Short Story Sunday – “Fake”

08 Feb


I didn’t believe one word that tumbled out of his mouth. Here he was, going on and on to me, a complete stranger, mind you, about the importance of the stars and a wall that kept them up high above the sky.

Yeah, there was something here that was high, and it wasn’t just the stars, I’ll tell you that much.

“Look, Sebastian… That was your name, right?” I paused and waited for him to nod before continuing. “Look, this whole thing you’re telling me is fascinating, it really is, but I can’t stay to hear any more of it. I’m sorry, I have to go. Nice meeting you.”

There was my white lie for the day.

He looked to be on the verge of panicking, and I wondered why God sent the loony toon over to me today. Surely someone else, like a cop or a psychiatrist, would have known more about what to do with someone like Sebastian, not a dog sitter like me. I chose to work with animals for many reasons, but the main reason was to not have to deal with people. Sebastian just drove the point home.

“You can’t leave,” he said, catching up to my side as I had begun to turn away, and he barred my path on the sidewalk.

“I can and I will.” I was done pandering to this nutcase. “If you do not move out of my way and let me go, I will scream.”

Okay, so I was more apt to deck him across the jaw, but I was hoping the threat of a scream and attracting more attention from various other people out and about near the town’s park would make him move. My threat didn’t work, for the man stubbornly shook his head and stood his ground.

“You’re the only one who can help,” he said.

“Say what now?”

He had the nerve to roll his eyes. “You weren’t listening at all to me, were you?”

“Not really, no.” At the very least, my white lie unraveled, so Karma wouldn’t have to come around and bite me in the ass at a later point.

“I sound ridiculous, I know,” he said.

“So, that’s not an unconscious habit of yours?” I took a step around him and power-walked down the sidewalk. His longer legs caught up to me within seconds.

“My home and place is with the stars,” he said. “I came down here due to a threat that may wipe them all out. With the stars gone, so will be the wishes and dreams and hopes of all of the occupants on Earth. You need to help me repair the wall that protects the stars.”

“Look,” I said, stomping my foot as I turned to glare up at him. “I want no part in your charade. Go and find someone else to play hero with you, or so help me, I’ll contact the police to put a restraining order on you!”

I heard no more protests from him as I finally marched down the street. Turning the corner, I glanced back and saw that he had vanished.

Good riddance. I pulled my jacket closer as a cold wind raged through the area. Sebastian left my mind as I returned to my apartment, his odd appearance and story all but forgotten until a month later when the stars started to blink out one by one.

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