Short Story: Home

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I started the car and just decided to drive, to cruise through the city aimlessly as I waited for the sun to forgo its light for the moon’s. The city lights eventually glimmered, pouring in softly through the windscreen, as the rows of towering skyscrapers stretched over me.

The night meant one thing: that the downtown area was lit by neon lights as they were reflected by rain-kissed concrete pavements and rugged asphalt roads. It also meant you could be anything or anyone and no one else would care; under the night starry skies, the world is yours and you could either lose or find yourself.

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Taking advantage of this, teenagers who wanted to “find themselves” started appearing, while others showed up around to lose themselves in the beats of the loud club music and the drops of alcohol. The pale phosphoric half-moon hung over the horizon, bearing witness to a seemingly feigned city. But in a city full of light, who gazes upon the sky?

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I had been driving for hours in silence, broken time to time only by the honks of the car horns. I took a little glance at the radio and somehow, I was drawn to it, tempted to just turn it on, urged to finally end the silence, I clicked the power button and turned the volume up. A familiar song was playing as it succeeded in keeping me company for a few minutes before it finally came to an end. The radio host then appeared and kept the listeners entertained for the rest of the night, though I never liked the night programs as they were always a little dull.

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