Sunday Flash Fiction: Shadowless

Peter Pan taught me that it is vital to keep your shadow close; it can be an easy enough part of yourself to lose. Sometimes, I think I would rather not have a shadow but then I consider, that would be like a vampire looking into a mirror and not having a reflection because they’re a vampire. Without a shadow or a reflection, you would be something inhuman.

That’s why I’ve never understood how I remain human but my shadow went missing one night. People don’t notice, but I do. It doesn’t matter the source of light, rays of the sun or a glow from the light bulb, but I have no shadow;  it left me in my sleep.

I had this nightmare I don’t remember. I was sweating and I woke up screaming and I’ve never done that before. I’m sure it was the Sandman, or maybe the song,”Enter Sandman” by Metallica had me uptight.

But in the night, ” [I] sleep with one eye open, holding [my] pillow tight,” so when the Sandman comes in my dreams, I can steal back my shadow and sew it to my body as Peter Pan did.

I’m not sure how that will work yet, but I’m tired of being a freak without a shadow. You think I would have superpowers at least, but losing your shadow doesn’t work that way. Dogs don’t like you anymore, cats hiss, animals at the zoo all go wild when you pass by.

It appears I’m some unholy being, and I don’t even know what I am.


Alistair Forbes

Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting SPF each Sunday.


©Mandibelle16.(2016) All Rights Reserved.

12 thoughts on “Sunday Flash Fiction: Shadowless

  1. clcouch123 April 4, 2016 / 3:34 am

    A problematic look at losing one’s shadow nowadays. The narrative voice is clever while forlorn. Like a movie trailer (only longer and more detailed), this story comes across as a kind of teaser. I want to read more!

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  2. Sunday Fiction April 4, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    I like the story Mandi. The sorrowfulness in the character and the implication that the soul is attached to the shadow.

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    • mandibelle16 April 4, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks Al. Yes, their is that implication for sure about the main characters soul. She’s not sure she still has it. Glad the piece worked for you, I wasn’t sure when I wrote it.

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  3. athling2001 April 5, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Fun story, the way it starts out as if reality then turns into fiction. Well written and I certainly want to know what the narrator has become.

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    • mandibelle16 April 5, 2016 / 12:30 am

      Haha. Thank you. I was just writing thoughts down in this one. I’m not sure what she becomes that,s the thing she doesn’t know. But it kind of hints at her being soulless like a vampire, inhuman. But inhuman what, I’m not sure? Thanks for your thoughts 🙂

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