This week, Sadje has chosen Reflections by: Yunus Emre Uzun for our What Do You See challenge which she has taken over since the sad loss of Hélène last year.
Andre always wondered what it was like on ‘the other side’.
Often his Mum would catch him staring in the mirror at some far away reflected image.
When asked what he was looking at, he’d shrug and say he was ‘just thinking’ and not elaborate.
There were reflections everywhere, each slightly different, but always depicting a back-to-front world to the one he was used to.
He’d sometimes touch the glass to see a left hand reaching for his right, and would often make faces at himself hoping that maybe one day, someone would be making faces at him from an alternative existence.
It started as a normal day. The rain had been forecast, but the sky took on an unusual hue and the puddles didn’t splash like they used to.
Andre stood in a pool of silver and looked down at his feet.
His sneakers were saturated but he couldn’t feel them, as if some barrier was preventing it.
He felt a little dizzy and tried to move but was held fast.
A voice entered his head asking how he felt, and was it as he expected.
He didn’t understand and the voice told him to look again.
He saw he was under his sneakers, dry and out of the rain, but nothing was above him, just a dark and empty void where the sky and his world used to be.
The voice started to laugh.
‘Be careful what you wish for’.
The sound of his screams woke him up.
His soaking wet sneakers were in the corner, but it was a gloriously sunny day and the ground was bone dry.
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