How to Shine

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Where do you get your light?

Submitted: July 18, 2015

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She’s gorgeous.

Her hair flows perfectly in the wind, those blonde curls of hers drifting away from me in the opposite direction. The ocean breeze makes the moment even more incredible, with the rocking of the cruise ship and the sound of the rushing waters below making the both of us feel at peace with the world we live in. She’s turned towards me now, eyes closed, hands folded in front of her. Her dress is immaculate in its beauty.

“I’m sorry. I can help you no longer, Calder. Our time together has come to its end.” Her voice glides as swiftly as the sharpest waves, drawing me closer to her.

“Dawn, I don’t want you to go. You don’t have to; you can stay here with me, and we can live out our lives in a relationship like no other,” I say.

“You know that isn’t possible.”

I pause to look at her with a curious stare. “You aren’t making sense,” I say.

She gives me an odd look. “How so?” she asks.

“Nothing’s impossible, Dawn. You taught me that.”

Her slight frown from before grows into a warming grin. She opens her eyes to look at me, the color of them piercing my skin; a deep blue as dark as the depths of the ocean.

Some would find them terrifying.

I find them beautiful.

“You’ve learned, Calder. Keep learning.”

“Dawn-“

“Don’t speak,” she says, coming close and putting a finger to my mouth. I dare not speak back. She removes the finger from my lips and pulls in for a hug.

Behind her, the sun is starting to rise, illuminating the darkened waters of the pacific.

The sight is unbelievably picturesque; almost as divine as the woman before me.

She leans into my ear.

“Don’t forget. Never lose faith. Know that I’m always watching, Calder. You can still speak to me, even if I never respond.”

I can feel the tears in my eyes. I know she’s crying, too.

“I love you, Calder.”

She starts fading in my arms, vanishing into the cool summer air.

“Thank you,” I say.

I pull back to look at her before she goes. Her smile makes me lighter, I lose myself in her eyes, and I go in to kiss her. 

She disappears after our lips meet, leaving me to stare longingly at the sun. 

She leaves me in sorrow, alone, missing her touch. I fall to my knees, crying into the wooden floorboards of the boat. 

I hear my friends calling me back, so I rise. I wipe away the tears.

I look out to the sun. Her beauty never changes.

I don’t care that she’s gone now. 

I know that she never leaves me.

I realize something when I look to her.

“I love you too,” I manage to say. 

She taught me how to shine.


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