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The Shadow Boy -- Chapter TwoA couple of weeks passed and the boy had continued watching over the girl each and every day. Mondays and Thursdays she'd buy a train ticket and visit a nearby town. Tuesdays she'd hang with other female peers. Wednesdays and Fridays were unpredictable; sometimes she'd go for a coffee, other times she'd visit a book store or the fountain and read for hours. Sundays she would do time-consuming chores. The boy hadn't been able to watch over her on Saturdays. She would go every which-way and with the hustle and bustle of the town the boy always lost sight of her. He would switch leaders in broad daylight, a dangerous stunt, in his attempts to watch over her and learn more and more about this girl. If he were to slip up and make an unexpected move then the human leaders might notice him and all of his kind would be known about. Another danger was if he were left in the sun too long without a leader he could perish.
Today was Saturday and the boy was determined to follow the girl, even if i
The Shadow Boy -- Chapter OneOnce upon a time, there was a boy. Unlike any other boy. This boy had no physical form. No one could recognize him. All day long he'd follow people. His job was to choose one person to stay by their side forever.
Today the boy chose to follow around a middle-aged man. The man worked at a shop in the center of the town. From inside the shop the boy could see a calming serene sight. It was the town's pride and joy, the circular fountain. From past leaders the boy had learned much about the circular fountain. It was a symbol of prosperity, love, and fortune. If anyone wanted any of these they would have to give up something and place it in the fountain's water. If it deemed you worthy it would grant your wish. But that was just a silly fairytale the locals from long ago made up to attract tourists. It seemed to work. Each day hundreds of people would visit the town and toss coins, rings, chips, necklaces, and other items of value, into the exalted fountain.
As the morning went on, the boy
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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