From a young age, I knew loneliness well. Though loneliness could be bitter and cold, I didn’t begrudge it, because out of solitude, my imagination emerged. I became a princess, a famous artist, an Oscar-winning actress; all surrounded by adoring friends. People loved me. I opened my heart and let my imagination run free. I found comfort in the antithesis of the real world.
It didn’t take long before I saw my imagination’s sinister side. The very same friends I dreamt up during the day, mocked me in my sleep. In my dreams, they ridiculed and ostracized. My nightmares mirrored my waking hours.
It wasn’t until adolescence that I discovered a presence more evil than my imagination. It lured me in with lies and snared me with flattery. It worked its way under my skin and into my heart. It blinded me to the obvious. I should have known…
Because of love, I cowered. I obeyed, bound by my childhood desire for acceptance and the intense fear of being alone. I refused to slay the jealous monster raging before me. My imagination conjured up a different scene, but the pain was just as real.
In the shadows, I saw love and imagination as one in the same. A single force separating my body and soul.
Sinister: singularly evil or productive of evil
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This month, the prompts have been dark and scary, in honor of Halloween. Halloween is my least favorite ‘holiday’ because I don’t enjoy lingering in darkness or being scared out of my wits. I prefer to stick with hope and inspiration.
I wasn’t going to do this prompt, but the story idea came to me when I tried to fall asleep last night (of course.) Those who have read my blog for a while probably know which part of the story is true. For everyone else, I’ll leave you guessing 🙂