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Embracing Shadows

even from herself

By Samir hosnyPublished 2 months ago 2 min read

In the heart of a dense forest, where the trees whispered secrets to each other and the moonlight struggled to penetrate the thick canopy, there lived a young girl named Elara. She was known for her courage, her adventurous spirit, and her insatiable curiosity. But beneath her brave facade lay a fear that she kept hidden even from herself.

Every night, as darkness draped the forest like a heavy cloak, Elara would feel it creeping into her heart. It was a fear she couldn't name, a fear that seemed to coil around her like a serpent, squeezing tighter with each passing moment.

One moonless night, as she sat by the fire in her small cottage, the fear descended upon her like a shroud. She felt its icy fingers wrapping around her throat, choking her breath and clouding her thoughts. She tried to shake it off, to ignore the trembling in her limbs, but it was relentless.

Desperate for respite, Elara decided to confront her fear head-on. She gathered her courage like armor and ventured into the depths of the forest, where the shadows seemed to dance with malevolent intent.

With each step, her heart pounded louder in her ears, echoing the rhythm of her fear. But she pressed on, determined to uncover the source of her terror.

Suddenly, a rustling in the underbrush shattered the silence, and Elara froze in her tracks. Her breath caught in her throat as she scanned the darkness, searching for the source of the sound.

And then she saw it—a pair of glowing eyes, like twin embers in the night. Her pulse quickened as the creature emerged from the shadows—a fearsome wolf, its teeth bared in a menacing snarl.

Elara's fear threatened to overwhelm her, but she held her ground, meeting the wolf's gaze with unwavering resolve. She could sense the creature's primal hunger, its instinctual desire to hunt and consume.

But as the moments stretched on, something miraculous happened. The fear that had gripped Elara's heart began to ebb away, replaced by a strange sense of clarity. In the wolf's eyes, she saw not just a predator, but a fellow creature of the forest, driven by the same primal instincts that she herself possessed.

Slowly, cautiously, Elara extended her hand toward the wolf, offering a gesture of peace. To her astonishment, the creature responded in kind, lowering its head in a gesture of submission.

In that moment, Elara realized the true nature of her fear—it was not an enemy to be fought or conquered, but a part of herself to be embraced. For in confronting her fear, she had discovered a deeper truth—that courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to face it head-on, to acknowledge its presence and move forward in spite of it.

With newfound understanding, Elara and the wolf ventured back into the forest together, forging an unlikely bond born from the darkness that once divided them. And as they disappeared into the night, the shadows seemed to retreat, yielding to the light of courage and compassion that burned bright within their hearts.

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About the Creator

Samir hosny

From mysteries and thrills to soul-satisfying. Join me on a few excursions via little tales that will enliven your spirit or pique your curiosity. In either case, your emotions come to life and your mind goes on a journey.

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