January 31st, 2017


LJ Idol Season Ten: "On The Other Side"

On The Other Side
idol season ten | week 7 | 1380 words
Where I'm from


There is no road that leads to my past, but there might be a door. I haven't seen it in a long time.

I have been in this place for years now, near as I can tell. I've lost all sense of how the local time relates to where I came from, but I believe it is slower. Perhaps it just seems that way, after waiting so long to get back home. The magic that got me here has never returned. Part of me knows that maybe it never will.

Curiosity brought me here, in one rash, fateful moment. I was looking at the stars one night, and noticed a strange light at the top of a hill. Of course, I had to find out what it was. Once I got to it, I stood there for the longest time, trying to reconcile what I saw with how reality was supposed to work.

There was a rectangular space there like a doorway, with starlight spilling out of it. The night sky inside of it was bluer than ours, the stars strange and plentiful. There was a grassy meadow below the doorway's edge, level with the hilltop, as if I could just step right into that other space. It would be so easy.

I will tell you how it was, and then you will know. I had friends and family, and things were okay, but it was nothing special. I didn't have kids, I wasn't married and wasn't about to be, and some days my job was boring enough to just about kill me. That doorway, though? I desperately wanted to see what was on the other side of it, even just for a minute, so why not? Honestly, what did I have to lose?

The answer, it turned out, was everything.

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