She remembers sitting in the dark theatre. She was barely 13. Her eyes, wide open, watching every move, every little flicker, following vastly bouncing spot lights, chasing shadows and colourful luminaries…Listening intently to the characters’ dialogue, the fluctuation in sound, the reflecting emotionally charged monologues…and to all the…prophecies!
She remembers her older sister taking her to watch classical plays, and mythology ones. All full of dark tragedies. Her sister was part of the production team. She, on the other hand, was just a young girl, watching the play on stage. Babysat by quiet strangers sitting all around her…spectators whispering among themselves, unaware, they were her chaperones!
Her parents did not want her left alone in that big house of theirs! However, her sister had her own version of caring for her! Dragging her by her hand, to go watch tragic theatre!
She didn’t mind! Rather sat there mesmerized…Her young eyes, completely gripping the big stage…She was hardly breathing.
Macbeth. Hamlet. King Lear. Jason & Medea. Oedipus The King.
Deeply buried in her theatre memories, her sister’s voice interrupted
– Are you listening my dear little sister?!
– You have to do something with your gifts! You must use your passion for people and business! You ought to stop putting the lid tight on your life!
– Please tell me you will! What you have is extraordinary! You are hiding it all in that house of yours in the forest! Get out! Use your talents! Create something! Create warmth in people’s lives! They need you! I’m worried about you! This lifestyle you are currently living…does not…
– Does not what?
– Does not…suit you darling.
That was her sister’s prophecy!
Use your gifts..or..
‘Your gifts. Your giftssss…’ Those two words, echoing and flickering with the lights on stage. That almost disturbing, hissing sound, of a word that was supposed to ignite the fire inside her!
The lights all suddenly dimmed around her now.
‘But I’m still…here!’
Are they still performing on stage?! Is she…still a spectator?! Or, has she become…the forgotten dark silhouette?!
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