Beauty Will Surround You

I chose to do a writing assignment from DS106. Who would have known that a fortune cookie could give you that creative burst you need to come up with a short story.

My fortune cookie said: “Beauty will surround you”. At first it took me a while to come up with a short story that would match that fortune, so I continued to click through and see what other fortunes were available, but none of them stuck to me like the first fortune. I went back to my first fortune, and before I knew it I started to type nonstop. Sooooo Here’s my story and I hope you guys like it! Please give me and insight on what you guys think of it. 🙂


                 Beauty will surround you- open your eyes to see it

 I lost my sight at a very young age. Darkness is actually all I can ever remember when I try to think of seeing things. Though through the help of therapy, my will and my imagination, I have been able to, well, “see” my surroundings.

The feels, the smells! Everything is just so beautiful!!! I shout to my best friend Maggie as we walk through the park.

They’re just flowers Sarah. It’s really nothing special.

Maggie always tried to make me see that not everything was so special and beautiful in the world. But people with sight take advantage of everything that they see. They don’t understand. They never will. To see how everything really looks after touching or smelling them! It’s a gift from God!

Maggie you’ll see that after the today I will still see this world as beautiful as I imagined it.

Listen, I just don’t want you to get your hopes up. There are beautiful things in the world, but sometimes there are things that you just wish you wouldn’t see.

That was dark… Even for Maggie. But once I get my sight I’m sure everything will still be beautiful to me. Just a couple more hours and I’ll get to see it all.


***The Next Day***

            OOOHHH I CAN’T WAIT!!!! Maggie take these damn bandages off my eyes!

            Okay, okay, calm down. Stop bouncing before I cut you with these scissors. On     the count of three open your eyes okay? One… Two… THREE!

Immediately, I opened my eyes, but to the horror of it all, the place that I once knew as a beautiful scene was no longer beautiful. The smell of the flowers was still sweet, but the appearance of the park was horrible. Garbage cans being filled to the stop and drug dealers at every corner.

Maggie..what…where are we?! Is this a joke?! We don’t live here! We can’t… this isn’t the park! And all these rundown buildings?!

I’m sorry Sarah, but yes, this is where we live. Compared to the rundown buildings our place is relatively nice. This is the park we always walk through. The smell of the flowers would overpower your ability to smell anything else and the drug dealers.. well, they have to be silent or they can get caught. I’m sorry Sarah, I really am, but I did warn you that not everything was going to be as beautiful as you sought it to be.

I tried to keep my composure, but I couldn’t and I fell to the floor crying. What I’ve known my whole life was just a lie. I’m sure that there are beautiful spots in the world, but my world was more beautiful and more perfect than this place will ever be.




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