Writing Exercise #9
(Line from Me) When I visited the mirror world, my alternate self didn't have a goatee. I grabbed the rake he offered. "Yeah," he said, "I shaved it off. That makes me, what, your reformed twin? What does it make you?" I didn't tell him I'd been thinking of growing one myself. Until a couple of days ago, when I'd stumbled and fell towards the mirror and found my reflection wasn't there to catch me. "I wouldn't worry about it," I said. "I doubt facial hair is really what determines morality." I watched him out of the corner of my eye as we raked. He had pale white hair, wrinkled skin, and a runny nose, though the last wasn't so weird. He wore glasses, too. His t-shirt had black text printed on white, an in-joke from the alternate version of my favorite TV show. He'd had to explain that one before I got it. I swept the leaves into the pile. They were all still green, which sort of made sense given that it was spring, but the trees were bare. "Hey, alt-me," I said, unable to bring myself to use my own name on someone else, "I still don't get what's up with these leaves. Where I'm from, we do this in the Fall." "Really? Weird." "What do we do with them when they're all raked up? I assume they won't burn very well." "Burn? You burn them in your world? That's perverse!" "Some people do," I said. "But tell me what you do." "Put them on the trees," he said. "Duh. Until Fall comes around and the leaves are absorbed into the branches." I put down my rake. "Listen," I said, "I know your sense of humor is akin to mine, but please, I'm defenseless. I don't know anything about this world. You can't make stuff up, even if it sounds totally stupid to you. It's not fair to me. Just tell the truth." "Huh? That is the truth!" He picked up a leaf and stuck it to the end of a twig, where it remained when he took his hand away. "See?" "No, it's preposterous," I insisted. "Why do trees need people to give them their leaves? It's biologically absurd even if this world is the reverse of mine, Whatever that really means." "They don't NEED humans," he explained. "In nature, the wind blows the leaves around, and some end up on the branches. But-" "No," I said, "that's still stupid." ---15 mins--- Writing Exercise Index: http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=393711
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