This wasn’t what she’d normally wear. Today, she wanted to step outside and do something different. To show a side of herself she had ignored for far too long.
The beast, once a formidable presence, now adorned her as the most audacious outfit she’d ever worn. Its form matched her spirit, and the red lipstick was the finishing touch. As she stared at her reflection, the beast asked her what she was so afraid of. Judgment. Not being loved and accepted. Being ridiculed for exposing a part of yourself. Being laughed at for attempting something you think no one can really understand. Rejection. That was it. Risking it all for nothing.
She had been here before, and the beast would always suggest the same thing. Stay. With his gentle voice of reason, he would guide her gaze towards the magical box. A muted TV, holding a seductive allure that would grow by the minute. Pixels would dance for her all night long, offering a glimpse of every conceivable adventure and experience. The illusion of possibility was right at her fingertips. And yet, its cold screen would remain untouched, creating an unbridgeable gap between her and its digital promises. She can only ever be a witness, looking from afar at this never-ending echo of what could be.
During these sessions, the beast would fade into the background. He loves to watch her lose herself in the flickering lights. That’s when he is the quietest, only because he knows she is safe. What is he so afraid of? To lose control.
The only way for her to escape the chaos of modern entertainment was to drag the beast along with her. But today was different. She wasn’t merely accompanied by him; she was inseparable from him, wearing the shades of her past in a world where we are taught to hide the uncomfortable. And that’s all these monsters want: they want to be seen.
You’re currently exploring the narrative world of Whispering in Color. Each tale in this series delves into the relationships we maintain with our inner monsters. These creatures are manifestations of our fears, insecurities, and past experiences that often go unseen. These stories bring them into the spotlight, giving them form, color, and meaning.