A Short: Deep, Dark Places No. 2

It was my closest friend Adam, holding the angry candle away from his face, fearing its licks.

“I can’t believe that you dared to leave the palace again Catherine,” Adam said exasperated. “Remember what happened the last time that you decided to dilly dally in the streets? Did you not learn your lesson when the king sent out hundreds of soldiers to find you?”

I shrugged and took the candle from his hand, illuminating the street before me.

Adam sighed deeply.

“My God, Catherine. You’re not going to go in there are you? I took me forever to find you, and your father gave me direct orders to bring you back home as soon as possible. I know you’re a princess and sometimes you can feel restricted, but I’m tired —”

“Will you stop complaining?” I whip my head towards Adam and frown. “If you can’t take it, you can leave.” I point to the endless darkness behind us.

“No, I won’t leave.” He crosses his arms. “But I want an explanation of why you keep running away.”

I sigh. “Do you really want to know?”


“I want to explore what’s beyond those walls. I want to see the world and all the people in it,” my heart beats erratically in my chest. “I mean, just imagine, all the rivers and oceans, and creatures that were never seen before. If I take one step further, I’ll be able to see all of that.”

We continue walking, Adam’s footsteps matching my own.

“I would never have guessed that you’re such a romantic.” He grabs my arm and I lurch forward, the candle daring to blow out. “Watch out.”

“You almost blew out the candle!”

“It’s not like you had one when you first started anyways.”

I shake myself out of his grasp and thrust the candle forward, yearning to see something other than the cobblestone streets.

In front of us, there is a large door, covered from top to bottom with ivy the color evergreen trees at the peak of summer. Two large ancient handles are on the door, coaxing me to pull them open and see the world beyond the darkness that I’m ensnared in every day.

I look back towards Adam, “Will you come with me?”  

Adam shuffles in his armor and takes a cautionary look to the darkness behind him.

“Let’s go.”



The winter wind blows and ruffles my clothes,
Emotions of displacement overwhelm me.
This heart of mine, burdened with time,
Dares to escape my clutches.
Broken hearted I may be
And lost I may seem.
Yet, no matter where I go you seem to find me and wrap your arms around me.
Though you have cured my loneliness
And wherever you are I feel your holiness,
I am still likely to disappear.!

Someone Told Me …

  • Someone told me that they loved me. I was sitting at my desk, bored to death when she turned around and told it to me matter-of-factually. I waited for a happy tingle to consume my being, but instead I smiled awkwardly and looked away. It’s hard for me to tell someone “I love you”, even when I love them back.
  • Someone told me I looked beautiful. The “camp crush” of the year told me in a middle of an awkward conversation. We didn’t really talk much after that, but it made me feel better to know that I’m not as ugly as I thought I was. It was nice to know that if I put some effort into my appearance, I won’t disappear.
  • Someone told me I’m not good enough. When I told someone I care about my next steps, they told me that the profession that I’m going into doesn’t fit my character and that most likely I’ll change my mind, like I always do.
  • Someone told me I’m not stable enough. I know that I’m sad most of the time, but just because I’m sad doesn’t mean I’m not capable of doing great things.
  • Someone told me I’m not smart enough. My grades aren’t good enough to be considered “intelligent”.
  • Someone told me I’m not try enough. Can’t they see that I’m trying?
  • Someone told me I can never do anything right. 
  • Someone told me I will never do that. 
  • Someone told me I’m too quiet. 
  • Someone told me I’m OCD. 
  • Someone told me I look ugly. 
  • Someone told me … 

It’s hard to think positively when negative thoughts overcrowd your mind. But take a deep breath, clear your mind, and start again. Good thoughts will come.

A Table for One

Arguably, my second year in high school was intolerable. Imagine being hyped up the summer before, prepared to leap into a year stuffed full of success, only to find out that you’re going to be eating your lunch alone.

On the first day of school, I was nervous but I was also determined. I would would walk into that lunchroom, sit next to a group of people and become their friend. Then, I would have no worries for the remainder of the year. But I quickly realized that life doesn’t work out that way. When I sauntered into the lunch room and tentatively sat down at the edge of a table, loneliness climbed on my back and attached itself to me. And as if I were some disease, everyone avoided me. I sat there awkwardly, surrounded my empty seats.

The next day, I tried again but no no avail. This time I was surrounded by sweaty ninth grade boys who acted as if I didn’t exist. So naturally, I got up and walked away. The smell was overwhelming.

So, rather than facing my own fears, I decided to go to the library during lunch instead. I would make my lunch the night before school, and wait till my fifth period to eat lunch in class. None of my friends asked why I ate lunch after lunch. I don’t think any of them wanted to hear my answer. So I pretended that everything was alright.

But it’s hard to hide pain. I became emotionally unavailable, constantly irritated, and sensitive to the events that would happen around me. I would ignore friends for days, isolating my self more than I already was. And before I knew it, self-hatred and anger consumed me.


Eating lunch alone in high school isn’t fun. Nor will it ever be.  The days that I actually had to eat in the lunchroom were the days where I would sit on the lunchroom floor in the far corner, begging God to make me disappear. However, those were the days that I grew stronger. The days were I learnt that it was okay to be alone. Because of my experience in 10th grade, I have no fear of being alone in situations that I can’t handle, but now I have a strong aversion to “putting myself out there” and I often find myself preferring solitude. But I’m glad I went through it, because if I never did, I would have given up sooner.


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Hold my hand,

Hold me, please.

I’m sinking into the sand.

I’m already knee deep.


Your grip is loosening.

Your determination is fading.

My strength is declining.

My ears can’t hear what you’re saying.


It’s all around me.

It’s covering my eyes.

Where did you go?

Where did you hide?


All they can see is my lonely hand.

All you can see is sand.

Hold me, please.

Hold me, I’m sinking.


Do you smell that?

The smell of defeat?

‘Cause honey it’s beautiful, succulent, and sweet.

Sayonara, to the girl I once knew.

Hasta la vista, adieu, adieu.

Because this beautiful smell,

So wonderful and inticing,

That shimmies from the top of my head to the soles of my feet,

Is the beautiful smell of defeat.

A Short: Deep, Dark Places No. 1

The clamors of the street vendors resonate against the street  walls, causing voices to bounce back and forth, pounding into my ears.

“Buy the new and improved broom that can sweep your house in one sweep,” one vendor calls out.

“Barley for two silver coins,” calls out another.

I stumble through the filthy backstreets with my hands wrapped tightly around my waist, my eyes narrowed to the ground, and my gown dragging on the floor, trying to blend in with those around me. “Aye, girl. It’s not safe for a beaut like you to wander in these streets. I’d travel on the main road if I was you,” a bellowing voice calls out. I look up and see a middle aged man with a large protruding belly, a long beard, and thick grimy hands holding a gauntlet filled with cheap wine.

“What you doing, traveling on these streets?” the man questions.

I shrug and wrap my hands tighter around my waist. The man bellowed with laughter. “You don’t know why you’re here?” His belly shakes uncontrollably and his wine spills out of his gauntlet.

I take a few steps backward and look around cautiously. The streets were empty and the city lights were stretches away. I wandered too far.

The man leans forward and shoves his near empty gauntlet towards me. “Would you like some?” The smiles, showing his blackened teeth. “There’s enough for the both of us.”

I wince as the smell of rotten eggs overwhelms my senses. “No thank you, but thanks for offering.” I take a few more steps back. “I better go home. My mother will be upset.”

I sped away, the city street light fading away as I ventured into the darkness of the kingdom of Mrak. The streets were silent and not one sound was made. The feeling of helplessness overwhelmed me as  I realized that I had no idea where I was or where I was going, yet I walked on anyways. A magnetic force was pulling me deeper into the abyss, promising me no return.

“Catherine?” a voice called out.

I stumbled to a stop and squinted out into the darkness.

“Catherine?” the voice called out again.

My heart pounded erratically. “Yes?” I whispered.

A tall dark figure emerged from the darkness, holding a small candle.