Late Night Epiphany

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Late Night Epiphany is a very short short short story about a college girl who is unhappy in her situation and comes to this realization late one night in the library.

Submitted: November 06, 2011

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Late Night Epiphany

As she sits in the five story concrete library, the largest building in her god forsaken small college town, she quietly stares at her computer screen, pondering what her life could have – would have – been like if she had moved across the country as she had planned. Things would be so different, she thinks. She’d have more friends – friends who actually cared about the things she called important, her cultural environment would be drastically different – in the best way possible – and she would be happy. Instead she sits in the library, imagining what her life could have been, the possible career she could have had, the possible friends, all of those baseball games… But then again, how could she possibly know for sure?

Enveloped in her own thinking, she is quickly startled by a man, her age, banging on the glass window that she is sitting across from. She looks around, searching for the person he is trying to get the attention of; she sees no one. Suddenly she starts laughing hysterically to herself. There is no one around this late at night, or rather – this morning, and she is completely alone in her laughter. Her laughter comes in such a wave that it overwhelms her, and she soon finds herself crying hysterically instead of laughing as she was a few moments ago. When coming to a startling realization, sometimes the reaction and new recognition of a situation is so overpowering and devastating that all you can do is laugh – or cry. She has, in this one quick moment in the vast empty library, realized that the man banging on the glass window to be let into the library is just like her, only she is banging on the window of her own life, banging as hard as she can, to be let out.


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