Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday Tales: Door to the Future

(Except it's Friday... it's summer and I've completely lost track of the days of the week)

Door the Future

The sign above the door read "Your Future Awaits.  Enter Here." I gingerly pushed it open and peered inside.

It was mostly empty, or at least what I could see of it was.  The corners were bathed in shadow and I wasn't really sure what awaited me.  But, at the end of the room, I could see a doorway bathed in faint light, as if something bright and amazing waited behind it.  Like a sweet summer day after a year of winter, where the sun seeps into your skin and you can feel the warmth rush over you in a wave.  That kind of amazing.

I dropped my bags in the doorway and stepped forward to examine it more closely.  But before I made so much as a step, a voice spoke from the corner.  "Please close the door, dear," it said.  I peered into the dark but could make it no more than a vague form.  Glancing back at where I'd dropped my things, I hesitated. That was my only way out. My only escape should things get too dangerous.

An exasperated sigh of annoyance came from the corner just before the door slammed shut, pushing my things out into the corridor I'd just left.

"Hey!" I protested. "That was my stuff! I may need that!"

The old woman that I could now see in the light of her staff smiled gently and raised an eyebrow. "You can't head into the future if you refuse to let go of your past, dearie."

And with that, the light flared and the door to my future opened.

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