No matter how many times I have tried to explain, you don’t hear me. You only see the reflection of who you think I am, a far cry from the true me, my essence. Even when you speak about me to others, it is hard for me to hear, the irritation impossible to hide, for you share not whom I am, but whom you would like me to be. Can you even hear me? While you share your stories, I sit here, waiting for the moment to escape, the moment where I am free to be seen as myself.
Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2014
This Flash Fiction was inspired by the Daily Prompt “Leftovers” and the Flash Fiction Prompt “Irritation“. It is also inspired by a conversation I had with my daughter. Often times we do not see the ones we love as the person they truly are, but through our own imperfections and flaws, or as we want them to be, missing out on discovering the true beauty of the person standing in front of us.
My heart took flight, the first time I saw his gentle eyes, glaring back at me, not sure what to make of me.
Should I be trusted, was I worth his attention, or was I like all of the others, who left him behind, heart-broken, and alone?
How could I make him understand, that I was different, that I cared so deeply, the pain of empathy and love leaving me breathless and paralyzed?
I would cherish all he was, with every breath we would both share – always.
I reached out, caressing his soft brown fur, as he began to relax.