She asked the question even though she didn’t really want to hear the answer. It was a no-win situation since she already knew. If he told the truth, she’d get confirmation of her worst fears. If he lied, she’d know that he wasn’t who she thought he was which would be almost as bad. Yet she asked the question anyway and waited for his answer.
It was difficult to explain to them how the diagnosis of certain death had actually given him life. While everyone around him was in tears and upset, he actually felt more at ease. The doctor said it would be less than a year. That gave him a year to live, something he’d failed to do with his daily drudgery of a routine that had passed as life until then.
Do you think you’re living an ordinary life? You are so mistaken it’s difficult to even explain. The mere fact that you exist makes you extraordinary. The odds of you existing are less than winning the lottery, but here you are. Are you going to let this extraordinary opportunity pass?
Green vines attached to the trunk of the tree had wound themselves toward the top of the canopy. Ants used the vine as their private highway, avoiding all the creases and crags of the bark, to freely move at top speed from top to bottom or bottom to top depending on their current chore. At least this was the way it was supposed to be. Something had damaged the vine overnight halfway up the tree leaving a gap in the once pristine ant highway.
It went through such rapid contortions that the little bear was forced to change his hold on it so many times he became confused in the darkness, and could not, for the life of him, tell whether he held the sheep right side up, or upside down. But that point was decided for him a moment later by the animal itself, who, with a sudden twist, jabbed its horns so hard into his lowest ribs that he gave a grunt of anger and disgust.
There was something in the tree. It was difficult to tell from the ground, but Rachael could see movement. She squinted her eyes and peered in the direction of the movement, trying to decipher exactly what she had spied. The more she peered, however, the more she thought it might be a figment of her imagination. Nothing seemed to move until the moment she began to take her eyes off the tree. Then in the corner of her eye, she would see the movement again and begin the process of staring again.
Eating raw fish didn’t sound like a good idea. “It’s a delicacy in Japan,” didn’t seem to make it any more appetizing. Raw fish is raw fish, delicacy or not.
It was a concerning development that he couldn’t get out of his mind. He’d had many friends throughout his early years and had fond memories of playing with them, but he couldn’t understand how it had all stopped. There was some point as he grew up that he played with each of his friends for the very last time, and he had no idea that it would be the last.
She tried to explain that love wasn’t like pie. There wasn’t a set number of slices to be given out. There wasn’t less to be given to one person if you wanted to give more to another. That after a set amount was given out it would all disappear. She tried to explain this, but it fell on deaf ears.
He looked at the sand. Picking up a handful, he wondered how many grains were in his hand. Hundreds of thousands? “Not enough,” the said under his breath. I need more.
She wondered if the note had reached him. She scolded herself for not handing it to him in person. She trusted her friend, but so much could happen. She waited impatiently for word.
I guess we could discuss the implications of the phrase “meant to be.” That is if we wanted to drown ourselves in a sea of backwardly referential semantics and other mumbo-jumbo. Maybe such a discussion would result in the determination that “meant to be” is exactly as meaningless a phrase as it seems to be, and that none of us is actually meant to be doing anything at all. But that’s my existential underpants underpinnings showing. It’s the way the cookie crumbles. And now I want a cookie.
This is important to remember. Love isn’t like pie. You don’t need to divide it among all your friends and loved ones. No matter how much love you give, you can always give more. It doesn’t run out, so don’t try to hold back giving it as if it may one day run out. Give it freely and as much as you want.
He sat staring at the person in the train stopped at the station going in the opposite direction. She sat staring ahead, never noticing that she was being watched. Both trains began to move and he knew that in another timeline or in another universe, they had been happy together.
She had been told time and time again that the most important steps were the first and the last. It was something that she carried within her in everything she did, but then he showed up and disrupted everything. He told her that she had it wrong. The first step wasn’t the most important. The last step wasn’t the most important. It was the next step that was the most important.