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Topic: Vision (08/03/06)
TITLE: Vision of a Night Sky
By Caitlynn Lowe
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Finally, in spite of the pain in her heart, the girl began to speak. “It is difficult to distinguish this moment as dream or reality. To think it is merely a dream seems to me preposterous; it seems more real to me than any reality I have ever experienced. And yet, this strange enchantment that lingers in the air seems to tell me that it cannot be real, for there are no fairy tale romances in the real world. If you are real and living, I beg you, speak now and dispel my greatest fears. For, I am troubled at the thought that you are only a figment of my imagination.”
“I am real; that much I can promise,” the boy replied. “As for whether this is reality or otherwise, I cannot say. I had been wondering the same thing. But with each passing moment, the stars seem to dim, and I realize this night shall draw to a close before we are ready. I fear that...perhaps, this is only a dream, and that we are not physically here with one another.”
“If this is a dream, then so be it! I would rather linger on in this dream with you than spend a thousand lifetimes awake without you,” she said, crying into his shirtsleeve. “As soon as I saw you, my heart began to turn to you as a flower turns towards the light and warmth of the sun. I could not bear to be apart from you forever.”
“Please, beloved, do not weep. Perhaps, it is more vision than dream. If we are indeed both real human beings, then it stands to reason that we have connected here on a subconscious level. I am confident that we are meant for one another, and that upon waking from this blessed sleep, something will continue to stir in both our hearts that will guide us together in the real world.” He stroked her cheek gently, wiping away the teardrops that had escaped from her eyes.
She looked into his eyes and was calmed. A question remained on her lips, however, and she had to ask. “What is it that will guide us together again?”
He smiled at her. “Hope. The everlasting hope inside our hearts will turn into a prayer, and that prayer shall be carried on the wind up towards Heaven, where God Himself will hear it. I believe he has created us to be together; don’t you?”
This time it was her turn to smile. “Yes. I do believe it, with all my heart. I shall never stop hoping; and I shall never stop praying.”
“Very well, my beloved,” he whispered, kissing her hand, “until next we meet.”
At those words, the night sky shattered, and the vision was no more. In two separate cities, two people awoke--a boy and a girl--with hope of love in their hearts, and a prayer on their tongues.
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