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sammydix
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A myth by Samuel L. Dixon
Friday, August 04 2017 @ 03:42 PM CDT

The Blackness Within

Uata was a lonely goddess, shallow and colorless, a shadowed hint of a woman. Her beloved pets--a dozen loyal crows that fluttered above her--helped ease her solitude. But she needed to mend her non-being, she needed the companionship of peers to stand regal like a rightful god.

Ashamed of her nothingness, she surrounded herself in near darkness. The flame of a single yellow candle lit her chambers, just enough to suggest her scarce furnishing in its glow.

But she tired of the darkness. It became a disease around her. It consumed her...but what was to stop her from consuming *it*, ridding herself of the stigma? She took a testing taste and found she savored darkness' tang. The more she absorbed, the more she showed substance. She had found her answer!

After her discovery, she devoured darkness with more vigor. She even consumed the light, which provided only a whimper of satisfaction, to cause darkness to return sooner.

It didn't matter that she was wreaking havoc among the people of the world. The quick changes from day to night destroyed farms. Trees and plants couldn't flourish. People weren't sure when they should sleep and their schedules flew awry. Prayers and supplications at Uata's meager shrines were to no avail. She would simply send her crows to pester the people away.

Darkness itself could take no more and confronted her. "Why do you dine on my presence and deprive me life? I can no longer stretch across the lands and provide a blanket for sleep. All my existence is too quickly eaten away. And innocent light doesn't have enough time to provide nourishment and warmth."

"Because you render me whole." Uata hugged herself and squeezed like a child. Even the voice of darkness made her tingle.

"And the livelihood of the people mean nothing? Your destruction of their being?"

"I care only about how I feel, an awareness I haven't known in eons. How could I possibly voluntarily return to being a dismembered soul?"

"You will not cease?"

"I will not."

Darkness would not accept that answer and devised a plan. "Wait," it said before Uata gave in to her night craving. "I think there's a way I can be with you always and you would never again have to consume me." Darkness admitted to itself that Uata was a lovely goddess in the unsteady light of her candle. It would be a shame to send her back to emptiness, but less so than her callousness.

"How could you fill me better than you do now?" Uata asked, a little peeved at having to stall her meal.

"Invite me into your heart. Part of me will always be there completing you in ways consumption never could. You won't ever have to wait for me, or taste unfulfilling light again. Once your heart is full, the rest of me can continue as before."

The words courted Uata with their charm and reason. Darkness caressed Uata’s heart, and she shuddered from the thrill."Yes, oh yes. Enter my heart and never leave, my love. Stay with me forever."

Darkness scorned her words, or perhaps not so much the words as much it was Uata that spoke them. It didn't need to enter Uata’s heart; it was already filled with blackness. Nothing changed, but Uata welcomed the placebo. She even retained her newfound color and fullness. Little good it would do. She had no respect among her peers nor the people. Her shrines would fall to squalid waste.

Since Uata no longer craved darkness, feeling it was always inside her, the land returned a normal state, and the people re-formed predictable schedules. As it remains today.
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PeterB7858
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Re:A myth by Samuel L. Dixon
Sunday, August 06 2017 @ 06:31 PM CDT

Quality writing, Sam.

More than a touch of allegory given current circumstances.

Enjoyed.

Thanks.
Vic Holman
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Re:A myth by Samuel L. Dixon
Sunday, August 06 2017 @ 07:52 PM CDT

great short story Sam. I agree with Peter "Quality writing".

well, you don't see that everyday
Daugrin
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Re:A myth by Samuel L. Dixon
Sunday, August 06 2017 @ 08:06 PM CDT

Even with my english as a second language issue I could enjoy that piece.
Great to see you getting your written work out Sam. Best of luck with that income stream.
I was wondering, it's a small thing, the peg for gender confusion? Did I miss that? Or is that later? You know marketing literature is about hitting the marks! Got to go by the approved checklist Sam... Really, best of luck.

Daug
sammydix
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Re:A myth by Samuel L. Dixon
Monday, August 07 2017 @ 06:08 PM CDT

Quote by: PeterB7858
Quality writing, Sam.

More than a touch of allegory given current circumstances.

Enjoyed.

Thanks.


The comments caught me by surprise, so catching this late.
Keen eye, Peter. Wink
But the primary context was that "her" nothingness was just her own inability to perceive.
sammydix
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Re:A myth by Samuel L. Dixon
Monday, August 07 2017 @ 06:15 PM CDT

Quote by: Vic Holman
great short story Sam. I agree with Peter "Quality writing".


Thanks Vic. I usually try to write the most bizarre events with as much realism as possible. That is, not much is 'random.'
 
sammydix
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Re:A myth by Samuel L. Dixon
Monday, August 07 2017 @ 06:18 PM CDT

Quote by: Daugrin
Even with my english as a second language issue I could enjoy that piece.
Great to see you getting your written work out Sam. Best of luck with that income stream.
I was wondering, it's a small thing, the peg for gender confusion? Did I miss that? Or is that later? You know marketing literature is about hitting the marks! Got to go by the approved checklist Sam... Really, best of luck.

Daug



If that's the case, then I'm doomed!
I really appreciate you checking this out, Daug.
I didn't quite understand your peg for gender question.