The Power of the Jaw

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It is a story within a story. At the first glance, it sounds like a scene performed on the stage portraying the psychological suffering of an anonymous woman and how she finds salvation in the
afterlife after experiencing an accident of jaw paralysis. then, the last two lines demonstrate that the scene is not that fictional, but a slice of the protagonist's life!

Submitted: December 14, 2017

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The curtain unfolds on one of the most exquisite scenes one could ever behold! The young lady sits on her brown couch, wearing her training suit and ties her hair back in a bun. she wears no makeup and so pale is her face. it is not pale because it lacks makeup but rather because it lacks vitality and liveliness! she has always been blamed for her manly style. she has always been called careless and indifferent.she is different from others. she starts giving up on herself. she even starts to assimilate those demolishing characteristics. she fears breaking her promise, her promise to herself, to stay strong until the very end even if she has to face the most ferocious war on earth. she is not alone on the stage. Before her, her master stands with all confidence. He perfectly keeps his grim. He starts reproaching her for not being convinced of what he has ordered. she thinks that the matter ends at the point of a hot debate, but she has been too optimistic. She has been threatened!! yes, threatened to be collapsed, damaged, ruined, destroyed and demolished!! threatened to be erased, to be silenced, to be a slave and to be lifeless, and she has to be so much grateful after all! she starts sweating and rubbing her two tiny palms against each other. she hears her heart beats. They are so loud to the extent that she blocks out her ear with her hands to prevent the sound. it sounds that she is the only one hearing them as if she has been transferred in a blink of time to a parallel world where she is the only beholder! Her jaw is twitching! she can not control it. she grasps it with her hand but in vain. It begins twisting to the left! In the background, Three prisoners have been watching the scene behind their rails. they have stretched out their hands as much as they could to hold the master back so as to prevent him from throwing his poisonous arrows towards the heart of the young lady, but they have been chained. They are prisoners after all! At that precise moment, when the jaw has been totally twisted to the left and the young lady has lost her ability to stand, to see or even to realize what’s happening around, the cover on her sight was removed! she has found herself carried by people. They were smiling but in a sympathizing way. she asked them where they were taking her and how she could speak after what happened a moment ago until she sees her grandfather!
“O, my God! you are still alive?! How is that?!” she asked in an astonished manner. The grandpa patted on her shoulder and gave her the hug she has been waiting for. “Welcome my dear, welcome to the world of perfection! I have waited for you for a long time and here you are!” “ But what about Mum, I want her beside me!” said she in an agonized tone. “so, pray to God as I did, to bring her.” “Do you like to see the orchard?” “ Yes, I do!”
The curtain falls. rapturous applause conquered the auditorium. people’s eyes were sparkled with tears. The protagonist was the only one who wished wholeheartedly to terminate that show as fast as she could. she is so much tired of reality!!!


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