it was years ago that your shadow began to follow me, slow at first and then chasing me with a greater velocity as time moved along. you needed my attention, thrived on devotion and trembled under dismissal. (tried to create weakness; remember you’re not the villain of this story)
and then you wilted, shadow attached to shadow and began to shrink under harsh eyes, a cold voice ringing in your ears. i know this, because it’s what i saw and heard too. you’re not the only one, you know; you never were the most special. never were my favourite.
so i kept running on, running into the night; surrounded by shadow, i watched you follow me into the dark and dissolve. heard your voice echo, become muffled and drowned out by all that dwarfed you. (pitiful, seeing you shrink away as i watched –
shrinking, dwindling into