Rewrites for Blood Promise DONE! I’m kind of in a limbo state now, querying agents while planning how to tackle Neverland all over again.
So in an attempt to get back into the Neverland groove, this week’s short story is inspired by Peter Pan,
This pretty merman artwork:
And, okay, this:
Is he rocking that blue hair or what! And on a sidenote, SUPER JUNIOR IS BACK WITH THEIR 7TH ALBUM!!!
*leaves to fangirl*
Okay I’m done.
And now, here is this week’s flash fiction.
She had seen the boy with blue hair from somewhere.
At first, she thought she was dreaming. Or a hallucination. It had been a straight week of interrupted sleep and groggy eye-rubbing. People saw worse things when they ran on too little sleep.
But the boy seemed real enough. His features were fine, like they were painted the strong planes of his face with clean brush strokes. Bowed lips, arched brows, a narrow slope of the nose.
Definitely her imagination.
She could reach out and run a finger down, since he was just lying there with his eyes closed (asleep?), is azure hair fanning out from beneath his head. But she curled her fingers into her palm and whispered instead, “Are you really asleep?”
“If I were asleep, what would you have done?” His eyelids slid open and he sat up. Every movement he made was deliberate and fluid.
His eyes, clear, wide pools the soft fawn colour of a jay’s wing, revealed nothing of his age. They were boy and man, dreams and laughter, wistful and playful, sad and bright all at once. She found herself staring and took a step back.
“How old are you?” she asked.
“What does that mean?”
“It means growing up is over-rated. We are all as young as we want to be.”
“So how old are you?” she huffed.
“You seem very preoccupied about age.”
“I just want to know how old is old enough.”
“Old for what?”
“Old enough to stop caring.”
He fell very silent. Ran a hand through his rippling, azure hair. She wanted to do the same, wondered if it smelled of the sea.
“There is a place,” he said at length, “where the caring stops for a while.”
He told her about lands too far away for her to imagine, about feisty girls who fought pirates and wore feathers in their hair. He told her about the men with smiles as bright as the knives they carried and voices as smooth as their coats. He told her about the mermaids with their flashy tails and fairies with their glittery wings. He told her about the castaway ship and the secret cave next to the lagoon.
“But those are just stories,” she said when he was through.
“Some stories are real, though. You lived in them once.”
So she did know him from somewhere. She knew him from the tales she had heard and the ones he told, from the ones he had taken her to. She knew him way back when he was just a boy no older than twelve, standing at her bedroom window. He told her he knew a place they could go where they didn’t have to worry about snipped shadows or growing up.
And back then, she had believed him. Back then, she was wrong. But that was the thing about the blue-haired boy. You wanted so badly to believe him, to believe in him.
She believed him then and she believed him now. She was sure she always would.
He smiled. Because he knew. There were children who never grew up, and those were the only ones he trusted.