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Shadows that Follow
July 7, 2021|Short Story

Shadows that Follow

Shadows that Follow

Feeling the power to control everything at his fingertips, surely this day would unfold differently. Damien embarked on a new journey in the outside world. Calm down, he repeated to himself, while walking near a noisy road. Everything is going to be alright.

His awareness kept him relatively calm, and he was sure that everything would turn out as he had planned. Every footstep took him farther away from his last home, away from the places he knew. Damien saw for the first time a large building decorated with plants that hung from its walls.

Damien’s curiosity helped him walk without fear of the unknown. Everything will be different this time. As soon as he reached the entrance he saw a strange man by the door, wearing a black uniform. Damien immediately turned, realizing he made a mistake, but there was no one behind him.

It’s all in your imagination, he told himself.

Damien tried to act normally and entered the mall. At least that’s what he thought, while cheerily walking with the tune of a melody in his head, and picking up the pace as soon as he passed the guard. This has to be a trap.

Frustration overtook Damien when he realized his plans began to fail. Why do they want me? Can’t they understand I’m trying to put them behind me?

He took the first right and felt safe away from the guard. Then, Damien stopped and turned to see if there was someone chasing after him. The mall was filled with strangers, it was impossible for him to know.

No one is chasing you, he thought. Just relax. Breathe

Damien continued walking casually. Admiring the large glass wall in front of a store. Waiting for a signal to confirm his suspicion. Paying attention to the people walking nearby. There were too many of them. Damien couldn’t distinguish the people chasing him from the rest, and his heart began to race. It was now clear to him that he had fallen in their trap.

Act normal, he thought, let’s find a way out of here.

He saw a person walking out of a small hallway and walked towards it to hide. What am I going to do? he thought, grabbing a gun out of his backpack. There are too many of them.

Damien’s hand began to tremble, as he hid the gun behind him.

Breathe and wait for them to take the first step. Most of these people are not part of the trap.

Damien walked down the hallway to find a way out until he reached a dead end. There has to be another way out, he thought and returned to the large corridor of the mall. He tried to walk inconspicuously, but his fear made it almost impossible. He carefully studied all the people walking nearby, and imagined taking out the gun to defend himself.

This was the worst trap he had fallen into, Damien was sure that someone was about to attack him, and he felt trapped. He wanted a regular life. Like the people walking around him, unaware of the dangers behind the secret society. Free from the constant fear of getting caught.

Damien couldn’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t running from them. Not even as a young boy. They had always chased after him. He had something they needed.

Calm down, he thought as soon as he saw an exit sign. Everything is going to be alright.

He walked towards the sign….

“Sir, would you like to try one of these…” said a beautiful young woman offering samples on a tray.

“I know what you’re doing,” Damien said and pulled the gun.

The woman froze as soon as she saw the gun pointed at her, and let go of the tray. The strange man behind the gun looked aggressive and ready to shoot.

“You won’t catch me alive,” he said and I raised his gun to shoot at the ceiling.

The people closest to the gun shot threw themselves to the ground, while the rest of the people in the mall stopped and turned to look in the direction of the blast.

The crowd began to run in search of the nearest exit. Damien also ran with them, and felt comfortable being part of the crowd. They were like a team with the same objective. They also wanted to escape from the people looking for him.

Damien allowed himself to be carried away by the group and concealed the weapon.

They can’t catch us now, he thought, and ran out of the mall.

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Sebastian Iturralde

Fiction blogger—citizen of this beautiful planet, eternal lover of artistic creation and literature. Certain that the creative energy comes from nature.

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  • July 7, 2021 at 8:21 am

    When anyone say to you or usually we say to ourselves that I hate my life or some body say’s that your life is tough ,then smile and say ” I am more tougher than that ” .

  • July 7, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Well, that got my heart pumping for the day! lol Thank you for another great story 🙂

  • July 7, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Good…..

  • July 7, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Engrossing

  • July 7, 2021 at 9:09 am

    ✌✌

  • July 7, 2021 at 9:10 am

    I like the way you switch the pronouns around; it makes Damien seem schizophrenic. The “I raised his gun”… that’s really a fascinating technique. Thanks!

  • July 7, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I have to say this was so good i was intrigued and i enjoy it very much

  • July 7, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Is he suffering with paranoid delusions or is someone really after him. We are all be observed and we accept it as part of our lives… But there are rebels. Is Damien a rebel, does he know things that we don’t? I’ll await part 2 with baited breath…..

  • July 7, 2021 at 11:07 am

    good going with damein story if you are interested in fiction stories visit my blog for some epic ones and follow the blog and read the novels and like

  • July 7, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    In my superstitious society we would say this character is possessed by evil spirits. But I would personally say he is obsessed with illusions. And I was about to ask: could this be the reason behind the recent genocides in malls? Psychological problems?

  • July 7, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    This is the real deal.

  • July 7, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Brilliant! If it is a description of a paranoid schizophrenic disorder, it is perfect; If his fears are real, it is captivating!

  • July 7, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Wow…that was very cool. Can I read this story as well for my podcast ?

  • July 7, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    hey there .. just read your post.. its engaging and intiguing at the same time.. youre a brilliant writer!! 🙂

  • July 7, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Great story

  • Levisong
    July 7, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Well that’s comforting… That there are others…. That refuse to conform even when it’s easier to quit…..I like Damien , so few have true courage left

  • July 7, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    I enjoy your writing style. Easy to read and to engage. Having worked mental health, I can see some of my patients in this paradigm.

  • July 7, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    This is a very interesting story and plot. Reminds me of faces in the crowd–a German influence silent movie. Good mix of show and tell.

  • July 7, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    So awesome lines and picture also 👌🌷🙏

  • July 7, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    I enjoyed the story.

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