Five – A Flash Fiction

 

 

He would not – could not –  stop repeating the number five, over and over again, sometimes louder, other times barely whispering it. This was normal behavior, they told me, normal for him at least, and assured me that on good days his uttering sounded like a happy recital of long-lost memories. They were lost alright, lost within me, but I did not tell them, knowing that they would think, I was as crazy as him, belonging in the same place he would never leave again. I knew the meaning of his mumbles because I heard them before, twenty years ago, when I saw my Dad that last time – and I was five.

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015
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V Is For Variety

Last night, a new show premiered by the name of “The Black Box” promising a unique variety to the usual drama shows, that currently are shown on the small screen.

The Black Box - Review

“The Black Box” follows a young Dr., who despite her age is an expert in her field – neuroscience,  carrying within her a pretty big secret – she is bi-polar. With this unique point of view she seems to be able to connect with her patients on a deeper level, while desperately trying to hang on to her own life, as a professional, as a fiance, and as a mother.

The premier in my opinion was great! Unique, out there, a little surreal and over the top, but different, which is such a refreshing aspect. The main character, Catherine Black (played fearlessly by Kelly Reilly) is eccentric to say the least, but her out of the box thinking is exactly what is needed within the field she specializes in.

Mental illness is an important subject, that is often overlooked in the creative cinematic arena, unless it makes a convenient serial killer, or used to explain behavior. This show has the opportunity to go deeper, to show how the day to day aspect of a live of someone with mental disorder is effected, and how it effects those surrounding them. I am exited to see what the producers and writers of the show will make out of this opportunity. I will be watching, and I hope you will give it a try.