A Biography of Sorts

It was as they say; a light at the end of a long tunnel, dark and lonely.  I walked towards the light.  I say ‘walked’ but, in truth, I can’t remember walking, or feeling my legs for that matter.  Let’s say ‘moved’.  I moved towards the light.  Not because I was drawn to it, particularly, like a moth towards a candle, I went to it because, in the blackness that surrounded me, there was simply nowhere else to go.

As I went though, deeper and deeper through the tunnel, I remember this feeling gaining ground inside me – hope, anticipation, excitement, even curiosity; I wanted to know what that light would show me.  And so I hurried my pace, eager to reach the promised haven.  Only, the brisker I moved, the slower the light approached.  In fact, it felt like no matter how long I trudged, the opening remained at the exact same distance away from me.  It was like one of those dreams where you walk and walk, but your feet don’t touch the ground, or everything starts to move away from you just out of your reach.  I felt frustrated. I wanted to hyperventilate, but I couldn’t; I was no longer breathing.

And then it hit me.  What if this was purgatory? Hell? What if this is it; doomed to walk inside a tunnel, light dangled in front of you like a carrot on a stick, but unreachable, always unreachable?

It was then that I decided that I didn’t want to die. Not if this was it.

So I woke up and there they were, my saviours, pumping on my chest, forcing salty water out of my lungs.  I coughed and retched.  And I swore; I, Nicholas Flamel, will find the cure to death.  I, Nicholas Flamel, shall be immortal.

For Trifecta.  The word is LIGHT: a source of light: as a celestial bodycandlean electric light.

I hope the kind of light I used here counts.

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23 comments on “A Biography of Sorts

  1. Well done! Kept me reading till the end. I was curious as well if he was meant to reach the light or walk forever in darkness.

  2. That is a lofty goal. Call me if he ever reaches it.

  3. tedstrutz says:

    Oops… looks like great minds think alike this week…. or get prompted! I liked it, Sandra, what a mind you have. Using Flamel… I loved it.

  4. jwilliams057 says:

    Love it. I’m a Potter fan so this really made me have a big, huge smile.

  5. ann bennett says:

    This is really good. Nicholas may be an verrrrry interesting character now that he has such a lofty goal. Really good.

  6. Joe Owens says:

    I have remembered multiple times when I dream I have the ability to hover just inches above the ground and go where I like with ease. I have never felt afraid in doing this, but at the same time I know it cannot be real. Sounds like a similar feeling to your MC.

  7. Draug419 says:

    Nice (: I like your take on Flamel’s motivation to seek immortality.

  8. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Nice rendering of near death. Love how he forces himself back to life! And fun that it was Flamel.

  9. Near-death experience… Didn’t expect it till the end. Nice piece Sandra.

  10. ah that was the story behing Mr Flamel… loved the Potter angle

  11. Suzanne says:

    What a great take on the prompt! Love the way you guide us through to the ending – and what a great ending! 🙂

  12. angelgal3176 says:

    Sqweeee!!!! NF! And, no, it’s got NOTHING to do with Harry Potter (that may be the first place I heard of him, but there’s been a LOT since!).

  13. Kylie says:

    Great spin on the “light after death” concept. Also, I love your byline.

  14. I loved this! As a Harry Potter fan, I am absolutely drooling at the reference!

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