Imaginary

Writing Challenge: Jan 14, 2018

Prompt: You’re a kid’s imaginary friend. As they grow up, you are fading away.

 

One day I flickered. I was a light that had been left on for too long. My whole being stuttered for a moment, but then I was fine, as if nothing happened.

Days later, I paused. I was a television, stopped for a bathroom break. I was frozen in time, unable to move, but then I was fine, as if nothing happened.

Weeks later, I vanished. I was an ice-cube dropped I the grass. I was neither here nor there, nowhere at all, but then I was fine as if nothing happened.

Except-

It kept happening.

It kept happening more frequently, and for longer periods of time.

I flickered almost daily when he started kindergarten. I paused for hours at a time while he was in class. I vanished for entire weeks when he was playing with friends in the neighborhood.

I didn’t mind much. I was knew this day would come. He was growing up. He was making human friends.

I didn’t mind much. I knew that it had to happen eventually. I did my job. He didn’t need me anymore.

I didn’t mind much. I knew this is what I had been created for. I helped him grow up- it’s his time now. My boy. My child.

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