Fragile Lives

Beat About The Book - fiction

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It’s crowded in here. The good and bad, small and big, beautiful and ugly, jostle for attention, clamouring for life. Fragile lives, all. His attention means life, his disregard is oblivion, death. I am but a tiny germ, too weak to move – frail, nebulous – a beginning maybe, but nothing just yet. How is he is ever going to notice me?

I wait..

I dream.

Somedays I feel full of possibilities. I can grow up to be anything. A powerful king, a shy little boy, a drifting vagrant, a wily old woman.

Somedays I grow tired of this existence – this half existence. Am I destined to die before I’m born? Will my time ever come? Will he ever know I’m here… waiting? For in his knowledge lies my life.

And I wait..

One summer day as the yellow sun shines, I feel a surge of blood through my veins, red-hot blood. He sees me! It’s here, my time is here. I take a deep breath and I grow with his consciousness. I am growing …… taller, stronger.

He smiles at me. I fill his thoughts, taking shape and form. All others are now mere dwarfs before me. Then I’m walking, running, flying. He gives me wings. And I’m slipping out of my home, into a new world. A world he builds for me.

He is in falling in love with me. The knowledge makes me powerful. I give a triumphant laugh as I take charge. No longer fragile, I drive him now. He forgets to eat and to drink. He loses track of time. He sits lost to the world, consumed by me.

Is it days or months? Or has a year gone by? He does not know.

He looks up one day. “It’s done”, says he, “My book is done”.

That’s me, that fragile thought in his head. I am his book!

 

Day 3 of the #BarAThon Challenge from 1st to 7th August 2016.
The prompt for today is ‘Fragile Lives’.

I am with Team #CrimsonRush

BAR-A-THON

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50 thoughts on “Fragile Lives

    1. Beat About The Book Post author

      Thank you Shubhangi. I wondered if it was too vague. Glad the re-reading made sense.

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    1. Beat About The Book Post author

      Exactly the point I was trying to make – that among thousands of thoughts only a handful turn into something big. Thanks for reading Sunaina.

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    1. Beat About The Book Post author

      Talking of surprises you’re pretty good at them. Have been enjoying your posts for the Bar-A-Thon

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    1. Beat About The Book Post author

      Ha ha .. that sounds good. As for the prompts – some come easily some make us struggle. But they do push us and that’s good once in a while. Isn’t it?

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  1. Uma

    Oh, wow, Tulika! Just wow! Simply loved the way you weaved the story of a book; from being just a vague idea somewhere to its steady growth. Too good!

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  2. shanayatales

    You, amazing you. This post has put a wide grin on my face. And I can’t seem to wipe it off. Loved your take on the prompt. 😀

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