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Author Name: FreeJam 0 Comments
Date Added: May 01, 2004 11:05:45 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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They Say
They say he is crazy, but he seems normal enough when he speaks to me. Soft spoken, calm, polite even, but they say that those are the ones that you have to look out for. “He always seemed so nice, kept to himself” they say to each other. “Never thought that he could do something like that.” they say to cover their dark suspicions. Others say that they always knew that he was trouble, as people are want to do to claim credit, even in situations such as this. He sits calmly, telling me things about himself, how he likes to walk in the rain, watch the sunset, the stars at night, feel the warm sand between his toes. Never once does he mention a name, or another person. He smiles a lot, sometimes he even laughs when he speaks of the things that he enjoys. Then suddenly he looks up and says seriously “If you look deeply into someone’s face for long enough you can see their future.” He smiles with a knowing grin and adds, “You can see how age will change it, how it will change through experience, harden through bitterness and soften through joy.” For a second, until he added the second part, I thought that maybe they were right about him. Finally he tells me a story about his life, how, when he was young, he found an injured bird while walking in the forest and took it home. His mother told him to get rid of it because it would make him sick while his father said that it was going to die anyway, better to take it back to where it had lived. They say his father later drank himself to death while his mother slept around. The nurse knocks on the door and says that it is time to go. I want to tell him something, tell him not do to it, but he is gone. He is always gone before I can say anything. All that is left in the room is an empty bed and a suitcase. So I take the suitcase and walk out the door, hoping to leave him, and all the things that they say, behind.
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