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FIRE AND BRIMSTONE

The Cave

A short myth by Paul Levy

A traveller walks a long way and comes upon a cave. He walks into the caved for its coolness. to be out of the hot sun.

There, in the centre of the cave sits child beside a clear round rock pool of water.

The traveller approaches the child who smiles at the traveller.

The child points towards the still pool of water inviting the traveller to look into the water and see his reflection.

He is shocked.

The single reflection in the ripple-less water is that of this child, who is dressed in white and has eyes, one green and one brown, unlike the clear blue of the child in the cave.

Behind the reflection of the traveller-child reflection is a sapphire blue sky - clear at midday with a midday sun high overhead.

Though it casts no light into the cave, it is reflected in the eyes of the child there in the cave.

The traveller leaves the cave and continues on his journey, but he knows his journey must take a very different course now.

The End

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