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Fragment of feeling..

A tale of redemption and loss.

By Eric anexis Published 28 days ago 3 min read
Fragment of feeling..
Photo by Lyyfe Williams on Unsplash

In the heart of a bustling city, amidst the chaotic rhythm of life, there stood a solitary figure – Amelia. Her days blended into one another, devoid of color or emotion, as she navigated through the crowds with a detached air. To the world, she appeared stoic and unfeeling, but beneath her facade lay a torrent of emotions, buried deep within the recesses of her soul.Amelia's journey through life had been marked by loss and heartache. From a young age, she had learned to shield herself from the pain of attachment, erecting walls around her heart to prevent further devastation. Her parents' untimely death had left her orphaned and alone, and since then, she had wandered through life like a ghost, haunted by memories of a past she could never reclaim.Yet, despite her best efforts to remain aloof, there were moments when cracks appeared in her armor, allowing glimpses of her true emotions to surface. It was on one such day that she encountered a stray dog, injured and whimpering in the alley behind her apartment building. At first, she ignored the creature, hardened by years of self-preservation. But as she turned to leave, a pang of empathy stirred within her, prompting her to kneel beside the wounded animal.With gentle hands, she tended to its wounds, offering what little comfort she could muster. In the quiet intimacy of that moment, something stirred within her – a flicker of warmth, long forgotten amidst the shadows of her past. As she looked into the dog's eyes, she saw reflected there a mirror of her own pain, and in that shared vulnerability, she found solace.In the days that followed, Amelia found herself drawn to the stray, returning to the alley each evening to check on its progress. With each visit, she felt the walls around her heart begin to crumble, replaced by a newfound sense of connection to the world around her. Slowly but surely, she allowed herself to open up, embracing the rawness of her emotions with a courage she had long believed lost.As the dog's wounds healed, so too did Amelia's spirit, rejuvenated by the simple act of compassion. With each passing day, she discovered new depths to her own humanity, embracing the highs and lows of life with an openness she had once thought impossible. No longer content to merely exist, she began to truly live, embracing each moment with a fervor that belied her stoic exterior.But just as she had learned to love, so too did she learn the pain of loss. One fateful night, as she made her way home through the dimly lit streets, she stumbled upon the lifeless body of her beloved companion, struck down by a passing car. In that moment, Amelia felt as though a piece of her soul had been torn away, leaving her once again adrift in a sea of grief.Yet, even in her darkest hour, she refused to succumb to despair. For in the brief time they had shared together, the stray had taught her the true meaning of love – a love that transcended boundaries of time and space, connecting two souls in a bond that could never be broken.And so, with tears streaming down her face, Amelia gathered the dog's lifeless form in her arms, whispering words of gratitude and farewell into the night. Though her heart ached with sorrow, she knew that the love they had shared would live on forever, a beacon of light in the darkness of her world. And as she walked away, she carried with her not only the memory of a faithful companion, but also the knowledge that even in the face of pain and loss, love would always prevail.


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  • Alex H Mittelman 28 days ago

    Wow! Fantastic story!

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