Gems

He travels an endless corridor of mirrors, all draped in black.
His hands cup one candle, its reflection creating a tiny path of light..
The candle flame flickers, grows dim, then finally goes out, leaving nothing but darkness.

Jimson wakes up suddenly, tears pouring down his face. The black river of loss almost drowned him twenty years ago, and now the dreams have returned. He had hoped to share his home as a safe place for healing, but after all these years he himself is still raw and hurting.

“Help me,” he cries out to the empty room.

“Healing is a journey.” He remembers his father’s voice. “You may never reach the final destination, but you must keep moving toward it.”

Jimson lets the memories wash over him.
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His father’s strong arms wrapped around him, the two of them sobbing.

“Don’t ever let anyone tell you that tears are a sign of weakness. It takes a strong man to truly grieve. And without grief, a man can never be whole. I have been blessed beyond belief. Thirty years with the love of my life, two incredible children. Now my final gift to your mother and sister is this shattered self, broken into a thousand jagged pieces. My ongoing gift to you is helping you put your broken self back together, one piece at a time.”

Jimson turns away in callous anger.

“That’s fine for you, Dad. You had your thirty years. But I’ve lost half of my family, and the love of my life.” He shows his father the engagement ring she just returned, less than a week after the tragedy.

His father gently takes the ring before Jimson can throw it across the room. “She watched them drown. She can’t bear your pain.”

“She left when I needed her most.”

The memories fade, but the sadness remains. Now he must be the one to help others pick up the pieces.

Jimson watches the glorious sunrise from his bedroom balcony, grateful that sorrow and joy both have a place in this new day of dappled light.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago

Oh, that is such a sad backstory for Jimson. Let’s hope that the new family he is creating will finally give him and the other broken souls some sense of peace. I would still love to hear more about this in future events. Nicely done. I didn’t realise that the Gems event had closed already. I had another one almost ready to send in and another one planned. Hopefully, I can use… Read more »

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
Reply to  Fuji
30 days ago

Thanks for your comment about the Boggling story. I was already considering expanding the story and turning it into a picture book for children. It’s important, I think, that they start to learn about the issues around climate change from a young age. Children can be great influencers too.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
30 days ago

I thought Jimson had everything, but there is sorrow and tragedy in his past too. So Sad. Looking forward to continued stories.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
19 days ago

I love this special phrase, “Healing is a journey.” Then I realized why Jimson looks so sad as Philomena noticed it in his eyes. What a sad memory. And I also loved this phrase, “The memories fade, but the sadness remains.” 

What a teary part, Fuji. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Fuji
9 days ago

You’re most welcome.

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