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The Corner of a Circle

By NevertooSirius All Rights Reserved ©

Other / Fantasy


The hummingbird appeared, slowly and all at once, directly before him, suspended about the lowest leaves of a blue hydrangea. It had skin that shimmered in an iridescent glow of indigo blue and silver and a long feathered torso glinting with what Sebastian could only describe as starlight. Two large, clear, and pupil-less eyes studied him from a very human face. A pair of translucent and delicately veined wings sprouted from its shoulders, beating so rapidly they appeared to be still. “Who I am,” it said, the voice more akin to melody than to words. “Who am I,” Sebastian echoed, and dropped dead away.


The man scratched impatiently at the page with the sharp needlepoint of the pen, the ink sluggish to form the letters that seemed to put themselves together in some dark crevice of his brain. It seemed the more he managed to write down, the fewer of his questions he could answer with the words that appeared on the paper.

“Who are you?” he said aloud, letting his hand drag and the pen droop as he failed once again to answer the most pressing of his queries. He rubbed at his eyes, dreary from fatigue and scratchy from the cold, a line of dried black caked along his palm from wet ink.

He should close the window. He should turn a light on.

Inside, at the dingy mahogany desk, it was nearly too dark for him to see properly anymore and his tea sat long abandoned in front of him. Outside, the sun was just beginning to reach the tops of the tall pines that edged the field beyond the drive of the disparate house, the tips of the highest branches dappled red and gold like the last autumn leaves before the snowfall. “Who are you?” he whispered. But the ink didn’t answer.

He set down the pen parallel to the sentence left unfinished, unpunctuated on the page and let his mind fall away into the quieting sunset. Streamers of light flooded the tree-line, checkering the ground, sending sparks into the darkening sky as night descended and the sun disappeared.

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