James Albert Snitgen
As the sky rains fire, the old man turns to the boy. "when the last ball of fire hits theses grounds I will be gone" he said, "I have taught you much in your life and wish to teach you more".
The sky glows white from the flashing of the lighting. The wind blows back and forth as if dancing to a song. His vision blurry and distorted from the beating sound in his head. The clashing of words so loud he can't hear himself anymore. He stands there staring at the ashes. Staring at what was meant to be his living insides, the parts that showed him life. This shadow that lingered in his soul. A being that he shared everything with,a shadow of his past, present, and future. This shadow that he ripped from his body so that it could not cloud him in darkness. Slayed by his own hands, an enemy yet also an ally. His hate for it grow until he couldn’t handle it any more. The memoirs of it betraying him and helping him flash though his mind, the good the bad and the terrible. He couldn’t stand it, he couldn’t take it any more. So he ripped it out of his chest and forced it to fight. To the death he tells the shadow. Only one can remain, this life can not hold them both. The pain echoing though his bones as he feels the presents of the shadow slowly fade. Not able to live out side his body, screaming to be let back in. He stumbles backwards and the Shadow crawls closer to him staring at him with a blank expression. Screaming with every forward motion, yelling that he need the shadow to live Telling him that with out the shadow he would be nothing but an empty shell just wondering the world, searching. Searching for a meaning to his life then, that he was making a mistake by ripping the shadow out. He glared at the shadow and growls that he could have a better life with out the darkness flowing though him. Without having to listen to the darkness whisper in his ears. Then suddenly a pain like no other pierces his heart and he collapse, and finally he hears what the shadow was saying. Watching the shadow slip from this life, feeling his strength seep away along with it. Reaching out with the last of his strength, he wraps himself around the shadow and welcomes it back. Understanding that even though the light of life there is a shadow that will always be there to challenge you, to make you better.