually drew him.

"Well Cece you have the job!"
What....she didn't know what to say.
"You mean, your hiring me? Really?"
"Yes, sort of like giving you your first assignment and we'll take it from there."
"Wow. Thank you!" She was so happy she wanted to hug Ms. Reynolds, but of course she restrained herself.
"I want you to visit the Klein Asylum and meet with the patients. Get some inspiration for our gallery opening. The patients are all agreeable to your visit and excited to talk and share with you. Just keep a journal and let your creativity flow. We will need five pieces created with a small excerpt on each patient, with their permission of course."
Uh... "Really the Klein Asylum?" Cece was obviously hesitant.
"Yes Cece I believe you have what we are looking for."

Just like that Cece was off to the Klein Asylum for her tour. She was welcomed by Mary, the head nurse. From there Cece felt comfortable but stressed. As if she knew why to expect but had no recollection of meeting anyone here before. Cece was shown each dark-lit room along side Mary and met several unique patients. Some appearing normal but when triggered, became completely different individuals. Some were sad. Some were lonely. Some just wanted to die but weren't granted that right. 

Cece always wanted a sibling. She felt lonely often and used her dolls to keep her entertained. Her mom was kind, but couldn't relate well to Cece. Plus, she let her drunk husband call the shots. Cece hated that. On the most lonely nights, a nightmare would be coming. She always left her pencils and paints next to her bed incase she needed them right away.

The tour was coming to an end. She then heard a voice shout her name from upstairs, a familiar voice. She slowly walked upstairs, escorted by Mary. 
"Hi Cece are you ready to paint?"
It was the man in her nightmares: he wore glasses, had a rusty-red beard, and very pale skin. Cece thought she was just having another nightmare; she tensed up and couldnt speak. His name was Mr. Frederick and he was the head Psychiatrist at the Asylum. Cece sat down next to him, as if someone else controlled her body now. He handed her some pastel oil paints and smiled. He placed his hand on her thigh. Cece's temperature dropped lower. She thought his was part of the assignment; perhaps, a test. She began to draw and blocked out the touch of his hand on her red-covered thigh. A few seconds later, she looked down and noticed her pants were no longer the shade of red she slipped on this morning. No black blazer in sight. All she saw was blue. Her hair longer than it was this morning. Cece began to feel the heat come back to her. 
"What the fuck is going on! Get your dirty hands off me!"
"Cece it's okay it's me, Mr. Frederick."
"What the fuck! Is this a test?"
"No tests sweetheart, we are just drawing today..."
She glanced around the art room and realized only her art covered the walls. Smack in the center was her favorite piece; it was a man with a sword through his chest- his chest made of stone and snakes. 
She began to have a flash-back. She had been here before.
"Cece you're okay, it's just a bad day. You're home at Klein."
"Are you fucking crazy, you were just trying to fuck me or something a minute ago!"
"Cece your father was molesting you since you were a child and you have been in and out of hospitals since for depression and PTSD. I touch your leg sometimes because you only draw with physical contact. We have been decreasing that each month your here."
"He never molested me! You are though!" The nurses came up and closed the door so the other patients didn't hear. I saw they had a syringe in heir pocket.
"Cece you were pregnant with your fathers child at eighteen and your mom didn't believe you. You miscarried in your second trimester. I have touched you to help you stay creative and to cope. I know it's not right as a doctor but it was the only way you would keep expressing yourself. I never raped you or made you perform anything on me." Just like that, memories flooded her vision.
She asked "how long have I been here?"
"Since you were eighteen. About seven years."
"Are my parents alive?"
"Your mom passed away several years ago in a car accident. You like to envision her hiking and usually cope with her passing by remembering her that way, being in nature. Your dad, I'm sorry to say, was killed in prison a few weeks ago. We have not yet been able to process his passing, but we will with time..."
Her head dropped. She felt confused but remembered it all now. The truth was now reality.
"But what about Ms. Reynolds? The interview?"
"You often have dreams of showing your art to the world and opening a gallery. These are thoughts we encourage and this room has become your studio."
It was then I heard my favorite voice shout up, it was Mary. "It's time for coffee and croissants everyone!"

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