Tinted Glasses

I thought they could only destroy the warmth: pull darkness over town squares. I had no idea they could be parasitic,

take up lodging in a previously private soul, and commandeer a body’s thoughts and movements.

I should never have gone on that diplomacy mission; they are incapable of diplomacy. Their government consists of the strong and the weak:

the conquerors and the conquered. I was the conquered, now I am the conqueror.

And my people will suffer for it.

My vision is tinted with blood. I shield my eyes from sunlight; that king, that first shadowy conqueror, doesn’t like the light.

Yiyal asked me what was wrong. Why I am molding our peaceful people into an army.

Why I am hiding my cerulean irises.

I had her imprisoned.

She escaped. So I hunted her, caught and imprisoned her again.

Only at night, when all has gone quiet long before, am I able to reflect.

Always, I am carried back to the dark lands,

the arrow,

healing my own chest,

unaware of the infection I had sealed in.

I hear my heart beat those dark particles further through my capillaries, further into my muscles.

I feel it creeping up the side of my throat, seizing the side of my face.

Then the sun rises, a new day on the near horizon.

“Please,” I say, “destroy me, but leave my people alone.”

I know it hears me, but my plea goes unheeded.

And I stand from my bed, wash my face, change my clothes, don my royal coat,

and put on my tinted glasses.


A/N: This is probably the first story I ever wrote about possession. Now I have an entire novel on the topic. I don’t know what that says about me.

Anyway, this is an old little story. I turned it into a longer piece of fiction. Maybe it will make its way onto this blog someday.

Interested in demons and bad decisions? You might like this.

 

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  1. Poetic design but with the content of a short story. You said this is an old piece and that you made it longer. When you came back to it did you rewrite it as well?

    1. Thank you! I made it into a five chapter novella a long time ago but never posted it anywhere. Maybe I’ll put it up here once I’ve updated the writing a bit.

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