Compared to What?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
in a world that's always day, a rare few have seen the black.

Submitted: March 31, 2016

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Submitted: March 31, 2016



Hello, Light, my old friend. How are you? How have you been? Where are you going? Where have you been? These are the questions I ponder while sitting in Cheryl's open-air cafe, sipping on mocha.

"The Light's bright today," I overhear. Yes, but compared to what? I think.

They all think I'm crazy. Maybe it's true. I don't know. Compared to what?

I've seen the Black, though. True Black.

Everyone around me is too scared of the Black to turn off their Inlights, but not me. I've turned off society's mandatory Inlights before, and I've kept them off since.

I went a little bit crazy the first time, like the rumors said people do when in the absence of Light. Compared to what?

But now I live without the Light. I'm crazy enough to live in the Black of my apartment that no one else but me goes in.

I've seen things, I tell you. In the Black. The people around me never will, because they always live in the Light. When outside, it's always day (Compared to what?) and inside they have their government-installed Inlights to keep them safe from the dread Black.

I wonder who installs the Inlights? Surely someone has to go into the Black for the first time. I wonder if I can get that job? Inlight installer. I'm just crazy enough to do it. (Compared to what?)

I finish my drink and head back to my apartment, funded by the government for crazies like me on disability, because we've seen the Black and live in it. We're Dwellers. We've seen things other people wish they never will.

I close the door behind me and navigate by what other people would call a supersense: blind sight. In reality, I just remember where everything is in my room.

And the darkness consumes me, just as it always does. Compared to what?

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