For the daily prompt: Darkness
She grew up in a dark room.
Darkness so greasy
that she sometimes had to count her blinks
There were chairs and tables and beds
but they were just black forms against a black background
She would sit there with the others
and they would listen to each others voices
Sometimes the doctors came
she could tell from the crinkle in their coats
and the smell that they bring when they walk in
sharp and alcoholic.
They would ask them to do things
followed by scratches against paper
they asked her to see
what was in front of her
but the room was always too dark
One time she got mad
told them off for making her try to read
even though they kept lights always off.
“Why won’t you just turn the lights on?”, she asked.
her doctor paused
voice almost sad when he replied
She wasn’t sure what that meant.
It was a very big room
which was why she never met him before
She’s been here since she was 2
it took 14 years to find Joseph.
They fell in love
the moment they spoke each others names.
“Nice to meet you Joseph, my name’s Angela”
-what a pretty name.”
From then on they were inseparable
Joseph and Angela
When people talked about them
They became one word
They shared jokes
confided in each other
whispered their fears and dreams
Joseph said that he loved her mind
she was quick
and her tongue was silver
Joseph thought Angela was poetry.
Angela said that she loved his voice
it was wild and unpredictable
just like his imagination
Angela thought Joseph was music.
She told stories
He sang for her
The doctors came and went
there were dark tests and darker paper
Yet it was all fine
Joseph and Angela didn’t mind anymore.
Until one day a very strange thing happened
People began leaving.
Without explanation, the doctors gave out dates and times
friends began disappearing.
One night, wrapped in each others’ arms
Angela asked Joseph where he thought everyone was going
he didn’t know, he replied.
then he swept away her worries with a kiss.
The next day, Joseph asked his doctor the same question.
To which she simply said
that it was time to turn the lights back on.
Joseph and Angela were scheduled for the same day at the same time.
Their friends had told the doctors about the nature of their relationship.
When the time came
Joseph and Angela were walked out of the room
and into an equally dark hallway
They were led into chairs and told to relax
Something heavy was placed on their eyes
out of nowhere a machine started humming
suddenly the world became
Angela caught herself blinking too much
not sure if 56 was an acceptable number
and although her eyes were awfully blurry
they could finally see.
Angela looked around.
It was all very dizzying.
A blanket looked much different from how it felt,
She was surprised by how many things she didn’t have names for.
When Joseph called her name, Angela felt flickering joy so painful she was afraid of bursting right there and then.
her eyes watered.
Angela has never been happier.
she turned around.
The both of them cured!
Joseph pressed his hands against her face.
How perfect would it be?
Just the two of them.
Against this bright, new world.
The blurriness faded.
And the images of each other shot into crisp clearness,
Finally, they saw each other for the very first time.
Joseph and Angela paused.
Their hands dropped, and they looked away.
In front of them was a complete stranger.
Neither really expected, nor… imagined
How could they know?
he was lame
and she was ugly.