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The Tendrils of Fire


For this story I took a literal approach to the idea of being trapped in a fiery hell of sorts. Changing it up enough that it might be slightly more realistic, lacking actual demons and all that. The point of the project had been to touch upon the idea of suffering. And there were hundreds of ways of going about that.
So many people forget that even through suffering, sometimes we need to focus on the supposed 'light at the end of the tunnel' or 'the bright side'.

Through "The Tendrils of Fire" I wanted to go over as quickly and vaguely as possible the idea of someone being trapped. In this case, the girl was trapped in a cave, trying desperately to find a way out and failing. When she finally did find a way to escape, she had gotten herself quite stuck.

A number of people don't realize that this happens in everyday life, especially in those who may suffer from depression. We become trapped in a world we have created, and often circle ourselves in despair in our worst moments. And while we all look for another way out, we sometimes miss what is right in front of us.

At the start of this story, it's mentioned that the girl feels a stabbing pain in her lower back when she wakes up, however she never checks it or the bed. If she had looked, she would have seen she was laying on the key to the door. And yes, I personally feel that sometimes, it could be as easy as taking a step back, and looking over what you already know in order to get out of a bad day. (or a small bout of depression) Just personal thought. I know it isn't always that easy.

Panic and fear are great motivators, and compel us to move backwards instead of forwards. Her second chance came at the cabinet of keys. She had noticed that one of the few dozen hooks had been missing a key, and she pretty much ignores it. The idea that "out of sight, out of mind" comes into play there.

When a roaring fire is throwing you into a frenzy, you tend not to worry about what isn't there, and focus more on what Is there that you can use. I think the same idea applies to personal suffering. (ie; depression) Everything else seems more important, and sometimes those small things are lost in the 'tendrils of the flame' threatening to engulf everything.

Of course, the story itself is vague, and ends with her gaining help to escape, though not unscathed. Her feet were burned some, among other little things. Much like emotional scars a person might gain in life. She leaps into her rescuers arms without question. Was he really there to save her? Or was he the one who captured her. I left this part open ended for the reader to decide.

Was the man passing by at random and perhaps he had heard her pounding on the door, and when he saw her trying to climb out through a cat door he had run over to try and save her? Simply because he could?
Was the man the one who put her there in the first place, creating the perfect circumstance to make himself look like a knight in shining armor so he could steal her heart and forever have saving her life hung over her head?

Just a few little things to think about.
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Just a note, The English teacher that gave us this assignment gave me a mark of 2/10 on the project. She didn't understand how it could relate at all to any form of torment aside the fire itself. Several years after I graduated, I brought it back up to her when visiting a friends younger sister in the school. After explaining there was more to it that didn't fit into her 500 words or less, she was amazed she hadn't seen it.

So I stress once more, the story is vague, hence the nice long explanation.

Some may view just the story, and take it at face value, others might question it and pick it apart for answers. I'd love to know how you took the story. So please, if you have time, drop a comment/review.