Immortal

by on February 17, 2017 :: 0 comments

photo "Fog of Time" (above) by Tyler Malone aka The Second Shooter

(excerpt from the short story “Immortal”)

Excuse Me Miss, can I ask you a question?
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Oh, no ma’am, I’m not trying to sell you anything
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No, no it’s not like that. I just want to ask you something if you would be so kind as to indulge an old man for a little while
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Well, what could I do to you in such a public place with this many people milling around and in full sunlight?
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You honor me beautiful lady, thank you.
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Oh, where are my manners? Please, have a seat.
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Forgive me if I am being a little forward, I know how some women are funny about being asked their age but I must. I am going to guess late twenties?
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Well, color me pleasantly surprised I would never have guessed you were pushing forty. You have taken good care of yourself That is an excellent quality.
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I understand your curiosity about my age and I mean no disrespect but may we talk a little more before I divulge that?
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I was wondering if you had noticed that. Yes, I looked older to you at first but it is just a trick. As our trust grows I will begin to slowly let down the curtain and allow you to see me as I really am.
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This may sound like an odd question but I must ask it. If you were given the choice to become immortal, what would be your first thought? Don’t think about it too much, just say the first thing that comes to mind
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If you chose immortality you would never age, you would look just as beautiful and young as you do now even after a thousand years. I can see you like that idea but have you considered those you love? Have you concluded yet that everyone you love, your husband, children, family and friends would grow old, wither and die as you watched on helplessly?
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No, immortality is not for them. You would be the only one who could accept that option.
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Please be patient with me because there are some questions that I cannot answer yet. I can’t explain why the offer would only be extended to you yet but all will unfold as our conversation progresses.
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You are almost right. Not twenty-five but I was mortal in my thirty-fifth year then my mortal body was shed and I aged no farther.
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My real age? I am not sure if you are ready for that yet. If you will allow me, I would like to continue our discussion a little longer before I reveal that to you.
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I must tell you the good as well as the bad about being immortal.
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It can be a very solitary and lonely life at times.
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Yes, there are other immortals but it is dangerous to allow yourself to become too close to them. It is best to stay hidden unless you have no other choice but to reveal your presence.
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I think I can answer that with a story. I knew a couple that met very early into their immortal life and decided to become paired. Life was wonderful for such a long time that they forgot about the dangers of getting too close to other immortals and it cost the life of his beloved wife.
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Okay, I am ready to tell you of my awful deed that caused the loss of my chosen love. We had been together for so long always avoiding other immortals whenever possible but one day a very interesting and high bred immortal appeared to us. We were both smitten and opened our arms and our bed to him. Oh, I can still remember the smell and taste of the ecstasy, but I digress.
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One night while I was out collecting food for a feast to celebrate our one year anniversary of being a trio, I felt her life force leave me. I raced back to our cabin only to find my beautiful wife beheaded laying mangled in our bed. The site of this still haunts my eyes and blinds me from all reason at times.
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Why did he so brutally murder my love? The answer is clear, after three thousand years of immortality he had simply gone mad. It is the nature of some of us. Being alone for hundreds of years at a time and always being hunted and having to live in the shadows is just too much for some to bear.
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No, oddly enough I do not blame him and even if he appeared before me now I would not seek revenge. How could you kill a beautiful majestic lion simply for doing what lions do?
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I know many things about you. I hope what I am about to say does not put you off or cause us to lose what progress we have made so far but I must tell you. I have been watching you for a long time now.
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Not even a hint of a flinch? I’m impressed and glad this knowledge did not cause you to flee but I have suspected that you have felt my presence for a while now but could not quit figure out what that feeling was.
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Because I allowed you to feel my presence as I knew you could handle it. I knew you would be more willing to sit and talk with me if you already felt me. I have divulged some brutal truths to you, but there are these things and much more that you would have to deal with if you choose to become immortal so I must ask you again
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Given the choice, would you want to be immortal?

editors note:

We’re all living to die, but at time’s end don’t walk into the light, make it drag you in kicking and screaming. ~ tyler malone

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