Note: read the left side (red text) first, then the right side (blue text.) Scroll down for normal sentence/paragraph format:
It occurs to me that while this appears fine on a computer screen, the formatting may be a mess on some mobile devices, so here is the text in normal sentence format:
HE SAID: Monotony. Each day that followed was more of the same. Serving his sentence: life. He vowed to stay ’til death claimed his soul. Fifteen years- 180 calendar pages turned; 5,475 tick marks made. Each heartbeat spent, suspended in perpetual limbo. He still loved her, but love didn’t translate the language divide. He wanted to unwind after a stressful Monday, she wanted to talk. He was confused by her moody swings and sulking on the other end of the couch, silently. Guilt pushed from his mind – he rationalized he didn’t have to bear the impossible burden of being her everything. He felt smothered by the knowledge her ideal was more than he was, or could ever hope to be.
SHE SAID: Empty. Lonely, neglected, rejected. The silence awakened doubt; suspicion that forever was a myth- a lore dwelling somewhere outside herself. Yes, she still loved him, but couldn’t ignore the endless darkness. Even by her side he felt a world away. Nothing could satisfy the ravenous hole inside her, as it devoured every ounce of happiness she managed to grasp. She wondered- if she let go, would he reach for her, or idly watch her be swallowed- whole? Would she survive either way? Precariously straddled, life’s breath held in the balance: She waited for someone to tell her what to do next.
12/15/14 – replaced original text with image due to improper display in WordPress theme.
This is my response to the Speakeasy weekly prompt, which is to write a work of fiction in 750 words or less, and (1) use the following as the last sentence: “She waited for someone to tell her what to do next.” AND (2) make some sort of reference to the video short The Black Hole (click the title for a link to view the video – it’s actually quite fascinating!)
I’m not great at shaped writing, but I got the idea do write my response in the yin-yang shape and couldn’t let it go… I know the shape isn’t perfect, but I hope it’s good enough that you were able to see it!
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