Shrinkage

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Have you ever felt you take up too much space?

Submitted: July 07, 2017

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Shrinkage

No matter where she was it seemed like she was in the way. Perhaps she was blocking someone’s path, or else using space that someone suddenly seemed to need. Whatever reason, an obstacle, a nuisance -- that was what she felt like.

She found a corner, as far from the middle of the room as possible. One where she was as far out of the way as she could get. It was still unsatisfactory – she would still be causing problems for others but it seemed the most out-of-the-way spot there was.

When she would find herself in the way she would take herself off, to try to find some unobstructive space in another room. That invariably failed, so then she would take herself outside to wander around – fine when it was dry, but she would go out in the rain and let the raindrops was away her tears.

She started to eat less and less, to try to physically require less space. She learnt to huddle in on herself, holding her elbows in front of her body, ensuring her feet were under her chair. She  became less of a physical presence in the house day after day. But it was never enough. Any extra space she made was soon taken over, claimed, no longer being extra.

Day after day, week after week, she tried to become less obtrusive. Did anyone notice her fading away? If they did they gave no indication of it. She became less substantial, more ethereal, wishing herself away. And eventually she became nothing more than a ghost of her former self.


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