Some bites of books trigger inspiration to write. When I read Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood two years ago I came across the following bite that sparked the short story below. I’ve been tinkering with it since then and I like how it is now. I hope you enjoy it!
“The body is pure energy, solidified light.”
–Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood–
Purple and neon lights flashed inside the club, scintillating and glittering as if they were the music itself enveloping her. Her silver hair reflected the light as she stood in the middle of the empty dance floor. She swayed to the music, to a beat from long ago.
“How long has she been like this?” the policeman asked the woman at the bar.
“Since I came in an hour ago, she broke in through the back, broke the glass and let herself in. She turned on the music and the lights, I just found her like you see here there, not sure at what time she broke in.”
The music stopped, the lights froze.
“Okay lady, time for you to go back home. What’s your name? Where do you live?” The policeman said as he approached the woman who had not stopped swaying, she wrapped her arms around herself, one across her chest, another across her waist. She smiled softly as she swayed, as if the music were still holding her to the movement.
“Ma’am, my name is Curtis, what’s your name?” Curtis said softly, placing his hand on her shoulder.
She stopped slowly and opened her eyes as if waking from a dream. “What?”
“What’s your name?” Curtis asked again.
“It’s Leonore young man, nice meeting you. I’ll just head home now.” Leonore sighed, looking around once and heading towards the front door of the club.
“Wait! Hey lady! Who’s gonna pay for the door?!” the young woman exclaimed, looking from the policeman to the woman.
But the woman was already on her way out the door and as soon as the young woman and the policeman walked outside into the afternoon sun, she was gone.
Leonore opened the front door to the house, stepped in and placed her keys on a conch by the phone near the door. She walked down the hallway and opened the first door on the left which led into the library. The walls were lined with books, around the desk were more books organized in neat piles. She sat behind the desk, took a large book from one of the piles and opened it. Inside were lists dating back years. She wrote down:
“August 16, 2070
ºSend payment to club — door”
She closed the book, sighed and took the next book in the pile, larger than the last. It was filled with ticket stubs from museums, movies, and buses. There were some pressed flowers and a napkin from a club could be seen sticking out. She got to a page that was half full, no longer with stubs but small notes. The last three read:
“Went to the park, watched sunset holding your hand”
“Took a trip to the zoo, ate curly fries and fed the ducks. We laughed so much”
“Went to our favourite restaurant, still can’t finish the lasagna without your help”
She took a pen and wrote:
“Broke into our favorite jazz club, we danced all night, it was hard to find the rhythm without you”
She looked at the book, smiled, and closed it slowly; she sat back and watched as the sunlight poured through the window.
Happy Saturday everyone! 🙂