“‘I have a little shadow'” / Memorable Fancies #849

         Whenever I meet someone in the street, my shadow leaves me for a moment and mimics them, mocks the way they hold their arms or imitates, depending on the time of day, the insignificant stature of their own shadow.          Some of my friends are annoyed by this habit, accuse me of having secret thoughts about them that I try to hide, but my shadow betrays me. Aha, they say, you cannot lie to us; you are found out.          Hearing that I am credited with the movements of my … [Read more...]

“…………….” / Memorable Fancies #575

     We speak now only in images, like the finger-ducks we throw on the wall, ourselves sideways to the fire. There was something wrong with speaking in words, something both artificial and dishonest. It took us a long time to realize that. I’m violating the law just by telling you this. <END>      If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites.      Subscriptions to this blog are available … [Read more...]

“Land Without Shadows” / A Memorable Fancy / Dark and Unexpected Fiction #370

     The Borunna people refuse to acknowledge that they have shadows. They become angry when anthropologists mention their own shadows. There was a catastrophe a long time ago, they say, and their shadows fled to a faraway place.      Sometimes one of them admits, quietly, that he once looked back and saw his shadow. Other Borunnas regard such an admission as at least a breach of etiquette, perhaps a crime. The more educated Borunnas consider claiming to have a shadow a symptom of “mental … [Read more...]

“Ceremony of Truth” / A Memorable Fancy #337

    In my country we are very solicitous of our shadows. We aim to ensure their welfare and comfort at all times. We are careful, for example, not to stand where they would lie too long on ice or rocky ground. If through some unintentional slight our shadows become annoyed, they find embarrassing times to leap out in front of us, mime our shameful secret acts in front of friends or the police.      There are elaborate ceremonies by which we mollify our shadows, plead for them once again to … [Read more...]