An eternal quest for knowledge and an unending search for righteousness has led me to this barren piece of land nestled in the heart of nowhere.
I stop in my tracks to gaze at the eerie landscape-the dried grass growing in patches,clumps of thorny bushes here and there and a few rocky boulders.
I should be scared and nervous but uncannily enough there's no feeling of impending doom or of any sadness.
I see three random paths stretching in front.
And I know one of them is the one-the one holding the key to all the answers.
The answers I've been looking for..I don't know how long.
I catch the scent of fragrant flowers-
Perhaps blooming yonder at the end of one path.Or maybe the one beside it.It's hard to tell which one.
But I can also smell charred human flesh.Although I'm not nauseated.For I've seen it all.....known it all..in all these countless years of travelling.
I close my eyes in the final moments of contemplation.But I already know it won't help me to decide.
Time is running out and I have to make that dreaded choice.....that much-awaited choice.
Inhaling deeply I take that first step...that unsure step which bridges the gap between me and an unknown destination by a few centimeters.
Gradually I break into a slow but steady walk.
It is an untrodden path I'm walking along.It is not paved or smooth but neither is it strewn with thorns.I can see a few trees on either side and the blazing summer sun above.I can also hear a low,dull sound...but I'm not sure what it is.
It keeps growing in intensity though.
Astounded I pause abruptly.....as I see from afar another human being walking towards me from the other end of the road.He is humming a tune and wearing a smile on his lips.And he is not in the least bit surprised to come across another human in this desolate place.
I've never known him before but somehow I know this much-that he is my mirror image.Another lone traveller who has braved the harshness of worldly realities.
I smile for the first time in days as comprehension dawns on me.And I know I've chosen right.Finally.
P.S:I was studying last evening when suddenly this idea popped into my head.Originally this piece was written in the form of verses but then I felt it was too much in the league of prose.But now I can't figure out whether this is a piece of prose or poetry...well never mind.I'll just tag it as a short story and let you guys decide what you feel about this.Pardon me if this sounds a bit confusing or too sombre.For this is just a figment of my imagination :)