Dark Places

Ella By Ella, 15th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a story about past and present, ghosts and strangers, love and going back to normal.

Dark Places

You come from a dark place. Sometimes your eyes get lost in shadows and the memories of pain and misery of younger days still make you frown. The stories you tell me seem so inflated, so unbelievable, that I burst out laughing. But your face is gloomy.

My laughter halts.

Abruptly.

As it started.

I look at you with wide eyes, trying to get through your own. I’m afraid to ask, to know, to understand.

“You don’t know anything about me”, you say.

Your voice is filled with sorrow and with some kind of protective admonition, and I feel like a child who’s being scolded for laughing at things that are too serious for her to understand.

“But I WANT to learn everything about you” is what my mouth opens to say; only the words won’t come out, and I stop breathing for a few seconds, hesitating between curiosity and fear. I’m not sure I want to find out about a past that is still haunting you and making you scream at night and keep silent for days.

Yet, what is this thing so gloomy, so horrible, so out of your control that makes you turn into a complete stranger, a haunted man, a ghost yourself?

So, yes, I guess I do want to know, after all… Tell me!

But your eyes have changed back, there’s not a trace of that deep darkness that had stolen them, no sadness left in the corners of your mouth, no shadows on your calm face. The crisis has passed and I’m looking again at the loving and joyful man I know. I’m relieved and happy that everything’s back to normal and I don’t want to risk losing you once more. So, I close my eyes, take a deep breath and smile. Until next time…

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author avatar Vernazoa
19th Sep 2011 (#)

Welcome aboard Ella. I think you will enjoy this site. I like your style of writing.

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author avatar Ella
20th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you! :-)

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author avatar stevietrix
21st Oct 2011 (#)

good stuff. keep it moving in your skill.

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author avatar Ella
21st Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks!

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author avatar Songbird B
22nd Oct 2011 (#)

Good read, Ella...but if you add tags, it will help increase your views.. I am enjoying following your work my friend..

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author avatar Ella
23rd Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks for the advice. :)

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