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Rhapsody in Blue

SHORT STORY COMPETITION WINNER

1st place OTHER WORLDS SHORT STORY COMPETITION £200

The Liner is leaving next week; it’s time to say goodbye. I can’t stay, I’d be a ticking time bomb. If they discovered the truth, who knows what they’d do to me?

I love her. She’s the reason I stayed here, among this weird, crazy, diverse community. I don’t understand them; a lifetime wouldn’t show me what they’re really like. Their attention to detail is amazing; they take joy in the tiniest flower, watch a bird as it washes itself in a puddle; see pictures in clouds – can you believe that? I mean, it’s just vapour, isn’t it? But no, it’s a face, or an animal, or food. Candyfloss, she calls it. Of course, seeing the detail has its downside. She can’t stand ants in the kitchen. She gets rid of them. I disagree; once I noticed them, I studied them; they’re clever, and as a social group can achieve much; but her reaction to them is disproportionate. Knowing how I felt, she did try; but she says they’re creepy, and she can’t tolerate them near her food.

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