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Long Life Span: A Creature With Nothing but Time...
Posted by Audrey_E_Marquis, Oct 10, 2012. 4000 views. ID = 5933

Long Life Span

Posted by Audrey_E_Marquis, Oct 10, 2012. 4000 views. ID = 5933
This post was written in 13 minutes.
I didn't expect it to turn out like this. But it did.
This post has been awarded 83 stars by 18 readers.

I live. Even still. It was painless at first, but the years have piled on top of each other like a pile of moldering leaves, a cairn of stones that will not topple no matter how high it reaches. No matter how I try, this life will not end.

Year 1: Everything was beginning. I was new and polished like a spring bud. The world was fresh and I cannot recall feeling anything but the joy of living.

Year 10: I had settled into a comfortable routine, growing and changing each day and delving deeper into life as I did.

Year 25: I began to wonder why. Why was I here, why had I been created? And the state of not knowing began to tickle me. I felt disquiet for the first time.

Year 100: All was pale. Not only did I not know why I was here, I no longer wanted to be here, to exist. The years just stretched on like a kite string--pulled taut and whipped across the sky at the whim of the wind.

Year 500: I do not even know my name anymore. It does not matter. I was not meant to exist for so long a time. Why does it matter that this darkness be labeled?

Year 1,000: Make it stop. just...stop.

Year 2,000: I begin to wonder if there is anyone out there like me. Anyone else stuck in the fly tape of time.

Year 2,001: I begin to look.

Year 3,000: I find them. Finally. After all this time, I am not alone. They were cold and alone, just like me. But I found them and gathered them to me. Now, it is we. It is no longer me and me alone, them and them alone. It is we.

Year 4,000: If we end, it will be alright. But if we stay...we will not try to end our lives anymore. Time is given for a reason. And we have nothing but time to figure out why.

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This post is part of a writing prompt: Long Life Span


Elizabeth L
Oct 10, 2012
Beautifully done. I like how you tracked the feelings over 4,000 years that probably parallel what we normally feel in our <120 years - joy, exploration, questioning, disillusion, acceptance. Very well done!!!
   ~Posted by Elizabeth L, Oct 10, 2012

Oct 10, 2012
This topic has been fascinating to read all the different approaches and ideas people have created .I love the imagery you have used.
   ~Posted by alilee, Oct 10, 2012

Oct 10, 2012
I like this! Awesome layout!
   ~Posted by bootshot63, Oct 10, 2012

Jan 19, 2013
Made me want to read more, which is always a good thing :) great job
   ~Posted by Hannah, Jan 19, 2013

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