Creative Writing: Shadows
You will never be alone, you will always have your shadow. I read the words of wisdom from the fortune cookie that came with my Chinese food.
Fortune cookie companies have really given up on writing good fortunes these days, I
thought to myself. I crumpled up the fortune and tossed it in the trash. I take the rest of my dinner to the couch and decided to finish it while I watched TV. My parents went to a concert so I had the house to myself that night was able to do whatever I want.
When I turned on the TV the first thing that popped up was a breaking news about a series of break-ins in my county. I checked around the house to make sure all the doors and windows were locked.
I laid back down on the couch and changed the channel to a happier TV show. Once I was finally comfortable, I closed my eyes to take a quick nap.
A couple seconds later I heard a creak. My eyes shot open. I heard another creak. I sat up. Another creak. I reached for my phone. Creak. I slowly got up and looked down the hallway, afraid at what I might see. My shoulders dropped and I let out the breath I didn’t realize I was holding when I see it was just my cat, padding down the hallway towards the family room, his eyes shining bright at me, longing for attention.
I headed up to my room to change into my pajamas. I wanted to forget about my cat and just relax for the rest of the evening. When I flipped on the li
ght in my room I saw a crumpled up slip of paper on my bed. I walked over and uncrumpled the slip. My breath caught in my throat when I saw the fortune I threw away earlier.
I felt a warm breath against the back of my neck. I turn my head to the side. You will never be alone, you will always have your shadow. Not only did I have my shadow, I had someone else’s too.