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Thursday
Nov172011

THE SHADOWBOY: DARK LIKE SHADOWS, QUICK LIKE FLICKERING FLAMES

‘What are you?’ Bonnie said.

‘I don’t know,’ the boy replied.

‘You’re not a person, are you?’ Bonnie said.

‘People feel the cold,’ the boy said with distaste. ‘They feel the heat.  They’re heavy and solid and they get wet in the rain.  They can’t get out of themselves.  They can’t stop feeling. Their feelings make them do things and then they’re not free.’

‘You think you’re free?’ Bonnie wanted to laugh.  ‘You’re just a genie in a lamp.  Someone does the right things and you appear.’

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The shadowboy picked up her suitcase.  Her heart thumped but her head was clear.  She passed before the fire to where he was waiting for her.  The balloon towered above them both.  He threw her suitcase up into the gondola and took her hand and lifted her in.  Then he jumped up beside her, as light as air, and began to tie her in.  She felt his flickering hands making her secure.  Then something strange began to happen. 'What's going on?' she asked - but the shadowboy didn't answer.  He didn't need to.  Beneath them the ground started running away...